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All fireworks will be illegal in unincorporated King County in 2022

Fireworks will be illegal in unincorporated parts of King County starting in 2022 after the King County Council approved a ban on April 27 with… Continue reading

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Democrats weigh marriage of cap-and-trade with gas tax hike

As wrangling over climate change policy continues, a major transportation package is pronounced dead.

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King County prosecutor, council member propose hate crimes task force

County leaders say the proposal will give better resouces to prosecute and investigate hate crimes.

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Local artists wanted to design limited-edition ORCA Cards

Applications due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 5.

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King County residents needed for first respiratory study using Apple watches

UW study to help find if devices can detect early warning signs of acute respiratory infections, such as COVID-19 and flu.

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted in Washington over side effect

Following federal guidance, Washington health care providers are temporarily pausing Johnson & Johnson shots while experts educate hospital systems on how to treat a rare… Continue reading

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High court ruling spurs effort to retool state’s drug laws

Meanwhile, the Blake decision has gotten people out jail, charges dismissed and possibly clemency for some.

  • Apr 12, 2021
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Backed by her family, Kathleen Strickland addresses the protest in front of the Auburn Justice Center on Aug. 6, 2020, and on behalf of her late son, Enos Strickland Jr., pleads for change at the Auburn Police Department. (Sound Publishing file photo)

State Senate OKs restrictions on police tactics and gear

Staff reports The Washington State Senate has approved a measure restricting certain police tactics and gear, including the use of neck restraints and tear gas,… Continue reading

Backed by her family, Kathleen Strickland addresses the protest in front of the Auburn Justice Center on Aug. 6, 2020, and on behalf of her late son, Enos Strickland Jr., pleads for change at the Auburn Police Department. (Sound Publishing file photo)
The Monroe Correctional Complex on April 9, 2020. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Formerly incarcerated people regain right to vote in Washington

Rights restored immediately upon release.

  • Apr 8, 2021
The Monroe Correctional Complex on April 9, 2020. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Salmon update: King County wants cleaner water, more habitat

Salmon and orcas are in the spotlight once again as King County unveils a new strategic plan to rework its approach to protecting water quality… Continue reading

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
This security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders’ Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Image courtesy Cenex gas station

King County Sheriff fires detective who fatally shot Black Diamond man in 2019

Sheriff found deputy’s actions “demonstrated a disregard for the public, (his) partner and (himself)”.

This security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders’ Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Image courtesy Cenex gas station
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State releases February unemployment data

February unemployment in King County sat at 5.3%, which marked a decrease from the prior month, but was still double that when compared to February… Continue reading

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Guns seized during April 7 arrests (photo credit: Dept. of Justice)

More than 20 arrested across the Puget Sound in drug distribution conspiracy

DOJ says law enforcement agencies seized over 70 guns and hundreds of thousands in cash.

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Sheriff’s office wants help identifying Green River killer victim

Staff reports In 2003, Gary Ridgway, Washington’s notorious Green River killer, pleaded guilty to murdering 48 women. As of today, two of Ridgway’s victims remain… Continue reading

  • Apr 2, 2021
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King County municipal courts offer limited time warrant amnesty program

The program is intended to mitigate court backlog of warrants during pandemic.

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King County needs more lawyers to attack backlog of cases

6,107 open cases is double the normal amount for King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County

Starting April 15, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine

Gov. Inslee said an expected increase in vaccine supply enables the state to open eligibility.

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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Those who switched to telework have higher income, education and better health

U.S. Census Bureau report breaks down the numbers nationwide

  • Mar 31, 2021
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A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Phase Finder for vaccine eligibility to be eliminated March 31

Eligibility verification via Phase Finder no longer required for appointments, vaccinations beginning this week.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
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Study finds drastic increase in WA properties deemed at-risk of flooding

Analyst suggests climate change is responsible for increased flood risks.

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