Washington Secretary of Corrections Bernie Warner is leaving to take a job with a private prison company.

In a much-anticipated visit, Pope Francis arrived at the White House Wednesday morning, where he met with President Obama. Francis addressed a crowd of more than 11,000 people.

The state of Oregon has agreed to a nearly $300,000 settlement with the data manager who leaked personal emails belonging to former governor John Kitzhaber.

Two African-American brothers shot by a white Olympia police officer in May have pleaded not guilty to assault charges.

Solar company REC Silicon Tuesday warned of big layoffs at a factory in central Washington if a trade dispute between the U.S. and China drags on much longer.

Flag of Tibet.
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Jeannie Yandel sits down with Jampa Jorkhang, incoming president of the Tibetan Association of Washington, to discuss why the Tibetan community is protesting Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit.

Cyrus Habib.
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Ross Reynolds talks to State Sen. Cyrus Habib (D-Kirkland) about his life and political career. Habib is three-time cancer survivor and has been blind since age 8. He was the first and only Iranian-American elected official to hold a state office in the U.S.

Ross Reynolds talks with Marketplace China correspondent Rob Schmitz about why President Xi Jinping is putting meetings with tech and business leaders in Seattle ahead of a trip to the White House.

Washington’s second largest industry, agriculture, is looking for a place at the negotiation table Tuesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Hey Bridge Tender! Why Do You Keep Raising The Bridge?

Sep 22, 2015
Bridge tender David Leask has worked in the control tower at the Ballard Bridge for 18 years.
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“What is a day in the life of a Seattle bridge tender?”

Laura Osterbrock of Magnolia asked that question as part of KUOW’s Local Wonder project.

Part of the answer: Sometimes they watch drivers throw fits as the bridge starts to rise.

“Some drivers do interact, with their hand signals,” said Ballard Bridge tender David Leask with a bit of a shrug. “You hear them screaming sometimes.”

Harborview Hospital, Seattle, 2002
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A new federal grant gives Harborview Medical Center a boost in combating gun violence. The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday awarded about $500,000 to organizations in Seattle, including Harborview.

The hospital wants to talk with gunshot victims about the reasons they ended up in the hospital -- sometimes due to gang activity or crime. 

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A 9-year-old police dog named Rex is ready to retire from the force. That presents a quandary for the Albuquerque, N.M., police department: what to do with a devoted and capable dog whose law enforcement training makes it a challenge to find him a new home?

In announcing Rex's retirement Monday, the department also outlined a sad story. The dog's handler recently retired from the force — and though the two have emotionally bonded, the officer couldn't take his work partner home because he has a small child.

Washington anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is in trouble again with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission. A lengthy investigative report released Monday alleges Eyman received a series of unreported payments.

The administration of Washington Governor Jay Inslee has officially begun a rulemaking to cap greenhouse gas pollution from large industrial sources. Inslee is flexing his executive powers to bypass the state legislature, which has repeatedly chosen not to put a price on carbon.

The governors of Oregon and Washington will be among a contingent in discussion with the president of China as he kicks off his state visit in the Pacific Northwest Tuesday.