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Simone Alicea

Business & Labor Reporter

A Seattle native and former knkx intern, Simone Alicea has returned to the Pacific Northwest from covering breaking news at the Chicago Sun-Times. She earned her Bachelor's of Journalism from Northwestern University. During her undergraduate career, she spent time in Cape Town, South Africa, covering metro news for the Cape Times. 

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UPDATE, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.: Adds details from strikes in Seattle and Tacoma, as well as audio of a live Q&A with reporter Simone Alicea, who followed a march by Amazon workers, and audio of a live Q&A with environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp. 

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Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is releasing more details about proposals that would set a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers and tax the companies to pay for transit, housing and driver protections.

A detainee walks in a hallway during a media tour at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility Tuesday in Tacoma.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

One of Nathalie Asher's first goals in returning to the Northwest from three years in D.C. is to combat what she says are myths and misinformation about immigration enforcement and detention.

"We've never done this kind of an extensive tour like this," the new Immigration and Customs Enforcement Seattle field office director told media outside the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

The City of Seattle is considering a ban on natural gas in new buildings. The goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging builders to go electric for cooking and heating.

Tents under an overpass in Seattle
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Seattle and King County leaders are taking a big step toward combining their response to homelessness. The mayor and county executive on Wednesday put forward legislation to create a new regional homelessness authority.

WSDOT's Patty Rubstello explains the tolls coming Nov. 9 to the State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle.
Simone Alicea / KNKX

Starting at 5 a.m. Nov. 9, drivers on the state Route 99 tunnel in Seattle will have to pay tolls after nine months of riding free. This latest step in the nearly decade-long effort to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct also will have consequences for downtown traffic.

Erin Hennessey / KNKX

Standing in front of the chilled beverages at Metropolitan Market, it may seem like a simple task to say which drinks are subject to Seattle's soda tax. The local chain even makes it clear right on the price tag.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

Hempfest, Seattle's long-running cannabis "protestival," starts Friday. Among the booths representing political causes and legal weed businesses, one law firm will host a free legal clinic to help those with past drug convictions.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

The Seattle City Council is beginning work on a "Green New Deal," a plan to eliminate carbon emissions inspired by a federal proposal of the same name.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board has designated The Showbox theater downtown as a landmark, a significant step in the nearly yearlong battle over the future of the music venue.
Ashley N. / Flickr

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board has designated The Showbox theater downtown as a landmark, a significant step in the nearly yearlong battle over the future of the music venue. The vote was unanimous.

Firefighters dig a fire line June 24 in Rainier, Washington, during one of the state's wildland fire training academies.
Simone Alicea / KNKX

Naaman Midyette has fought many fires in the past two decades. But fighting those fast-moving blazes that engulf wildlands is different.

“It’s scary just knowing the power a free-burning wildfire can have,” he said.

Brennan Phillips — explosives enforcement officer with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — demonstrates one type of illegal firework Wednesday, July 3, at the Seattle Police Athletic Association in Tukwila.
Simone Alicea / KNKX

There are plenty of ways to buy legal firecrackers in communities around Western Washington, but officials are warning against illegal fireworks that can cause serious injuries.

Seattle City Council

After a three-year battle, the Seattle City Council has approved a new law that relaxes the rules for building backyard cottages and basement units, while limiting the size of new homes in single-family zones to curb so-called "McMansions" in the city.

McNeil Island
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Laura McCollum, who was profiled in Episode 2 of Forgotten Prison, has been conditionally released from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island. Hosts Simone Alicea and Paula Wissel spoke with KNKX's Kirsten Kendrick about what that means.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

King County leaders are beginning to narrow their options for how to spend more than $300 million for education over the next 15 years.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

Members of the Sudanese community in the Puget Sound region are planning a rally Saturday in solidarity with protesters seeking democratic changes in the African country.

This file photo from 2015 shows the main entrance to Washington state's Special Commitment Center next to a fence lined with razor wire on McNeil Island, Wash.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

The only woman at a treatment facility for sex offenders on McNeil Island in South Puget Sound has been conditionally released in Pierce County.

Laura McCollum, 61, left the Special Commitment Center on the island earlier this month. McCollum was profiled in Episode 2 of KNKX's podcast about McNeil Island, Forgotten Prison.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

Thanks in part to gifts from companies such as Amazon and Microsoft, Seattle-based Plymouth Housing is on its way to raising millions of dollars for hundreds of units of permanent supportive housing.

The nonprofit developer announced Tuesday it has raised $48.8 million toward a $75 million goal to build 800 units of permanent supportive housing over the next several years.

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to extend temporay protections for the Showbox theater for another six months. Council members also unanimously approved plans to build affordable housing near Discovery Park in the city's Magnolia neighborhood.

The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board has designated The Showbox theater downtown as a landmark, a significant step in the nearly yearlong battle over the future of the music venue.
Ashley N. / Flickr

Preservationists won a couple victories at Seattle City Hall this week in determining the fate of The Showbox theater. But the fight to halt the redevelopment of the 80-year-old venue is far from over.

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

More people were killed or seriously injured biking and walking in 2018 than in any of the previous four years, according to the latest numbers from the Washington State Department of Transportation.

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

King County's process of investigating police-involved deaths is resuming after it was on hold for almost a year and a half, while the county reformed its practices.

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Officials are investigating after a Washington State Ferries vessel struck a whale Tuesday night in Seattle's Elliott Bay.

Roosevelt High School jazz band in New York at the 2019 Essentially Ellington competition
Ayano Hisa / Jazz at Lincoln Center

Seattle's Roosevelt High School won first place in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival on Saturday.

The band played against 14 other finalists in the prestigious national competition put on by Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Drivers for Uber and Lyft, organized by Teamsters 117 and the App-Based Drivers Association, gather Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the ride-hailing waiting lot at Sea-Tac Airport to protest low pay by the platforms.
Simone Alicea / KNKX

A few dozen drivers for Uber and Lyft gathered Wednesday morning at Sea-Tac Airport to talk about low pay in advance of Uber's highly anticipated initial public offering later this week.

Emergency crews work at the scene of a construction crane collapse where four people were killed and four others injured Saturday, April 27, 2019, in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle.
Joe Nicholson / The Associated Press

Seattle leaders are starting to talk about what comes next after a fatal crane collapse over the weekend, but there seems to be a long road ahead.

Oak View Group, the developer in charge of the KeyArena transformation, hosted a media hard-hat tour of the project site Thursday.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Officials behind the transformation of KeyArena remain optimistic about the project, despite newly reported cost increases and a longer timeline.

Manuel Valdes / AP Photo

The Seattle Department of Transportation recently released the results of its first-ever "Public Life Study," in hopes data will help make the city's public spaces more vibrant.

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Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

Amazon's plans to relocate one of its critical teams to Bellevue have prompted questions about the company's relationship with Seattle.

Genesee Hill Elementary in West Seattle is one of the schools slated to have a librarian reduced to part time amid Seattle Public Schools budget cuts for next school year.
Seattle Public Schools

Librarians from Seattle Public Schools are gathering in Olympia on Tuesday to ask state lawmakers to allow the school district to raise more money in local levies and stave off planned reductions.

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