Five of the eight teachers at Washington state's first charter school were not certificated when classes began last year. That's just one of many problems in a newly-released state audit of First Place Scholars Charter School.

Auditors found that the lack of credentialed teachers -- and overestimated student enrollment -- meant the Seattle school was overpaid by more than $200,000 of public funds.

Former U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke in 2012.
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David Hyde speaks with Gary Locke, former U.S. ambassador to China and former Washington governor, about Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington state this week.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ended his campaign for president Monday, capping off a rapid rise and equally rapid fall in the GOP race.

At a brief 6 p.m. ET press conference in Madison, Wis., Walker said he was suspending his White House bid, in part, to stop the current GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

"Today I feel I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field," Walker said.

Recreational marijuana use is legal in Washington state — but only for adults. And after the state's law was tweaked this summer, minors who break that rule risk felony charges. That's the case for three minors in Asotin County, who could now face up to five years in prison.

China President Xi Jinping.
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The Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in Seattle Tuesday. It’s the first stop on his U.S. itinerary. KUOW’s Liz Jones visited Seattle’s Chinatown neighborhood to see what they think of this high-profile visitor.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with titans of Northwest commerce Tuesday and Wednesday on their home turf: Think Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon.

Millennials do not like to be categorized.

The Pew Research Center finds they don't even like the label "millennial." But for our journalistic purposes, we'll use it like the Census Bureau — to refer to people born between 1982 and 2000. (And full disclosure: your author fits into this so-called millennial generation.)

Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a reporter in Pendleton, Oregon, Friday that she will run for the office next year.

Sen. Patty Murray (left) speaks with Planned Parenthood volunteer Barbara Culp (right).
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Democratic Washington Senator Patty Murray visited a Planned Parenthood clinic in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood on Friday. She said she’s worried that Republican attempts to de-fund the organization will lead to a government shutdown.

Meanwhile her challenger said Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. share the blame for the lack of a budget.

Speed limits are going up on many eastern Oregon highways next year. But higher speeds will mean fewer chances to pass on the region's two-lane roads.

Brian Phillips spent 71 days in solitary confinement this summer. He was locked up in the Thurston County Jail near Olympia, Washington, after he went off his psychiatric medication and had several run-ins with police.

Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Amy Hagopian, an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, about why she's joined an effort to unionize faculty at the University of Washington.

Red Square, University of Washington campus
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David Hyde speaks with Norm Arkans, associate vice president of media relations and communications at the University of Washington, about why the UW administration has "grave reservations" about an attempt by some of the UW faculty to unionize.

Editor’s note: KUOW is a self-sustaining service of the University of Washington. Arkans is an ex-officio member of the Puget Sound Public Radio Board of Directors. 

Seattle Aquarium veterinarian Lesanna Lahner checks Mishka's fur after the otter was transferred from Seward, Alaska in February 2015.
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Did the Seattle teachers strike change the conversation about public education? Why is China’s president stopping in Seattle on his way to D.C.? And why does a sea otter at the aquarium need an inhaler?

Bill Radke discusses the week’s news with Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter, Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels.

Howard Lake, north of Stehekin in Washington's North Cascades.
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Several years ago a Seattle man hiked into a lake in the North Cascades that had an unusual name:  Coon Lake.

Jonathan Rosenblum thought that sounded racist. "This was a wrong that needed to be corrected," he told David Hyde on KUOW's The Record.

He convinced Washington state officials to change the name to Howard Lake after Wilson Howard, a miner who staked claims in the area and was one of only two black miners to stake claims in the North Cascades.