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What does Bumbershoot mean to you? Seattle artists reflect on the festival's 50-year history
Last month, Bumbershoot announced its arts lineup. This week, they announced the highly anticipated music lineup, and as promised, it is heavy on the local front. The full lineup can be viewed here, but to get a feel for what the return of this festival means to artists who grew up in Seattle, KUOW caught up with a few hometown participants.
‘Therapeutic’ courts could see influx under Washington's next drug law
Lawmakers in Olympia are mapping out changes to Washington state’s drug possession law. It could emphasize “diversion” programs designed to help people avoid jail and criminal records. Drug courts or “therapeutic” courts could be one route for these cases.
A Native grandma smuggled her grandkids out of their abusive boarding school. She hid them in the mountains
One time, when my gram/Tupa came to visit, she waited for the nuns to be busy doing something else, and she said, “Get in the car.” I was 8 years old when we were taken to boarding school.
WA Supreme Court upholds capital gains tax just weeks ahead of collection deadline
The Washington Supreme Court has ruled in a 7-2 decision to uphold the state's new capital gain tax.
It's early, but prominent Dems are eyeing a run for governor in 2024
The Washington state governor's race is over a year away, but it is already starting to generate some buzz. Two prominent WA Democrats – Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz – both told KUOW they’re weighing a run for the state’s highest office.
Seattle Public Schools lays off more staff, but spares teachers for now
Seattle Public Schools officials say they’ve slashed 74 central office positions for next school year, yet most teachers’ jobs will be safe.
Seattle is losing more apartments than it's building. Small landlords blame overregulation
Data from Seattle’s Rental Registration and Inspection database reveal a trend: For every apartment created in a big, new building, a small landlord takes one off the market.
Safety device, human error derailed Anacortes train, federal officials say
The Federal Railroad Administration has confirmed KUOW reporting that a safety device meant to keep trains from plunging into Puget Sound knocked a train off the tracks and onto the Swinomish Reservation early Thursday morning.
Federal court rules Seattle landlords can ask about criminal history
A federal court has struck down half of Seattle's Fair Chance Housing Ordinance, which prohibits landlords from asking about prospective tenants’ criminal history.
Missed crime lab evidence could've stopped Green River Killer decades earlier, investigation finds
During the 1980s and 1990s, detectives struggled to catch the suspect known as the Green River Killer. But according to some new investigative reporting, the Washington State Crime Lab overlooked some key evidence that could have linked Gary Ridgway to the killings as far back as the 1980s, before he took more lives.
'Build in Washington' rule may be cast overboard to obtain new ferries affordably and quickly
Every new car ferry added to the Washington State Ferries fleet over the past fifty years was built at a Puget Sound shipyard. Now, state lawmakers are considering a break from past policy in order to obtain new vessels faster and cheaper for the troubled state ferry system.
WA state revenue forecasts predict slowdown as lawmakers prepare new spending plans
Over the next two years, Washington State is likely to bring in less revenue than previously expected, according to the latest revenue forecast officials released Monday. But lawmakers say it's cause for caution, not necessarily concern.