city planning

Seattle has become the first city in the country to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage. The City Council voted Monday to enact the new law, which was the result of months of negotiations.

It represents a 60 percent increase from the current state minimum wage, which at $9.32 an hour is the highest in the country.

Proponents say it’s a first step towards closing the rising income gap between rich and poor. Some businesses say they will go to court to fight it. KUOW’s Deborah Wang reports.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

In southeast Washington, the Tri-Cities are growing faster than most other metro areas in the Northwest, or the nation. From a high spot like Badger Mountain it’s easy see how rapidly new neighborhoods are leveling-off ridgelines and hacking into fruit orchards. 

A group of citizens in the small Idaho town of Filer started gathering signatures this week to recall the mayor and the entire city council. Their grievance is over the shooting of a pet dog back in February and the city's decision to retain the police officer who did it.

Paige Browning

Regulating government surveillance in Spokane took the spotlight in Monday’s city council meeting. But the newest, flashiest police equipment is being ignored under city regulations.

Wednesday night, the Bend City Council adopted a new plan laying out the future of the city's water systems. As Oregon Public Broadcasting's David Nogueras reports, the plan reiterates the council's intention to move ahead with a controversial overhaul of city's surface water system.

Married At Seattle City Hall

Dec 10, 2012
Photo Credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

Wedding bells rang throughout Washington state Sunday as hundreds of same-sex couples said “I do”. Sunday was the first day gay couples could legally marry here. This comes after voters upheld the state’s marriage equality law in last month’s election.

City of Spokane Mayor Picks Police Chief Finalists

Jul 19, 2012

Four finalists for Police Chief in Spokane have been identified by Spokane Mayor Condon. Reporter Paige Browning has details.

Seattle city council members say the spate of shootings in the city has heightened their interest in seeking new gun control regulations. But they say they’re proceeding carefully, since the city’s previous ban on guns in parks was struck down by the courts.

This week Spokane’s City Council voted to indefinitely table a resolution on Washington’s marriage equality law.