Year started with KUOW: 2005
Amy Radil joined KUOW as a reporter covering politics and government in 2005. She got her start in radio as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio from 1997 to 2000. She then freelanced for four years from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, contributing primarily to two public radio programs, The World and Marketplace. Amy graduated from Williams College in 1994 and received an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997.
The state of Washington is implementing the first-in-the-nation emergency alert system for missing Native Americans. It allows authorities to issue public alerts quickly to help locate those missing.
At stake is control of the Washington state Senate, where the GOP holds a one-seat majority. It's currently the only Republican-held legislative chamber on the West Coast.
Mayor Ed Murray has declared a state of emergency and channeled some one-time funding to more shelter beds. But he's been criticized for ramping up the sweeps of homeless camps at the same time.
Seattle is the first city in the nation to fine people for not properly sorting their garbage. The law took effect on Jan. 1 as a bid to keep food out of landfills and encourage composting instead.