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American Indian tribes in Washington state are asking President Barack Obama to overhaul the way the federal government consults with tribes on infrastructure projects.

Leaders of four tribes are meeting with federal officials in Seattle Tuesday.

The Yakama Nation, Lummi Nation, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Spokane Tribe are supporting a plan they say will improve the consultation process, protect sacred sites and provide greater recognition of tribal rights.

Kaylee Osowski

Democratic U.S. Senator Patty Murray met Republican challenger Chris Vance for a debate Sunday at Microsoft’s Redmond campus.

The candidates discussed the power struggle between the federal government and states when it comes to education. Murray says the federal government provides opportunity for all.

“Actually, the federal education law is essentially a civil rights law,” Murray said. “That’s why it was first passed because in too many states, in too many places, students of color, students of lower income were not getting the same access.”

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Washington farmers and food processors contribute more than $50 billion to the state’s economy, or about 12 percent of the economic activity overall. Eastern Washington is famous for crops such as apples, wheat and hops, that are exported all over the world.  But nearly half of the state’s farms are smaller operations, located west of the Cascades.

More than a thousand of them make their livelihoods working the fertile soil of the Skagit Valley, where a river of the same name provides water and nutrients that first attracted farmers more than a century ago.

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This week, 88.5 knkx begins an election series called "Voices from Here," featuring conversations with five different people who live in the Puget Sound area. They'll talk about their concerns and hopes as we head toward the presidential election on Nov. 8.

Before we hear those conversations, we spent a moment with David Domke, professor of political communication at the University of Washington.

The Earshot Jazz Festival and Seattle Theatre Group will present Maceo Parker on Saturday, October 29 at the Moore Theatre.  As you may know, Mid Day Jazz on the new 88.5 knkx is home to the occasional feature, The Maceo Mandate, wherein we encourage listeners to take a break and "shake it loose" with the music of Maceo Parker.

Emily Schwing

The Presbyterian Church officially apologized to indigenous people across the country during a gathering of Alaska Native people this weekend. For decades the church took part in the forced removal of children from their homes and families--and it happened in the Northwest.

Several new and forthcoming releases will be highlighted on Jazz Northwest this Sunday, October 23 on 88.5 knkx. Two are bicoastal sessions, one with Bremerton resident Mark Lewis and a top New York rhythm section, and one with Vancouver BC saxophonist Cory Weeds in a live session at Smoke in New York.  Mark Lewis' CD will be released early next year and the Cory Weeds disc is out now. NY pianist David Hazeltine is in Vancouver to launch Cory Weeds' CD this weekend at Frankies.

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Chelsea Clinton is scheduled to return to Seattle to urge Washingtonians to support Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine.

The Clinton campaign says Chelsea Clinton plans to hold a get-out-the-vote rally Town Hall Seattle on Saturday afternoon.

Organizers say she'll lay out the stakes in the November election.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is expected to speak as well.


This week on Sound Effect, we bring you stories of virtual reality and what happens when real life meets technology like the internet, video games, and even television.

A conservative think tank claims in a class-action lawsuit that some home caregivers paid by Washington state want to leave their union but can't.

The Freedom Foundation, based in Olympia, filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Tacoma.

The group claims some caregivers have written to Service Employees International Union 775 and the state expressing a desire to leave the union -- but the state keeps taking union dues from their paychecks. 

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Showers are in the forecast for Western Washington this weekend. But knkx weather expert Cliff Mass says the relatively minor precipitation expected marks a break in what has been a remarkably rainy October so far.

“I should stress how wet it has been.  The last two weeks have been extraordinary,” he said. “A number of places in the lowlands have gotten five to six inches – some more – and the mountains have gotten hit by five to 10 inches. You know, a lot of rain!”

Mass says this means there is a chance Seattle will break the all-time record for October rain: 8.96 inches.

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When the Seahawks play the Cardinals in Arizona Sunday evening, a lot of eyes will be on cornerback Richard Sherman.

We find out why in this week’s conversation between knkx sports commentator Art Thiel and 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick.

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More than half of Washington's 39 counties have a special sales tax funding mental health and substance abuse programs. 

Among the state's urban counties, Pierce County is the exception. Leaders there have resisted enacting tax the one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax for years. 

But with homelessness and addiction on the rise, some county leaders are looking to change that.


State officials say after fatally shooting seven wolves, efforts to kill a wolf pack in northeast Washington have ended.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday it will not pursue the remaining members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack.

KOMO-TV reports the pack has an adult female and three juveniles remaining.

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San Diego-based pianist Danny Green says he's been an obsessive music fan, spending intense periods focusing on styles as diverse as Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club, his favorite Brazilian and classical composers, and a youth listening to Nirvana and playing in a ska band. It all comes together, however subtly, in every song he writes.

Joined in our studios by his long-running trio, Justin Grinnell on bass and Julien Cantelm drumming, plus saxophonist Anton Schwartz, Danny focused on songs from his often sunny-sounding new album, "Altered Narratives."

A replica of the Oval Office is one part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
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As the nation prepares to pick its next president, we thought we’d take a moment and get some perspective on the people who’ve already held the job.

Knkx travel expert Matthew Brumley says he loves visiting presidential libraries and museums. There are 13 official presidential libraries, and a host of museums dedicated to past presidents.


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Bill Bryant sparred in their last scheduled debate in Pasco Wednesday night over Inslee's record at Hanford and their stances on environmental regulations.

"We’re so focused on getting a lawsuit and a win in court, and being able to issue a press release saying we won," Bryant said of Inslee's approach to Hanford cleanup, "that we’re really not talking to people about how we can move up our time frame and clean up this mess."

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Efforts to restore and protect Puget Sound are getting a big boost from the Obama administration.  

Local advocates for that work have long argued that, as one of the nation’s largest and most iconic estuaries, Puget Sound is a national treasure and deserves protections on par with Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes.

Now a federal task force has formed to prioritize the pressing need for salmon restoration in the Sound, due in large part to what officials say is a steadfast commitment to local tribes’ treaty fishing rights.

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Starting Wednesday, counties are mailing out ballots in Washington state. Registered voters can expect to receive theirs by the weekend. In King County, more of the ballots going out are in a language other than English.

Courtesy of Nancy Leson

After a recent trip back east, Nancy Leson is reassured that sometimes you really can go home again.

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More millennials are beginning to buy homes, according to a new report on housing trends from Zillow.

The Seattle-based real estate company looked at trends for home buyers and sellers across the country. The survey found that 42 percent of people buying homes are between 18 and 34 years old, the largest share of home buyers.

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Home burglaries are on the rise in Seattle. But consider this: Maybe there’s more you can do to make your house less attractive to prowlers.  The Seattle Police Department has a free, standing offer to walk through your house and see how secure it really is.

For our security assessment, a homeowner named Ben offered his 1912 bungalow.  We’re not using his last name because he has reason to be cautious.

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In a few weeks, voters in Pierce, King and Snohomish counties will make a decision about Regional Proposition 1, also known as Sound Transit 3. But in 2004, voters in eight Colorado counties approved their own rail expansion called FasTracks.

Census data show that both the Seattle and Denver regions were among the top five fastest growing metro areas last year. Both areas have also largely focused on rail as a solution to congestion.

Jim Levitt

Highlights from the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra's season opening concert will air on Jazz Northwest on 88.5 knkx on Sunday, October 16 at 2 p.m.

Following a tradition established in recent years, the music of the Count Basie Orchestra was featured, this time with a focus on the band's first years in New York and some of its earliest hit recordings c.1937.  It was a big band that played with the loose informality of a small group and featured many outstanding improvising soloists.

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Thousands of residents in the Pacific Northwest remained without power Sunday as the remnants of a potentially apocalyptic typhoon began to fizzle out.

Emergency crews in Oregon and Washington worked through the night to restore power lines and remove dozens of downed trees to clear roads that the storm had damaged over the past two days.

Meteorologists still expected rain and wind gusts as high as 30 mph throughout Sunday, but conditions were not expected to be as bad as predicted.

The storm was originally forecast to be one of the worst in recent history.


This week on Sound Effect, we're brining you stories that explore that moment when you realize you are not a kid anymore.

The Puberty Lady

If you’re a parent in the Seattle area, chances are you’ve heard about the puberty classes that Julie Metzger created almost three decades ago. She shares the inspiration behind these popular classes and how to make awkward topics fun.

The Obamacare Kid


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday unveiled what he called a more "balanced" approach to managing the city's unauthorized homeless encampments, entering a debate that has simmered for weeks.

Murray said at a news conference that city workers would tolerate encampments in some public spaces -- but not parks, sidewalks, or school grounds. 

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Wet, stormy weather pounded Western Washington Friday morning, with heavy rain and winds gusting from 20- 30 mph in the Puget Sound region, taking out power for several thousand residents, especially along the coast. Oregon was hit even harder.  

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E-cigarettes are unsafe and need more regulation; that’s the claim in lawsuits filed against  four vape shops in Washington state. But, one owner says his product is no more dangerous than any electronic device.