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Inslee signs $52.4 billion budget decried by Republicans

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law a $52.4 billion, two-year state budget that he said "rises to the needs of our time," but that minority Republicans quickly criticized as a "tax-and-spend home run."

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Crew training deficiencies played a crucial role in the deadly 2017 Amtrak train derailment near DuPont, Washington, according to a final report from federal investigators accepted Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB board members also had sharp criticism for a quartet of entities involved in the Amtrak Cascades service: train operator Amtrak, track owner Sound Transit, rail service funder Washington State Department of Transportion and the regulatory agency Federal Rail Administration.

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Gov. Jay Inslee will be signing several bills today, including one that allows a new tax on vaping products. The money will be used to fund cancer research and tobacco cessation and prevention efforts. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about his reporting on the subject with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

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It's time to party with KNKX!

We're celebrating everyone who supports the jazz, blues and news programming on KNKX. This year's KNKX Member Thank You Party is Thursday, June 20, at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), located in the historic Naval Reserve Armory at Lake Union Park in Seattle.

Cathode ray tube televisions, CRTs, were the dominant type of set before LCD flatscreen TVs hit the market.
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If you lived in Washington state between 1995 and 2007 and bought a television or computer during that time, you probably have some money coming to you. But, you have to fill out a form with the state attorney general's office to receive your share of a $40 million settlement the state reached with seven major consumer electronics manufacturers.

In this Sept. 14, 2016 photo, Pat McCarthy speaks at the AWB Policy Summit in Cle Elum during her campaign for state auditor.
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Editor's note: This story has been updated to include comments from Wapato City Administrator Juan Orozco. KNKX reached him after our broadcast deadline.

State auditors don’t normally make house calls. But the unprecedented findings in a small Central Washington city earlier this month required a higher level of attention, Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy says.

“Wapato is a city in pretty dire crisis right now,” she told KNKX’s Ed Ronco. “This one really did rise to the level.”

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In recent years, there's been a big jump in the number of public school students experiencing homelessness in Washington. More than 40,000 students were identified as homeless in the 2016-17 school year, an increase of more than 30 percent from the 2012-13 school year.

A new performance audit from the state auditor's office recommends ways that school districts could do more to help those students, who often suffer significant academic setbacks due to their lack of stable housing.

A drift net fishing boat in Bristol Bay.
Courtesy Mark Titus, Eva's Wild

Bristol Bay, Alaska, provides more than half of the world’s sockeye salmon. And every summer, hundreds of commercial fishermen from the Puget Sound region join Alaskan locals to reap the benefits of its pristine salmon habitat.

LaVon Hardison in concert at Seattle Art Museum
Courtesy of Lisa Hagen Glynn

Singer LaVon Hardison had them dancing in the aisles and singing along during her concert at The Seattle Art Museum. The concert was part of the monthly Art of Jazz series presented by SAM and Earshot Jazz, John Gilbreath executive director, and recorded for this week’s episode of Jazz Northwest. 


This show originally aired on April 28, 2018. 

Courtesy Ben Weber

This story originally aired on April 28, 2018.

Actor Ben Weber has been in movies like Kissing Jessica Stein and television shows like Sex and the City. Most recently he was in a television mini-series called Manhunt: Unabomber. But he also got some attention a few years ago for a video he did starring Ben Weber as Angry Ben Weber.


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The musical and magical connection of Omar Sosa’s Transparent Water Trio

The message of Transparent Water is to heed nature’s warnings and protect our most important resource. Pianist Omar Sosa travels the world, looking to make musical connections. His Afro-Cuban heritage blends magically with the other members of this trio.

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Jazz Northwest debuts new releases from Seattle spanning 50 years

Jazz Northwest celebrates the release of new albums ranging from the Sixties to the teens from sessions that took place in Seattle. A new gatefold double LP set recorded from live radio broadcasts in 1966-1967 features The Cannonball Adderley Quintet at The Penthouse, a jazz club in Pioneer Square during the Sixties.

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