Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, September 12


Associated Press
Experts weigh next steps, possible capture, to save ill orca
Draft plan for Washington ferry system calls for new vessels
Estimated cost for new Sea-Tac airport facility rises to $1B
Washington high court grants attorney fees in drug case
Too soon for rules talk, uneasy House members say
Take 2 for Washington state: Carbon fee on fall ballot
Washington teacher strikes escalate with arbitrator request

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
No school Wednesday in Tacoma — strike continues, state lawmakers weigh in  (Jinkins, Fey, Kirby, Kilduff, Steve Conway, Darneille)

Port of Vancouver approves resolution calling for I-5 Bridge replacement
Battle Ground school board to consider ‘legal action’
Vancouver teachers angry about losing paraeducators
In Our View: Stop Impaired Drivers (legalized marijuana)

The Daily News
Longview students return to school, parents reflect on strike

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Editorial: Secure funding for light rail that voters approved

Highline Times
Runway closure for airfield upgrades at Sea-Tac Airport began Sunday, expected to last through early December

The Inlander
Department of Ecology to hold meetings on silicon smelter proposed near Newport next week

Maple Valley Reporter
Covington’s first electric car charging station opens

News Tribune (subscription required)
No school Wednesday in Tacoma — strike continues, state lawmakers weigh in (Jinkins, Fey, Kirby, Kilduff, Conway, Darnielle)
ICE arrests 16 in Whatcom County during ‘criminal investigation’

New York Times
$10 Million From FEMA Diverted to Pay for Immigration Detention Centers, Document Shows
Pope Calls World’s Bishops to Meeting on Sexual Abuse of Children

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘Airplane of opportunity’? Richard Russell raised pilot’s suspicions a year before Sea-Tac plane heist
Seattle auditor to investigate City Light practices after complaints over huge electricity bills
Inslee weighs in, but Tacoma teachers’ strike extends into fifth day
Price tag for Sea-Tac’s new International Arrivals Facility soars to almost $1 billion
TNT: Some of Washington’s biggest trees are dying and scientists don’t know why
Editorial: Public records 101 for legislative task force (Van De Wege, Springer, Hunt)
Opinion: Seattle’s rush to upzone tramples neighborhood input

Seattle Weekly
Immigrant Youth Vulnerable to Abuse in Centers
King County Moves to Expand Pre-Booking Diversion Program
Tourism Organizations Lose in Safeco Field Funding Plan
Safeco Field Will Get a New Name Next Year

Snoqualmie-Valley Record
Washington schools update student discipline rules

Spokesman Review
Much of Columbia River closing to salmon, steelhead fishing
Opinion: Dysfunctional aspects of the U.S. health care ‘system,’ and possible solutions

USA Today
FDA declares youth vaping an epidemic, announces investigation, new enforcement
Will President Donald Trump’s trade wars raise grocery prices?

Washington Post
FDA chief calls youth use of Juul, other e-cigarettes an ‘epidemic’
Middle-class income hit an all-time high of $61,372 last year, U.S. Census Bureau says
The Energy 202: Even the EPA acknowledges its new methane rule may be costly
Opinion: Three big takeaways from the financial crisis


Cougar suspected in Oregon hiker’s death, months after deadly attack in Washington
New Washington wolf pack may face lethal removal
Tumwater SD back in court to prove teachers strike is harmful
Family pleads for safety improvements along deadly stretch of Highway 101
10,000 weapons seized at King County Courthouse since January

Report says 1 in 4 Washingtonians are obese
Rescue operation considered to save sick and starving orca

Amid Tacoma Strike, One Teacher Resigns After Looking At Administrator Salaries
Responding To Activists, Tacoma City Council Moves To Protect Renters From Eviction

Reports of sexual assault jump almost 20% in King County
Nationwide Prison Strike Ends, But It’s Not Yet Clear If It Made A Difference
If ‘Free College’ Sounds Too Good To Be True, That’s Because It Often Is

Legislators ask Tacoma district to reach an agreement (Jinkins, Fey, Kilduff, Kirby, Darneille, Conway)

NW Public Radio
Fighting Wildfire Is Risky. But It’s Become Riskier Than It Needs To Be

Q13 TV (Fox)
Eight state legislators sign letter trying to help end Tacoma teachers strike, lawmaker says (Jinkins, Fey, Kirby, Kilduff, Conway, Darneille)
Experts weigh next steps, possible capture, to save J50


More help, fewer handcuffs for low-level offenders in King County

Port of Seattle will spend $325,000 to study stolen plane incident
Why teachers remain on strike in Tacoma, and elsewhere

Seattle P.I.
Double win for Sound Transit: $100 million from feds, lawsuit dismissed

Is Seattle’s Cooling Housing Market an Early Sign of the Source of the Next Economic Catastrophe?