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Washington Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, left, reacts to applause after she was sworn in, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Montoya-Lewis wrote the unanimous opinion calling for the Indian Child Welfare Act to be more broadly applied.
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For state's first Native American justice, a diverse Supreme Court is 'just the beginning'

More than a century ago, a Yakama Nation fisherman named Alec Towessnute was stopped while fishing near Prosser, and prosecuted for using a gaff hook, a traditional fishing method. He cited his treaty rights, and the county court dismissed the charges. But the state Supreme Court, in 1916, reinstated them, ignoring the treaty and using racist, demeaning language.

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With the Seahawks' early exit from the playoffs this season, many fans are wondering what the team will do in the offseason. Some questions were answered this week, as we hear from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick. 

Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights

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TSA officers wear protective masks at a security screening area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on May 18, 2020, in SeaTac. Airlines say they are stepping up security on flights to Washington, D.C., before next week’s presidential inauguration.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

Airlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week's presidential inauguration, with Alaska, Delta and other major airlines saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags.

Really cool black & white band photo by Janine Chiorazzi..

Seattle's premier soul jazz ensemble has released a new single, "Sunday Afternoon," moving its world-class horns to the front of the band's powerful rhythm section engine. Tune in for Friday night's New Cool to hear The True Loves' hip soundscape for relaxing and recharging for a new week, or a new year.

Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E in Rome, 2013
Jun Sato / Wireimage

Bay Area percussionist and bandleader Pete Escovedo was honored at last week's Jazz Education Network Virtual Conference as this year's Legend of Latin Jazz.

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls' habitat

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The Associated Press

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slash millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington state and Northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon’s coastal ranges.

An incarcerated person in Washington state is calling for prisoners to get vaccinated early as COVID-19 rapidly spreads through prisons across the country. 

To keep Washington from facing another devastating fire season, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is asking the state legislature to create a dedicated fund for firefighting, forest restoration and community response.

2 Washington state Republicans support impeaching Trump

Jan 13, 2021
House Television / via AP

Two of the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump on Wednesday over the riot of his loyalists at the U.S. Capitol were from Washington state.

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The demand for COVID vaccines is great - but the rollout here in Washington is slow going. It's been a month since the first shipment of vaccines arrived, and the state has only used a quarter of its doses.

A proposal to impose sweeping restrictions on police tactics and techniques in Washington is highlighting stark differences of opinion between police and reform groups.


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