Play How King County keeps elections secure

Recent elections around the country have been plagued by security concerns: old voting machines malfunctioning, machine source code leaking to the internet, even allegations of voter fraud. So what is King County doing to safeguard its voters? We visited the county's elections center to see how its ballot-counting systems are designed to protect against these threats.

Play Un dĂ­a en la vida de un trabajador agrĂ­cola migrante

A cause de una falta de mano de obra doméstica, los agricultores del estado de Washington dependen cada vez más en el programa H-2A, para trabajadores agricultores temporales. Juan José Calleros es uno de aproximadamente 20,000 trabajadores migrantes que trabajarán en las granjas de Washington este año.

Play A day in the life of a cherry picker

Washington farmers rely increasingly on the H-2A program, which brings in temporary foreign agricultural workers to help alleviate the domestic labor shortage. Juan Jose Calleros is one of approximately 20,000 such migrant laborers who will work on Washington farms this year.

Play Battling cancer in a homeless shelter

Seattle's homeless population is aging, and along with age come health problems. Hughes Daniels is one of many sick homeless persons living in a shelter not equipped to handle his health care needs.

Play A Nagasaki Survivor Visits Hanford

People come from around the nation and the world to see where the plutonium was made that fueled the bomb used at the end of World War II. But Richland has never seen an atomic tourist like Mr. Moriguchi.

Play Seattle World School Offers a Welcoming Haven for Immigrant

In the intense American debate over immigration, most people don’t consider the specific educational needs of immigrant students. Meanwhile, the number of students who are learning English for the first time in Washington state has increased nearly 70 percent since 2000.

The 30-some teachers and staff at Seattle World School think about these kids every day.

Play There Goes the Gayborhood: Seattle’s Shifting Queer Geograph

Capitol Hill, widely known since the 1970s as Seattle’s gay neighborhood, is changing. As development and gentrification sweep in, many longtime residents have moved out. But is the gayborhood dying, or just changing?

To newcomers, it may be difficult to imagine that it was ever any different. But Capitol Hill didn’t always have the city’s densest concentration of gay bars.

Play The Last 747: The World’s First Jumbo Jet Flies Home

Content rating: TV-G

It was the last passenger 747 flown by a U.S. carrier. The plane, once called the “Queen of the Skies,” is becoming a white elephant as airlines opt for more fuel-efficient two-engine models and jets with fewer seats, like the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787. The 747 has a history as a workhorse of commercial aviation, but what many people don’t realize is how big a bet Boeing made on this jet — a bet

Play Questions and Astronauts

If you could ask an astronaut one question, what would you ask? Here’s what a few local middle school students came up with.

Play Noah’s March: 11-Year-Old Breaks a Record Walking for a Cure

When Noah Barnes saw a documentary about Terry Fox, the Canadian athlete who tried to run across the continent to raise awareness of cancer, it gave the then 10-year-old an idea: He could do the same for his disease, Type 1 Diabetes. On his walk — a total of 4,240 miles — Noah became the youngest person on record to cross America on foot.

Play The Choir That Sings for the Dying

The all-volunteer Threshold Choir sings for those who are, as they put it, at the thresholds of life. Some are in hospice care; some may not even be able to move or talk. In some instances, the choir may only have one opportunity to sing to a participant before they pass away. Others may be near death.

Play Bike Share Is Back in Seattle

Past attempts at a bike share program in Seattle have flopped. Can Seattle’s newest app-based bike-shares succeed where others have failed?

Play The Chimps of Cle Elum, Washington

Meet "The Cle Elum Seven," former laboratory research chimpanzees living out the rest of their days at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington.

Play The Chimps of Cle Elum

Meet "The Cle Elum Seven," former laboratory research chimpanzees living out the rest of their days at the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum, Washington.

Play Vancouver Forever Changed by Expo ’86

Vancouver’s Expo ’86 was the last World’s Fair to be held in North America, and like the previous fairs in the region (Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair and Spokane’s Expo ’74), it was a transformational event for the city. The fair’s theme was transportation and communications, and it also commemorated Vancouver’s centennial.

Play A Legacy of Rowing: Seattle’s Ancient Mariners

The Ancient Mariners rowing team is a competitive men’s masters rowing club that competes on a national level. The members represent Seattle’s rowing legacy, including the father of an Olympic rower and a former University of Washington rower who trained under famed coach Al Ulbrickson.

Play Seattle Housing Levy Explained

When votes are counted on August 2nd, the citizens of Seattle will be deciding whether to enact one of the largest affordable housing measures ever proposed.

Play Primaires 2016: Who Cares? You Should

Only about 30% of King County registered voters bother to vote in the primary elections. This year's primary election is on August 2nd. Will voters choose vacation over voting? Do the primaries even matter? KCTS 9 examines what's at stake on the ballot.

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