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A tie in the U.S. Supreme Court may cost Washington state $2 billion.

The court's 4-4 split Monday settled a long-running court battle between tribes and the state over salmon-blocking road culverts.

Amanda Morgan, left, dances during company class with instructor Peter Boal on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

You can’t miss Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Amanda Morgan. For one thing, at five-feet, ten-inches she’s one of the tallest women onstage. But more obvious is Morgan’s race. While more than 20 percent of PNB dancers are people of color, she is the only black ballerina in the company right now. 

The stars-and-bars of the Confederate flag painted onto a Juanita senior's face in 1999. Two years earlier, Juanita students shouted racial slurs at the mostly black Garfield High School football team. They sent an apology banner and students had to atten
KUOW Photo/Casey Martin

The Rebel remains.

Students at Juanita High School, in Kirkland, have voted overwhelmingly to keep their controversial mascot.

Washington House leaders are recommending that state Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, lose his chairmanship, but are not demanding he resign from the Legislature, following the findings of an external investigation into his conduct that could also result in an ethics probe.

Caitlin Lee raises a Tax Amazon sign in front of Seattle City Council members on Monday, May 14, 2018, during a head tax vote at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

It only took the Seattle City Council four weeks to double-back on their vote to tax big businesses in order to pay for affordable housing and homelessness services.


The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an Ohio law that aggressively purges inactive voters from the state’s voter rolls. But Oregon officials have no interest in a similar policy.

Salem Extends Water Advisory, Despite Clean Tests

Jun 11, 2018

A drinking water advisory in Salem has been extended for another two weeks.

The federal prison at SeaTac where 177 women seeking asylum have been jailed. About half of those women were taken from their children at the border. The children were between 3 and 16 years.
Daniel Berman for KUOW

Kim Malcolm talks with immigration attorney Jorge Baron about the experiences of asylum seekers who are being jailed at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac. Baron is executive director of the Northwest Immigrants Rights Project.

KUOW photo/Kate Walters

Seattle’s South Park neighborhood sits on the bank of the polluted Duwamish river, flanked by industry and split in two by Highway 99.

This is a neighborhood uniquely steeped in Hispanic culture and occupied by people with a deep passion for community.

It’s also a neighborhood staring down the barrel of change.


A fish-friendly culvert in Washington state.
Flickr Photo/Washington DNR (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/cCuMVy

A tie in the U.S. Supreme Court may cost Washington state $2 billion.

The court split 4-4 Monday in a long-running court battle between tribes and the state over salmon-blocking road culverts.


Members of NWDC Resistance chant during the Solidarity Day protest outside of the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.
Daniel Berman for KUOW

The dozens of moms jailed in SeaTac didn’t realize what was happening when they were torn from their children.


Renewable energy developers are showing interest in converting public grazing lands in sunny central Washington into large solar farms.

Savannah Blackwell, a freshman, performs a song during an assembly on Friday, June 8, 2018, at Franklin High School in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Last Friday was the last time Ryan Dela Cruz's classmates saw the 17-year-old student alive.

Ashland Crime Lab Investigates A Mysterious Montana Animal

Jun 8, 2018

In mid-May, a rancher shot and killed a wolf-like animal on a ranch outside of Denton, Montana. The rancher reported the shooting, which is required by law, to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks department.

But after wolf specialists saw photos of the animal, they raised doubts about whether it was actually a purebred wolf.

A scientist at Oregon State University is developing edible food packing as well as edible coating for fruits and vegetables. Her goals: reduce plastic waste and keep food fresher longer. Katie Herzog visits Yanyun Zhao in her lab for a taste test.

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has decided not to elevate the endangered species status of the marbled murrelet after all.

The board reversed its earlier vote on the issue at a meeting Thursday.

Commissioners had voted in February to change the “threatened” status of the seabird to “endangered.”

The Port of Newport on the Oregon coast has revoked a docking permit for a pair of tall ships based out of Aberdeen, Washington. Efforts to reach a compromise between the port and the ships' operator seem to be foundering.

A two-year-old child from Honduras gets treatment for an ear infection after sleeping in the open in front of the El Chaparral port of entry, in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, April 30, 2018.
AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik

Update: ICE confirmed to KUOW that 209 people are currently being held at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center — 177 of them women. We do not know how many of them are mothers who were separated from their children at the border.

As many as 209 asylum seekers captured near the U.S.-Mexico border have been transferred to a federal prison in SeaTac — many of them women who had their children taken from them by federal agents, immigrant rights attorneys say.


The Union Gospel Mission works with Operation Nightwatch to fill up its spare beds at the end of the night.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle has a hiring clause that prevents it from giving money to organizations that discriminate. But it also appears that the city knew about the Union Gospel Mission’s hiring practices when it contracted with the organization to clear out the Jungle.

The stars-and-bars of the Confederate flag painted onto a Juanita senior's face in 1999. Two years earlier, Juanita students shouted racial slurs at the mostly black Garfield High School football team. They sent an apology banner and students had to atten
KUOW Photo/Casey Martin

A Kirkland high school voted today, Thursday, on whether to drop their mascot: the Rebels.

As boat inspections in the Northwest ramp up for summer, an inspection at the Washington-Idaho border near Spokane last week turned up highly invasive zebra mussels.

The Washington Supreme Court has ended the decade-old school funding case known as McCleary. The high court issued an order Thursday that said the state has complied with the mandate to fully fund its new system of basic education by September of this year.

A big earthquake could hit Seattle in the next 50 years. That got KUOW listener Derek Hanson wondering: What would happen to our most prominent landmark?


The interior of the main sanctuary of Mount Zion Baptist Church is shown on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

What started in the 19th Century as a group of people holding church services in their homes, grew into the city's largest African American congregation.

Mount Zion Baptist Church was incorporated in 1894. This week, Mayor Jenny Durkan signed an ordinance formally designating it a historic city landmark. The city council approved the designation in May.

A main corridor at the King County juvenile detention center in Seattle's Central District. This building will be demolished after the new facility is constructed.
KUOW PHOTO/ISOLDE RAFTERY

Zero youth detention.

It's King County's white whale, a promise and a term batted around without much explanation of what it even means. 


For the second time in two weeks, Salem is under a drinking water advisory, and there’s very little the city can do about it.

Test results released Wednesday from water collected four days prior found an algae-produced toxin was present at levels deemed unsafe for certain groups to drink. It’s left city and state residents asking how it happened and wondering if it will happen elsewhere.

Since 2008, wildlife biologists in Washington state have worked to reintroduce the fisher, a locally-extinct forest weasel. They are not shouting from the tree tops about success, but say things are looking positive. Fishers were previously reintroduced in the southern Oregon Cascades.

KUOW Photo / John Ryan

Complaints have poured in over the yellow, green and orange bikes that have sprouted like mushrooms across Seattle, yet 74 percent of Seattleites have a favorable opinion of the rapidly expanding bike share program, according to a Seattle Department of Transportation survey.


UPDATE (1:40 p.m. PT) — Salem has issued yet another drinking water advisory Wednesday for the city’s vulnerable populations – just four days after lifting an initial advisory that prompted Gov. Kate Brown to issue an emergency and activate the National Guard.

The new advisory is based off of water samples taken on June 3-4. 

Dennis Richardson is being treated for a “small, cancerous brain tumor,” he announced Wednesday.

Richardson, Oregon’s Secretary of State since 2017, revealed in his regular newsletter that he was diagnosed with cancer in May and that he’s feeling “blessed and optimistic.”

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