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A section of state Route 99 near Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home that does not have sidewalks, but does have pedestrians.
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This summer the state highway department plans to show Aurora Avenue North some love – in the form of fresh paving.


Tiny homes are shown on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at the Licton Springs Tiny House Village on Aurora Avenue North in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

A homeless encampment sanctioned by the city of Seattle is hoping to have its permit extended for another year.

City officials say the tiny house village in the Licton Springs neighborhood is meeting its contractual goals.


Aurora, formerly the Seattle Speedway, is a relic from the early days when the city dreamed that free and easy travel by car would open its boundaries and attract people to its center.

The state first made a plan to add carpool lanes in Tacoma in 1993.
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Forget the aroma of Tacoma. Traffic on the freeway there STINKS.

“It feels like it has never not been a construction zone,” one listener told us.

The federal courthouse in downtown Seattle.
KUOW photo/Gil Aegerter

A Snohomish County man faces a federal charge alleging he sent nearly a dozen explosive packages to government agencies in the Washington, D.C. area.

FILE: Schools lunches at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.
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Last fall Giovanni Inton's second-grade son came home from school and told his dad he was hungry.

So Inton asked what all parents ask: “What did you guys have for lunch?”

A piece of bread and a carton of milk, his son answered. “They took my lunch away. I guess you guys didn’t pay.”

The Seattle School Board has announced the three finalists in the running to be the next Superintendent: Denise Juneau; Andre Spencer and Jeanice Swift.

A mural commissioned by the Aurora Merchants Association is shown on Monday, March 26, 2018, near the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and N.105th St., in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Aurora Avenue North is a place where you can buy a car, sell a car or get fancy rims for your tires. If your vehicle has ever been towed in north Seattle, you may have written a painfully large check to Lincoln Towing so they’d release it. For decades, Aurora’s business community has been dominated by car-oriented businesses.

That time is coming to an end. And those businesses are fighting to maintain what influence they have left.


The Russian Consulate in Seattle was shuttered on Monday.
KUOW photo/John Ryan

Except for the rock-star parking space reserved for consul-licensed vehicles, you’d never know the Russian consulate in Seattle is inside the One Union Square building, on the 25th floor.

Angel Hackman leads Ruby Oswell (center left) and her friends across Aurora's new crosswalk at 92nd on their way to school.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Before there was I-5, there was Highway 99. 


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This past weekend, students in hundreds of cities and towns around the country joined in March For Our Lives  "sibling marches." Before the March For Our Lives Seattle event, students and supporters gathered to hear speeches.

The Record: Monday, March 26, 2018

Mar 26, 2018
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The White House announced today that it was shutting down the Russian consulate in Seattle. The State Department says there are intelligence agents working at the consulate and they are too close to sensitive locations like Boeing and the US navel base in Kitsap County. Don Hellman, professor emeritus at the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies explains what that means for U.S. and Russian relations. 

Construction continues on a new apartment complex on Monday, March 12, 2018, at the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and 109th St., in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Commuters — in 43,000 cars every weekday — see Aurora Avenue as a river. Pedestrians trying to cross from one side to the other see it as a wall. 

In coming weeks, KUOW's Region of Boom team will explore how growth is changing State Route 99 from Shoreline to Tukwila.


Traffic is shown on Aurora Avenue North on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

What does Aurora mean to you? Al Jawann Johnson answered that question with a spontaneous poem:

"Aurora is to me the beast in the night. It is the beauty that I see in the streetlights. It is the wayward women walking to and fro. It is the depressed joy on the homeless as they go. It is the broad city lights and cars that drive by so fast. It is the backstreets where quiet streets and houses put their heads on the pillow at last."

Will private rockets destroy the ozone layer?

Mar 23, 2018
Space-X's Falcon 9 rocket with 10 satellites launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.
AP Photo/Matt Hartman

Private space companies like Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's Space-X are sending rockets into the upper atmosphere.

Does more activity in space mean more pollution for Earth? That's a concern of listener Laurie McQuaig of Seattle.

She asked us to investigate the issue, so reporter Katherine Banwell took the question to local science and tech expert. Alan Boyle. He says there's no need for concern at the moment — yet.

'Week in Review' panel Sydney Brownstone, Eric Liu, host Bill Radke and Joni Balter.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

You give Facebook your personal information. Facebook shares it with companies that use it against you. So what are you going to do about it?

Also President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that included some money for Sound Transit's Lynnwood line — now if only the Seattle Streetcar project could get some of that money. Or should it? 

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Canada is having its equivalent of the Grammy Awards this weekend. Our neighbors to the north call it the JUNO Awards.

Vancouver, B.C. is celebrating by hosting JUNOfest this weekend. 

Cranes at the Port of Seattle
KUOW photo/Gil Aegerter

The ships, trains and trucks that haul cargo around Puget Sound are pumping out less of the soot, sulfur dioxide and other things you don’t want to breathe.

Air pollution from the ports of Seattle and Tacoma has dropped over the past decade, according to long-term monitoring released by the ports Thursday.

The Islamic Center of Eastside was the first permanent mosque established in the Bellevue area.
Bellevue Police Department

The fire that damaged a mosque in Bellevue Wednesday is suspicious according to police. Officer Seth Tyler says they haven't determined a cause yet, but are continuing to search for leads.

Tyler: "Fires don't start themselves, this was a vacant building, no one should have been in it, and it was either accidentally set or intentionally set."

Hillside collapsed and covered Oso, WA neighborhood 3/22/2014, killing 43 people
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the deadly landslide that killed 43 people in 2014.

Snohomish county officials today announced plans and a fundraising effort to construct a permanent memorial on the slide site. It's intended to provide a place where families can remember their loved ones. Officials say all funds raised will only be used for the memorial.

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The federal appeals court in Seattle has sided with Marvin Gaye, the late Motown legend.

Courtesy of Randy Stewart

Ignite Seattle needs to be on your Seattle bucket list. But until you can make it out to one of their events, listen in to your fellow citizens’ brave and inspiring efforts to share their ideas with hundreds of friendly strangers. 

A wild Pacific salmon, left, next to an escaped farm-raised Atlantic salmon, right, on Aug. 22 at Home Port Seafoods in Bellingham.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Atlantic salmon farming has been banned from Washington state waters. 

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the ban on non-native fish farms into law Thursday morning in Olympia. 

Tyler Pederson, head stillman at Westland Distillery, climbs onto the still to check to see if the spirits were condensing on the still's plates on Monday, March 19, 2018, at Westland Distillery in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

You may want to think twice before you start a business making whiskey in Washington state. That’s because Washington’s liquor taxes are the highest in the country, according to a new report out today by the nonprofit Tax Foundation.


Dr. Fred Rivara demonstrated how quickly a lockbox can be opened to give access to guns stored there.
KUOW/Amy Radil

Washington state law generally prohibits local governments from overstepping state gun regulations. But Seattle officials say there are still measures they can take to curb gun violence.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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KUOW's Kim Malcolm talks with The Stranger associate editor Eli Sanders about how micro-targeting of Facebook ads has been used in Seattle elections. 

Sanders has written about misleading Facebook advertisements put out by Scott Lindsay, a candidate for Seattle City Attorney last fall.

Is the life of a private eye all it's cracked up to be?

Mar 22, 2018
KUOW PHOTO/Surya Hendry

Imagine being a private eye. Sitting behind your dimly lit desk, the glow of streetlights creeping in through the window shades. Rain softly falling outside. Suddenly, there’s a crash of thunder. Someone bursts through the door —  there’s been a murder. And you’re on the case.

Isn't that how it works when you're a private eye? Maybe not.


Wondering which beverages get hit by Seattle's new sweetened beverage tax?
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

I don’t normally pick fights.

But I had just gotten the last of four rabies shots at Bartell Drugs, and I was feeling punchy. And thirsty. I wanted a diet ginger ale – you know, something to take away the sting of the needle and the memory of getting attacked by wild dogs on a recent trip to Thailand.

Seattle's 2018-19 City Council includes two council members who represent the entire city, and seven who represent a specific district.
Seattle City Council

The Seattle City Council introduced a proposal Tuesday that would allow them to vote on issues in which they have a financial interest, as long as they publicly disclose their conflict.

Under current city rules, lawmakers are required to recuse themselves when they, a family member, or their past or future employer has a financial interest in the topic.


An Uber driver near the San Francisco International Airport.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Fasil Teka of Renton said he drives for Uber and Lyft seven days a week, 12 hours a day, to get by.

He said driving passengers around used to be a good way to make a living in Seattle, but no longer.

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