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Inslee’s out-of-state travel schedule will cost an extra $1.3 million, state troopers say

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's busy out-of-state travel schedule has put a strain on the state troopers who protect him and resulted in a spike in overtime costs. As a result, the Washington State Patrol has requested an additional $1.3 million to protect the governor and first lady over the next two years.

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Melba Ayco is the Artistic and Program Director for Northwest Tap Connection. The studio, located on Rainier Avenue in South Seattle, teaches children how to dance. Most of the students are African American. Along with learning how to shuffle and do a time step, Northwest Tap students get a lot of exposure to social justice issues, thanks in large part to Melba. 


When Melba was nine years old, growing up in rural Louisiana, she stepped onto a bus to head to a new school.


We meet a woman who combines tap dancing with social justice. A pediatric oncologist shares his story of being pulled out of his comfort zone. And a woman talks about how she chose to shout her diagnosis from the rooftops, only to find out later that she was misdiagnosed.

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There’s a debate going on in American higher education about trigger warnings and safe spaces, orthodox thinking and free speech. Evergreen State College in Olympia became briefly famous in that debate in May 2017, when a discussion about campus equity spiraled into a true crisis, involving protests, counter-protests, death threats and neo-Nazis. Graduation had to be moved off campus because of safety concerns.

Courtesy of Sam Blackman


Sam Blackman was about a year into his career as a pediatric oncologist, when he got a page on Friday afternoon. It was from a doctor at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital across the street.


Courtesy of Tim Haywood.


One thing that hardly anyone warns you about when you have kids is how much time you will spend worrying about them. From the moment they enter the world until, well, as long as you are alive, you worry — about everything.


In her early 20s, Ginny McClure got some bad news. It was the kind of news people tend to be embarrassed to share. Ginny resolved to not be ashamed — to shout it from the rooftops, even.

Still, there are certain subjects you don’t really want to talk about with certain people, like your parents. For Ginny, that subject was sex.

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Gov. Jay Inslee received a final report and recommendations from the Orca Recovery Task Force he appointed in May. The group suggests 36 action items to keep the Southern Resident killer whales from going extinct. Among the most controversial is a temporary ban on whale watching of the endangered orcas, for three to five years.

A Sound Transit train passes over a Sound Transit bus in Seattle.
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The Sound Transit Board of Directors has approved a new three-year contract for CEO Peter Rogoff. The contract includes a pay hike for the man in charge of a massive regional transit expansion.

The New Cool: Jesse Fischer Flips Jazz

Nov 16, 2018
Album design by Roland leFox.

Multi-instrumentalist Jesse Fischer is also a songwriter, producer, engineer and musical anthropologist. OK, I added that last one to his bio, but his new album Flipped II seamlessly mixes cultures across decades and generations.

In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles are displayed on a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Voters will decide the fate of I-1639, an initiative that would toughen background checks for people buying semi-automatic rifles, increase th
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The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit Thursday to block a new statewide gun-control measure. 

Voters decidedly approved Initiative 1639 last week. Among many details spelled out in the new law, I-1639 prohibits people younger than 21 from buying semi-automatic rifles. It also requires buyers to pass an enhanced background check and show proof of firearms training.    


Dick Stein and Nancy Leson share their views on food, cooking and eating. Sometimes they even agree.

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Kassa Overall, Beyond Jazz Drums

Seattle native Kassa Overall came up drumming in the celebrated Garfield High School jazz band, but he's always been exploring the action behind the scenes in music. Early opportunities with samplers and keyboards led Overall to a passion for not just making music, but producing music for himself and others. Settling in New York about a decade ago, he's been busy in both rolls, and then some. Kassa Overall found employment and educational opportunities with...

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Jazz Northwest At The Seattle Art Museum
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Teuber-Johnson Duo Concert At Seattle Art Museum

Two of Seattle's best improvising jazz musicians teamed up for the May Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum. Acoustic bass player Jeff Johnson and saxophone/flute player Hans Teuber have been individually featured in numerous ensembles. They've also collaborated on several albums including the newly issued duo CD "Deuce" on Origin Records . For this concert at SAM, they played a variety of freely improvised music and standards including several selections from the new CD. The long...

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