Simone Alicea

A Seattle native and former KPLU 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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Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess wants to change the way the police department handles officers’ off-duty work.

Right now, much of that work is managed by third-party companies. But Burgess wants employers looking to hire officers to go through the department directly. Officers directing traffic or working security in their spare time often still wear police uniforms.

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A state Senate committee is investigating whether Sound Transit misled the legislature while it was trying to get its latest expansion on last year's ballot. There's a hearing on it Tuesday.

Voters in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties approved the 54-billion dollar project known as S-T-3.

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The Seattle City Council voted 9-0 Monday to pass a citywide income tax on high earners.