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A snapshot of data from the latest HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Report and Community Profile. The county is aiming to decrease the number of new diagnoses by 25 percent by 2020.
King County Department of Health / HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Report & Community Profile 2019

Last year, King County experienced its largest one-year increase in new HIV diagnoses since 2002. The latest annual HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Report and Community Profile shows this was driven by a significant increase in new diagnoses among people who inject drugs. 

A large chamber at the Ballard Locks is empty as crews work to replace components that control the water levels of the chamber.
Rebekah Way / KNKX

 

One of the chambers in the Ballard Locks that connects ships with Puget Sound is closed until December for much needed maintenance. 

The cavernous chamber is now completely empty — aside from a thick layer of barnacles, shells and seaweed. When it's in operation, it connects large ships to the Puget Sound from Salmon Bay. It smells strongly of low tide, and gets worse the deeper into the lock we go. 

 

Photo courtesy of Reel to Real

   

A moment of Seattle history will be highlighted during the 12th annual "Record Store Day Black Friday." More than 20 Seattle shops are taking part in the event that features limited-edition releases. 

The album "Ow! Live at the Penthouse," is a performance by saxophonists Johnny Griffin and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis at the famed Seattle jazz spot, "The Penthouse." It's being released by the Vancouver, B.C.-based label, "Reel to Real." KNKX's Rebekah Way spoke with the label's founder and owner, Cory Weeds, about the release.

More than 30 stores are partnering with local charities and nonprofits to donate a portion of their Black Friday sales this weekend.
Courtesy of Ballard Alliance

What started as an effort to encourage people to shop locally for the holidays in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood has grown to be much more. In 2013, a group of shop owners met and decided to donate a portion of their Black Friday sales to local charities and nonprofits. They called it "Ballard Gives Back." This year, more than 30 small businesses in Ballard are participating.

Rebekah Way / KNKX

The Alaskan Way Viaduct was more than 60 years old when it came down this year. People are lining up to claim a dusty piece of concrete that was once part of the viaduct.

Performers at the opening day celebration of the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture in Seattle.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

A first-of-its-kind museum has opened in the Pacific Northwest: a historical showcase of the state's Spanish-speaking communities from World War II to the present. KNKX's Rebekah Way takes us to the museum's celebratory opening day in this audio postcard.

The plan for "The Preserve," Tacoma's first eco-friendly affordable housing community.
Courtesy of GREEN HARBOR COMMUNITIES OF TACOMA

A new affordable housing development is coming to South Tacoma. It's called "The Preserve," and it includes more than 70 single-family homes to buy near Blueberry Park that will have access to trails and wetlands.

The last items were added to the capsule on Monday. It will be opened again in 43 years, for the Space Needle's 100th anniversary in April 2062.
Rebekah Way / KNKX

A time capsule that will remain untouched for the next 43 years was sealed Monday in the Space Needle.

A test pressing of Nirvana's album "Bleach" and a photo of Felix Hernandez's last appearance with the Mariners were among the last items added to it.

Separated plastics that have been bundled for shipping to remanufacturing facilities.
Courtesy of King County Solid Waste Division

Starting in January, plastic bags will no longer be accepted in curbside recycling anywhere in King County.

Bags create a lot of issues for local recycling facilities. They wrap around sorting equipment, causing the machines to work less efficiently.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., speaks during an executive session of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.
Susan Walsh / The Associated Press

Sen. Patty Murray took to the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday morning to give a speech about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

The Washington Democrat says failing to investigate the actions of the president could set a dangerous precedent for future leaders.

Marchers in Seattle on Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Rebekah Way / KNKX

Hundreds gathered in downtown Seattle today to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day with a rally and march to City Hall.

Seattle is one of more than 100 cities in the United States that has re-named the second Monday in October to honor Native American cultures and traditions, rather than calling it "Columbus Day." The Seattle City Council voted to create Indigenous Peoples' Day five years ago. It's also observed in Tacoma, Olympia and other cities. But it's not a state-recognized holiday.