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Violence downtown and an uptick in hate crimes this week

Ross Reynolds reviews the week's news with Ashley Archibald, reporter at Real Change News, Marcus Green, South King County reporter at the Seattle Times, and Knute Berger, columnist at Crosscut.

A man under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections allegedly stabbed three strangers in downtown Seattle this week. We look at crime in the city and the state's mental health system.

Also, a study by Safehome.org, using FBI data, shows hate crimes rose 78% between 2013 and 2017 in Washington state. Seattle had one of the largest reported increases in hate crimes.

And Amazon announced this week it's launching a $700 million program to retrain their fulfillment center workers. The company says it will help them meet their demand for people with more IT skills.

Plus: news this week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials illegally accessed the King County jails database. The Washington Post also reported that ICE used facial recognition software on driver's licenses databases, but the Washington Department of Licensing says they didn't provide access without a warrant.

Finally, is Puyallup busing residents experiencing homelessness to Tacoma? Why did Tom Steyer jump into the Democratic presidential race? And Knute Berger takes a close look at the National Nordic Museum.