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Inslee announces new COVID-19 reopening plan for Washington

Some restrictions will be eased beginning as soon as next week, the governor said.

  • Jan 5, 2021
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Group seeks higher federal tax deductions for educators

Wants expenses deduction raised to $1,000 from $250

  • Jan 5, 2021
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Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. 	File photo

Bills to follow in the 2021 Legislative session include police reform

It’s legislation filing season, and the floodgates have opened in Olympia.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. 	File photo
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State Patrol looking to hire troopers in early 2021

Openings for 60 trooper cadets, 24 commercial vehicle enforcement officers

  • Dec 31, 2020
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Gov. Jay Inslee, pictured in December as he signed the certified statewide election results. Courtesy photo

Gov. Inslee extends ban on indoor dining, other restrictions

An updated reopening plan for stores, restaurants and gatherings will be released next week.

Gov. Jay Inslee, pictured in December as he signed the certified statewide election results. Courtesy photo
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King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office warns of scam calls

Caller demands money to drop criminal cases

  • Dec 29, 2020
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State Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick. (Washington State Legislative Support Services) 2015

New proposal might help Washington get a Republican governor

An electoral college system, rather than a popular vote, could give more power to rural counties.

  • Dec 28, 2020
State Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick. (Washington State Legislative Support Services) 2015
A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin

Season’s tweetings: Christmas Bird Count returns

Rainier Audubon Society encompasses the South King County areas of Auburn, Federal Way, Kent, Des Moines, Redondo, Renton and more while also extending out toward Mount Rainier.

A Dark-eyed Junco. Photo courtesy of RAS President Jay Galvin
Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County
Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County
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Report: WA nets only 100 new jobs in November

Unemployment rates held steady between October and November, according to a newly released preliminary monthly state employment report. November unemployment numbers were released on Dec.… Continue reading

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PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.

Who should foot the bill for pandemic-era power?

Utilities could eventually raise rates to recoup lost costs, activists say that’s a bad plan.

PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.
The first of 152 new light rail vehicles arrived in June 2019 at Sound Transit’s Operations and Maintenance Facility in Seattle. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

Sound Transit testing new light rail vehicles

Trains will run weekends and late night weekdays and will not board passengers

  • Dec 21, 2020
The first of 152 new light rail vehicles arrived in June 2019 at Sound Transit’s Operations and Maintenance Facility in Seattle. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit
A rendering of the Kent Des Moines light rail station scheduled to open in 2024. The station will be elevated near a new South 236th Street between 30th Avenue South and Pacific Highway South. COURTESY GRAPHIC, Sound Transit

Adoption of 2021 budget moves current light rail expansions ahead full steam

Construction is on track to extend Link light rail from 22 to 62 miles by 2024

  • Dec 21, 2020
A rendering of the Kent Des Moines light rail station scheduled to open in 2024. The station will be elevated near a new South 236th Street between 30th Avenue South and Pacific Highway South. COURTESY GRAPHIC, Sound Transit
Eleanor Knight, 14, and her younger brother, Ivan, then, 9, horse around while waiting to surf a wave on the Class III Wenatchee River. Courtesy photo.

Kayaking kid conquers raging rapids

“Between Two Swims” captures family’s brave adventures on film.

Eleanor Knight, 14, and her younger brother, Ivan, then, 9, horse around while waiting to surf a wave on the Class III Wenatchee River. Courtesy photo.
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Eyman: I may never qualify another ballot measure again

The anti-tax activist, accused of campaign violations, testified one last time in his bench trial.

  • Dec 18, 2020
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Sound Transit Board expands low-income fares

To launch pilot project changing fare inspection practices

  • Dec 18, 2020
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Workers call for state leaders to maintain indoor dining restrictions

Letter asks for workplace safety, direct financial relief to workers

  • Dec 17, 2020
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Inslee announces new guidelines for schools and in-person learning

Staff reports Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced Dec. 16 an update in the metrics used to inform local school… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2020
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A man donates blood. COURTESY PHOTO, Bloodworks Northwest

Tragedy becomes call to action on Washington and Oregon Blood Donor Day Dec. 18

2017 Amtrak train derailment underscoring need for emergency preparedness this winter and through pandemic

  • Dec 16, 2020
A man donates blood. COURTESY PHOTO, Bloodworks Northwest
Photo courtesy of Fisher Scones

Fisher Scones parent company fined for overworking teenage employees

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries found more than 1,500 instances of violations including missing meal breaks, working during school hours and more.

Photo courtesy of Fisher Scones