Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, May 25

Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

27 school shootings have taken place so far this year
A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed at least two people and hospitalized a dozen children marks the 27th school shooting this year. Local police said the shooter behind Tuesday’s incident is in custody. This comes just 10 days after a shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y. that took the lives of 10 people. Education Week has been tracking school shootings since 2018. According to its database, there have been 118 such incidents since they began their database. Continue reading at KUOW. (AP)

This electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right.

Monkeypox in the COVID era: Here are the key differences between the viruses
Washington state’s first presumptive case of a virus, spreading around the globe, found in a man with a travel history. The year is … 2022? This time, it’s not a novel coronavirus, but a case of monkeypox. King County’s public health officer announced the finding on Monday. And for the state’s COVID-19-fatigued residents, it is certainly another point of worry. But don’t panic, local infectious disease researchers say. Key differences exist between the two viruses. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)

Sven Spichiger, Washington state Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him in Blaine.

Scientists will set 1,000 traps for murder hornets this year
Scientists will set about 1,000 traps this year in their quest to wipe out the Asian giant hornet in Washington, the state Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. Scientists believe the hornets, first detected in the Pacific Northwest state in 2019, are confined in Whatcom County, which is located on the Canadian border north of Seattle. “We are doing pretty good right now,” said Sven-Erik Spichiger, who is leading the fight to eradicate the hornets for the state Department of Agriculture. “We know about where the nests are located in Whatcom County.” Continue reading at The Associated Press. (Elaine Thompson)


Associated Press
Scientists will set 1,000 traps for murder hornets this year
Permit approved for large solar power farm in Yakima County

Bellingham Herald
Here’s why the Bellingham City Council will remain in remote session
Researchers confirming if first ‘murder hornet’ of 2022 has been found in Whatcom County
This longtime Whatcom County farm is staying in the family, will continue to offer u-pick
Bellingham buys this run-down house to demolish and add to the neighborhood park

Capital Press
Forecast calls for elevated risk of wildfires in parts of Oregon, Washington
Vancouver grain exporter wins award

Everett Herald
‘It makes me angry’: Black students in Monroe report persistent racism
Lynnwood to keep collecting a car tab fee and utility tax, for now

News Tribune
Anti-harassment protection order filed against sheriff
Where to sleep in your car if homeless? Pierce County exec says he’ll OK temporary plan
Investigation into death of Tacoma-area middle school student draws scrutiny over safety
Pierce County has gone from ‘low’ to ‘medium’ in CDC rankings as COVID-19 cases rise
Once considered Pierce County’s ‘missing link,’ Cross-Base Highway largely dead 
Octane booster? Fuel stabilizer? Here’s what Washington drivers need to know to save gas

New York Times
Uvalde Live Updates: New Details Emerge of Texas School Massacre
In the wake of massacres, the Supreme Court is poised to expand gun rights.

Texas school shooting kills 18 children, 3 adults
Thurston youth perform die-in over climate response during Olympia City Council meeting
Thurston County confirms COVID-19 807 cases last week as omicron continues to spread
Spending more on groceries? These graphs show how much basic food prices have risen
Student, activist and healer: This Native veteran fights for mental health, social justice
Olympia police are getting body and dashboard cams. Here’s how you can weigh in

Puget Sound Business Journal
Affordable housing nonprofits merge, shed acronyms
LA developer seeks more Tacoma sites after new apartments fill quickly
Lawmakers plan to tackle SBA PPP, EIDL fraud

Seattle Times
Two WA cities among ‘most popular’ U.S. housing markets, Zillow report says
EPA proposes Bristol Bay protections in potential blow to Pebble Mine development
Seattle City Council OKs more than $1M for police recruitment, despite public calls for reforms
Monkeypox in the COVID era: Here are the key differences between the viruses
King County Council approves Patti Cole-Tindall as permanent sheriff
Seattle Pacific University students walk out after board reaffirms discriminatory hiring policy
Editorial: Amazon should further reduce plastic packaging

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County Board of Commissioners hears from comp plan petitioners

Sol De Yakima
Centro de aprendizaje de YVC en Sunnyside abrirá para visitas el 26 de mayo
Condado de King investiga el primer posible caso de viruela del mono en WA

Spokesman Review
Reykdal after Texas school shooting: Consider keeping guns out of homes
Downtown Spokane stadium could be delayed by inflation and supply chain issues
Student brings gun to Airway Heights elementary school, shows it to students on school property
Spokane School Board has water tower decision on Hamblen property on deck for Wednesday
Spokane City Council adopts ordinance to ban watering lawns during peak hours in summer, fall; Woodward disapproves

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities student apologizes after posting ‘hurtful and racist’ video about mass shooting
Tri-Cities school official faces hefty WA fine for skipping financial reports

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
April storms may blunt fire season in the Umatilla National Forest, but they won’t stop it

Washington Post
At least 19 children, 2 teachers killed at Texas elementary school
How countries around the world have responded to mass shootings
After Uvalde, angry Democrats assail GOP over resistance to gun laws
EPA proposes protections for world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery
U.S. pushes Russia toward default by blocking debt payments
White House to issue policing order on anniversary of Floyd’s death
Vaccines may not prevent many symptoms of long covid, study suggests

Yakima Herald-Republic
Black Rock Solar facility approved in eastern Yakima County


Texas school shooting live updates: “When I have to sign 21 death certificates, my heart will drop”
Biden to sign police reform executive order on anniversary of George Floyd’s death
Former Marysville-Pilchuck resource officer reacts to Texas school shooting
Is a ‘chop shop’ operating in plain sight beneath First Ave. Bridge?
‘You want your life back’: 20% of people who get sick have ‘long COVID’ and it can be debilitating
Pierce County adopts safe parking pilot program
Seattle City Council passes ordinance offering incentives for hard-to-fill jobs, including police
SPU board maintains decision to prohibit employees from same-sex sexual activity
King County executive delivers State of the County address with plans to build community
Report: Woodinville most popular housing market in the country

KNKX Public Radio
Texas community struggles with second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history
Listen: Austin Jenkins reports on out-of-state placements for Washington’s youth in crisis

KUOW Public Radio
A charter school chain promised a world-class education. Instead they billed the state and let kids ‘sit there quietly’
A gunman killed 14 children and a teacher at a Texas elementary school, governor says
27 school shootings have taken place so far this year
Monkeypox arrives in King County: Today So Far

Here are updated statistics on unemployment rates across Washington counties

Q13 TV (FOX)
Monkeypox outbreak: Seattle biologist shares what we already know and clears up misconceptions
Texas school shooting: Washington superintendent weighs in on safety measures taken in the state
Pierce County again approves homeless ‘safe parking zone’ legislation
Seattle City Council approves ordinance for $650K for police recruiting


Seattle City Council passes ordinance offering incentives for hard-to-fill jobs, including police
Biden says ‘we have to act’ after Texas school shooting
State officials speak out on gun control amid aftermath of Texas school shooting
Concrete strike’s impact on West Seattle Bridge timeline unclear as SDOT makes final pours
King County confirms Patti Cole-Tindall as new Sheriff
Seattle loses battle over Burke-Gilman Trail’s ‘missing link’ as project funds sunset
Instance of monkeypox investigated in King County amid ‘growing international outbreak’
As pandemic-fueled surge in online shopping slows, Amazon subleases warehouse space
Blood platelet shortage impacting medical treatments amid lack of donors
Number of King County homeless up nearly 14% since 2020, 57% remain unsheltered

The Stranger
Seattle Human Rights Commissioners Feel “Gagged” by City Attorney’s Office
The Seattle City Council Authorizes SPD to Spend Over $1 Million to Hire More Cops, With Millions More to Come
The Hunger Games of Housing

West Seattle Blog
CORONAVIRUS: One less test site in West Seattle