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A Pasco police officer said he was compelled to shoot and not let Antonio Zambrano-Montes hit him or fellow officers with a rock.

Each year, convicted felons get thousands of weapons from licensed gun dealers. They skirt the mandatory background checks by having people who do qualify fill out the paperwork for them.

Now, the settlement of a lawsuit over a tragic murder-suicide in Kansas has made it easier to sue gun dealers who allow these "straw purchases" with a wink and a nod.

Oregon lawmakers are demanding the removal of the Mississippi state flag from display in front of the Oregon capitol.

Washington Senate Republicans have agreed to suspend a biology exam requirement that’s keeping nearly 2,000 high school students from graduating.

A bus moves into traffic on Delridge Way in West Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Ross Reynolds speaks with King County Executive Dow Constantine,  who also chairs the Sound Transit Board, about a planned transit expansion in the Puget Sound region known as Sound Transit 3. Public comment on the first phase of planning can be submitted until the end of the day on Wednesday, July 8.

Single-family homes such as this one in Greenwood could be rezoned to become a multi-family dwelling should draft proposals by Seattle's affordable housing task force come to fruition.
Courtesy of Hana Sevcikova

Ross Reynolds speaks with Erica C. Barnett about leaked draft recommendations from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's Housing Affordability and Livability Committee. Some of the recommendations would require a dramatic rethinking of the way Seattleites see home.

Oregon Legislature Gavels Out 2015 Session

Jul 7, 2015

Oregon lawmakers adjourned the 2015 legislative session Monday night. House Speaker Tina Kotek let the gavel fall in unison with her Senate counterpart -- just like every year.

The Franklin County prosecutor is expected to release a second batch of documents and details Wednesday in the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, Washington.

Ross Reynolds talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about why lawmakers are still in session and what state Democrats want before the session ends.

Steven Durant, left, and Ed Malick were both married to women before coming out as gay.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

The Supreme Court ruling effectively legalizing same sex marriage nationwide has been seen as a huge victory for the lesbian, gay and transgender community.

But that doesn't mean LGBT people automatically have equal rights and protections - even in Washington state, where some equal protection laws have been on the books since 2006.

Most aspiring chefs long for the white hat, the gleaming kitchen, the fancy menu.

But Nigeria-born Tunde Wey stumbled into a different version of the (American) chef's dream. He wanted to see the country and share the food of his West African childhood with friends and strangers along the way.

So a few months ago, he packed up his knives and his spices at his home in Detroit and started crisscrossing the U.S. by Greyhound bus.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jon Talton, economics columnist for The Seattle Times, about why the Washington State Legislature repealed a $57 million tax break for Microsoft.

A crowd gathers at Seattle Gas Works Park at sunset. Under new rules,  no smoking will be allowed at any city parks from Monday on.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

David Hyde speaks with Christopher Williams, deputy director of Seattle's Parks and Recreation department, about a smoking ban in all city parks. The ban goes into effect Monday as Seattle joins hundreds of other U.S. cities with similar restrictions.

An unimproved shoreline street end along Seattle’s Ship Canal at Sixth Avenue West and West Ewing Street.
KUOW Photo/Ross Reynolds

The patch of ground doesn’t look like much – it’s full of weeds and marked by graffiti-marred signs – but it’s precious: a public spot for people to connect to Seattle’s waterfront.

Duwamish tribal chairwoman Cecile Hansen hold her great-grandson, Maximus Pearson in this photo from May 2013.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

A long journey for Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe appeared to have hit a dead end Thursday. The federal government rejected the tribe’s decades-long fight for official recognition -- and many benefits that come with it. KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

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