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Chris Kerns and his son, Nolan, laid flowers in honor of the fallen Tacoma police officer on Thursday.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

A steady stream of people came to Tacoma Police headquarters Thursday. T hey came to pay tribute to the officer who was shot to death Wednesday while responding to a domestic dispute.

Three women embrace as they stand at a growing memorial, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, at Tacoma Police Department headquarters in Tacoma, Wash. A Tacoma Police officer died Wednesday night at a hospital after being shot multiple times earlier in the day.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Bill Radke talks to King County Sheriff John Urquhart about the details surrounding the shooting death of a Tacoma police officer. The officer was responding to a domestic violence call, the most common calls that lead to an officer's death. Urquhart discusses the particular challenges of domestic violence calls and why they carry such a risk for everyone involved.

Police across the Northwest and the country are mourning the shooting death of Tacoma police officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez. He was a 17-year veteran of the department. His death is also having an effect on police recruits.

Tacoma police officer killed on domestic violence call

Dec 1, 2016
Hospital and law enforcement workers stand at an entrance to Tacoma General Hospital in Tacoma, Wash., as they wait for the body of a Tacoma Police officer who was shot and killed while answering a domestic violence call Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

UPDATE 12/1/2013, 4:00 p.m. SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state police officer responding to a domestic violence call was fatally shot and his fellow officers were still "taking fire" as they removed him from a home, beginning an 11-hour standoff during which authorities say the gunman used two young children as human shields.

Dana and Dave Verellen fled Seattle for Tacoma.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

Bill Radke talks to Dave and Dana Verellen, owners of Zodiac Supper Club in Tacoma, about why they decided to move from Seattle.

Tacoma School District officials will test every school's water quality. That's after results from last May showed unacceptable levels of lead in six Tacoma schools. District officials say they're investigating why no one took action to fix the problems. The school district is also going through water quality reports from the past four years. Spokesperson Elle Warmuth says they will alert parents if other schools had high lead results. She says the district is still researching the results...

Screenshot of the water service map.
Seattle Public Utilities

Seattle Public Utilities staff explained their advice for residents to the Seattle City Council on Monday. Here are the takeaways: What's the problem? Is Seattle's drinking water safe?

File Photo of an old water fountain.
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Utility officials in Seattle say residents should turn on the faucet for a few minutes if the water hasn't run for six hours. The precaution comes after high levels of lead were found in water lines connected to four Tacoma homes .

When Tacoma residents sized up a proposal to build a methanol plant and shipping facility, they saw it mostly as a source of toxic air pollution with a mighty thirst for water and a voracious appetite for electricity. So the Chinese-backed company behind the project said it wanted to pause the environmental review . But that doesnt mean Northwest Innovation Works is getting out of the business of trying to produce and ship methanol in the Northwest. The company also wants to build smaller...

Tacoma Voters Favor $12 Minimum Wage

Nov 4, 2015
File photo of Tacoma Dome and Union Station in Tacoma, Washington.
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David Hyde talks to Tacoma News Tribune reporter Kate Martin about election results in Tacoma, including an increase to the minimum wage and a measure to give the mayor more executive power.

A vivid portrait by Bll Schenck at the Tacoma Art Museum, a gift from the Haub family of Germany. The Haubs fell in love the Tacoma area in the 1950s and have collected an impressive collection of western art for decades.
Courtesy of Tacoma Art Museum

The story behind a massive new art collection in Tacoma is one of coincidences. A wealthy German couple honeymooned in the area in the 1950s and then, years later, started collecting art of the American West. Those paintings hung on walls near Tacoma and Wyoming and in Germany until recently, when the family bequeathed the stunning collection to the Tacoma Art Museum. Safe Haven In the mid-1950s, Erivan Haub, a German businessman, visited friends on Fox Island in Puget Sound. He immediately fell in love with the area. When he returned home to Germany, he enthused about the area to his girlfriend, Helga. When they honeymooned here later, Helga said the area reminded her of growing up in the Black Forest in Germany.

Tacoma Link Light Rail train approaches
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Politicians in Olympia are negotiating the final size of a transportation package. But we found out this week it may not be as much as some people hoped. Transit advocates hope the final package will pay to extend light rail from Seattle to Everett and Tacoma. KUOW’s Joshua McNichols went to Tacoma to find out more.

The Kalakala on the day she was to be scrapped. The unlucky vessel had shone on Puget Sound waters as a ferry from 1935 to 1967.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

It was before dawn on Thursday, and the cold air off the Blair Waterway in Tacoma was damp and penetrating. Karl Anderson, a mustachioed man in his 70s, stood on his company’s graving dock, waiting for the Kalakala.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is making a high-stakes bet that it will prevail in a pending lawsuit over Snake River dredging.

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Bill Radke talks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about a plan to close the so-called "gun show loophole" by requiring a background check for any gun sold on city property.

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