Government

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.

The Confederate flag. The Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. Policing minority communities. Nuclear weapons and Iran. Summer often brings a lull in the news, but not this year. And, come September, students are going to want to talk about these headlines.

But how should teachers navigate our nation's thorny politics?

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.

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

Ross Reynolds talks with Todd Donovan, professor at Western Washington University, about why more people won't be voting in Tuesday's primary election.

Operators of some hookah lounges in Seattle say the city's crackdown unfairly targets them. This hookah lounge is on Roosevelt Way Northeast in the University District.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says hookah lounges are attracting crime and violence and he wants to shut them down. But some operators say they're not part of the problem.

The city has started cracking down by filing criminal charges against King’s Hookah Lounge in Seattle’s International District, alleging that the operators failed to pay taxes.

Electric trolley advertises zero emissions.
Flickr Photo/Gordon Werner (CC BY SA 2.0)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jon Talton, economics reporter for the Seattle Times, about the impact of Governor Jay Inslee's plan to impose a cap on carbon emissions in Washington. 

Seattle Washington ballot box vote
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

David Hyde speaks with Daniel Beekman, a reporter for the Seattle Times covering city hall and local politics, about the upcoming primary elections on August 4. 

City of Seattle Office of the Waterfront

A proposal to upend the official city waterfront plan and preserve a chunk of the Alaskan Way Viaduct as an elevated park isn’t sitting well with former Seattle Mayor Charlie Royer.

“These are being treated like competing proposals in the media, and they are in no way competing proposals,” Royer told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds of the Park My Viaduct initiative.

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