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A student attaches a note to the Resilience Project board at a Utah school. The purpose of the project is to let students know that it is OK to struggle, and they're not alone.
Rick Bowmer / The Associated Press file

The pandemic made things harder on teens, so they wrote a new state law to help

The COVID-19 pandemic took students out of school for most of the last year – away from friends and activities, and away from resources that can connect them to help when they’re struggling with a behavioral health concern. A new law drafted by teens aims to change that.

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Pierce County Democrats call out inconsistency of Inslee's 2-week pause

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, talks with workers at a drive-up mass vaccination site on March 4, 2021, in Puyallup.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is receiving criticism from lawmakers in his own party over his shifting economic reopening plan, with a group of Pierce County Democrats threatening the possibility of a special legislative session following the governor’s recent implementation of a pause that left their county stuck in a phase with tighter COVID-19 restrictions.

Staff members head past razor wire-topped fences and into a building hosting a University Behind Bars program at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Monroe in January 2016.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

In another sign that life is slowly inching its way back to normal, the Washington state Department of Corrections has announced the public will once again be able to visit their loved ones in prison, beginning on May 9.

Courtesy of Cade Sando

Saxophonist Cade Sando from Cascade Christian High School in Puyallup will join Abe Beeson as virtual guest DJ tonight (May 6) on Evening Jazz. He is a sophomore and in the school's jazz band. Cade plays alto and soprano saxophone, although he prefers soprano when it comes to jazz.

Photo by Abe Beeson, album design by Mike Tallman

The new trio W.R.D. is keyboardist Robert Walter, guitarist Eddie Roberts and drummer Adam Deitch. Their debut album, The Hit, on Roberts' Color Red Records was released last week, and you'll hear their gritty, greasy, pulpy grooves this Friday night on the KNKX modern jazz show The New Cool.

KNKX presents our next virtual School of Jazz studio session with the Tritone Jazz Trio from Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma and their mentor, saxophonist Tracy Knoop. This is a free live streamed Zoom event on May 13 at 7 p.m.  REGISTER HERE.

A man watches as a visitor tries out a facial recognition display at a booth for Chinese tech firm Ping'an Technology at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing on April 26, 2018.
Mark Schiefelbein / The Associated Press file

The King County Council took no action on a measure to prohibit the use of facial recognition technology at a committee meeting Wednesday morning, choosing to defer for two weeks.

Jessica Kowal

The missionary Marcus Whitman has been lionized through generations of Washington state history. A county is named after him, plus a college and a handful of other things.

But his place as a hero in state history is fading. A statue of Whitman – one of two the state gets to display in the U.S. Capitol – is about to be replaced with one of the late Billy Frank Jr., a Nisqually tribal member and Native fishing rights activist. And the truth about Whitman is becoming more clear.

King County Metro battery electric bus charging at the Eastgate Park & Ride.
King County

The King County Council has solidified a plan for dramatic action against climate change. Councilmembers unanimously approved the Strategic Climate Action Plan, which paves the way for sweeping changes by 2030.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law a new tax on capital gains aimed at the state’s wealthiest residents.

But the future of the tax is uncertain.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Darryl Tolen writes a ticket for violating an HOV lane restriction to the driver of a single-passenger car at an Interstate 5 on-ramp near Arlington, Wash., July 31, 2008.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ruled that Washington state’s practice of suspending licenses because of unpaid traffic fines is unconstitutional. 


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