Monica Spain

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Recreational pot is legal in Washington, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to procure. New legislation could change that by making it legal to “grow your own.”

In Oregon, you can grow four plants. In Alaska, Colorado and D.C. the number is six. But here, that number is zero.

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Transportation network companies Uber and Lyft have made it easier to catch a ride in Seattle. It’s also changed the landscape for drivers of traditional taxis. In fact, the competition has become so fierce that drivers see a need to organize.

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The housing market may be going up in Puget Sound, but foreclosures are still a reality for many, especially in Pierce County. Now there’s a new effort in Tacoma to reach homeowners — before it’s too late.

Nearly 70 homes were scheduled for foreclosure in Tacoma alone last month. But there might be hope.

Seattle University, working with the city of Tacoma will go door-to-door in hard hit areas. Canvassers will pass out packets with information on free housing counselors and legal aid.


Pacific Lutheran University announced today it will sell KPLU public radio to the University of Washington.

Although the deal isn’t final, the two universities say moving forward there will still be two radio stations, but they will each have distinct programming.

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Technology experts are predicting that by the year 2020, tens of billions of devices will be connected to the Internet—not just smartphones, but sensors and chips that will communicate with other machines to do things like drive cars.

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Nickelsville, Seattle’s homeless encampment, is getting ready to move — and they’ve set a date. Nickelsville is targeting November 7 for the move. This time, the tent city will set up camp on Ballard’s main thoroughfare, Northwest Market Street.

Campers are in the process of formally applying for the city permit, and getting ready to vacate their current site on South Dearborn Street.

Zyp BikeShare

Seattle has a year of experience with bike sharing. As the city awaits news on a $10 million federal grant to expand the system, it is poised to bring in the next generation of public transit with pedals.

With the planned city-takeover of Seattle’s bike share program, the mayor has earmarked $5 million in the budget to help bolster the federal grant. Most cities with bike share have done the same – including Boston and Chicago.

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Since the gold rush, Seattle has had its booms and busts. With each population swell, there has been talk, and maybe some grumbling, about who is coming and what mark they will leave on the city. That has been no less true with Seattle’s latest migration.

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Aficionados of beer have known for some time the unique styles and flavors of Northwest craft brews.  It’s no longer a local secret. This week, an international beer conference is coming to Seattle.  It’s the first time the meeting has been held outside Europe. 

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Several advocacy groups are warning city officials throughout Washington to review their treatment of homeless people. The groups say bans against sleeping outside are unconstitutional if a person has no place to call home. 

The warning went out to Washington city attorneys, prosecutors and police agencies. It asks them to take a closer look at local laws that make it a crime to sleep or camp in public places.

One third of homeless people in King County live out of their cars.  People with large vehicles like RVs and even buses tend to cluster in industrial areas -- until they’re asked to move on. 

Jennifer Smith lives in her RV with her 15-month-old daughter, Willow. “Its basically got a bus back end and a truck front end,” Smith said.

Her vehicle has been parked in this spot in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle for three weeks, but she’s lived in the area along North Northlake Way since April. She was ticketed once and received several warnings. Legally a car can’t be parked in the same spot for more than 72 hours in Seattle.

But neighbors say some 15 RV’s have been parked along this stretch of Lake Union and they don’t seem to budge. Until a recent notice.

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What does your ideal commute look like?  Sound Transit wants the public to weigh in on the next phase of planning for light rail expansion.   

But act fast; the comment period closes on Wednesday. You can access a link to the survey on our web site,

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The major water utilities in the Puget Sound area are telling customers the water supply is in good shape for the drought. But for thousands who depend on springs or shallow wells, the outlook is not as certain. 

More than two-thirds of the state’s population is served by big water systems. Take Seattle, Tacoma and Everett – their utilities have saved plenty of water in their extensive reservoir and storage systems. They’ve asked customers to conserve, but haven’t recommended any extreme measures. 

But according to Ginny Stern, a hydrogeologist with the State Department of Health, for nearly 27,000 people statewide, it’s a different story.

“There are a large number of very small systems that can’t connect to larger water supply, it wouldn’t be economically feasible. you can’t run the pipe run the pipe far enough," Stern said. 

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For the third year in a row, the University of Washington Bothell is set to graduate the largest class ever. The 25-year-old branch struggled to take off in early days, but now is growing fast.

Eighteen hundred UW Bothell students will don cap and gown this weekend on the main campus in Seattle. For nearly a third of those graduates, it will be a moment of pride – they’ll be the first in their family to earn a four-year degree. UW Bothell Vice Chancellor Susan Jeffords says an emphasis on small class size is attracting first-generation college attendees.

Monica Spain

Ty Kocher walks me up the hilly backyard behind his home in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. The lush, sloping lot is the reason he bought the fixer-upper -–  it had a terrace for a vegetable garden and nooks and crannies for the kids to discover. But first he had to deal with decades of debris.

“Years ago, about six years ago, I was digging out a bunch of broken bottles and bricks and some old metal toys from the ‘50s and so we just planted into the hill and recently I put rain barrels in the spot, thinking I was doing all the right things.”

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For supporters of same sex marriage, it’s been a long haul to get to this point.  And on the other hand, it’s been a whirlwind. It wasn’t many years ago, gay couples here weren’t able to visit a sick partner in the hospital. Advocates say incremental steps led to full marriage equality in 2012.  Shaun Knittel with Social Outreach Seattle says that moved the national conversation forward.

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Television ads might have you believe the only women involved in the beer industry are bikini-clad servers juggling beer steins. This month, women from more than 100 breweries are collaborating to prove them wrong.  

Locally, women brewers worked together on a special batch of beer in Pike Place Market in Seattle.

Monica Spain

With homelessness on the rise, colleges now offer classes on the subject. At Seattle Pacific University, hosting a tent city easily integrates students with campers in the classroom. 

But students there have taken that relationship a step further. At a recent poetry slam, barriers between campers and college kids dissolved.

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Come March 1, King County Metro rates will increase by 25 cents — the fifth increase in seven years. Alongside that rate hike, the county is offering relief to low-income riders with a reduced fare. 

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In Washington, there are almost 9,000 children in foster care. About a quarter of them are eligible for adoption.

I visited the King County courthouse to meet a family as they welcomed their foster daughter into their home — permanently.

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The 104th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution drew hundreds of protestors outside the Mexican consulate in Seattle.

The demonstration called for answers in the disappearance of 43 Mexican students in September. Protestors also want the release of a Renton woman who has ties to the students. 

The Eakin Family

The family of a woman killed by a drunk driver on State Route 509 last year also blames King County and the city of Burien. They filed a multimillion-dollar claim stating the accident could have been prevented if a guardrail had been replaced.

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Seattle’s bike share program has been up and running for about a month, and membership is growing. But it’s rare to see a cyclist taking on one of the city’s steep hills. So I took a ride to see where the bikes turn up, and how they get there.

While mammograms are successful in detecting early breast cancer, they are sometimes associated with false positives. Researchers at the University of Washington say 3-D mammograms are more accurate and can help find hidden tumors. 

Monica Spain

Even with the Affordable Care Act, adults in Washington are not getting the medical care they need often because they cannot afford deductibles or get into a Medicaid provider. Others go without eyeglasses and live with toothache because they don’t have coverage at all. This week, Seattle has a temporary clinic in an unlikely place to help solve some of those problems.

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Nervous air travelers might know Sea-Tac International Airport doesn’t have any flights to or from Africa. What it does have is a quarantine station that’s prepared to stop the spread of contagious diseases, such as Ebola.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has 20 quarantine stations around the U.S. In Seattle, the station is located at Sea-Tac, and it’s not new. 

Monica Spain

After years of planning, the wheels are rolling on Seattle’s bicycle sharing service. Fifty bike stations open around the city today.

Rows of identical lime-green bikes are lined up next to sky-blue containers holding sanitized helmets available on the honor system. Next to them is a kiosk, which resembles a vending machine.

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If you’re lucky enough to spot a lacy monarch butterfly as it heads south for winter, look closely. You might see something unusual on its wing.

In a town in northern California, a young girl noticed a white sticker with an email address on a butterfly’s wing when it landed on her garage door.

“She took note and emailed me, so it proved the system worked,” said Dr. David James, an entomologist at Washington State University.

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The U.S. has been wanting to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to the International Space Station, but for now, American astronauts rely on Russia to get to space. That’s about to change, now that Boeing and Blue Origin, another Northwest company, are on board to build the rocket.


NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil.

On Tuesday, the space agency announced it has picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International Space Station in the next few years.