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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is due to be briefed on a report detailing the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Larry Jametsky and Christina Stewart back at home in SeaTac, Wash., Dec. 2014
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Larry Jametsky lost his home in SeaTac through a “foreclosure rescue” scam. He and his family were homeless for years while his case made its way through the courts.

But last February, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously that his case should be reexamined. and two months later, Jamestsky got his house back.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Mike Wagers, chief operating officer at Seattle Police Department, about how an anonymous computer programmer with an outsized data request helped prompt the Seattle Police Department's first-ever Hackathon.

Tent City 3, under I-5 in Seattle's Ravenna neighborhood.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Sharon Lee, executive director of the Low Income Housing Institute, about the recommendations of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness.

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President Obama called Sony's decision to pull its film The Interview, following threats to movie theaters, a "mistake."

"We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States," the president said in his year-end news conference.

He added that he was "sympathetic" to Sony's concerns, but, "I wish they would have spoken to me first."

A closely watched court case dealing with whether religious business-owners must provide services to gay couples is headed to oral arguments Friday in Kennewick, Washington.

Protesters in response to the Ferguson and Eric Garner grand jury decisions converge on downtown Seattle on Dec. 4, 2014.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Rory McVeigh, director of the Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, about how the Ferguson-inspired protests can evolve into a movement for lasting change.

Frank Chopp, Washington Speaker of the House, in 2006.
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State Speaker of the House Frank Chopp’s path to politics began in Bremerton, Wash., in a surplus housing unit from the Navy Yard. He started as an activist and hasn’t abandoned that point of view.

“I consider myself still to be a community organizer, I just happen to be Speaker of the House,” he said.

Meager beginnings made him passionate about affordable housing, and helping his sister cope with bipolar disorder turned his attention to mental health care.

Northwest farmers and orchardists are among the potential beneficiaries if the U.S. and Cuba normalize their relationship and the trade embargo ends.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Thursday, "it is time to reinvest in Washington." He proposed that the state adopt a new capital-gains tax to help fund a $39 billion two-year budget that would prioritize education, union-negotiated pay raises for state employees, and avoid what the Democratic governor calls “devastating” cuts to corrections, higher education and social services.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has been on a three-day road show to showcase his plans for education, transportation and climate change.

Washington and Oregon's latest unemployment numbers offer a paradox.

Ross Reynolds talks with Everett Herald reporter Noah Haglund about Snohomish County's narrow avoidance of a government shutdown at the end of the month after county executive John Lovick vetoed the council's 2015 budget last week. 

U.S. Senator Patty Murray
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Ross Reynolds talks with U.S. Senator Patty Murray about her top legislative priorities for 2015.

Barack Obama in Virginia, 8/2/2012
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More than 100,000 undocumented immigrants in Washington state can likely benefit from President Obama’s recent executive action on deportation deferrals.

But many have concerns about the program, especially as Republicans take control of Congress next month. Immigrant advocates will address some of these questions at a public event in Seattle Thursday night.

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