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Screenshot of Washington State Auditor's Office report on criminal database records.
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The Washington state database that employers and firearms dealers rely on to do criminal background checks is missing information on tens of thousands of people.

That’s according to a new report issued by the Washington State Auditor’s Office, which reviewed close to a quarter million cases from the year 2012 included in the Washington State Identification System, the state's criminal history records database.

Marcie Sillman speaks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about Seattle's broadband debacle. An independent consultant says it's just too expensive for Seattle to build a gigabit broadband system and operate it as a public utility, but advocates still want an alternative to Comcast and Century Link.

Budget negotiators continue to meet at the Washington capitol, but there’s still no deal on a spending plan for the next two years.

Marcie Sillman talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about budget progress at the state.

Indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley will get to keep his lawyer after a federal judge Friday found no obvious conflict of interest that would preclude Mark Bartlett from staying on the case.

Police officers pause next to a sign outside a restaurant as they observe a May Day anti-capitalism march on Friday in Seattle. Seattle councilmember Bruce Harrell criticized police for how they responded to protesters.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jennifer Shaw, deputy director of the ACLU of Washington and a founding commissioner of Seattle's Community Police Commission, about the commission's efforts to enact police accountability reforms.

Jenny Schulz isn't religious.

"I see religion as something really personal," said Schulz, 26, who works at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. "So the fact that it is a requirement in politics always seems unusual to me."

She said she "oscillates between atheist and agnostic," but she knows it could be many years before she votes for a political figure who shares her (lack of) religious beliefs.

A file picture from Oct. 17, 2008, shows the "B" cell and bunk unit of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Guaranteed payments to contractors at federal detention centers have helped to create a quota system for immigration enforcement, according to a report released Thursday by advocates for detainees.

By the end of the year, the Washington State Patrol could need more than 200 new troopers because many are closing in on their retirement.

So the agency is turning to community job fairs as one way to recruit new troopers, as well as other employees.

Approximately 40 small wildland fires are burning across the Northwest -- and it’s only early June.

Oregon state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, has introduced a measure that would try to protect government whistleblowers.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would require many employers to offer paid sick leave.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Joaquin Uy, a board member of the Filipino Community Center and communications director for the Low Income Housing Alliance, about how important fast internet is to immigrant and low-income communities.

Also, Reynolds talks with Michael Mattmiller, Seattle’s chief technology officer, about the release of a feasibility study for municipal run broadband internet that city officials say makes it too expensive to compete with private companies like Comcast and Century Link. 

Seattle moms Sarah Weigle and Julia Crouch and their daughter Maya. Although married in Washington state, Crouch chose to adopt their daughter to protect her status as a parent across the U.S.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on gay marriage this month. The high court decision could mark the end of a complicated legal era in which same-sex couples have had to jump through legal hoops to legally protect their family unit.

In this 2012 file photo, Troy Kelley, the Democratic candidate for state auditor at the time, takes questions at a debate.
Flickr Photo/Daniel Brunell (CC-BY-NC-ND)

State Auditor Troy Kelley is facing another investigation. This time the state is looking into possible criminal activities.

The state’s investigation is separate from the federal charges he currently faces.

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