Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, October 3

A handful of 737 Max planes sit along a runway at Paine Field on Wednesday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Boeing whistleblower: 737 safety improvement nixed over cost
Seven weeks after the second fatal crash of a 737 Max in March, a Boeing engineer submitted a scathing internal ethics complaint alleging that management — determined to keep down costs for airline customers — had blocked significant safety improvements during the jet’s development. Continue reading in the Everett Herald

Taxis line up outside of Lowell Elementary on Friday to pick up students. The district is required to provide transportation for homeless students. That may mean taxis take them to and from shelters.

Child homelessness has doubled in Washington state in the last decade
More than 40,000 students are homeless in Washington state, and living without stable housing is hurting their performance at school. Those are some of the findings in a new Schoolhouse Washington report. Continue reading at KUOW.org



Associated Press 

Feds warn about possibly tainted pills in Bellingham
Washington state enacts $75 fee for hybrid, electric cars
Cold temperatures last winter cut this year’s apricot crop
Earthquake warning app to come to Washington state next year
US judge: Injection sites don’t violate federal drug laws
US lists lower 48 caribou as endangered, designates habitat
Washington state land transfer approved for preservation
Washington state land transfer approved for preservation of areas on Blanchard Mountain

Auburn Reporter
$1.96 billion Puget Sound Gateway program launched
What’s the SCORE? Federal Way’s pending exit from co-ownership of jail prompts changes
Walk this way: Students, staff, leaders join Safe Kids Seattle-South King effort

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Boat strikes kill Pacific Northwest whales. Can this new app help ferries avoid them?

Bothell Reporter
Conservation plan for native seabird moves forward

The Daily News
Kelso School District starting process to adjust school boundaries 
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Expect Longview railroad crossing delays Wednesday morning
Kalama School District holding forum Tuesday on new elementary school
‘Where will we put them?’: Student population balloons in Castle Rock
Longview council to consider legislative agenda, ‘complete streets’

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing whistleblower: 737 safety improvement nixed over cost
Lawmakers to governor: How dare you mess with our budget! (Hobbs, Fey)
Everett passenger terminal has new investors: public worker
Bloomberg: Commentary: Tit-for-tat Boeing, Airbus tariffs help no one
Editorial: E-cigarette users need to know what they’re inhaling

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Lopez community weighs in on harassment allegations against staff member
Friday Harbor shelter thanks community for support
New license plates to benefit San Juan Island stewardship available Oct. 1 (LekanoffLovelett)
Letter: Land Bank is an asset to the community
Letter: Is there a better way to handle the situation at Lopez School?

Kitsap Sun
Health district rolls out changes to syringe exchange program despite concerns

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma City Council enacts tent ban in parks but delays enforcement as shelters sought 
Puyallup amends law restricting homeless center locations. Will it satisfy the state? 
Retailers begin the hunt for holiday workers in the region, with perks 
Tacoma Film Festival kicks off with docu-thriller about immigrant detention center
Op-Ed: Will vape shops be the next here-then-gone retail fad, like scrapbooking and sports card stores?
Senators question possible award of $3 billion Hanford contract to firm accused of fraud

New York Times
Trump Publicly Urges China to Investigate the Bidens
U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants
Trump Expected to Expand Private Medicare Advantage Program
Bipartisan Report Says Trump’s Abuse Has Pushed Federal Science to a ‘Crisis’

Olympian (subscription required)
Those living in RVs at Lacey City Hall parking lot forced to move 
Senators question possible award of $3 billion Hanford contract to firm accused of fraud

Port Townsend Leader
Thanks to representatives (Van De WegeTharinger, Chapman)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Apple CEO puts employees at centre of ‘Dreamer’ appeal
UW Medicine gets $50M gift to create Garvey brain health institute
US shopping mall vacancies hit eight-year high
U.S. announces major tariffs on European aircraft, food goods
These are the top faculty, coach salaries from Washington’s public colleges

The Reflector
Inslee issues executive order on vaping (Cleveland, Keiser) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle says the answer to street crime is … more money. But it used to handle far more cases for less.
Seattle homeless spending would surpass $100 million under Mayor Durkan’s budget next year 
Starting October 2020, your standard Washington state driver’s license will no longer get you through airport security 
Boeing whistleblower’s complaint says 737 MAX safety upgrades were rejected over cost
UW Medicine receives $50 million donation to start brain institute that will study addiction, Alzheimer’s and other brain disorders  
UW finds former director of program for young students had ‘inappropriate sexual contact’ with 17-year-old girl 
LTE: Is $75 for hybrid cars a fee or a fine?

Skagit Valley Herald
SWIFT Center officially opens to the public
County lumber mill to close because of trade disputes
Proposal made to raise steelhead at area fish farms
Larsen listens to vets’ concerns

Time Magazine
How Many Personal Stories Must Women Share to Convince Others of Their Humanity?

USA Today
Mayo Clinic study suggests ‘toxic chemical fumes’ may be to blame for vaping lung illnesses
Impeachment pressure: Trump says China should investigate Joe Biden, family 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Inslee’s flavored-vape ban could yield benefits

Washington Post
‘This is when the inquiry gets real’: Former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine testifies in impeachment probe today
Live updates: Trump calls for China to investigate Bidens; former Ukraine envoy testifies on Capitol Hill
Odd markings, ellipses fuel doubts about the rough transcript of Trump’s Ukraine call
Trump involved Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader, though officials say vice president was unaware of allegations in whistleblower complaint
Pompeo’s four-Pinocchio spin on Trump and Ukraine
10 times Trump and Cabinet officials said something that soon fell apart
White House officials weigh appeal to Democrats in GOP districts to stop impeachment of Trump
Silicon Valley pioneered self-driving cars. But some of its tech-savvy residents don’t want them tested in their neighborhoods
Legal settlement over Las Vegas shooting worth up to $800 million
Trump wanted to have U.S. forces equipped with bayonets to stop migrants at border, among other ideas, officials say

Whidbey News-Times
Conservation district rates revamped starting in 2020
Coupeville schools opening doors on new lunch program
Whidbey middle school teacher wins honor for civic education

Yakima Herald
Prosecutor won’t attempt to oust Wapato mayor through legal action
Yakima Council to disband several committees, saying they are an unproductive waste of resources
FBI: Homicides increase, but violent crime falls significantly in Yakima 




Drive a green car? Prepare to spend more green on new tabs (Fey, Saldaña)

Counterfeit pills possibly to blame in overdose deaths of 2 Sammamish students
Eastside counselor warns of ‘extreme risk’ of teen opiate addiction
Anacortes using water pipes to deliver high-speed internet 

‘Shake Alert’ app debuts next autumn, will give seconds’ warning of earthquakes
King Co. Sheriff issues public warning after 2 Sammamish teens die of fentanyl overdoses

Trump administration’s ‘public charge’ rule causes fear among immigrants who receive public benefits

40,000 students in Washington are homeless. It’s hurting them at school
Planning To Fly A Year From Now? Better Double Check Your Driver’s License
Inslee Calls On State Wildlife Agency To ‘Significantly Reduce’ Lethal Wolf Actions

NW Public Radio
In Central Washington, forest equipment chews through fuel to reduce threat of ‘the next Paradise’
‘Why is there nothing left?’ Pension funds failing at Catholic hospitals

Q13 TV (Fox)
Ferries slowing down to save endangered orcas
Subset of repeat offenders falling through big gap in the system
Hybrid vehicle owners sound off on increased car tab renewal fee (Saldaña) 




Searching for airports to host deportation flights, ICE gets rejected in Everett and Bellingham
As Seattle debates what to do about ‘prolific offenders,’ some say we already have the answer
One way Seattle can curb its meth problem: using heroin treatment as a model 
Opinion: Too much money, too little fun: Youth sports are out of reach for too many kids in King County
With alternatives stretched and neighbors angry, Seattle police return to arresting sex workers
Washington’s coastal tribes are working to escape rising sea levels. A bill in D.C. could help