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For four Saturdays this August, Pike Street between Broadway and 12th will be closed to car traffic.
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Heidi Hall, business districts advocate for the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, about an experiment to make three blocks of Pike Street pedestrian only. The experiment will take place during four Saturday nights this August.

Kim Malcolm speaks with Vickie Ybarra, a former elected official on the Yakima school board, about how Latinos in Yakima are making their voices heard and what representation in the City Council means for the community. 

Seattle Washington ballot box vote
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

What did we learn from Seattle’s first district elections in a century? Why did so few people vote? Is the Port of Seattle about to get more kayaktivist-y? And which of the 17 GOP presidential candidates have the best shot with Washington state voters?

David Hyde steps in for Bill Radke this week to debate those questions and more of the week’s news with Democratic state Senator Pramila Jayapal, Q13 political analyst C.R. Douglas and former state Republican party chair Chris Vance.

The scene in the New Holly neighborhood after a drive-by shooting killed Zakariya Issa on Friday, July 31.
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People in Seattle’s New Holly neighborhood say the killings of two young Somali men have shaken their faith in the police and they want more to be done to protect them.

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Republican presidential hopefuls tossed around a lot of statistics during their debate last night. Some of those numbers are revealing. Others may be concealing or at least don't tell the whole story.

Here's a closer look now at some of the claims made by the candidates.

Claim 1 — Jeb Bush: "Our economy grew at double the rate of the nation. We created 1.3 million jobs. We led the nation seven out of those eight years."

City Councilmember Jean Godden at Bulldog News in the University District.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

After 12 years on the Seattle City Council, Jean Godden conceded defeat Thursday in her race for a fourth term.

The frontlines of child protection in Washington are about to get a boost. The new state budget funds more than 40 new caseworker positions.

Slide the City had planned events at three places in Washington state but canceled them due to permitting issues.
Slide the City

The giant slip-and-slide event that was hyped on social media in Seattle, Spokane, or the Tri-Cities has now been canceled. All the excitement came to a halt over everyday health regulations. 

In Seattle, a big chunk of Mercer Street was to be closed Aug. 16 so people who plopped down $30 a ticket could take a wet-and-wild ride.

City Councilmember Jean Godden at Bulldog News in the University District.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

New results in the primary election hold more bad news for incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden.

Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Sales Tax

Aug 5, 2015

Recreational pot users in Oregon will have to pay a premium to buy marijuana from medical dispensaries.

A judge Wednesday ruled former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes was a public official and must hand over emails to the court for review.

Kim Malcolm speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canada's upcoming federal elections.

In addition to district races, the Seattle City Council primary includes two at-large seats.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Ross Reynolds speaks with C.R. Douglas, political analyst for Q13 Fox, about the initial results from the August primary elections.

Rob Johnson (center in light shirt and tie) and campaign supporters watch election results Tuesday night at The Pub at Third Place. Johnson was leading in District 4, ahead of Michael Maddux and incumbent Jean Godden.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Your votes are in and here's what we know about the primary election for Seattle's new City Council districts: It was pretty good for incumbents.

Except one. 

Phyllis Porter is a neighborhood activist who lobbied long and hard to get Rainier Avenue S on a "road diet."
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

People have called Rainier Avenue Seattle’s most dangerous street. There’s at least one accident every day. Pedestrians have died. But that could change soon.

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