Detta Hayes, 9 year driver for Microsoft's connector bus and vanpool service. Hayes is prone to frequent bursts of laughter, such as when I asked her if her bus ever gets stuck in traffic.
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The expression a Microsoft Connector driver made when we asked about traffic

Chuck Collins is the guy who ran Metro in the 1970s. He should be the kind of guy who salivates over light rail. But instead, he’s dreaming of more vanpools.
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Kim Malcolm talks with Seattle Times reporter Geoff Baker about a new proposal from Chris Hansen to build a sports arena in Seattle's Sodo area. Hansen now says he doesn't need the public to chip in $200 million in public financing.

Piloting a jetliner was once a glamorous profession. Then came the 9/11 terror attacks, airline bankruptcies and pension cuts. Entry-level pilots worked for peanuts.

But now the pendulum is swinging back. Regional airlines across America -- including the Northwest's Horizon Air -- are grappling with a looming pilot shortage.

A Somali-American woman from Kent, Washington, has been found guilty of funneling money to a terrorist group. Court documents say the money paid for safe houses and military operations for al-Shabaab – a group affiliated with Al Qaeda. 

The case has sparked concerns within the Seattle area’s large Somali community.

Linda Brewster of Port Townsend is in Seattle to make some phone calls for I-735.
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Linda Brewster lives in Port Townsend, but today she traveled to Seattle to make phone calls for Initiative 735. She estimates she's dedicated over 1,500 hours of her life to this campaign.

The University of Washington has received its largest donation ever: $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The gift will pay for a new building for an ambitious UW project -- the Population Health Initiative.

Nicole Grant of the Martin Luther King Labor Council has a blackboard decorated with the initiatives and issues supported by the local labor movement.
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Washington state has long had one of the highest minimum wages in the country. At $9.47, it is also one of the few minimum wages that can rise with the cost of living.

But then Seattle set a new bar for minimum wages. 

Should Seattle de-fund the police?

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A march protesting the Seattle police shooting of Che Taylor on Feb. 21 moves through downtown Seattle on Feb. 25, 2016.
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Bill Radke sits down with lawyer and activist Nikkita Oliver to discuss her stance on de-funding the police. Oliver feels that not only should money allocated to more officers be directed somewhere else, she also would like to see a society that doesn't have any cops at all. 

When you're facing a major life change, it helps to talk to someone who's already been through it. All Things Considered is connecting people on either side of a shared experience, and they're letting us eavesdrop on their conversations in our series Been There.

Liv Aannestad has known she wanted kids as long as she can remember.

The old Liberty Bank building in Seattle's Central Area before it was demolished. Affordable housing will go up in its place.
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There's a new building going up in the heart of Seattle's Central District.

It's a project that could help bring back renters who've been priced out of the neighborhood.

It has become a familiar story in a world bristling with live mics. A public figure is caught out using a vulgarity, and the media have to decide how to report the remark. Web media tend to be explicit, but the traditional media are more circumspect.