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Friday, July 16

Washington State Supreme Court

Washington Supreme Court reinstates King County inquest system that expands inquiry into police-caused deaths
The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated sweeping changes made to the King County inquest procedures in 2018, providing an expanded avenue for the families of people killed by police to seek answers and establish culpability. In a unanimous, 49-page opinion the justices struck down most challenges by several county law enforcement agencies, including the King County Sheriff’s Office, which had argued successfully in superior court last year that King County Executive Dow Constantine had overstepped his authority in making the changes. The justices overturned the lower court ruling, authored by Judge Julie Spector, on almost every point. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Rachel La Corte/AP)

Teacher in classroom

COVID outbreaks more than doubled in WA state schools in April and May, report shows
A total of 301 COVID‐19 outbreaks occurred in K‐12 schools between August 2020 and May, according to the latest report updated by the Washington State Department of Health on June 30. A total of 1,139 cases was associated with the outbreaks. Outbreaks have more than doubled since the March 31 update by the health department, which showed 134 COVID-19 outbreaks in K-12 schools between August and February. Continue reading at The Olympian. (North Thurston Public Schools)

Empty lines at airport

Canada could open to vaccinated U.S. tourists as soon as August, Trudeau says
Canada could reopen its borders to vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September, and possibly welcome immunized Americans as soon as mid-August, the office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said late Thursday. Canada closed its land border with the United States in March 2020 as the pandemic first accelerated, and it has since restricted entry for other foreign visitors to help stem the spread of the virus. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Cole Burston/Bloomberg News)


Associated Press
Female grizzly collared in Washington for 1st time in 40 years
Drought emergency declared in Washington state
Wildland fire near Wenatchee threatens more than 1,500 homes
Explainer: Washington tenants get modified eviction reprieve
Child tax credit starts hitting US families’ bank accounts
Supreme Court reinstates King County police inquest system
US requires more tests for safety switches on Boeing 737s

Auburn Reporter
Auburn Community Court has prevention in mind

Bainbridge Island Review
17 new cases of COVID confirmed in Kitsap
Bellevue has way more jobs than housing

Bellingham Herald
Comcast internet outage impacting more than 2,500 customers in Bellingham
These striking Bellingham workers return to work as negotiations continue

Capital Press
Washington drought turning exceptionally bad
Fires threaten Indigenous lands in dry Northwest
Cattle group: Anti-CAFO legislation misguided

Everett Herald
Legacy of pollution makes Everett port project ‘challenging’ (Sells. Wicks)
Federal Child Tax Credit payments are hitting bank accounts
Reopening brings emotional triumphs and challenges
Bloomberg Comment: Success of child tax credit may depend on one’s goals
WaPo Comment: America must confront long history of Nazism, racism

The Facts Newspaper
Expanded Child Tax Credit Puts Money in Pockets of Northwest Washington’s Working Families
Council approves requirement for electric vehicle charging in new development
New Efforts to Support Small Businesses Across the Downtown Core
City of Tacoma Awarded $2 Million Federal MBDA Business Center Program Grant
Americans Feel Less Prepared for Retirement than Before the Pandemic
Small businesses in unincorporated King County hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for grants

Kent Reporter
Department of Ecology declares drought emergency in WA

Mercer Island Reporter
Crime on Mercer Island increased by 11.3% in 2020

News Tribune
Trash and graffiti piled up in Tacoma during COVID-19. What’s the city doing about it?
<href=”https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article252820098.html”>Man sexually assaulted by another patient at Tacoma behavioral health hospital, lawsuit says
South Sound 911’s new, bigger communications building almost open. Here’s a look inside
Strike threat looms over PNW Safeway, Fred Meyer as contracts set to expire
Richard Sherman freed from King County jail after 35 1/2 hours in. Here’s what’s next

New York Times
Devastation from floods spreads in Germany and elsewhere, with hundreds missing.
Plans for free pre-K and community college could provide a ‘ladder into the middle class.’
Possible Winners and Losers in a Student Loan Proposal
Building Solar Farms May Not Build the Middle Class

Lacey to spend $177,000 on outreach team that will serve homeless, others in crisis
COVID outbreaks more than doubled in WA state schools in April and May, report shows
Arson suspected for 12 fires started along I-5, US-101 in Thurston and Mason counties
It’s wildfire season in WA. When can we expect smoke to arrive west of the Cascades?
Here’s when Canada’s Trudeau sees border opening, with ‘positive path of vaccination rate’

Peninsula Daily News
Berry now health officer for both Jefferson, Clallam
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance

Puget Sound Business Journal
Educators grapple with accessibility issues after year of remote learning
Amazon rolls out service to store and analyze health care data
Report: Almost a quarter of Seattle-area homes purchased with cash in 2021

Seattle Times
Chuweah Creek fire grows to 34,280 acres, burns 14 structures
Red Apple fire grows to 11,000 acres, evacuation orders in place
In Seattle’s hot housing market, nearly a quarter of sales are all cash
FAA orders inspections of Boeing 737 cabin air sensors
UW rowing carries tradition of success into Olympics with 16 Huskies competing in Tokyo
Mayor Durkan urges Seattleites to ‘re-create and rebirth’ downtown, its neighborhoods during ‘Welcome Back Weeks’
YouthCare CEO to step down after protest, racial turmoil inside homelessness organization
Washington Supreme Court reinstates King County inquest system that expands inquiry into police-caused deaths
Opinion: Why would we allow cruise-ship waste of any kind in Salish Sea?

Skagit Valley Herald
Outdoor workers get added protections during extreme heat
Delta variant confirmed in Skagit County
Skagit 911 considers asking voters for sales tax increase

The Skanner
Drought Emergency Declared in Washington State

South Seattle Emerald
New signage final step in preserving legacy of Licton Springs as indigenous landmark

Spokesman Review
Avista says during customer town hall that it’s ‘committed to learn’ after controversial planned power outages
Wildfires grow in Washington, Idaho as forecast shows some signs of relief for Spokane
With virus cases rising, mask mandate back on in Los Angeles

Washington Post
The child tax credit is confusing for divorced, single, and non-traditional parents. Here’s who gets to keep the money.
The health and climate consequences of the American food system cost three times as much as the food itself
Canada could open to vaccinated U.S. tourists as soon as August, Trudeau says
Death toll from European floods passes 115 as receding waters reveal scope of devastation
The Amazon rainforest is the world’s carbon sink. Parts of it now release more carbon than can be absorbed.
Arrested and beaten during civil rights protests, she’s 93 and finally telling her story
Opinion: The right’s reckless anti-vaccine campaign is not mere pandering. It’s fatal.

Yakima Herald Republic
A Yakima Valley WWII veteran and POW shares his story with congressional history project


Inslee to announce winner of $1 million COVID-19 vaccine lottery prize today
‘We’re just lucky’ Red Apple Fire hasn’t caused more damage, farmer says
DCYF oversight board grills state child welfare leader about alleged punishment of foster youth
Microsoft says it blocked spying on rights activists, others
SB I-5 lanes closed this weekend for Revive I-5 work in Seattle

District unveils plan to clear homeless camp near Seattle school
Firefighters making ‘significant progress’ on Red Apple Fire in Chelan County
Fully vaccinated Americans can enter Canada as of mid-August

EPA warns private prison company about pesticide misuse at Tacoma ICE facility
State Supreme Court reinstates King County police inquest system

Why King County’s Home Values Shot Up Even Further Amid a Pandemic
Tacoma detention center gets federal warning after chemicals impact detainee health
Hot NW summer: More high temps and low precipitation ahead
Flood Deaths Are Rising In Germany And Officials Blame Climate Change
Illinois Is The 1st State To Tell Police They Can’t Lie To Minors In Interrogations
Despite police objections, state Supreme Court gives thumbs up to revamped King County inquests

Female grizzly captured, collared in northeast Washington
Gov. Inslee to announce ‘Shot of a Lifetime’ grand-prize winner Friday

Q13 TV (Fox)
Renton pet store criticized over payment systems and puppy mills
Neighbors praise ‘skilled’ firefighters as they tackle the Red Apple Fire in Wenatchee
Ballots mailed for Washington’s primary: What you need to know
Pacific Northwest heat wave likely killed ‘billions’ of marine animals, experts say
$4.8 million investment in policing and mental health response in WA
EXPLAINER: WA tenants get modified eviction reprieve
Data shows many leaving the hospitality industry


New WA laws start to close public broadband gap — but it’s a small step (Hansen)
Firing of Spokane public health official boils over into high-level fight
Deeply Rooted: A tale of two waters

New Study Shows That Lidding I-5 Is More Than Possible — It’s a Good Idea