Will James covers business, labor, and the South Sound region for KPLU. He came to the station from Newsday in his home state of New York.
Federal investigators have begun a two-day hearing into last year's fatal Amtrak Cascades derailment in Pierce County.
The images from the derailment are dramatic: train cars dangling over a busy freeway — some strewn down a hill side while others turned on their side. At least three people died in the derailment.