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Ariel Van Cleave

Morning Edition Producer

Ariel first entered a public radio newsroom in 2004 while in school at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. It was love at first sight. After graduating from Bradley, she went on to earn a Master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Ariel has lived in Indiana, Ohio and Alaska reporting on everything from salmon spawning to policy issues concerning education. She's been a host, a manager and now rides shotgun with Kirsten Kendrick as the Morning Edition producer at KNKX. 

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The 44th Annual Seattle International Film Festival kicks off Thursday. It is said to be the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the country. More than 145,000 people are expected to attend the 25-day festival at several Seattle-area venues.

More than 400 films from 90 countries will be shown, with some films geared toward younger audiences. And, for the tenth year, SIFF has selected some young people to help judge which of those films are the best. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick talked with three of them.

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Seattle already knew Robinson Cano would be out of the Mariners lineup for several weeks, the result of a broken bone in his right hand. But now his absence will be significantly longer.

 

The All-Star second baseman was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday for violating baseball's drug agreement, becoming among the most prominent players disciplined under the sport's anti-doping rules. Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs.

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The Okanagan River is pushing past its banks in eastern Washington because of rapid snowmelt in the mountains. It’s been more than 40 years since the area has seen this kind of event with emergency crews filling sandbags rather than preparing for wildfires.

This type of flooding, and the response, isn’t new for the people who live on the west side of the mountains in the Chehalis River Basin, with the most recent catastrophic flood happening about a decade ago.

A group has been gathering signatures for a ballot initiative meant to prevent new taxes on groceries in Washington state. The Yes! To Affordable Groceries initiative was drafted in direct response to Seattle’s sugary beverage tax.

 

That took effect at the beginning of this year and has already generated more than $4 million in revenue.

 

 

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There’s been a lot of talk recently about a potential hockey franchise coming to Seattle, as well as the dream of welcoming back a basketball team. As many fans wait patiently for official word on either, another sport has arrived on the scene: professional rugby. The Seattle Seawolves had their first home game April 22.

 

 


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Three high schools from Western Washington are part of this year’s Essentially Ellington competition: Mountlake Terrace, Ballard and Roosevelt. Students in each of the jazz bands will be playing with a dozen other top-ranked schools from across the country on the Rose Hall stage at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Mariners pitcher James Paxton has become the sixth pitcher in team history to throw a no-hitter. It happened Tuesday night as the Mariners beat the Blue Jays, 5-0, in Toronto.

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Seattle leaders could vote on the proposed "head tax" for high-earning businesses as early as next week. Revenue from the controversial tax is meant to fund affordable housing initiatives and continue the city’s fight against homelessness.

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It’s supposed to rain again Saturday, so what better way to spend your day than inside a bookstore in search of your next novel? There will be 23 independent bookstores in the Seattle area taking part in an annual event celebrating the brick-and-mortar locations.

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Access to dental care on reservations has been a problem for decades. In an effort to address the issue, Washington state gave tribes the go-ahead last year to hire mid-level providers known as “dental health aide therapists.”

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Ten years ago, Snohomish County was overwhelmed by an influx of black-market prescription opioids. Law enforcement reacted by arresting people and running them through the courts, but it wasn't enough.

Property crime was still high, jails were filling up and the scourge of addiction showed no signs of slowing down as people switched from pills to heroin. Leaders realized they needed to make a radical change and focus instead on prevention.

Shari Ireton / Snohomish County Sheriff's Department

If you live in Snohomish County, you've likely seen the effects of what many call the opioid epidemic for about ten years. 

Property crime has gone up, many people are living on the streets, the courts and jail are clogged, and more people than ever are dying of overdoses.

The usual approach to a crisis like this one would be to arrest, lock up and release. But that wasn't making much of a difference.

Shari Ireton / Snohomish County Sheriff's Department

Leaders in Snohomish County are expanding their approach to combating the opioid crisis by opening a new diversion center this month. It's a pilot program meant to temporarily house nonviolent, low-level offenders with behavioral health and substance abuse issues.

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Snohomish County leaders have permanently banned heroin "safe-injection" sites. The county council held a public hearing Wednesday to discuss the measure, and the overwhelming majority agreed with the ban.

 

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This story originally aired on May 6, 2017

Finding peace of mind can be a challenge for many of us. But it can be especially difficult for inmates in prison. You’re locked away. Surrounded by hundreds of others; some of whom landed behind bars for doing some pretty bad things. There are few moments of relief.

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A grassroots group in Everett is launching its latest effort to create districts for the city council.

The Everett City Council is currently made up of seven seats, and each of them is an at-large position. But a group called Everett Districts Now wants to see five geographic districts with only two at-large seats.

The last time an editorial appeared on the front page of The Seattle Times, Teddy Roosevelt was president, World War I hadn’t happened yet, and Pike Place Market was a year old.

It was 1908, and The Times was trying to shame Seattle’s well-heeled into putting money into the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, planned for the next year.

It worked.

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Dozens gathered in Olympia Tuesday night for a joint Senate Law and Justice Committee and House Public Safety Committee hearing on Initiative 940, known as “De-escalate Washington.” The initiative would make it easier to prosecute police for misuse of deadly force and require more training for officers.

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As property tax bills start going out, county assessors across the state are doing everything they can to educate property owners about what to expect this year. 

Noir City Film Festival Comes To Seattle

Feb 15, 2018
Courtesy of SIFF

 

SIFF’s Noir City film festival kicks off Friday with 18 movies being shown over the course of a week.

Author and so-called “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller will be introducing the films and discussing them with the audience. Muller spoke with KNKX traffic reporters, Adam Gehrke and Sprince Arbogast, for their podcast “Cinema Squabble” ahead of his appearance in Seattle.

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Gov. Jay Inslee is supporting a plan for the state to phase out net pen leases that are currently in place. There’s a measure under consideration at the statehouse that would prohibit new leases or extensions of leases for fish farms, while also adding new regulations on existing operations.

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Most people who use heroin as their main drug want to reduce their use, or completely stop, according to a new report released by the University of Washington’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. It also shows methamphetamine use is on the rise throughout the state.

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It's been five months since former Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned after a fifth person accused him of sexual abuse decades ago. Murray has denied all of the allegations.

A new investigation from The Seattle Times offers a glimpse behind the scenes as the scandal unfolded between April and September last year. 

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Premiums for health insurance plans in Washington state went up by an average of 36 percent this year. Those rates could rise even higher after the recent repeal of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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The Snohomish County Jail will be offering medication-assisted detox for inmates as part of a pilot program. The initiative makes the jail among the first in the state to try this tactic.

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In Seattle Public Schools, there are gaps in achievement between white students and students of color.

According to a recent Stanford University study, black students tested 3.7 grade levels behind their white peers in 2017. The year before, they tested 3.5 grade levels behind.

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King County is unique in the state because it requires an inquest to be held whenever there is a fatal shooting by police. But the process can be confusing and controversial, with some critics arguing that it's biased toward law enforcement.

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The Pacific Northwest has had its fair share of harsh weather and natural disasters, and the National Weather Service is one of the key organizations when it comes to keeping people in this region safe.

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The vast majority of gifted programs in public schools across Washington state are filled with white and Asian students. It's one reason Federal Way Public Schools has been expanding its “gifted pool” to bring in more students of color and children from low-income families. 

But Seattle Times education reporter Claudia Rowe discovered the district was an outlier among others in the state. She also found out the state mandates for gifted programs are more lax when compared to other districts across the country, specifically in Florida. 

The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for friends and family to gather together, share a meal and express gratitude. But sometimes things can go wrong.

We asked some of the staff in the KNKX newsroom to share their own Thanksgiving mishaps.

Youth and education reporter Ashley Gross, All Things Considered host Ed Ronco, News Director Erin Hennessey and our South Sound reporter, Will James, had stories to tell.

We hope things go better for you on this holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at KNKX!

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