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The federal courthouse in downtown Seattle.
KUOW photo/Gil Aegerter

Across the country, 711 immigrant children separated from their parents at the border still remain disconnected from their families. Now, Washington state wants to know how many of those kids might be here.

The craft brewing industry in the Pacific Northwest is starting to feel pain from the Trump administration's steel and aluminum tariffs. Those metals are made into beer cans, kegs and fermentation tanks.

Seattle streetcar
Flickr Photo/Seattle Department of Transportation (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Mayor Jenny Durkan is reviewing the Seattle streetcar's Center City Connector line. That project has been on hold since March, and now the mayor has some questions about the entire streetcar system. This week the mayor's office updated the public on the progress of the review.

Here are three points that made us sit up straight:

Eva Stone leads a professional division class at Pacific Northwest Ballet School.
Courtesy Pacific Northwest Ballet/Lindsay Thomas

Many ballet dancers are women, but far fewer women actually create the dances we see onstage.

Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet school wants to help change that paradigm.

Kristen Scott, partner at Weber Thompson, stands in front of the courtyard/thermal chimney that draws a breeze across her office in lieu of air conditioning
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

It’s hot outside. In most offices in Seattle, air conditioning keeps the employees cool. That’s not happening at the architecture firm Weber Thompson. 

The two biggest blood networks in the Pacific Northwest say the region's blood supply is suffering a critical shortage.

Oregon’s 2018 toxic algae troubles didn’t begin with the summer bloom tainting Salem’s water supply.

Jason Hutto, Founder and CEO of House of Cultivar, poses for a portrait on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at House of Cultivar in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

When Washington voters legalized recreational pot five years ago, they paved the way for a new industry that includes everything from retail shops to big grow operations.

Carmen Best smiles during a press conference on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at City Hall in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

As Carmen Best enters the confirmation process to become Seattle’s next police chief, she told the City Council Wednesday how her profession has transformed since she entered the force 26 years ago.

Avoid heating food in plastic, especially those with recycling codes 3, 6 and 7.
Wikimedia Commons, User Z22

Pediatricians are urging Congress to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to collect more data  on chemicals in food.

A new report by the American Academy of Pediatrics says synthetic chemicals used as additives and in food packaging are harmful to kids.

The U.S. and Canadian governments have scheduled a second and third round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. The 54-year-old treaty provides flood protection to Portland and smoothes out Northwest hydropower production.

Northwesterners are hearing a lot about mountain lions lately. Since May, an extremely rare fatal attack in the Washington Cascades, a Willamette Valley pool party interrupted by a wandering cat and a viral Facebook video of a mountain lion lounging in a southern Oregon woman’s living room have made headlines across the region.

Are the Northwest’s mountain lions acting out of character this summer?

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Derek Broman says no. But they are adapting to a gradual shift in their range.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has finalized shorter hours for several border crossings in northeastern Washington state, effective this fall. The reduction in operating hours in one case was modified based on protests from the local community.

Kathryn Bartholomew, Associate Professor of Languages & Linguistics, Seattle Pacific University
KUOW Photo/Katherine Banwell

So, like, does it bother you the way some people speak?

Some of us use what are called "discourse markers" in conversation. A linguistics professor at Seattle Pacific University says discourse markers have been part of our language for years.

Courtesy Seattle Department of Transportation

On Tuesday, Mayor Jenny Durkan released a new update from the city's ongoing review of the Seattle streetcar's downtown connector project: an estimated cost of more than $200 million, and the new cars might not even fit the existing track.

But there are other problems with the streetcar, too. The main one: ridership.

Flickr Photo/SounderBruce (CC BY 2.0)

The true cost of the Seattle streetcar's Center City Connector project may be well over $200 million. That's the latest from Mayor Jenny Durkan's office.

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state in 2012 resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of people sentenced for marijuana-related felonies, according to an analysis conducted for public radio by the Washington State Caseload Forecast Council.


The ceramic artist behind a mug depicting a farting unicorn has settled for an undisclosed amount with Tesla Motors.

Students gathered outside of Franklin High School on Friday, June 8, 2018, for a demonstration calling for an end to gun violence after their classmate, 17-year-old Ryan Dela Cruz was shot and killed, in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Gun owners, gun dealers, and kids: Those are the groups King County lawmakers are trying to reach with a package of gun safety measures announced today. 

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta on election night 2017, when he first was elected to the Burien City Council.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

The suspect, who police say perpetrated a racial attack on Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta, has turned himself in.

The 62-year-old could be charged with malicous harrasment, better known as a hate crime.

Matta said he was grabbed by the neck from behind and pushed to the ground and left bleeding Saturday while attending the Old Burien Block Party. 

“Although the fact that fire has always been an important ecological factor is recognized to a certain extent by most foresters, many of them disregard or minimize the possibility of utilizing fire as a silvicultural agent in the management of ponderosa pine forests.”

— Harold Weaver, Journal of Forestry, 1943

On a cool spring morning outside Sisters, Oregon, the Wolf Creek Hotshots weaved their way through ponderosa pines, drip torches in hand.

Tricia Schroeder, Lashondra Hayes, and their children. Hayes works as a nanny for Schroeder.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Seattle City Council passed a domestic workers bill of rights Monday. It extends to Seattle’s 30,000 or so nannies, gardeners, home health workers and house cleaners.

It includes some protections currently taken for granted by other kinds of workers.

Courtesy of Horizon House

Skydiving is a once in a lifetime experience for most people, but not for Seattleite Stuart Williamson. He jumped last year for the first time, on his birthday, at Harvey Field in Snohomish.

Williamson took another jump yesterday, again on his birthday — his 100th birthday.

KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Food often brings a community together, but when there’s a pig roast, it takes a lot of hands working together.

Over the weekend, volunteers in Seattle’s Chinatown International District worked in shifts turning a whole pig, mounted onto a spit, over hot coals.

By Sarah Hoffman/KCTS 9

In the basement of a quiet residential street in Federal Way, Washington, hides the ultimate home science experiment — a nuclear fusion reactor.

The push for a bullet train between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, BC, is getting additional backing. The state of Oregon and Microsoft Corporation are putting money into an in-depth "business case analysis" previously launched by Washington and British Columbia.

KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg is seeking his fourth term this November. In the 11 years he's held office, some years he’s run unopposed. But this year he’s facing a challenger from the left: public defender Daron Morris.   


New high-speed passenger planes being designed by Boeing and other manufacturers could connect continents faster than ever before.

But these supersonic and “hypersonic” planes could also wreck the global climate faster than other means of travel. 

Wildfire smoke continued to collect in the Rogue Valley air Sunday, sending air quality readings into the Very Unhealthy range for the first time since lightning started the fires a week ago.

By sundown, the Medford air reading for smoke stood at 243, well above the 200 line between Unhealthy and Very Unhealthy.  Ashland's reading was 213 at the same time.  Grants Pass and Williams remained in the Unhealthy category. 

KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Personal income in Washington state is growing faster than anywhere else in the country.

Washingtonians' income increased by 7.4 percent in the first financial quarter of 2018, blowing past the national average of 4.3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.