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King County’s current climate action plan was adopted in 2015 and has provided a blueprint for reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. File photo

King County approves environmental justice provision

An update to the King County climate action plan should include an environmental justice framing as it’s developed over the coming months. The King County… Continue reading

King County’s current climate action plan was adopted in 2015 and has provided a blueprint for reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. File photo
Ferguson wants Legislature to limit high capacity magazines, ban assault weapons
Ferguson wants Legislature to limit high capacity magazines, ban assault weapons
Homelessness authority approved by King County, awaits Seattle vote

Homelessness authority approved by King County, awaits Seattle vote

The agreement would consolidate emergency services for people experiencing homelessness.

Homelessness authority approved by King County, awaits Seattle vote
Keiser, Constantine applaud expanded overtime protections

Keiser, Constantine applaud expanded overtime protections

State raises threshold of salaried workers eligible

  • Dec 11, 2019
Keiser, Constantine applaud expanded overtime protections
The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Council approves $600,000 to increase security at King County Courthouse

The funding will be split evenly between increasing deputies, security and social services.

The King County Courthouse is located at 516 Third Ave. in downtown Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
In this September 2019 photo, George Kirkish, owner and founder of Palouse Winery on Vashon-Maury Island, pours a glass of wine for Lori Coots during tasting room hours. (Kevin Opsahl/Sound Publishing)

King County Council approves controversial winery, brewery ordinance

After five years, the county has updated regulations surrounding alcohol production and tasting.

In this September 2019 photo, George Kirkish, owner and founder of Palouse Winery on Vashon-Maury Island, pours a glass of wine for Lori Coots during tasting room hours. (Kevin Opsahl/Sound Publishing)
State Patrol phone number spoofed for fraudulent bomb threats

State Patrol phone number spoofed for fraudulent bomb threats

No actual threats but residents should report calls

  • Dec 10, 2019
State Patrol phone number spoofed for fraudulent bomb threats
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is among supporters of statewide “just cause” legislation to protect tenants in Washington. However, some landlords say removing the ability to quickly remove tenants limits their ability to get rid of problem renters. (Courtesy image)

Tenant advocates prepare for another push in Olympia

Following wins in Burien and Federal Way, just cause evictions are on the 2020 Legislative agenda.

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is among supporters of statewide “just cause” legislation to protect tenants in Washington. However, some landlords say removing the ability to quickly remove tenants limits their ability to get rid of problem renters. (Courtesy image)
Business alliance serves women of African diaspora in South King County

Business alliance serves women of African diaspora in South King County

Nourah Yonous launched the African Women Business Alliance in 2017 to find ways to lift women up.

Business alliance serves women of African diaspora in South King County
Woodinville Republican to run for state attorney general

Woodinville Republican to run for state attorney general

Matt Larkin announces challenge to Bob Ferguson

  • Dec 5, 2019
Woodinville Republican to run for state attorney general
Cummings joins Sound Transit as deputy CEO and chief administrative officer
Cummings joins Sound Transit as deputy CEO and chief administrative officer
Fire along Twisp River Road in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest in 2018. Courtesy photo

Wildfire response: State unveils funding legislation proposal

Last year, Department of Natural Resources responded to record number of wildfires.

Fire along Twisp River Road in the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest in 2018. Courtesy photo
Inslee appoints first Native American to State Supreme Court

Inslee appoints first Native American to State Supreme Court

Montoya-Lewis will move up from Whatcom County Superior Court

  • Dec 4, 2019
Inslee appoints first Native American to State Supreme Court
A new report, complete with recommendations to the Legislature, has been released by a statewide task force that was formed to address a lack of child care in Washington. File photo

Report outlines lack of child care in Washington

In King County, supply doesn’t meet demand for child care.

A new report, complete with recommendations to the Legislature, has been released by a statewide task force that was formed to address a lack of child care in Washington. File photo
New state report recommends legislative fixes around sexual assault kits

New state report recommends legislative fixes around sexual assault kits

Additional funding for cold cases investigations also suggested

  • Dec 2, 2019
New state report recommends legislative fixes around sexual assault kits
Demonstrators from La Resistencia protest Amazon’s involvement with ICE. Photo courtesy of La Resistencia

How will the U.S. respond to climate refugees?

Business as usual has been harder borders, are there other ways to address climate migration?

Demonstrators from La Resistencia protest Amazon’s involvement with ICE. Photo courtesy of La Resistencia
Safe drug consumption sites have been recommended by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force. Pictured is a safe consumption site in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge

What’s been happening with safe injection sites?

There hasn’t been much coverage this year compared to the last couple years.

Safe drug consumption sites have been recommended by the King County Heroin and Opioid Task Force. Pictured is a safe consumption site in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge
File photo of a pothole

King County approves roads, bridges funding

The capital projects funding is significantly less than previous years.

File photo of a pothole
Inslee says state vehicle tab fees to be kept in separate account

Inslee says state vehicle tab fees to be kept in separate account

Court ruling leads to decision; refunds could be in future

  • Nov 27, 2019
Inslee says state vehicle tab fees to be kept in separate account
King County judge stops implementation of I-976 to reduce vehicle tab fees | Update

King County judge stops implementation of I-976 to reduce vehicle tab fees | Update

Ferguson, Constantine and Eyman respond to ruling

  • Nov 27, 2019
King County judge stops implementation of I-976 to reduce vehicle tab fees | Update