Tuesday, Dec 30


Associated Press
Legislature snubs state Supreme Court chief justice
Washington state, feds testing wild birds for avian flu
Washington state fines fireworks company for safety problems
No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015
Report: Police gun deaths up, still below average
Funding sometimes lags for sex-trafficking victims
State’s recycling rate drops slightly
Wash. coast mayor declares beach erosion emergency
State fines fireworks company for safety problems

Aberdeen Daily World
Expansion of tribal facility not subject to city, state jurisdiction

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington’s minimum wage rises to $9.47 an hour
New system to trace livestock in Washington
Whatcom auditor to collect new vehicle fees (Morris)

Oregon Democrats can flex muscle

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Sheriff’s reforms at jail intended to help mentally ill inmates, families
Robinson: For how long can Republicans argue with success?

The Island Guardian
State Supreme Court Rules For County In Building Permit Case

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
School districts making the switch to standards-based grading

News Tribune (subscription required)
Marijuana grower hopes to outlast early ups and downs
Legislature won’t let state Supreme Court chief justice give State of the Judiciary speech (Nelson, Sullivan)
Containerships remain anchored in Commencement Bay while union-employer talks recessed
Editorial: Amazon deploys its market power against creators

Olympian (subscription required)
Legislature won’t let state Supreme Court chief justice give State of the Judiciary speech (Nelson, Sullivan)
Marijuana grower hopes to outlast early ups and downs

Puget Sound Business Journal
From Boeing’s massive 777X expansion to Seattle’s tiniest newsstand: Washington’s economy in two stories
Obamacare forces health care companies to experiment, evolve

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Most school districts struggle to find substitute teachers
Lawmakers nix the session’s State of the Judiciary speech (Sullivan)
Governor seeks money to train special ed leaders
Critics appeal to Inslee for probe of 6 for-profit colleges
Jerry Large: Looking back: Inequality woven through 2014
Editorial: To save money, provide quality pre-K, not incarceration
Guest: Lawmakers must compromise to ensure future of Washington’s education system

Skagit Valley Herald
Low gas prices an economic boon

Spokesman Review
Arctic blast grabs hold of Inland Northwest
Larry Stuckart, advocate for the poor, dies at 65
State proposals would boost safety on U.S. Highway 2
Editorial: Technology cost part of transparent government


Whidbey slide damage could take time to clean up

Dangerous hash oil labs expose holes in state pot laws
Flu outbreak now labeled an ‘epidemic’ as deaths mount

NW Public Radio
Inslee Proposes Change To Sales Tax Exemption
25 Years After Exxon Valdez, U.S. Mandates Double-Hull Oil Tankers


The Ownership Society (income inequality)

Female Democratic House Reps Underepresented in Leadership (Lytton, Chopp, Sullivan, Pettigrew, Van De Wege, Moeller, Orwall, Springer)

Seattle P.I.
Marriage equality: A social revolution Washington helped launch