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Paige Browning

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Year started with KUOW: 2015

Paige hosts midday newscasts and monitors news of significance to the Puget Sound region. She hopped over Washington’s mountains to join KUOW, after hosting news and reporting at Spokane Public Radio since 2011. She began her start in radio while a journalism student at University of Montana, by sharing stories with KUFM. Paige was raised in the mountains and rivers around Spokane. In her spare time she cheers on the Mariners in the summer, and hopes for snow in the winter.

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Construction continues on the SR-99 tunnel on Thursday, November 2, 2017, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

You know the phrase: "You have to spend money to make money." That's the case for tolling the state Route 99 tunnel in Seattle.

Washington state says it needs to spend about $500 million to pay off $200 million in debt for tunnel construction. 

Seattle Seahawks Sea Gals cheerleaders perform during halftime of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Seattle. The gloves were part of the Seahawks and NFL football's Crucial Catch campaign to support the fight against breast cancer.
AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

NFL cheerleading is being scrutinized after a professional cheerleader sued the New Orleans Saints. Her discrimination complaint comes on top of reports about rules dictating cheerleader behavior.

Seattle City Council member Teresa Mosqueda sponsored the bill to end subminimum wages.
Courtesy of Jamie Rand Imaging/Jamie Colman

Paying low wages to people with disabilities is no longer allowed in Seattle. Seattle officials have eliminated what's known as the subminimum wage, becoming one of the first cities in the nation to do so.

Athletic Director Jennifer Cohen says the University of Washington is thrilled to form the partnership with adidas. Cohen is pictured here with UW president Ana Mari Cauce in 2016.
Mason Kelley/University of Washington

The University of Washington may end its 20-year relationship with Nike. The UW Athletic Department announced Tuesday it plans to sign a new uniform and footwear deal with adidas instead.

It will be one of the most expensive deals in college sports.

Bailey Stober, former chair of the King County Democrats.
Facebook Photo/Bailey Stober

The chair of King County's Democratic party has resigned in the wake of a harassment investigation.

Volunteers filed a complaint against Bailey Stober earlier this year, accusing him of harassing a staff member, using sexist language and mismanaging party funds.


UW's Medical Center operates a psychiatric unit with 10 beds.
KUOW Photo/Angela Nhi Nguyen

One of Seattle's psychiatric facilities is facing an uncertain future. The University of Washington Medical Center could shutter its psych unit, unless it makes "costly" upgrades.


There are around 12,000 paid on-street spaces in Seattle (that does not include private parking) .
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

The Seattle City Council has approved a set of changes on where people can park in the city.

The idea: make better use of the parking lots we have and build fewer new ones. Some residents, however, think it will make it harder to find parking as the city grows.


The Washington legislature passed a measure banning conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth in the 2018 legislative session.
Flickr photo/sea turtle (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The entire U.S. West Coast now prohibits counselors from using conversion therapy on minors.

On Wednesday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that prohibits licensed therapists from using conversation therapy with youth under age 18. Inslee, a Democrat, was surrounded by kids and LGBTQ rights advocates when he signed the bill.


File photo: Mount Baker
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Washington's volcanoes could one day join solar and wind as producers of renewable energy. The state Department of Natural Resources plans to tap into the idea this summer.

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."

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.


Seattle teachers at a union meeting on August 26, 2013 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
Facebook Photo/Seattle Education Association

Seattle’s next school chief will inherit a problem: Seattle has one of the worst opportunity gaps in the nation, between students of color and white students.

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler
Flickr photo/Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (CC BY-ND 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/K52qFP

What to do with millions of dollars in refunds: That's the question in front of Premera Blue Cross, which is receiving $390 million in tax refunds because of recent changes to federal tax law.

Premera faces no restrictions on how it can use the windfall of money.

Apartment buildings in the University District, Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

You've heard of the bidding wars for houses in the Seattle area, and now people are competitively bidding for rental apartments. Seattle lawmakers are trying to cut off the practice, known as rent bidding, before it takes off in the city.

On websites like Rentberry and Biddwell, landlords post an apartment and suggested rent, and prospective tenants can bid higher (or lower) to try to win the lease.

From left, Amazon software development interns Min Vu, Cindy Wang, Jason Mar, Katie Shin and Louis Yang, walk after getting bananas from the Amazon Community Banana Stand outside of the Amazon Meeting Center on Thursday, October 5, 2017, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle officials will once again try to pass an employee head tax on businesses. A similar idea failed in the city council last year, but council members — including Lisa Herbold, Lorena González and Mike O’Brien —  promised to bring it back.

A new proposal slated for review this spring would tax Seattle's highest-grossing companies based on their number of employees.

King County Elections employee Josephine Ruff unloads a  full ballot drop box outside of the Seattle Public Library in Ballard in November of 2017.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

State lawmakers passed the Washington Voting Rights Act this week, meant to give underrepresented minority groups a larger voice in elections. And that could mean more district-based voting in the future.

Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold
Flickr Photo/Seattle City Council (CC BY 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/U5ehfF

Seattle's anti-discrimination laws allow people up to 180 days to file a complaint against their employer. That statute of limitations would increase under a new Seattle City Council proposal, introduced this week.

The statute of limitations for workplace-discrimination complaints is about six months at the city, state and federal levels. The six-month timer starts when the alleged harassment occurs.

Bailey Stober, former chair of the King County Democrats.
Facebook Photo/Bailey Stober

The King County Democratic party has voted to investigate its chair for a second time. A complaint filed by democratic volunteers in January accused King County Democrats Chair Bailey Stober of harassment and mismanagement of funds.

He denies the allegations.

Bailey Stober, former chair of the King County Democrats.
Facebook Photo/Bailey Stober

More than 85 people have signed a letter urging the chair of King County Democrats to resign.

The letter comes a month after a group of staff members filed a harassment complaint against chair Bailey Stober. He says the allegations are not true and that he plans to present evidence to support that.

A number of current and former staff accuse Stober of ongoing harassment, unprofessional conduct and lack of fiscal responsibility.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement sent an administrative subpoena to Seattle City Light on  January 31st, 2018.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Officials at Seattle City Light have denied a request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On January 31, ICE asked the city for customer information about the person(s) living at one address.

Some are calling it a "fishing expedition" targeting immigrants.

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan speaks during a press conference on December 4, 2017, at Seattle City Hall.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan gave the State of the City Address on Tuesday, marking the first time a female mayor delivered the address in Seattle. The annual speech didn't exist in the 1920s, the last time a woman — Bertha Knight Landes — was mayor.

Jeff Simpson at his home outside Portland, Oregon.
Thomas Teal for The Stranger, licensed for KUOW

The city of Seattle turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse against former Mayor Ed Murray, according to a new claim for damages filed by Murray’s former foster son.

Josefina Mora, left, speaks about her mother's deportation case at news conference in January, 2018 outside the Seattle Immigration Court. Her mother, Maru Mora-Villalpando, buries her head on her shoulder as both women fight back tears.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Immigrant advocates are urging Washington state to offer reparations to people whose information was shared with federal immigration officials.

Washington Department of Licensing
Washington Department of Licensing

Immigrant rights leaders in Washington state say it's time for Pat Kohler to resign as director of the state's Department of Licensing.

The DOL came under scrutiny in January for handing over people's personal and citizenship information to federal immigration authorities. That violated an executive order from Washington’s governor.

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta on election night 2017, when he first was elected to City Council.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

The new mayor of Burien is a former farm-worker and labor organizer and will be the city's first Latino mayor. He was elevated to mayor by his City Council colleagues on Monday.

He won in a 4-1 vote (with two council members abstaining).

First Student is under contract with Seattle Public Schools and serves about 12,000 kids daily.
Flickr / tncountryfan

The yellow school buses in Seattle could come to a halt again. The roughly 400 public school drivers who work for First Student in Seattle have rejected the latest contract offer from the company.

The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board recommends legislation to allow people to grow four cannabis plants at home.
Flickr Photo/Cannabis Culture (CC BY-NC-ND)

This could be the year Washington state legalizes growing pot in your own home. Washington is the only state with a legal, recreational marijuana market that doesn't allow recreational home grows.

Legal marijuana sales exceeded $1.3 billion in Washington state in fiscal year 2017.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Washington state officials are calling the Trump administration's decision to scrap marijuana guidelines "backwards" and "disappointing."

FILE: Flu vaccine
Flickr Photo/Government of Alberta (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Medical researchers have for years wanted to develop a longer lasting flu vaccine. A more effective version would mean people wouldn't need to get immunized every year.


The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Swedish Health Services for allegedly refusing surgery to a transgender man.

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