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Amy Radil

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Year started with KUOW: 2005

Amy Radil joined KUOW as a reporter covering politics and government in 2005. She got her start in radio as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio from 1997 to 2000. She then freelanced for four years from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, contributing primarily to two public radio programs, The World and Marketplace. Amy graduated from Williams College in 1994 and received an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997.

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Backers of the campaign to repeal Seattle’s “head tax” won’t say how many signatures they’ve gathered, but they’re optimistic.


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Adam Cornell is poised to become the next prosecuting attorney for Snohomish County – he’s currently a deputy prosecutor, running unopposed for the position this fall.


Three Democratic hopefuls: Dr. Kim Schrier, Dr. Shannon Hader, and attorney Jason Rittereiser are all first-time candidates running in the 8th CD.
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In Auburn, Dr. Shannon Hader had returned home to run for Congress — a move prompted, she said, after seeing her work "dismantled" by the Trump Administration.

In Issaquah, Dr. Kim Schrier, a pediatrician, said the 2016 election results, and changes to the Affordable Care Act, also inspired her candidacy.

And Jason Rittereiser, an employment attorney, said he has championed working women — including a new mom's right to a lactation room at her job.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced her plan to seek safe storage legislation in March at Harborview Medical Center.
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Gun owners who don’t store their guns securely could face new civil penalties under legislation unveiled Thursday by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. Durkan said the goal is to reduce gun deaths including accidents and suicides.


Seattle’s new head tax for homelessness services was bitterly opposed by many business owners. Now some say they will ask voters to repeal it in a ballot referendum.


Recycling is shown on Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Orcas Island Transfer Station on Orcas Island. KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
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King County officials say China’s refusal to accept U.S. recycling could lead to increased costs and missed environmental goals. But maybe there's a way to clean up our act when it comes to recycling.

China has been the main customer for mixed paper collected in King County. But lately China has shut down that market, saying U.S. recycling isn’t pure enough — we send along too much material that can't be processed.

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A King County audit criticized local efforts to fight homelessness as fragmented this week, saying no single entity has enough decision-making power to make an impact. Against that backdrop, Seattle and King County officials are now promising to streamline how they deliver homelessness services.


Backers of a proposed carbon fee in Washington state say they’ve gathered 36,000 signatures and are on track to put their measure on the November ballot.

Artworks by Martin Whatson of Norway, center, and Kim Simonsson of Finland, right, are on display inside the Northern Exposure exhibit on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the new Nordic Museum in Seattle.
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When you see wood smoke and naked people in Ballard, you’ll know the new Nordic Museum is finally complete. 

Homes in Queen Anne are shown from the Space Needle in November in Seattle.
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Many cities require permits to cut down trees on private property. Currently Seattle isn’t one of them.

But a new proposal would create that system, to track and put a price on tree loss.

Seattle police officers observe marchers moving down 4th Avenue during the Black Lives Matter rally in Seattle, Saturday April 15, 2017.
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Seattle is about to appoint its first-ever inspector general of police. The city’s chosen candidate, Lisa Judge, said the Seattle Police Department shows “a hunger for progressive change” that is a rarity in the policing world. 

In this Dec. 9, 2015, photo, a sales associate walks past semiautomatic rifles at Bullseye Sport gun shop in Riverside, Calif.
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This year’s race for Washington’s 8th Congressional District is considered among the country’s most competitive. In 2016 its voters chose Democrat Hillary Clinton along with Republican Dave Reichert. Now Reichert is retiring and Republican Dino Rossi is running to replace him.


Saying they want to keep up the pressure on elected officials to pass new gun control measures, Seattle-area students joined a national school walkout on the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School.

But they said Friday’s gathering was intended to shine a light on gun violence in the U.S. beyond shootings on school grounds. 

Seattle Preschool Program teacher Hien Do, center, sits in a circle with her students on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the ReWA Early Learning Center at Beacon, in Seattle, Washington.
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has proposed a new, bigger education levy that would take city dollars from elementary schools. That money would instead go to adding preschool slots, two years of free community college and counseling for high school students.

Democrat donkey
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King County Democrats say they’ve been torn this year between resolving a workplace scandal in their own ranks, and supporting candidates in this much-anticipated election year. Now they say they’re ready to move forward.

Marilyn Covarrubias, center, is comforted as she begins to cry while testifying about the shooting death in 2015 of her son by police, at a House Public Safety Committee hearing on Jan. 31, 2017, in Olympia, Wash.
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The family of an unarmed Native American man killed by Lakewood Police in 2015 is suing the city in federal court. The complaint accuses the department of racial bias and negligence in its training.

Gayle Nowicki owns Gargoyles Statuary in Seattle's University District. She says small businesses are already closing due to taxes and zoning changes.
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Small businesses in Seattle disagree about a possible new tax to ease homelessness. But they agree on this: They can't afford it. 

Garfield High School in Seattle.
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All three finalists for Seattle Public Schools' next superintendent agree on three things:

Charter schools — no.

Arming teachers — no.

Supporting student walkouts — yes.

Reilly Donham, 18, of Mill Creek, Washington, attends the 'March for Our Lives' rally in Seattle on Saturday morning.
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We are at the 'March for Our Lives' in Seattle this morning where 50,000 students and their families are expected to rally. We will update this post as the march progresses.

University Prep students attend a walkout rally on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Red Square on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.
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Student organizers say Saturday’s March For Our Lives rally in Seattle will emphasize voter registration and concrete steps young people can take to advocate against gun violence.

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

Recruits from around the region, including Seattle Police Department, on the first day at the police academy.
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There are still a lot of things Marilyn Covarrubias doesn’t understand about why her son Daniel died in an encounter with Lakewood police officers in 2015. Like why the officers mistook his cell phone for a gun. Why they didn’t call for medical help sooner after the shooting. And why they were so quick to open fire.

“They need to learn how to ascertain what is actually happening," Covarrubias said. "Before they go into kill mode.” 

KUOW hosts 'That's Debatable: Amazon is Good for Seattle' on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Explain this: while half the people at KUOW's Amazon debate Wednesday came to the conclusion that the company is not good for Seattle, three-quarters of the audience also said they have an Amazon Prime membership. 


Traffic in downtown Seattle is shown on Monday, July 17, 2017, from Rizal Park.
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Apples over mangoes. Veggies over steak. Shorter showers and less driving alone. Those are some of the ways Seattle residents say they’re changing their habits as they compete to reduce their carbon footprints as part of the Taming Bigfoot competition.

Gov. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., right, speaks about school safety during an event with President Donald Trump and members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Washington.
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This week in a meeting with President Trump, Washington Governor Jay Inslee recommended our state’s “extreme risk protection orders” as a way to keep guns away from people in crisis. Inslee said the orders have been “supremely effective” at allowing families to get firearms away from people at risk of harming themselves or others.


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Marilyn Balcerak said she can predict that the birthdays of her son and stepdaughter will be hard. What’s harder to predict are the random events that will take her back to the day when her son James — who had autism and struggled with depression — killed his stepsister Brianna and then himself in 2015. One of those events was the shooting at the high school in Florida last week.

EPA investigators bought samples of banned pesticides listed for sale on Amazon.
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In one of their first attempts to regulate the online marketplace, officials with the Environmental Protection Agency in Seattle said they’ve reached a settlement with Amazon over distribution of illegal pesticides.

According to EPA officials, it was interns at the agency who first spotted banned and mislabeled pesticides being offered for sale on Amazon. 

Downtown Seattle accounts for more than half the city's construction investments, according to DSA.
KUOW Photo File/Megan Farmer

This year Seattle was named the top investment and development market in the country by the Urban Land Institute. And investors have taken note.

In the next two years, according to the Downtown Seattle Association, the area will see 2,400 new hotel rooms, 8,000 new residential units and millions of square feet of new office space.  And even more is to come in 2020. 

It's not clear how many trees on private property in Seattle have been cut down for development projects.
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Tree advocates say if Seattle wants to do a better job counting and preserving trees, it should follow the lead of its suburbs.

In "The Burning Question," KUOW takes a close look at Seattle’s goal of carbon neutrality and what it would take to get there. It turns out a lot of those solutions are right around us.

So, what would it be like to wake up in a Seattle that’s really on track to be carbon neutral? Here are seven snapshots of what success might look like. 

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