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State-mandated ‘Stay Home’ order ends Sunday. Counties to take the lead, with hurdles in place
May 29 • 4 min
Also, masks now required in workplaces. Paige Browning reports
Airplane in Washington takes crown for biggest all-electric plane
May 29 • 1 min
A Cessna commuter plane in Washington state has taken the crown for the biggest all-electric airplane now flying.
Washington’s new safety rules for the agricultural industry
May 29 • 1 min
Washington agricultural workers sued the state over lacking protections while on the job amid a pandemic. Washington has now rolled out regulations for agricultural operations,
Half of new Covid-19 cases are among people 40 and younger
May 29 • 4 min
While the coronavirus can more harshly impact people ages 60 and above, a new report show that nearly half of new Covid-19 cases are happening among people age 40 and under.
All nursing home residents and staff in Washington will be tested for Covid-19
May 29 • 1 min
All nursing home residents and staff in Washington state will be tested for Covid-19 by June 12.
Friday politics: Politicians dance toward reopening Washington
May 29 • 5 min
Washington’s move toward statewide reopening after the coronavirus shutdown carries some political peril.
Hunger is way up in Washington state. One in four people
May 29 • 1 min
One in four people in Washington are going hungry, according to a new report by the hunger relief agency Northwest Harvest. The state’s hunger rate is much higher than originally expected.
Traffic congestion returns to Seattle area
May 29 • 1 min
As more people get out from their homes and behind the wheel, traffic volumes are bouncing back in the Seattle area. That means the nemesis of the Seattle commuter is returning as well. Congestion.
It’s last call at Seattle’s Re-bar
May 29 • 4 min
Over the past three months, we’ve become accustomed to loss: the loss of lives, of livelihoods, and the loss of the way we used to go about everything from grocery shopping to educating our kids. Now we’re looking at the loss of Seattle cultural…
Unemployment in Washington state expected to peak by September
May 28 • 0 min
By the end of September, the unemployment rate in Washington state is expected peak at 19.2%. That’s according to the state’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.
Washington state economic recovery will take years. Think 2025
May 28 • 4 min
Washington state’s economic forecast council released its first look at the potential for an end to our pandemic recession. It says a jobs recovery could happen by 2025.
Crime didn’t pay: State zeroes in on unemployment fraudsters
May 28 • 2 min
Paige Browning talks to Kim Malcolm about the main coronavirus related news of the day, including unemployment fraud, the latest jobless numbers, and new Covid-19 regulations for agriculture.
In Pendleton, rounding up high schoolers for a graduation before grabbing life by the horns
May 28 • 2 min
When Marcus Aaron Luke runs fast, everything feels slow. “You feel every small step,” he says. “You feel every small detail.” But in the pandemic year…
UW Medicine to temporarily furlough thousands, close psychiatric unit
May 28 • 1 min
University of Washington Medicine is temporarily furloughing roughly 5,500 workers. The institution is citing financial losses of roughly $500 million due to the pandemic. The move will lead to the temporary closure of a small psychiatric unit at the UW…
Amazon meeting a study in contrasts between self and critics
May 28 • 0 min
Unemployment in WA trying to get money to legit claimants
May 28 • 1 min
Seattle marks rise in hate crimes toward Asian Americans
May 28 • 1 min
They aimed to raise $100,000 for undocumented immigrants in Washington state. They’re over $3M
May 28 • 1 min
A fund for undocumented immigrants is blowing past fundraising goals, but the need is huge
Boeing cuts workforce and re-starts production
May 28 • 0 min
Boeing is again producing 737 MAX planes, though the plane is still grounded and thecomp
Religious services, weddings and funerals allowed again in Washington state, and a major Boeing layoff
May 27 • 2 min
Paige Browning’s Covid-19 news update
She’s Canadian. He’s American. The border closed right before they were supposed to get married
May 27 • 4 min
Since March 21, the US/Canada border has been closed for all non-essential travel, and it’s going to stay closed till at least June 21. Visiting family members, and attending one’s own wedding, are not considered essential.
Tourism makes some rural WA counties nervous
May 27 • 1 min
Seattle man has reaction to trial coronavirus vaccine
May 27 • 0 min
2 more counties in WA may apply to ease coronavirus restrictions
May 27 • 1 min
‘It was bad.’ Three hours on the Covid ICU in Seattle
May 27 • 7 min
KUOW’s Isolde Raftery spent an afternoon on the Covid ICU at University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She told reporter Joshua McNichols what she saw — and
Novel virus could spread rapidly among orcas
May 26 • 0 min
Some Northwest residents don’t do social distancing well, which leaves them especially vulnerable to an outbreak of a highly contagious respiratory virus. These residents are orcas.
In wake of unemployment fraud, Washington’s campaign finance watchdog blocks some online access
May 26 • 1 min
At the request of a powerful Democratic state senator who warned of “foreign intrusion,” Washington’s Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) on Sunday…
Is King County ready for Phase 2 of reopening?
May 26 • 3 min
Plus, a setback in Clark County. Our Coronavirus update, with Paige Browning.
It’s not how I thought my store would end: Bop Street Records in Ballard
May 26 • 4 min
Dave Vorhees has run Bop Street Records for 41 years. But the pandemic – has kept his customers away. So he’s closing the shop forever. The Internet Archive bought 500,000 of his vinyl records. We caught up with Vorhees on the sidewalk in front of his old…
Controversy around the federal Covid protection program
May 26 • 4 min
Seattle deploys mobile showers for people who are homeless
May 26 • 0 min
Getting on the ballot still requires human touch for Washington state initiatives
May 26 • 1 min
The shutdown is a problem for people trying to get initiatives on the November ballot: they still have to gather real-world signatures.
Are those ‘Covid toes,’ or should you be wearing slippers?
May 26 • 4 min
The syndrome is being called “Covid toe,” but how (or even whether) Covid-19 actually causes it is a mystery, one that researchers in the Seattle area are trying to solve.
Face masks a communication barrier for deaf people: ‘I almost just want to stay home’
May 26 • 1 min
People who are deaf or hard of hearing are having a difficult time during this pandemic. That’s because they can’t see the lips or facial expressions of people wearing face masks.
‘Just how it is for me right now.’ For many teens, work now comes before school
May 26 • 4 min
During the Tuesday lunch rush at Best Pho and Thai in Renton, 16-year-old Ngoc-Linh Truong bagged up take-out orders as her mom tossed onions in a flaming wok. This is Truong’s brother’s restaurant, and Truong, a junior at Franklin High School in south…
Of 240 dead people tested for coronavirus in King County, a quarter were positive
May 25 • 1 min
More than 540 people in King County have died of Covid-19. But about 10 percent of those people were never tested for the disease when they were alive.
How King County’s Somali community is keeping people fed during Eid
May 22 • 1 min
This weekend Muslims around the world celebrate Eid (eed) after a month of fasting during Ramadan. On Eid, people come together to pray and feast. But the pandemic has upended that tradition. Here’s how King County’s Somali community has adapted.
More Washington counties get the green light to slowly reopen
May 22 • 1 min
The county-by-county reopening of Washington state is picking up steam. The state Secretary of Health on Friday approved four additional places where…
This simple step may prevent fraudsters from posing as you for unemployment money
May 22 • 4 min
An international band of imposters have been posing as tens of thousands of Washingtonians to file for unemployment claims since the beginning of May, according to the Employment Security Department. This may have cost the state hundreds of millions of…
Seattle sets up mobile showers for those experiencing homelessness
May 22 • 0 min
The city of Seattle is setting up mobile showers for those experiencing homelessness.
Some places don’t want more tourists over the holiday weekend
May 22 • 1 min
Many like to drive away to quiet remotes places on holiday weekends. But locals are asking hikers and bikers to stick close to home this year.
Ocean Shores partially reopens amid pandemic-level concerns
May 22 • 4 min
Ocean Shores is allowing some hotels and tourist operations to open this week, but some are concerned about an influx of tourists amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The mayor of Ocean Shores joins KUOW to discuss.
Voting by mail prompts national debate ahead of November election
May 22 • 4 min
The controversy centers around many states’ shift toward mail-in ballots. Washington state made that move years ago.
Washington GOP proposes special session agenda to address pandemic
May 22 • 1 min
Washington state’s Republican lawmakers have set forth an agenda for any upcoming special session to address pandemic.
Debate over whether Seattle should remove homeless camps during the pandemic
May 22 • 1 min
A recent homeless camp removal has reignited the debate over whether Seattle should remove camps during the pandemic.
The weekend in digital culture, May 22-25, 2020
May 22 • 4 min
Memorial Day weekend usually brings a spate of pre-summer festivals and other cultural offerings. Although public gatherings are out, you can still enjoy some of your holiday weekend traditions.
How tweetstorms of misinformation skew our handle on the facts during a pandemic
May 21 • 8 min
UW’s Jevin West helps us navigate CV Spamalot
This Tacoma doctor marks his days in PPE and poetry
May 21 • 4 min
Voices of the Pandemic features people in the Seattle area who are on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak.
Fraudulent unemployment claim dollars in the hundreds of millions
May 21 • 2 min
Paige Browning reports on Covid-19 impacts
Denial is ‘the most dangerous thing of all’ when facing a virus
May 21 • 3 min
Voices of the Pandemic features people in the Seattle area who are on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak.
Pandemic stress overshadows US election for this young Seattle voter
May 21 • 3 min
The new normal is uncomfortable for Michelle Aguilar Ramirez and countless other young people who are self-isolating because of the coronavirus pandemic. She’s a 17-year old Guatemalan American high school junior in Kent, Washington.
State lawmakers consider when to call a special session to address pandemic
May 21 • 1 min
Key Washington lawmakers are considering calling a session next month to address issues posed by the pandemic. But they have to consider how safe it will be.
Cattle go on diet in Washington as meat packing slow down continues
May 21 • 1 min
Feed lots in Washington state are trying to slow the growth of cattle waiting to be slaughtered by putting them on a diet. Cattle are backlogged at such feed lots because processing plants have slowed down.
Workers go on hunger strike at Yakima fruit packing plants
May 21 • 1 min
Two workers in Yakima’s fruit packing industry have gone on a hunger strike over a lack of protections amid the Covid-19 pandemic as well as having no hazard pay.
Midwest pigs showing up in the NW by the thousands
May 21 • 1 min
Agricultural officials in the Northwest are worried about the massive number of pigs being imported into the region.
Yakima Valley apple workers on strike
May 21 • 4 min
Apple workers from the Yakima Valley are on strike after some workers tested positive for Covid-19. They argue that there are not enough protections for them.
Summer camp threatened by Covid-19 pandemic
May 21 • 4 min
Many summer camps in Washington state are canceling in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. But some are hoping that there still can be a summer camp season.
Summer school in Seattle goes ahead, on a short schedule
May 20 • 4 min
OSPI plans to continue distance learning
A sockeye season like no other — because Covid-19
May 20 • 1 min
Thousands of people flood into remote parts of Alaska each summer from Washington and other states to catch salmon and get the fish ready for market. That influx during a pandemic has locals worried.
A new proposal to house 6,500 chronically homeless in King County
May 20 • 1 min
The Third Door Coalition has a new proposal to house 6,500 chronically homeless people in King County.
Gov. Inslee likely won’t implement statewide mask requirement
May 20 • 1 min
It appears that Washington Gov. Jay Insee is not planning to require mask wearing as the state moves toward reopening. But the state may encourage businesses to require it.
“It’s not going to be back to ‘normal’” says Seattle ballet dancer
May 20 • 2 min
Voices of the pandemic features people in the Seattle area coping with the coronavirus outbreak.
More counties enter Phase 2. Business front in Seattle
May 19 • 2 min
Phase 2 counties concerned about Phase 1 county travelers
Amid uncertainty, UW plans to bring students back next fall
May 19 • 8 min
Layers of back-up planning required
I had Covid-19. My body shook, ‘discharging the collective terror’ of us all
May 19 • 4 min
Penelope Bell is a Seattle-area resident and a leadership coach for entrepreneurs. At 60, she’s also a survivor of Covid-19. The following is a transcript of portions of a video Bell recorded about her experience falling ill and recovering. It’s been…
Are you wearing a mask in King County?
May 19 • 1 min
Not everyone put on a mask as King County began urging people to wear them in an attempt to keep the spread of Covid-19 down.
Early progress on Covid-19 vaccine
May 19 • 0 min
Four subjects in a vaccine trial have developed coronavirus antibodies. That is good news as the search for a vaccine continues.
Not all closed Seattle streets will stay closed after the pandemic
May 19 • 4 min
Seattle has closed over 20 miles of streets to most vehicle traffic - to give people more space to get some exercise. That way they’re less likely to crowd into parks during the pandemic. They’re also part of a larger strategy to use the current slowdown…