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Amazon Vice President Greg Russell wants to help the Seattle Police Department make better use of technology.
Amy Radil

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has announced a long-awaited leadership shakeup, looking outside and within the department for four new assistant chiefs.

Washington lawmakers face a 5 p.m. deadline Wednesday to pass bills out of their House of origin.

Supporters of “knife rights” are urging Idaho lawmakers to pass a bill that would keep cities and counties from restricting the possession and sale of knives.

File Photo: Kathleen O'Toole speaks after being introduced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as his nominee to be Seattle's new Chief of Police, May 19, 2014.
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Marcie Sillman speaks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole's appointment of four new assistant police chiefs.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about his 10-year transportation plan

Ross Reynolds interviews Alison Holcomb, head of an initiative from ACLU to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the U.S. by half. 

Fishing boats on Puget Sound
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Sixty years ago, in the middle of the night, a Navy ship struck a small fishing boat in Puget Sound. The Santa Maria was from Tacoma, and three fishermen on board died. The deaths of three working men made front-page news, and their widows sued the Navy, but it looked like they would get nowhere, until a sound saved the day for them.

Workers and labor activists demonstrate outside the US District Courthouse in support of the city's $15 an hour minimum wage
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Lawyers for the International Franchise Association and five local franchisees were in court Tuesday asking that portions of Seattle’s new $15-an-hour minimum wage law be barred from taking effect.

A group of Republican lawmakers in Idaho is offering a plan they say could raise up to $81 million for road and bridge repairs by next year.

Northwest lawmakers are considering whether to make it harder for parents to opt out of immunizing their children.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about the personnel shakeup at the Seattle Police Department. Police Chief Kathleen O' Toole is replacing four assistant police chiefs.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Matt Baretto, University of California Los Angeles political science professor, about California's voting rights act and what Washington could learn from the other state.

Wyoming lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow the state to finance the construction of coal export terminals in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere.

On Friday, Wyoming’s state legislature sent to Gov. Matt Mead a bill that would allow the state to issue up to $1 billion in bonds to help fund out-of-state projects, including coal export terminals.

Lloyd Drain, director of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority, said these projects would be good for Wyoming coal and the Northwest, too.

A screen capture shows the South Sound Magazine website after a hacking attack by a group claiming to be ISIS.
South Sound Magazine

South Sound Magazine is among several businesses across the country whose websites were hacked over the weekend by a group claiming to be the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

NBC News reported that investigators were skeptical that ISIS was behind the attack, believing the hackers just claimed the affiliation to gain more attention.

On Saturday, the Tacoma-based magazine's normal website was replaced with an all-black background and a message beginning, "HACKED BY ISLAMIC STATE."

Workers stand on the reddish-gray surface of Bertha.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Bertha the drill should be back at work on the tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct by August. There’s still some unstable soil left to drill through.

Officials will be watching Pioneer Square for patches of settling. After that, the ground becomes more firm, and project managers predict smooth drilling at the maximum rate of 65 feet per day.

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