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Supporters of Manuel Ellis hang a poster with his photo during a celebration in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood earlier this year.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX (file)

Decision expected by May 27 on whether officers will be charged in Manuel Ellis' death

It’s been more than a year since Manuel Ellis was killed by Tacoma police and six months since the Washington State Patrol concluded its investigation into his death . Now, a highly anticipated charging decision is expected to come out of the state Attorney General’s Office in the coming weeks.

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Courtney Smith, 26, wears a "Juneteenth" T-shirt while leading a dance line during the "Black Joy as Resistance! Juneteenth Celebration" in the historic Farish Street district in downtown Jackson, Miss., Friday, June 19, 2020.
Rogelio V. Solis / The Associated Press file

Juneteenth becomes official holiday in Washington


The Ice Harbor dam on the Snake River in Pasco in 2006.
Jackie Johnston / The Associated Press file

Washington state's top Democrats have come out against a proposal from U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River and replace their benefits as part of a huge infrastructure bill being crafted by the Biden administration.

Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) gets between Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson (22) and forward Cierra Burdick (11) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's WNBA Finals Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla.
Chris O'Meara / The Associated Press

The Seattle Storm begin their 2021 season Saturday afternoon at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. They're playing the Las Vegas Aces - the team they beat in the finals last year to win their fourth WNBA championship. We learn more about the Storm's season from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

A pharmacist working for the Seattle Indian Health Board holds a syringe of COVID-19 vaccine March 15, 2021, at a SIHB clinic in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Public health officials in King and Pierce counties are preparing to administer COVID vaccines to adolescents ages 12 to 15 after the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for young people.

Those efforts include working closely with school districts to get that age group vaccinated.

Inslee: Washington is on track to fully reopen June 30

May 13, 2021
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks without a mask during his Thursday news conference.
Tom Banse / Northwest News Network


Washington is on track to fully reopen its economy by June 30, and a full reopening could happen even sooner if 70% or more of residents ages 16 and older have gotten at least one dose of vaccine by then, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday.

In this Feb. 2, 2021, photo, students wear masks as they work in a fourth-grade classroom at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Washington authorities said Thursday all schools in the state must provide full-time, in-person education for students for the 2021-22 school year and that students and staff will still be required to wear masks.

The Wenatchee sails away from Seattle on April 10, 2020. The ferry is out of commission after a recent fire, and that's forcing changes to the Washington State Ferries schedule.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

Puget Sound ferry travelers can expect summer delays because last month’s fire aboard the ferry Wenatchee has forced the state to use smaller vessels than normal on several routes.

Photo by Abe Beeson

It was in the neighborhood - an ensemble of top young jazz and funk players were gathering for a virtual concert from the Highland Park Improvement Center. New Cool host and HPIC neighbor Abe Beeson got an invitation to attend and shares his photos of a joyously funky jazz reunion.

Open carry of weapons now prohibited at WA rallies, Capitol

May 12, 2021
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., before signing a bill into law that prohibits openly carrying guns and other weapons at the state Capitol and protests statewide.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Openly carrying guns and other weapons is now prohibited at the Washington state Capitol and public protests statewide under a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Go to your local sports store and you'll find the shelves groaning under the weight of sneakers named for men's basketball stars: Under Armour Currys, the Kawhi by New Balance and many varieties of Jordans — though it's been a long time since MJ dunked in an NBA game.

What you won't find is a single shoe named for a current WNBA player, though that is about to change. On Wednesday, Breanna Stewart, the power forward for the Seattle Storm, announced a deal with Puma that includes her own signature sneaker.

Tugboats help the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy icebreaker into her homeport of Seattle on Nov. 30, 2018. The Coast Guard is proposing a renovation and expansion of its Seattle waterfront base.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing a renovation and expansion of its Seattle waterfront base that during the next decade will be home to three new icebreakers and probably other vessels.


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