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Public stations host Yakima forum for state's growing gang problem

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Leaders from across Washington will meet for a forum inside the Capitol Theatre Tuesday night to address growing gang violence around the state.

The forum is being hosted by KYVE-TV, Yakima's public station, as well as one of Seattle's PBS affiliates, KCTS-TV.  The event came locally during the summer when the city saw an increase in gang activity.

Ken Messer is the general manager of KYVE-TV and came up with the idea of the forum and expanding it across Washington.  He wants the event to push those in the theatre as well as viewers watching at home to get more involved with this issue.

"It's gonna' take all of us," he said.  "It's going to take more than certainly the police departments, it takes every individual to assist in helping this."

Speakers will include Attorney General Rob McKenna, Yakima County prosecutor Jim Hagarty, and his counterpart from King County.

Portions of the forum will be used for a special airing on KYVE and KCTS next week.  The public is invited to take part during the taping Tuesday night, no tickets are required for admission.

The forum begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Capitol but the doors will close at 6:45 p.m.

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