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Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan died Saturday, the foundation bearing his name confirmed. He was 80.

"Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. During his distinguished career and leadership of the United Nations, he was an ardent champion of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the rule of law," the Kofi Annan Foundation and Annan family said in a statement.

A transient whale is shown on Friday, August 10, 2018, as crews attempt to locate the JPod. (Image taken under the authority of NMFS MMPA/ESA Permit No. 18786-03)
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Kim Malcolm talks with University of Washington fisheries science professor Ray Hilborn about whether boycotting chinook salmon will help the recovery of southern resident killer whales.

Rep. Matt Manweller is suing Central Washington University for breach of contract.
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Rep. Matt Manweller (R-Ellensburg), who is seeking a fourth term in the state legislature, is suing Central Washington University after the school fired the legislator following a workplace conduct investigation. Manweller was a tenured professor of political science before he was fired. 

KUOW Photo/Lisa Wang

After Richard Russell stole, flew and crashed a Horizon Air Q400 turboprop, an odd thing started popping up online: YouTube tribute videos. What drives people to glorify an incident like that and what can we learn from it? 

Last March, Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced the resignation of one of his longest-serving cabinet members, Employment Security Department head Dale Peinecke. A workplace misconduct investigation had found that over the five years Peinecke worked in state government, he made some staff uncomfortable and was “vulnerable to claims of harassment with sexual overtones.”

For years, mentally ill inmates in this state have languished in county jails awaiting state evaluations to determine if they're competent to stand trial.

But according to a legal settlement announced this Thursday, people with mental illness who are caught up in Washington state’s criminal justice system would get more services.

In cases when inmates are found not competent, they often wait weeks or months more to get a bed at a state hospital.

Forest fire smoke obscures the Space Needle on Tuesday.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Ross Reynolds talks to Ian Bailey, a reporter for the Globe and Mail, about the provincewide state of emergency in British Columbia due to the ongoing wildfires.

Those fires are causing a smoky summer in Seattle. Erik Saganic of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency gives us an update on when we can expect the wind to clear out our skies.

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Ross Reynolds talk to Sarah Sumadi, senior program manager at One America, and Aliya Haq, nutrition services supervisor with the International Community Health Services, about a rule change that could allow federal officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they've used public benefits.

Aliya talks about the immigrants who have already chosen to stop receiving benefits with her group, for fear it would affect their immigration status.

Carolyn Beans is a freelance science journalist living in Washington, D.C. She specializes in ecology, evolution and health.

In Washington, D.C., Peter Rabbit regularly challenges me to stop wasting food. On a billboard hovering beyond my local grocery store and on posters on bus stop shelters, he casually chomps on a carrot while leaning on big bold letters: "Better Ate Than Never."

Mikel Kowalcyk, a former drug user, is an outreach coordinator at REACH, a program founded by Evergreen Treatment Services to provide resources to people battling drug addiction and homelessness in Seattle.
Jasmine Aguilera

In Seattle’s bustling downtown, hundreds of people are living on the streets and battling drug addiction.

That’s also where social worker Mikel Kowalcyk believes she can make a real difference.

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