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Seattle area sets record for wettest fall season with more rain on the way

As wet weather persists across the region, the Seattle area has officially set an all-time record for fall rain between September and November.
Nick Bowman

Local leaders: Emerging omicron variant 'does not change our approach to fighting pandemic'

Gov. Inslee, Executive Constantine, and Mayor Durkan issued a joint statement on the local response to the omicron variant early this week.
KIRO Radio Newsdesk

Seattle-area lot owner says don't wait to buy your Christmas tree this year

If you get a Christmas tree at a place that sells them year after year, you likely don't need to worry about talk of a supply problem. But you may pay more.
Nick Bowman

Kshama Sawant recall could see District 3 voters buried in ballots over next two years

The jury's still out on whether Seattle's Kshama Sawant will be recalled. But what happens if District 3 voters do choose to remove her? 
MyNorthwest Staff

Pierce County school mascot ‘warriors’ slated for replacement over new state law

Clover Park High School will change its school mascot to comply with a new state law prohibiting the use of Native American iconography in public schools.
MyNorthwest Staff

Still 'a lot we don't know' about omicron variant, says Washington hospital official

A new variant has sparked concern across the globe, but the good news in Washington is that COVID hospitalizations have gone down in the past week.

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UW Huskies Kalen DeBoer...
The Associated Press

Kalen DeBoer takes the reins as UW Huskies head football coach

The UW Huskies hope another coach from the Mountain West, Kalen DeBoer, will help them replicate the success they had with Chris Petersen.
Seahawks Tyler Lockett...
John Clayton

Clayton: Hard to believe, but struggling Seahawks only getting worse

At 3-8, the Seahawks are only better than one other team in the NFC and are getting less out of their offense than any team in the league.
Seahawks WR DK Metcalf...
Brandon Gustafson

Why wasn’t DK Metcalf involved more in Seahawks’ offense?

DK Metcalf had just one catch in the Seahawks' latest loss to Washington. Jake Heaps breaks down why Metcalf didn't have a larger role.
Seattle Kraken Brandon Tanev...
Andy Eide

Eide: How the streaking Seattle Kraken have picked up steam

The Seattle Kraken have put their six-game losing streak behind them with four wins over their last five games. Andy Eide looks at how.
Seahawks QB Russell WIlson...
Brandon Gustafson

Carroll: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson letting ‘routine’ plays get away from him

Pete Carroll joined Mike Salk and shared what he saw from Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in another rough performance from the star QB.
UW Huskies Kalen DeBoer...
Brent Stecker

Brock Huard details the style Kalen DeBoer brings to UW Huskies

What can be expected out of new UW Huskies head football coach Kalen DeBoer? FOX Sports college football analyst Brock Huard breaks it down.

Jason Rantz

KTTH staff

Kent mayor connects string of recent shootings to King County's 'lax prosecution of drug crimes'

Kent Mayor Dana Ralph discusses how a recent state supreme court ruling has impeded King County's ability to prosecute drug crimes.
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle School Board hides findings that its members harassed Black staff

Two Seattle Public School board directors who claim to be anti-racist progressives were found guilty of harassing, intimidating, and bullying Black staff.
KTTH staff

King County Councilmember calls for the re-funding of police

Fresh off his reelection, King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn is calling for the re-funding of police. But will it pass in a Democrat-led council?
Jason Rantz

Rantz: WA Democrat's anti-gun bill banned 21-gun salute, insulting veterans

In last year's anti-gun bill, Democrats ended up banning the 21-gun salute. It is insulting to our veterans. One lawmaker hopes to change it.
KTTH staff

Rantz: No consequences for burglars who set off fireworks in Puyallup mall

At the South Hill Mall in Puyallup las week, there was a bizarre and somewhat brazen burglary attempt in which fireworks were set off as a diversion.
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Here's why WA officials don't admit COVID death rate is lower than breakthrough case rate

Health officials tout the efficacy of vaccines. They also say virtually nothing about the death rate for unvaccinated COVID patients. Those numbers are nearly identical.

Dave Ross

KIRO Radio staff

Mayfield: Focusing less on money and more on giving

What if we focused on giving more every day? And what if -- beyond money -- we gave more love, wisdom, and leadership?
KIRO Radio staff

Mayfield: How scared of the omicron variant should we actually be?

The omicron variant is stranding travelers and rattling markets. It just sounds scary, but what if we're getting ahead of ourselves?
MyNorthwest Staff

UW Medicine’s head of Virology: Live market 'more likely the start' of COVID

Scientists have been trying to trace the actual origins of the virus that causes COVID, to find if it came from a market, a lab, or somewhere else.
MyNorthwest Staff

Study determines the ideal time to sleep based on biological clock

Is there a specific time when you should be going to sleep? Mercer Island MD Dr. Gordon Gohen explains the results of a study from the United Kingdom.
Dave Ross

Ross: Seattle's next mayor promises a drier downtown experience

Yes, people want to be safe downtown, but they would also like to be able to go from store to store in November and December without getting soaked.
MyNorthwest Staff

Check your dishwasher, fridge, and bathroom before hosting for the holidays

We're used to holiday tips, but this is the first time Dave Ross says he's read about the home maintenance you should be doing for the holidays.

Dori Monson

Dori Monson Show

Kent mayor: After rash of shootings, 'my residents are scared (but) I’m not giving up'

Multiple shootings marred a four-day Thanksgiving weekend for many cities in the Puget Sound area, but few more so than the city of Kent.
Dori Monson

Dori: King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn announces Congressional run

King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn announced his candidacy on Monday for Washington's 8th District Congressional seat.
Dori Monson

Dori: Tri-Cities florist settles with gay couple over refusal to sell them wedding flowers

Richland, Washington, flower shop owner Barronelle Stutzman has settled with the ACLU, citing her Southern Baptist faith as reason for the refusal.
Dori Monson

Dori: Homeland Security Special Agent on surge in drug trafficking, fentanyl deaths

Homeland Security Investigations agent Robert Hammer describes the surge in illegal drugs, and related death counts across the nation.
Dori Monson

Dori: Woman in wheelchair attacked in Seattle by naked, prolific offender

A Gig Harbor woman with a physical disability alleges that she was victimized by a naked attacker in downtown Seattle earlier this year.
Dori Monson

Dori: Spirit on display during Whatcom County flooding — what you can do to help

A number of community organizations are leading recovery efforts for those displaced by Whatcom County's recent flooding.

Gee & Ursula

Gee and Ursula Show

Are you among the 11.5% of Americans not buying holiday gifts in 2021?

The Gee and Ursula Show discusses a survey that says a record number of Americans won't be buying holiday gifts this year.
Gee and Ursula Show

Beyond the defund debate: Will new SPD budget deliver on promise of reform?

Did Seattle City Council's recently passed 2022 budget do enough to address calls for police reform dating back to the summer of 2020?
Gee and Ursula Show

'It hurts': KIRO Radio hosts react in wake of Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

KIRO Radio's Gee Scott, Aaron Mason, and Andrew Lanier provide their thoughts following the Friday acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Gee and Ursula Show

As pandemic still looms in Washington, 'your level of concern is up to you' for holiday travel

Washington health officials are urging caution for those who plan to travel for the holidays. But how concerned should people be?
Gee and Ursula Show

Is a high speed rail line through Washington actually realistic, or is it a pipe dream?

Can Washington finally achieve its years-long dream of building a multi-state high speed rail line? So far, the answer remains unclear.
Gee and Ursula Show

Rising wages: Seattle-wide trend, or nonprofit exclusive?

A local nonprofit has pledged to raise the wages of their employees by as much as $20,000, a "trend" Seattle has seen before.

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Seattle Traffic

Chris Sullivan

20 months into the closure, workers return to West Seattle Bridge

Workers finally returned to the closed West Seattle Bridge on Monday, promising to have it open to the public by the middle of 2022.
Chris Sullivan

Washington tow truck drivers beg state lawmakers for more protection on roads

Tow truck drivers are begging the state Legislature for more protection after a deadly year on Washington's roads.
Chris Sullivan

Washington State Ferries to slowly start returning normal service this week

Ferry riders have been struggling with a reduced sailing schedule for about a month now, but there could be some service improvements coming.
Chris Sullivan

Light rail trains finally testing on East Link tracks

Light rail cars are running on the East Link tracks in the first phase of systems integration testing before service begins in 2023.
Chris Sullivan

WSDOT workforce shortage could mean more closed roads this winter

The vaccine mandate and a global lack of workers is expected to impact the state's ability to clear the snow from roads and keep the mountain passes open.
Chris Sullivan

Improvements to I-5 through JBLM have been 'game-changer' for congestion

A new HOV lane on I-5 through JBLM has led to across-the-board decreases in congestion along what's historically been a problematic roadway.

Northwest History

Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Thanksgiving Island Mystery solved?

“The Mystery of Thanksgiving Island” – a ‘cold case’ about the origins of that name – may just have been cracked wide open by a KIRO Radio listener. 
Feliks Banel

Special 50th anniversary broadcast: Infamous Northwest skyjacking

KIRO Radio presents a special broadcast called "COOPER 5-0," marking the 50th anniversary of the DB Cooper skyjacking of Nov. 24, 1971.
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Can you solve the mystery of Thanksgiving Island?

Pretty much everyone has heard of Easter Island and Christmas Island, but what about Thanksgiving Island right here in the Pacific Northwest?
Feliks Banel

KIRO Radio ready to serve in case of emergency

KIRO Radio is proud to have partnered for years with FEMA to provide unique communications facilities and capabilities in the event of an emergency.
Feliks Banel

World War II Navy chapel is still sacred to Shoreline residents

Tucked away in a forested part of Shoreline is a unique artifact dating to World War II and a once-sprawling U.S. Navy hospital.
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: New Seattle history book for kids recalled by publisher

It’s a twisted tale of a brand-new book for kids all about Seattle, which is being recalled by the publisher just a week after it was released.