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Community members gather at the site of the Oso landslide to remember victims and dedicate a mailbox sculpture in their honor.
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Oso five years later: Community remembers landslide victims, dedicates sculpture in their honor

Oso, Washington — They gathered to remember their friends, their families, and the neighborhood that was once here. Five years ago, a hillside gave way above the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, killing 43, injuring more and changing the lives of thousands . It was the deadliest single landslide in U.S. history.

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A view from Orcas Island on Feb. 17, 2019.
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A weather front approaching the Puget Sound region on Friday morning held the promise of precipitation sure to be welcomed by residents suffering from watery eyes, sinus pain, coughs and running noses.

Many people’s allergies were triggered this week when a sudden storm of tree pollen was brought on by record heat.

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The Mariners are 2-0 after opening their regular season against the Oakland A's in Tokyo, Japan. In the second game on Thursday, the Mariners — and a sold-out crowd — honored Ichiro Suzuki as he retired from professional baseball.

But Ichiro may not be the only fan favorite leaving the Mariners this season. KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel talked with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about all the changes going on with the team.

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As freshmen crowd onto the bleachers in the gym at Tyee High School in SeaTac, it's hard not to imagine boring assemblies where people act out "real problems" that seem to magically go away when someone tells a "trusted adult."

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The Washington state Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that 5-Hour Energy violated Washsington's Consumer Protection Act by engaging in false advertising.

Cryptocurrency companies in Central Washington were left to wait in suspense on Tuesday after they asked a federal judge in Spokane to block an imminent, targeted electric rate increase. The energy-intensive data center operators claim they would be crippled by the Grant County Public Utility District rate hike. The utility says the case is without merit.

This April 16, 2014, file photo shows a flag resting at half staff on a cedar pole in front of the site of the deadly mudslide that hit the community of Oso on March 22, 2014.
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Tomorrow marks five years since the devastating Oso landslide killed 43 people. It forever changed the lives of residents in the small Snohomish County town, and affected thousands of others from across the region who responded to help.

As part of the KNKX Connects project, we’re remembering the victims and the families and friends who continue to grieve. KNKX Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick spoke with Laura Takacs, who is a clinical director and therapist at Virginia Mason specializing in sudden and traumatic loss.

Sen. Patty Murray said she is committed to helping West Coast states get the congressional OK to adopt year-round daylight saving time. This comes as Oregon, Washington and California state legislators move toward nixing the twice yearly time change.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has a well-worn set of speaking points when it comes to his 2020 presidential campaign: clean energy, clean jobs, a clean economy that works for everyone, and ending fossil fuel subsidies.

Inslee calls these goals the four pillars of his climate change agenda.

As of last week, he’s added a fifth: gutting the filibuster.

A legal case involving the Yakama Nation and Washington state taxes that started in 2013 came to an end Tuesday with a U.S. Supreme Court decision.


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