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Nicole Jennings

Why you may still see some plastic bags after statewide ban

If you are still handed plastic bags at your local supermarket or the gift shop downtown, it doesn't necessarily mean the store owners are flouting the law.
Chris Sullivan

WSDOT has largest segment of state employees to leave over vaccine mandate

Of 1,887 state employees that lost their jobs over the vaccine mandate, the largest group was from the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Stephanie Klein

State reports 92% compliance after vaccine mandate deadline

At least 92% of state workers have shown proof they're vaccinated against COVID-19 or were approved for exemption, according to the state.
MyNorthwest Staff

Pierce County Sheriff's Dept, BLM react to charges against sheriff

The state Attorney General’s office has filed misdemeanor charges against Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. The department and Black Lives Matter respond.
Hanna Scott

New polling shows strong gains for Harrell and Davison, puts Mosqueda on notice

New polling from the Northwest Progressive Institute indicates that it's looking increasingly likely for a mixed outcome in Seattle’s general election.
Nick Bowman

SPD to terminate six officers over vaccine mandate, 103 await decision on exemptions

The Seattle Police Department reports that it has begun the separation process with six employees over the vaccine mandate for city workers. 

710 ESPN Seattle

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Brandon Gustafson

Heaps: Seahawks ‘don’t really have a choice’ but to be a run-first team

Whether the Seahawks want to be a run-first offense or not, Jake Heaps explains why they don't really have any choice but to try right now.
WSU Jake Dickert...
The Associated Press

New WSU football coach Jake Dickert takes over after Rolovich dismissed

WSU acting head coach Jake Dickert spoke about his focus Tuesday after assuming lead of the football program from Nick Rolovich.
Seahawks Jamal Adams...
Brandon Gustafson

Bumpus: Seahawks are minimizing Jamal Adams’ impact with ‘obvious’ blitzes

Jamal Adams has no sacks in 2021 and while the Seahawks blitzed him more in Week 6, Michael Bumpus said Seattle can rush him better.
Seahawks RB Alex Collins...
Brandon Gustafson

Salk: Seahawks found their identity on offense by doing it Pete Carroll’s way

The Seahawks may have lost to the Steelers, but Mike Salk thinks they came away from it with a clear identity in running the ball on offense.
Seahawks Tre Brown...
Brandon Gustafson

Heaps: Have the Seahawks found the answer at CB in rookie Tre Brown?

How encouraging was the play of rookie cornerback Tre Brown for the Seahawks in his first ever NFL game? Jake Heaps breaks it down.
WSU Nick Rolovich...
Brent Stecker

WSU terminates contract of football coach Nick Rolovich, 4 assistants

Washington State University has terminated the contract of WSU Cougars football coach Nick Rolovich due to his refusal to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Jason Rantz

KTTH staff

Pierce County Sheriff Troyer says he knew charges were 'coming since day one'

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer joins the Jason Rantz Show to react to two misdemeanor charges against him from the attorney general's office.
Jason Rantz

Rantz: State AG charges Pierce County Sheriff with 2 misdemeanors after 'unusual' move

Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office is readying misdemeanor charges against Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. The filing could come as early as Tuesday.
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle mayor downplays crisis, falsely says only 24 officers didn't turn in vaccine paperwork

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told reporters on Monday that "only about two dozen officers have not put in their [vaccine] paperwork" ahead of the midnight deadline.
KTTH staff

Seattle mayor: 'About two dozen' SPD officers have yet to submit proof of vaccination

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and interim Chief Adrian Diaz both submitted final pleas to unvaccinated officers over the weekend. 
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Trooper tells Gov. Inslee to 'kiss my...' in final sign-off before vaccine mandate

A 22-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol signed off from his final shift with some parting words for Governor Jay Inslee: "Kiss my..."
Stephanie Klein

Seattle Police Chief asks officers to submit vaccine paperwork

As the Oct. 18 deadline to prove COVID-19 vaccination or risk losing a job looms, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz sent a heartfelt memo to officers letting them know he doesn't want to lose them.

Dave Ross

Dave Ross

Ross: May we live long and prosper with our vaccine choices

Talk show host Dennis Praeger decided to put it all on the line to prove he’s right about vaccines.
MyNorthwest Staff

A new ‘universal’ flu-COVID shot on the horizon, says local MD

Mercer Island’s Dr. Gordon Cohen discusses how future iterations of the COVID mRNA vaccine could also treat seasonal flu.
Dave Ross

Ross: The troubling downside behind megawatts of crypto-power

Power plants feeding Bitcoin miners will create jobs, but they’ll do it by pumping CO2 into the air in service of creating more of the currency.
Dave Ross

Ross: The real reason people don't want to return to work

The extra unemployment benefits were cut off in September and most states elected not to continue them. Yet, millions of workers are still holding out.
Dave Ross

Ross: Shatner's emotional response over trip to space exactly what we needed to hear

Space travel is a trip that every billionaire who thinks he’s a master of the universe needs to take as soon as possible.
Dave Ross

Ross: Choosing the fully-vaccinated airline that makes you feel safest

Two airlines – Southwest and American –both based in Texas, have decided to stick with their plans to require employees to get vaccinated.

Dori Monson

Dori Monson Show

Terminated Seattle firefighters turn in their boots

Seattle firefighters who lost their jobs over the COVID vaccine mandate dropped off their boots on Tuesday.
Dori Monson Show

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer says he'll fight AG's misdemeanor charges

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer is charged with one count of false reporting, and one count of making a false or misleading statement to a public servant.
Dori Monson Show

Meet the firefighter and deckhand who won't get vaccinated

Washington state’s COVID vaccine mandate for most government, healthcare, and education employees is set to take effect Oct. 18. Meet the state workers who are leaving their jobs.
Dori Monson

Dori: Inslee planning to push COVID vax through 2024

Gov. Jay Inslee has given himself extra-constitutional "emergency" powers for 19 months. Now it looks like he is planning to extend those powers.
Dori Monson Show

Seattle police union president says some officers are 'willing to walk away' from job in solidarity

If Seattle police officers are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or haven't submitted proof by Oct. 18, they risk losing their job.
Dori Monson Show

King County Sheriff's Office bans non-essential travel, sheriff travels to Boston

Employees with the King County Sheriff's Office were told all non-essential work-related travel "should be cancelled," but the sheriff went to Boston.

Gee & Ursula

Gee and Ursula Show

Seattle council candidate Sara Nelson outlines plan for homelessness, policing

Seattle City Council Position 9 candidate Sara Nelson calls for added encampment sweeps and police accountability over defunding.
Gee and Ursula Show

Superintendent: More 'issues with adults' over masking rule than students

The state Superintendent says things are going "pretty darn well" as schools reopened. He credits that success to COVID rules, which include masking.
Gee and Ursula Show

With Washington’s vaccine mandate deadline imminent, a minority chooses resignation

KIRO Radio speaks with the minority coalition which has decided to take a stand against the vaccine mandate and accept termination or resignation.
Gee and Ursula Show

State Superintendent says any future vaccine mandate for students will be 'statewide'

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction says there won't be a vaccine mandate for students until there's full federal approval of a vaccine for kids.
Gee and Ursula Show

'I didn't think anybody took me that seriously,' Seattle candidate says about anti-police tweets

Seattle city attorney candidate Nicole Thomas-Kennedy tells Gee and Ursula how she would run the office and responds to tweets she posted in 2020.
Gee and Ursula Show

Seattle Council Position 8 candidate Kenneth Wilson takes aim at incumbent Mosqueda

The challenger for Position 8, Kenneth Wilson, claims his technical expertise as a civil engineer will be crucial for infrastructure development.

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Seattle Traffic

Chris Sullivan

King County crews find mystery structure under Maple Valley Highway

You never know what you'll find when you dig in this corner of the country. Road crews found that out this weekend when fixing a culvert under Highway 169.
Chris Sullivan

Getting to Climate Pledge Arena 101: Prepare to ditch the car

The old ways of getting to the arena in downtown Seattle have intentionally been made more difficult so that public transit is a more palatable option.
Chris Sullivan

Why there are bumps along I-5 through downtown Seattle (and when they'll go away)

When KIRO Radio's Dave Ross asks you to update something for him, you do it. So what's with those annoying bumps on I-5 SB out of downtown Seattle?
Chris Sullivan

Why are portions of I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass so 'groovy'?

Another question from Chris Sullivan's recent driving: What's with the horizontal grooves on portions of I-90, east of Snoqualmie Pass?
Chris Sullivan

Chokepoint Challenge: Stay in the right lane to get through traffic faster

In Sully's first "Chokepoint Challenge," he wants you to test the theory that when traffic is backed up, you move faster in the right lane than the left.
Chris Sullivan

Final Revive I-5 closure of the year, more school zone cameras, and light rail

This is a Chokepoints grab bag edition where Chris Sullivan covers the return of Revive I-5, more school traffic cameras, and the light rail extension.

Northwest History

Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: How – and why – did Microsoft ‘Name That Zune’?

We know now it couldn’t beat the iPod, but where and how did Microsoft get the name for its gone-but-not-forgotten Zune media player?
Feliks Banel

Priceless archive keeps the history of Pacific Northwest trains running

A unique partnership devoted to Northwest railroad history means an incredible archive of photos and documents is being preserved and made accessible.
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: Ghosts of the Roosevelt Highway in Washington state

For most of the 1920s and well into the 1930s, part of the long-forgotten Roosevelt Highway traveled through the Evergreen State.
Feliks Banel

Beloved kids' show host turned meteorologist M.J. McDermott hangs up her barometer

When meteorologist M.J. McDermott retires this week from Channel 13, not many people will remember her early years hosting a kids' show.
Feliks Banel

All Over The Map: How Kittitas, Klickitat and Lewis counties were named

All Over The Map’s county origins series took the summer off, but returns for this installment, featuring Kittitas, Klickitat, and Lewis counties.
Feliks Banel

Mixed bag for mask mandate at inaugural Kraken preseason game in Spokane

While the Seattle Kraken prevailed in its inaugural preseason game, the state’s mask mandate for indoor spaces and large events did not fare so well.