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Pronto Bikes in Seattle's University District
KUOW Photo / Joshua McNichols

The City of Seattle may take over the Pronto Bike sharing program. Officials are trying to decide now whether the program is a good thing, or a lemon.

Michael Shiosaki and Mayor Ed Murray at a 'StoryCorps' booth in Seattle.
Courtesy of StoryCorps

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and his husband  Michael Shiosaki recount how their relationship parallels the many changes in the laws on same-sex couples. 

Murray decided to run for an office in the state legislature because a good friend asked him to do it: Washington's first openly gay politican, Cal Anderson. At a StoryCorps booth in Seattle's New Holly neighborhood, Murray and Shiosaki talked about making the decision to enter public life.  

Flooded with requests for public records, local officials want to put limits on how much information public servants have to make available to the public.  

The concepts have long been enshrined in Washington state law:

  • Information held by the government belongs to the people.
  • Public access to that information is essential to a functioning democracy.
Lisa Sawyer selling Real Change downtown.
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

We meet Lisa Sawyer on the corner of 4th and Union in downtown Seattle. That’s where she sells the Real Change street paper every day.

Sawyer wears a Seahawks beanie, puffy coat, no makeup, loose pants and tennis shoes (she says she sometimes wears heels while selling the paper but her feet are so sore by the end of the day that she prefers her runners). It's been a while since she washed her hair. 

The Jungle: a green beltway east of Interstate 5 where dozens of homeless people live.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Advocates for the homeless have welcomed Seattle’s new tent cities and RV parking for homeless people. But they condemn the ongoing sweeps of illegal campsites. Mayor Ed Murray said Tuesday's shootings in a homeless encampment only reinforced the need to move people out of them.

One Night Count Team Lead Daniel Hubbell spots a van that volunteers reported as occupied while driving down a deserted side streets in one of the last stops of the night. Click on this image to see the slideshow.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

A slumped body in the passenger seat.

Foggy car windows.

A foot, maybe a blanket, pressed against the window.

These are signs of people living in cars.

'Week in Review' panel Mike McGinn, Joni Balter, Bill Radke and Paul Guppy.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

What's the way to help homeless citizens and protect the rights of neighborhood residents? Also, Seattleites hiring private security guards – necessary protection or needless fear? And is it time to extend marijuana rights further?

Bill Radke looks for answers with former Mayor Mike McGinn, Washington Policy Center’s Paul Guppy and Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter.

FBI: Standoff Continues In Oregon, Video Of Rancher Death

Jan 29, 2016
LaVoy Finicum, a rancher from Arizona, was shot by police on Tuesday night. The FBI has released a silent video of what happened.
OPB/Amelia Templeton

Four people remain inside the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge south of Burns, Oregon, the FBI said during a press conference on Thursday evening.

“The negotiators continue to work around the clock to talk to those four people in an effort to get them to come out peacefully,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing.

The remaining militants inside are David Fry of Blanchester, Ohio, husband and wife Sean and Sandy Anderson of Janesville, Wisconsin, and Jeff Banta of Elko, Nevada.

Carrie Brownstein at The Neptune Theatre.
Courtesy of Jason Tang Photography

Musician, actor and writer Carrie Brownstein co-founded the band Sleater-Kinney and currently stars in the television series Portlandia and Transparent. She spoke with novelist Maria Semple about her new memoir, “Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.”

Anna Tatistcheff recorded their conversation at STG’s Neptune Theatre on Nov. 6, 2015.

Please note, this talk contains unedited language of an adult nature.

Web Exclusive: Listen to the full, unedited event below

Abusive Priests On Indian Reservations Leave ‘Profound Wound’

Jan 28, 2016
Attorney Vito De La Cruz in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Until the 1960s, Catholic boarding schools forcibly took Native American children from their families.

Darcie Day heads out to sell Real Change newspaper in Seattle after shooting in the 'Jungle.'
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Word of the shootings at the homeless encampment known as the Jungle on Tuesday spread quickly among the vendors for the weekly newspaper Real Change. Many of them are homeless or have been homeless. They spoke to KUOW’s Amy Radil in the newspaper’s offices in Pioneer Square about the danger of being homeless.

Included in this audio postcard are Darcie Day, Nick Maxwell and Susan Russell.

A Washington State Patrol trooper looks on as a homeless camp is cleaned out at the corner of Airport Way South and South Royal Brougham Way on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. That's a short way from where two people were shot to death in 'The Jungle.'
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Tuesday’s shootings in a homeless camp in Seattle added to the sense of crisis on the issue of homelessness. They took place just as Mayor Murray prepared to deliver a speech on the problem.

Nearby, state and city officials continued to clear homeless encampments.  

In the future, mental health professionals may not be the only people spreading the word about suicide prevention.

The message could also come from people you’d least likely expect to be front-line educators on suicide awareness: pharmacists, firearm dealers, shooting range operators, and even Fish and Wildlife staff.

Two years after the GED high school equivalency exam became harder to pass, Washington state is again making it easier. The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges announced Tuesday that it’s retroactively lowering the passing score by five points, to 145.

About 150 workers in Seattle received settlement money in the past year because their employer broke the minimum wage law.

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