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Frank Sumrall

Interim SPD Chief Rahr on police-city relations: ‘Can we please hit the reset button?’

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell appointed Sue Rahr as the city's interim police chief after removing Adrian Diaz from the role due to accumulating allegations.
23 hours ago
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Matt Markovich

Seattle City Council takes steps to expand use of automated license plate readers

A Seattle City Council committee expanded the use of automated license plate readers across the Seattle Police Department's fleet Tuesday.
3 days ago
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Matt Markovich

Inslee directive requires Washington hospitals to provide emergency abortion care

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a directive requiring the Department of Health to ensure hospitals provide emergency abortion care.
3 days ago
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Frank Sumrall

Newcastle not raising Pride flag over city hall: ‘You want a Hamas flag? Or a MAGA flag?’

The Newcastle city council voted 4-3 against raising the Pride flag over city hall in support of the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month.
5 days ago
Image: At left, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 9...
The MyNorthwest Staff with wire reports

Senate GOP blocks bill to protect contraception access; Murray, Cantwell react

Senate Republicans have blocked legislation designed to protect women's access to contraception, arguing that the bill was just a stunt.
6 days ago
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The KIRO Newsradio staff with wire reports

Judge denies state GOP attempt to keep initiatives’ financial impact off ballot

A judge ruled Friday that what have are known as "financial warning labels" must be included with initiatives on the November ballot.
6 days ago
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Frank Sumrall

Reichert: Ferguson trying to ‘undermine my reputation’ as honest public servant

"That question seems to be almost comical," gubernatorial candidate Reichert said. "No. 1, why does it matter who I'm going to vote for?"
7 days ago
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KIRO Newsradio Newsdesk

OPA opens probe over incident where Seattle officers appear to be beating man

Seattle's civilian police watchdog agency has confirmed it is investigating Seattle officers seen on social media appearing to beat a man.
9 days ago
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Associated Press

Ukraine uses US weapons to strike inside Russia, a Western official tells AP

Ukraine has used U.S weapons to strike inside Russia in recent days, according to a Western official familiar with the matter told the AP.
9 days ago
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The MyNorthwest staff with wire reports

Biden rolls out border asylum restrictions; Washington officials react

The president has unveiled plans to enact immediate significant restrictions on migrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
10 days ago
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Matt Markovich

‘Consider every option’: State GOP leader addresses Semi Bird endorsement

The Washington Republican Party's head said leadership is looking at the new allegations against endorsed candidate for governor, Semi Bird.
10 days ago
Images: Republican Washington Rep. Jim Walsh, left, speaks at a 'Hazardous Liberty! Defend the Cons...
Matt Markovich

Is it a tax or not? Attorney general sued over controversial ballot language

Rep. Jim Walsh sued Attorney General Bob Ferguson over what Walsh calls "warning labels" the attorney general must include on the ballot.
10 days ago
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Maria Verza and Mark Stevenson

Mexico elects Claudia Sheinbaum as its first female president

Mexico’s projected presidential winner Claudia Sheinbaum will become the first female president in the country’s 200-year history.
11 days ago
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From collapsed plea deal to trial: How Hunter Biden has come to face jurors on federal gun charges

Hunter Biden was in federal court, prepared to plead guilty to misdemeanor tax offenses. The deal was going to spare him an explosive trial.
12 days ago
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Steve Coogan

Vice President Kamala Harris returns to Seattle for fundraising events

Vice President Kamala Harris returned to Seattle Saturday for two fundraising events, including one in West Seattle.
13 days ago
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Julia Dallas

Washington insurance: Health plan prices may rise; new rule set to begin

A new rule is starting Saturday for Washington insurance while the OIS is reviewing increase proposals for individual health insurance.
13 days ago
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Matt Markovich

Lawmakers, judges, prisoners seek resentencing reform amid victim concerns

The resentencing reform effort arises as victims of violent crime argue the proposed state law doesn't take their healing into consideration.
14 days ago
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Julia Dallas and Steve Coogan

Washington Republicans, Democrats react to Trump’s guilty verdict

Donald Trump was found guilty, on Thursday, of falsifying business records. The verdict makes him the first former president to be convicted.
15 days ago
Images: Adrian Diaz, left, stands at the Wednesday, May 29, 2024 news conference after Seattle Mayo...
Matt Markovich

Diaz to depart as SPD chief; Interim Sue Rahr to focus on cultural change

Former King County Sheriff Sue Rahr will replace Adrian Diaz and serve as interim Seattle Police chief, Mayor Bruce Harrell said.
16 days ago
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Jason Rantz

Rantz: Adrian Diaz out as Seattle Police Chief, will stay with department

Rumors are swirling amongst officers that Seattle Police chief Adrian Diaz is out after the mayor's office grew tired of "drama."
16 days ago
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Jason Rantz

Rantz Exclusive: Semi Bird reprimanded for fraud against US Army, after ‘stolen valor’ claims

Gubernatorial candidate Semi Bird committed acts of stolen valor, even admitting to defrauding the U.S. Army.
17 days ago
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Frank Sumrall

Will the minimum wage for delivery drivers in Seattle be lowered?

The Seattle City Council is expected to vote on a new ordinance that would repeal the recently-instituted mandatory minimum wage for delivery drivers.
17 days ago
Image: Hundreds gather at Seattle's Wing Luke Museum to ring in the Lunar New Year in 2023....
Steve Coogan

Wing Luke Museum closes after employees walk out in protest of ‘Hate’ exhibit

About two dozen employees of Seattle's Wing Luke Museum staged a walkout Wednesday to protest an exhibit that was set to begin.
20 days ago
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Matt Markovich

How does Washington fix its eviction case backlog? A constitutional change is needed

King County is struggling with this workload due to a constitutional requirement that unlawful detainer cases must be heard by a constitutional commissioner.
21 days ago