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As students prepare to go back to school, more and more parents are thinking about school safety. A recent poll found 34 percent of parents fear for their child's physical safety at school. That's almost triple the number of parents from 2013.

Updated at 10:04 a.m. ET

More than 300 news publications across the country are joining together to defend the role of a free press and denounce President Trump's ongoing attacks on the news media in coordinated editorials publishing Thursday, according to a tally by The Boston Globe.

Hospital stays are usually short: days, weeks, sometimes months.

But when the state of Washington sent 16 patients with brain injuries to a rehabilitation hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, some of them ended up staying for years.


More than $12 million dollars.

That’s what the state of Washington spent to send 16 patients with serious brain injuries to a rehabilitation facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Between 2014 and 2017, the state of Washington sent 16 patients with brain injuries to a rehabilitation hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Sometimes people with severe brain injuries develop behavioral issues that are hard to manage. This can make it difficult to find them a place to live.

 


Liz Garcia and her daughters on Halloween circa 2001 or 2002. The photo was taken in the apartment where Garcia was raped a few years later.
Courtesy of Liz Garcia

Liz Garcia was at home, checking out her hair in the bathroom mirror. She saw the door open and thought it was her mom or dad who just popped by.


A wildfire burns behind a home on Twisp River Road early Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 in Twisp, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Kim Malcolm talks with University of Washington research ecologist Jessica Halofsky about why changing forest management practices could help prevent massive wildfires in the Northwest.

FILE: A Horizon Air Bombardier DHC8-Q400 at Sea-Tac Airport.
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Kim Malcolm talks with aviation security consultant Jeff Price about steps that Sea-Tac Airport and airlines can take to improve security, following Friday's theft of an airplane and subsequent crash. Price is owner of Leading Edge Strategies, based in Colorado.

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Northwesterners and people around the world have been inspired by Bill McKibben’s prolific environmental activism. McKibben took some time off from his global warming work recently to write his first novel, “Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance.” He admits he was inspired by one of his heroes, Edward Abbey — so you know things will get weird.

Smoke from an approaching wildfire looms over a home near Twisp, Wash., Aug. 19, 2015.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Kim Malcolm talks with University of Washington environmental chemistry professor Dan Jaffe about why air quality in the Pacific Northwest has been getting worse over the last three decades.

FILE: King County Elections employee Josephine Ruff unloads a  full ballot drop box outside of the Seattle Public Library in Ballard in November of 2017.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Seattle-area primary results are below, but we want to highlight some interesting developments from outside our area, where three Republican-held seats are showing vulnerabilities.

A voter returns a ballot in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Tuesday is primary day in Washington state. So what kind of voter are you? Are you driven by the issues or by your emotions?

KUOW's Angela King talked with Assunta Ng, publisher of Northwest Asian Weekly, about her recent post on nine specific voting behaviors that many of us are guilty of.

A ballot drop box in Seattle
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Maria Cantwell, Dave Reichert's old seat, and big money: Kim Malcolm talks with KUOW Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about what to watch for in Washington's August primary election.

On the evening of August 14, 2010, Steve and Laurie Jenks were returning to their motel from a wedding in Walla Walla. It was dark and Steve, who was driving, had been warned to watch for deer along Highway 124. 

An emaciated, 4-year-old Pacific Northwest orca is drawing alarm.

NOAA Fisheries spokesman Michael Milstein said feeding live Chinook salmon to the female orca, possibly laced with medication, is being considered.

Editor's Note: This story contains graphic language.

A former worker at a shelter for immigrant youths in Arizona has been accused of molesting eight teenage boys over a nearly yearlong period at the facility, according to federal records cited by nonprofit news site ProPublica.

On a muggy morning this week, a group of bankers and investment managers met at The Hay-Adams Hotel in Washington, D.C. They got an update from the Treasury Department about government cash flows and, according to minutes of the meeting, the picture wasn't pretty.

Corporate tax receipts are down for the year, while government spending is up. Even with a fast-growing economy, the Treasury Department expects to borrow more than $750 billion to pay its bills during the last six months of this year.

Orca whale, Tahlequah or J35, carrying her dead calf
Photo courtesy of Michael Weiss, Center for Whale Research

It's now been nine days that a J-pod orca mother has been carrying her dead calf on her head, refusing to let it sink.

Kim Malcolm talks with Dr. Deborah Giles about how individuals can help with the recovery of southern resident killer whales. Giles is a killer whale biologist with the University of Washington's Center for Conservation Biology.

Here are three of Giles' suggestions:

As the cameras rolled on President Trump's campaign rally for GOP Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida on Tuesday night, a peculiar sign appeared in view.

"We are Q."

Journalists at the event noted multiple attendees carrying signs and wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the name "QAnon."

In a clash of protected species, Pacific Northwest members of Congress are coming down in favor of salmon. The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday morning to make it easier to kill sea lions who feast on Columbia and Willamette River salmon and steelhead.

Of the 57 overdoses reported during a single week in July, 40 lives were saved because Naloxone was given during the overdose
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Kim Malcolm talks with KUOW reporter Anna Boiko-Weyrauch about the opioid epidemic in Snohomish County. In July, county health officials reported 57 overdoses in a single week. Of those, 40 lives were saved because the overdose-reversal drug naloxone was given during the overdose. 

In 2017, officials counted 37 overdoses during a similar point-in-time survey.

Townhomes in Seattle's Wallingford neighborhood
KUOW photo/Megan Farmer

Kim Malcolm talks with University of Washington sociology professor Kyle Crowder about a new study that looks at Seattle's rental housing market.

Over the past few years, the city has passed several laws meant to protect renters, such as limiting move-in fees. The study found that Seattle renters have virtually no awareness of the ordinances.

UPDATE (July 31, 7:17 p.m. PT) — The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the union that represents federal immigration workers, has sent Portland’s mayor a cease-and-desist letter. 

The dispute started with Mayor Ted Wheeler instructing Portland Police not to intervene in a protest that lasted for more than a month and shut down the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Portland for two weeks.

A naming rights agreement with Safeco Insurance and the Seattle Mariner's baseball field ends after the 2018 season.
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Housing advocates faced off against Seattle baseball fans at a King County Council public hearing on Monday.

At stake: hundreds of millions of dollars from the county’s hotel/motel tax.

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.

The Trump administration announced a plan Friday that would affect about 40 percent of the payments physicians receive from Medicare. Not everybody's pleased.

The U.S. government is racing to meet Thursday's court-ordered deadline to reunite migrant families who were separated at the border to discourage other illegal crossings. But the government has acknowledged many parents won't be able to rejoin their children. And for those parents who do get to be with their children again, the future is uncertain.

President Trump is eager to tout a fast-growing economy, boosted by the tax cuts he pushed through Congress. That makes Friday morning's report on gross domestic product a highly anticipated news event.

Did GDP growth top 4 percent in the second quarter — more than double the first-quarter pace — as many economists project?

Forecasts are all over the board, with estimates even among Federal Reserve economists diverging widely.

The events of 10 years ago show why these forecasts are so important.

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