Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, May 10

A gas pump at a station

Gasoline prices hit a record high, again
U.S. gasoline prices reached another record high on Tuesday as Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to roil oil markets. The average cost of a gallon of regular fuel hit $4.374, according to data from AAA. That’s the highest ever, not adjusting for inflation, surpassing the previous record high of $4.331 a gallon set in March, soon after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A year ago, gasoline prices were trading at just under $3 a gallon, according to AAA. Continue reading at KUOW. (Getty Images)

Mostly empty shelves at a store

What to know if you can’t find baby formula in Seattle-area stores amid nationwide shortage
Recalls, supply chain issues and labor shortages have many parents and caregivers struggling to find baby formula. A nationwide shortage has led some retailers and grocery stores to limit purchases and go as far as placing inventory behind the counter. The worsening shortage is particularly acute for shoppers in Washington and the Seattle area, according to retail software company Datasembly, which said about 31% of formula products were out of stock across the country as of April. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Bettina Hansen)

50 dams in state — including 4 in Snohomish County — need repairs
An small earthen dam in Stevens County that was rated the worst in the state in 2016 had a slightly improved condition when it was re-inspected in 2021, according to an analysis released this week by The Associated Press. The Van Stone Pit Lake Dam was the only high-hazard dam in the state listed in unsatisfactory condition and in need of immediate repairs, the worst category, when it was inspected in 2016, the analysis found. Continue reading at The Associated Press.


Associated Press
Face-scanner Clearview agrees to limits in court settlement
50 dams in state — including 4 in Snohomish County — need repairs
State’s 2nd outbreak of bird flu confirmed in Spokane County
Idaho lieutenant governor wants harshest US abortion ban

Bellingham Herald
Here’s a roundup of the construction activity happening around Bellingham
WSDOT prepares to clear North Cascades Highway
With Whatcom at ‘medium’ COVID community level, which areas are seeing even higher risk?
Capital Press
April third coldest since 1895 in Washington state

Everett Herald
Everett High students walk out again to protest ‘rape culture’
Bloomberg Comment: Those not voting aren’t lazy; maybe they’re burned out
Bloomberg Comment: 34 volunteered to get covid; here’s what was learned
Editorial: Edmonds ‘camping’ ban won’t solve homelessness

Indian Country Today
UN report urges greater protection for Indigenous rights

International Examiner
CID organizations fear light rail station options would be more harmful than Sound Transit analysis suggests
Opinion: What’s in a name? A personal history with the term “API”

Kitsap Sun
Washington State Parks considering upgrades to Blake Island’s marina

Port of Olympia commission votes 2-1 to approve option agreement for land near airport
These students rallied to save Chinese classes at their schools. District makes decision

Peninsula Daily News
Sequim Schools to cut staffing
Virus cases going back up

Puget Sound Business Journal
Former Seahawk to develop 300-unit apartment project in Tacoma
$35M contract awarded for Pier 58 construction on Seattle waterfront

Seattle Times
What to know if you can’t find baby formula in Seattle-area stores amid nationwide shortage
San Juan Islands waterway could be renamed to honor Indigenous leader
Concrete strike delays opening of Seattle’s waterfront park
Washington universities struggle to serve all their students’ mental health needs. Here’s why
Community college leader says state is not doing enough to help low-income students
Attorney who led effort to dismantle FBI child-porn site named federal public defender in Western WA
Seattle judges agree to city attorney’s request to prosecute repeat offenders

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County staff make recommendations on proposed changes to Comprehensive Plan
North Cascades Highway to open Tuesday

Vancouver Business Journal
Union apprenticeship programs reduce inequalities in the construction industry

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
City of Walla Walla, Blue Mountain Community Foundation distribute federal pandemic dollars
Re-entry program for those recently release from prison goes dim for now in Walla Walla
Washington allocates $98,000 to revive Starbuck Rodeo Grounds

Washington Post
Gas prices climb to new high, putting Biden in a fresh bind
Gas prices are hitting new highs. Here’s why — and how long the surge could last.
In Ukraine, gas shortages further complicate daily life
Biden signs Ukraine lend-lease act into law, expediting military aid
The bar for reimposing mask mandates is getting higher and higher
Inside the sales machine of the ‘kingpin’ of opioid makers

Yakima Herald-Republic
Yakima Valley Memorial may merge with Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System
Indian Country Today: Federal official announces funding for upgrades to Columbia River Treaty fishing sites


Encampment sweep planned for Woodland Park
Police investigating claims of child abuse at Whidbey Island day care
Why is Washington taxing a (bag) fee?
Seattle community court agrees to changes requested by city attorney
Gas prices on their way back up in Washington

KUOW Public Radio
Colds aren’t just colds. They’re a big driver of pediatric hospitalizations
Gasoline prices hit a record high, again
The Work-From-Home climate challenge
How period tracking apps and data privacy fit into a post-Roe v. Wade climate

Gov. Inslee won’t lift WA’s vaccine mandate for state employees yet

NW Public Radio
The Fight For Legacy Forests, Part Seven: Where Timber Goes, And The People Behind The Industry


Times’ lawsuit reveals answers to Durkan’s missing texts, leads to reforms
Seattle Municipal Court judges agree to exclude certain ‘high utilizer’ individuals from Community Court
Past Port of Seattle labor spat overhangs imminent West Coast dockworker contract talks
Missing Puget Sound crab pots cause estimated 180,000 annual crab deaths
Encampment sweep planned for Woodland Park
Seattle Public Schools settles sexual abuse lawsuit for $3 million

The Stranger
King County Housing Authority to Evict Single Mother Because Her Autistic Toddler Is Too Loud