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    Warm temps close out September

    This September has been hot, dry and recently very smoky. We'll talk with Washington's Assistant State Climatologist Karin Bumbaco about what's been going on and what we can expect in the next month or so.

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    Designing an ~intentional~ hybrid work plan

    It looks like hybrid work schedules are here to stay for many of us. That’s especially true in Seattle, where we have the second highest number of remote workers in the country. That comes with some benefits, but also some tension. Anne Helen Petersen is the co-author of Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home, and she explains how Seattle workplaces can be more intentional with their remote and hybrid work plans.

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    Seattle’s the Coolest (Metro Housing Market)

    Seattle has the fastest-cooling housing market in the country, according to real estate company Redfin. And rising interest rates could mean even more of a downturn. Seattle Times reporter Heidi Groover will tell us more.

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    Casual Friday with Jeannie Yandel and Alyssa Yeoman

    This week fall arrived, the smoke from wildfires persisted and Ray’s Boathouse said no way to the Tampa Bay Rays'attempt to buy its domain name. KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel and comedian Alyssa Yeoman break it down.

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    Spider Season Returns

    You may have noticed... It’s spider season. Their webs are everywhere right now, but don't run away. We’re revisiting our conversation with the Burke Museum’s arachnid guy Rod Crawford. He’ll tell us what spiders we’re seeing, and how much you should worry about them getting into our houses.

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    Starbucks invests in a frappufuture

    Last week, Starbucks unveiled a new strategy that pivots its focus from a cozy Italian cafe to one where icy, customizable drinks take center stage. To get there, the coffee giant plans to invest roughly 450 million in new equipment to make things more efficient for customers and Baristas. Like a new Clover machine the company says will produce freshly ground, freshly brewed, hot coffee in just 30 seconds. Business Insider reporter Mary Meisenzahl explains.

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    Free Narcan vending machines in Pierce County

    The rural town of Orting is getting its first Narcan vending machine. That’s a drug used to reverse an overdose and those machines are becoming increasingly more common--most first responders carry it. We’ll talk with the Recovery Cafe’s Rena Thompson about how these vending machines fit into a landscape of recovery, accessibility and support.

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    Casual Friday with Mike Davis and Chase Burns

    The long-anticipated West Seattle Bridge reopening is finally (almost here. Russell Wilson had a dramatic and disappointing return to Seattle… AND here in Washington we have our work cut out for us if we’re going to improve traffic safety We unpack it all with The Seattle Times’s Chase Burns and KUOW’s Mike Davis.

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    The West Seattle Bridge is (Finally) (Almost) Fixed

    On Sunday, the West Seattle Bridge will be open to the public for the first time since March of 2020. After two and a half years of construction and delays, the bridge is finally repaired, and our neighbors in West Seattle are ready and waiting. We’ll hear from West Seattle Blog editor Tracy Record about how things will change on the “Accidental Island.”

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    Three finalists for SPD chief

    Seattle is getting closer to finding a new police chief. And there are 3 finalists in the running. Crime, police reform, and public safety are top priorities. We’ll hear about the selection process from Seattle Times reporter Sarah Grace Taylor.

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    Seattle Now: Fighting fire west of the Cascades

    Seattleites often experience wildfire season through the suffocating smoke of blazes burning over in eastern Washington or British Columbia. But this weekend the Bolt Creek fire scorched nearly 8,000 acres here in western Washington. Former firefighter Amanda Montei says this is a shift, and we’ll have to expect more fires like this in the future.