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The West Seattle Bridge is seen looking east following an emergency closure several weeks earlier, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Seattle.
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Seattle transit officials say they're moving forward to repair the West Seattle Bridge, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Thursday.

“Repair or replace?” has been the primary question in the months since the span closed to traffic earlier this year. Now, after weighing all the factors and listening to stakeholders, Durkan says repair — at least in the immediate future — is the best option.

Cargo cranes at the Port of Seattle are seen from downtown, masked in smoke, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The smoke is just one of many issues the city is grappling with this summer.
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The City of Seattle is facing no shortage of challenges right now. In addition to lingering smoke and the COVID-19 pandemic, city leaders also are grappling with a major bridge closure, a crumbling pier and a battle over policing.

All of these things will play some role in the city budget, which is facing a more than $300 million shortfall.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, center, speaks as Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, left, and Deputy Police Chief Adrian Diaz, right, look on during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Seattle.
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The announced retirement of Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best is yet another challenge for the city, as leaders pledge to reimagine public safety in response to ongoing protests against police brutality and systemic racism. 

The West Seattle Bridge is seen looking east following an emergency closure several weeks earlier, Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

It’s been two months since city officials abruptly closed the West Seattle Bridge due to widening cracks that could lead to collapse. But the future of the roadway remains unclear.

That uncertainty is a big problem for travelers around the region, including the nearly 93,000 people who live in West Seattle.

uber car
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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.

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How do you clean up a city without also stripping away its character? That’s something Capitol Hill business owners say Seattle should think about as it looks to improve public safety. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan heard from small business owners, as she took a walking tour of the neighborhood on Tuesday.

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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the City of Seattle is partially out of compliance with court ordered reform of its police department. U.S. District Judge James Robart said the city has a ways to go in terms of accountability, despite improvement in other areas.

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In a major reversal, the Seattle City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to repeal a controversial business “head tax” it approved less than a month ago.