News

Kyle Stokes / KPLU

Washington state's publicly-funded preschool programs may be high-quality, but too few students have access to it.

That's the takeaway from newly-released ratings of state preschool programs from the magazine Education Week. Washington received a D grade and the third-worst rating of any state in the publication's Early Education Index.

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

 

Washington state is at a crossroads, according to Gov. Jay Inslee.

Those were key themes Tuesday as Inslee delivered his State of the State address before a joint session of the state legislature.

Alex Brandon / AP Photo

 

A municipal court judge in suburban Seattle has dismissed domestic violence charges against home-grown soccer superstar Hope Solo.

That lifts a cloud over the U.S. national team's goalkeeper as she prepares for the upcoming Women's World Cup.

Ed Ronco / KPLU

Jim Borda of Federal Way and Creig Beckett of Seattle didn't know each other before this past weekend. But they both showed up at the same time outside Century Link Field — at 10 a.m. Sunday — to get in line for tickets to the NFC Championship game between the Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers.

USGS

The incredible size and speed of the Oso landslide that killed 43 people last March has been a source of wonder, even for the most seasoned geologists investigating it.

Now the U.S. Geological Survey has published its first peer-reviewed study of the event. It focuses on the landslide’s high mobility as a major cause of the destruction.

Pat Gaines

After breeding on Arctic cliffs and tundra hillsides in summer, Rough-legged Hawks winter throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Open country is their ideal territory, where the small rodents they depend on are usually so plentiful that the hawks have enough to eat.

But the rodents are cyclic, with lower populations in some years, and in those winters, Rough-legs may migrate farther and be more abundant in the contiguous United States.  

Nick Ares / Flickr

Mention taxes and people either get irate or their eyes glaze over. But one well-known Seattle economist has spent a lot of time thinking about our state tax system and says it stinks. And, he says, it’s time we all paid attention.

Courtesy of Leila Mirhaydari

Editor's Note: This story originally ran as part of our new show, "Sound Effect," which airs on Saturdays at 10 a.m. The show's inaugural episode on Jan. 10 explored the theme of newness.

Anna King

 

Several major markets for U.S. poultry products have shut down trade after discoveries of avian flu in the west, including the Tri-Cities, Washington.

Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is testing flocks there.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

 

Republicans control the Washington Senate, but Monday’s start of the 2015 session featured a Democratic insurgency.

It happened when Republicans tried to re-elect Sen. Tim Sheldon as president pro tem of the Senate. Sheldon is a Democrat who in 2012 joined with Republicans to help them take control of the Washington Senate.

Greg Watson / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

 

Dredging of the Lower Snake River started Monday after a delay of several weeks due to a court challenge.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lined up two dredges to make up for lost time. The dredges are removing accumulated silt and shoals in the Snake River navigation channel and port berths near the Idaho-Washington border.

Austin Jenkins

Gov. Jay Inslee wants a new capital gains tax to help fund schools and other priorities. But Republicans in the state Senate voted Monday to make it harder to get a tax proposal like that through the legislature.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

Eating too many fish from Washington state waters can make you sick. That’s the idea behind the updated fish consumption rule that has been formally proposed after two years of heated debate.

The new fish consumption rule will require dischargers to keep local waters clean enough that people can safely eat a serving of fish a day, rather than just one per month. 

John Froschauer / AP Photo

Kam Chancellor's interception and 90-yard touchdown was the biggest play of Saturday's Seahawks playoff victory, judging from seismic equipment monitoring the shaking at CenturyLink Field.

Joanne Kamo

Many bird songs are rich and complex, difficult to remember, and nearly impossible to imitate.

Some species' songs, however, sound as if they could have been whistled by a human.

These simpler, pure-noted songs are some of the most familiar and easy to remember. These songs, including the "pee-a-wee" of this Eastern Wood-Pewee, are a great place to start building your knowledge of birding by ear!  

Pages