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Wednesday, October 14

Companies are required to maintain records about who paid for ads, when they ran, how much they cost, and the name of the candidate or measure supported or opposed. RICHARD DREW AP

Twitter to pay $100,000 over campaign finance violations
Twitter is the latest social media giant to pay for violations of Washington state’s campaign finance disclosure rules. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday the company agreed to pay $100,000 for failing to maintain records related to ads that ran from 2012 through 2019, when Twitter banned political advertising. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Richard Drew)

A barrier stands outside of the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct on June 10, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Washington state Senate committee to tackle police reforms
Police reform will be a top issue for the Legislature when it returns for the 2021 session in January. Democratic Senator Jamie Pedersen is finalizing a bill to address many of the reforms, including the creation of a stronger decertification process for officers. “As a way to make sure that officers who have misused their authority in various ways can be removed from service,” Pedersen explained. Continue reading at MyNorthwest. (David Ryder)

Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that the Trump administration can end census field operations early, in a blow to efforts to make sure minorities and hard-to-enumerate communities are properly counted in the crucial once-a-decade tally. The decision was not a total loss for plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the administration’s decision to end the count early. They managed to get nearly two extra weeks of counting people as the case made its way through the courts. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.


Associated Press
King County moves ahead with sales tax for homeless housing
Inslee: 5 Washington counties can relax virus restrictions
1 killed, thousands lose power in Northwest wind storm
WA Lt. Gov at seminary school in California since September
Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count
Twitter to pay $100,000 over campaign finance violations
Washington state schools report 37 employee COVID-19 cases
Supreme Court halts census count after Trump administration filing

Aberdeen Daily World
More free COVID-19 test locations announced, including Ocean Shores, Westport
Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Pacific County, total at 107
Great Washington ShakeOut happening Thursday
Op-ed: In plot against Whitmer, ‘militia’ has become a loaded word

Bainbridge Island Review
Initial jobless claims take huge drop

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Watch: Gov. Jay Inslee spoke Tuesday (Oct. 13) on Washington state’s COVID-19 response
Here are the new COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Tuesday for Washington state
Whatcom County sees 26 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death as state reports return after three days
Strong winds knock out power to thousands during Washington state storm
Washington state governor: Counties in modified phase 1 are going to phase 2
First US patient reinfected with COVID-19, study says. What does it mean for immunity?
Facebook will block anti-vaccination ads, but anti-vax groups to remain
The Daily News
Complaints against Woodland council for in-person meetings, lack of masks

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Portals crafted by volunteers up at Oso Slide Memorial site
Schools told to pause resumption of classes as virus surges
Mountlake Terrace-based health insurer Premera cuts 285 jobs
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Boeing’s struggles continue: No jetliner sales in September

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
St. Michael Medical Center prepares for December opening
Kitsap Public Health reports 16th COVID-19 death
Blustery Tuesday sees downed trees, power outages across Kitsap
Park reopens as project to help Chico Creek salmon wraps up

News Tribune (subscription required)
It’s the deadliest year in Tacoma since 1998, and there are two months to go
Pierce County reports more than 800 new COVID-19 cases in past 14 days
No cash transactions and other changes coming to Tacoma Dome in ‘touchless’ COVID era

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia City Council passes emergency renter protections
Here are the new COVID-19 cases and deaths confirmed Tuesday for Washington state
13 new COVID-19 cases reported in Thurston County Tuesday
Washington state governor: Counties in modified phase 1 are going to phase 2
Thousands without power after two outages Tuesday morning
Court authorizes sale of former Washington state ferry at Olympia port

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam aims to extend Social Distancing Center into spring
One new COVID-19 case in Jefferson; none in Clallam

Puget Sound Business Journal
New Boeing Dreamliner rolls out of South Carolina factory — then needs a tow
Delta to retire 150 more Boeing jets, overhaul $5B worth of Airbus orders
A $52,112 helicopter ride: Coronavirus patients battle surprise medical bills
Premera Blue Cross cuts workforce by 8%
King County sales tax hike to benefit thousands of chronically homeless people
Former Washington governors say state leaders must learn from pandemic

Snoqualmie Valley Record
King County Council approves funding for affordable housing
COVID-19 guidelines for Halloween

Spokesman Review
Five counties move off Phase 1 as Spokane records 8,000 COVID-19 cases
‘All about politics’: Local law professors react to SCOTUS nomination hearings
Spokane County faces $11 million shortfall in 2021 budget
UW weighs ‘harsher’ response to Greek Row COVID-19 outbreak
Kindergartners at Spokane Public Schools are returning full-time. What about everyone else?

Tri-City Herald
37 Tri-Cities school employees have contracted COVID since classes started
Tri-Cities just entered Phase 2. Here’s what you need to know
Tri-Cities health district offering drive-thru flu shots
Another Tri-Cities area COVID death, as recent climb in local cases continues

Washington Post
Trump nominee says ‘no one is above the law’ but declines to say whether president has power to pardon himself
Proposal to hasten herd immunity to the coronavirus grabs White House attention but appalls top scientists

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County moves into Phase 2 of state’s coronavirus reopening plan
20 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday 
Newhouse: Trump signs bills addressing murdered, missing indigenous women


King County Sheriff’s Office probe recommends firing detective after Facebook posts about protests
Washington Lt. Gov Cyrus Habib leaves state for seminary before the end of his term (Liias)
Inslee: Last 5 counties in Phase 1 can move to Phase 2 of coronavirus recovery
Boeing’s struggles continue: No jetliner sales in September

King County Undersheriff recommends detective be fired over controversial Facebook posts
Western Washington Gets Real: Asians push for the 2020 Census
King County coronavirus cases rising
Report shows Seattle area has the largest rent increase in the nation over the past decade

King County raises sales tax in effort to help house the chronic homeless population
COVID-19: Gov. Inslee relaxes restrictions on 5 Washington counties
Probe recommends King County deputy be fired after ‘All Lives Splatter’ post
Twitter to pay Washington $100,000 for campaign finance violations

WA Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib on unpaid leave, attending Jesuit training in California (Billig)

‘So Hard To Prove You Exist’: Flawed Fraud Protections Deny Unemployment To Millions
Updates: Pandemic in Washington state
Delta Loses $5 Billion In 3rd Quarter, May Soon Furlough 1,700 Pilots
Can Trump Pardon Himself? Barrett Elides What Booker Calls A Live Issue
Sen. Booker Challenges Judge Barrett On Bias In The Justice System
Americans Are Dying In The Pandemic At Rates Far Higher Than In Other Countries
October 13th | Just how bad is income inequality?
Why Do Judges Wear Black Robes? Amy Coney Barrett Has The Answer
Barrett Says She Does Not Consider Roe V. Wade ‘Super-Precedent’
Facebook Bans Ads Discouraging Vaccines, In Latest Misinformation Crackdown
‘I Am Not Hostile To The ACA’: Barrett Pushes Back On Democrats’ Claims
Barrett On George Floyd: Obvious That ‘Racism Persists In Our Country’

NW Public Radio
Environmental And Energy Industry Groups Commit To Working Together On (Some) Hydro Projects
Washington Lt. Governor On Unpaid Leave As He Attends Jesuit Training In California (Billig)
Governor Inslee Moves Remaining Washington Counties To Phase 2; Whitman County Adds Deaths

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘Concerning trend’ as Puget Sound counties see increasing COVID-19 infections


Washington state Senate committee to tackle police reforms (Pedersen, Goodman)

Seattle P.I.
Drone moths: UW develops tiny sensors that can be dropped from moths to collect data