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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.

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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. 

Courtesy of Tim Durkan

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.

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The Seahawks host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon at CenturyLink Field.

Sports commentator Art Thiel tells 88.5’s Kirsten Kendrick that this game will definitely be one to watch – for many reasons.

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Seattle lawmakers are stepping back to revise a law that would effectively allow people without homes to camp in some public spaces.

Since the City Council took up the proposal Sept. 6, a growing number of residents have expressed fear it would make tents fixed features of parks and sidewalks.

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo will add 120,000 seasonal workers in an effort to meet an expected spike in demand during the holidays.

The seasonal positions will be created at fulfillment centers, sorting centers and customer service sites in 27 states. The move marks a 20 percent boost from the 100,000 seasonal hires a year ago.

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Catherine Russell doesn't care where or when a song gets made; if it's got a lyric with a good story, she is all in. 

Russell has a knack for finding great old tunes to sing. This session featured a couple of selection from the Billie Holiday songbook ("Swing! Brother, Swing", "You're My Thrill") and a very risqué blues song from the 1920s ("You've Got the Right Key, but the Wrong Keyhole"). 

Charming and at ease, with a swinging backup band, Ms. Russell takes the past and brings it to life, here and now.  

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Bryan Cranston can now add a new title to his resume: author. He’s out with a new memoir called “A Life in Parts,” which is a series of short stories focused on his personal and professional life. The actor is best known for his role as meth kingpin Walter White in the television show “Breaking Bad.” He’ll be at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall Sunday Oct. 16 to read from his new book and to talk with writer Sherman Alexie. Cranston spoke with 88.5's Ariel Van Cleave ahead of his appearance. 

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This time of year makes us think of a particular scene in the NBC television series "The West Wing," in which President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is recording his weekly radio address.

“The weekends will be devoted by many of you to leaf peeping, and football …” he says, his voice trailing off as the engineer stops recording.

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Very stormy weather is on its way to Western Washington. Forecasters have issued a high wind warning starting Thursday evening at 6 p.m., through Friday morning at 7. That means there could be gusts of up to 55 miles per hour and there will be several inches of rain, especially in the mountains.

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

Forecasters say a series of storms bringing rain and damaging wind will hit Western Washington Wednesday night through Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Seattle says the heaviest rain is predicted for Thursday and Saturday with over three inches of rain expected in Seattle. Higher amounts are expected in the Olympic Mountains and along the coast.

Four years ago, Tacoma City leaders gazed into a $60 million budget hole and cut 200 jobs through layoffs, early retirements, and by leaving vacancies unfilled.

Now an improving economy could allow the city to restore some of its police force and even fix up the Tacoma Dome. 

The husband known as Mac

To: Nancy Leson

From: Stein

Hey Nance!  How about this for the blog pic?  You in a ratty bathrobe and face cream in a darkened kitchen, standing in the light from the open 'fridge with a wad of salami in your hand.

What woman would agree to be photographed like that?   Nancy Leson; that's who.  What a trouper!  That photo is in reference to the love of late night cold-cuts she expresses in this week's FfT.  "I will just take a piece of smoked ham or salami and eat it just straight."

It all started when I asked her if she found it less fun to cook when she was the only one eating.

Brady Walkinshaw and Pramila Jayapal are running to replace retiring Rep. Jim McDermott in Washington's 7th Congressional District.
Campaign Handouts / Composite by Parker Miles Blohm

Washington state has 10 Congressional districts. But this year, only one of them has an open seat. The 7th District includes the western half of Seattle and everything north of the Ship Canal, along with Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds, plus Vashon Island and Burien to the south.

Paula Wissel / knkx

Ethiopian immigrants marched through downtown Seattle Tuesday afternoon to protest the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funding of projects in Ethiopia. Protesters say humanitarian aid going to Ethiopia is being used to support a brutal regime.

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Two years ago, the Oso landslide in Washington state killed 43 people and wiped out a rural neighborhood north of Seattle. Now a series of settlements have been reached for those affected by the landslide and the state has been order to pay an additional penalty. 

The settlements total more than $60 million. They resolve a lawsuit in which the families allege that the state, county, and a timber company, Grandy Lake Forest Associates, didn’t warn about the danger in the area and made damage from the 2014 Oso landslide worse.

Courtesy of the New Hope Resource Center

Operators of Puyallup's only drop-in center serving homeless people say proposed security regulations could force them to shut down, following months of tension with neighbors.

Some residents say homeless people seeking help at the New Hope Resource Center have brought drugs and crime to downtown Puyallup. 

In September, city officials proposed a list of security requirements they may impose as a condition of the center's 2017 license. 

Elaine Thompson / AP Photo

Seattle Police are investigating after an officer fatally shot a man near the homeless encampment known as “The Jungle.” The shooting happened during a sweep of the area. Several agencies were working Tuesday to clear the last of the campers out of the notorious site.

Erin Jones Campaign / Washington House Democrats

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is stepping down after eight years in office. Now voters must decide between Erin Jones and Chris Reykdal.

Jones and Reykdal have a lot in common. Both are passionate about the students who attend the 295 school districts across the state. Both want equal and equitable education funding. Both want to have a serious look at the assessment process in the state’s schools and look for better ways to make sure kids are learning. But one key difference is about the office and what their role truly is.

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

For the first time in decades, all of the Washington Supreme Court Justices up for re-election are facing serious opposition. Much of it has to do with the court’s controversial rulings on charter schools and public school funding.

James MacPherson / AP Photo

Northwest tribes continue to show support for the Standing Rock Sioux Indians and their opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Over the weekend, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville delivered hand-smoked salmon and firewood to North Dakota.

Michael Marchand is the Chairman of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. He says tribal leadership asked three women from the reservation to deliver 500 salmon they smoked by hand to North Dakota. He says tribal members from the across the region are “shuttling back and forth.”

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the second presidential debate Sunday night at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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.