Washington State House Democrats


Friday, June 7

Students study in UW’s Suzzallo Library. The University of Washington’s director of admissions, said the institution is allowing a “small number” of students who do not yet have their financial... (Kylie Cooper / The Seattle Times, 2022

Why some WA students are still waiting for college financial aid
After months of confronting glitching forms, reporting errors and reprocessing efforts, Washington colleges have finally handed off financial aid award letters to thousands of students. The delays didn’t affect eligibility, but did force students to make enrollment decisions much later in the year. In Washington, some financial aid officials say numerous applications still need to be corrected and processed. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Kylie Cooper)

Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in King County, one of the largest municipal solid waste landfills in the Pacific Northwest. (King County Solid Waste Division)

WA cracks down on gassy garbage
Washington is cracking down on landfill methane emissions — in other words, how gassy our garbage can get. The new rules, published by the state Department of Ecology in May, mean the state will surpass federal emission regulations set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The new rules mean municipal solid waste landfills will have stronger monitoring standards for methane emissions and will need to fix methane leaks within a certain timeline. The rules also require more landfills to install equipment that captures and destroys methane before it’s released into the atmosphere. Continue reading at The WA State Standard. (King County)

Tinfoil left behind from fentanyl use is shown on Tuesday, May 16, 2023, in Port Angeles.

Fatal drug overdoses declining slightly in King County after 2023 surge
Officials in King County say after a bleak year of increased drug overdoses in 2023, they are starting to see signs of hope. At the county’s fourth annual conference on substance use Thursday, officials said fatal drug overdoses are trending down slightly in 2024. Brad Finegood is a strategic advisor with Public Health – Seattle & King County. He said when they met last year, “hope was hard to find. We were in a place of escalating overdose. Today I’m super excited to let you know that in 2024 our overdose numbers are actually going down a little bit…” Continue reading at KUOW. (Megan Farmer)


Associated Press
Supreme Court sides with tribes in health care funding dispute

Everett Herald
Hey mate, Washington State Ferries wants to give you a full ride
Get ready for year of Mukilteo detours with $34M bridge replacement
Kayak Point, the county’s most popular park, to reopen by next weekend

News Tribune
Pierce County school district chooses interim superintendent after canceling forums
Recycling asphalt? It’s one trick Tacoma is using to make street repair climate friendly
Opinion: Why fight so hard to keep sewage in Puget Sound? Tacoma’s court case raises questions
Opinion: Prominent Tacoma underpass a haven for taggers. City hopes $40K mural changes that

Puget Sound Business Journal
SBA unveils line-of-credit loan program
Construction begins on MultiCare emergency room in Bremerton

Seattle Times
King County median home price tops $1M
What to know about the shooting outside Garfield High School
Why some WA students are still waiting for college financial aid
Seattle City Council approves new rules to condemn vacant buildings

Spokesman Review
Spokane City Council ratifies mayor’s overdose emergency declaration
Spokane’s new anti-homeless camping law to be reviewed by state Supreme Court
A stretch of downtown Spokane has been plagued by shootings. Can residents’ love of community transform it?
Opinion: New UW faculty get to know Spokane, and some of the ways UW students are helping promote better health in the region

WA State Standard
WA cracks down on gassy garbage
Washington Supreme Court will hear case on high-capacity ammo magazine ban

Wenatchee World
Douglas County Webb Fire contained at 554 acres
City announces Lake Chelan Vision Project launch
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks public input on pygmy rabbit status
Music Theater of Wenatchee moves closer to extra space on old PUD headquarters land

Yakima Herald-Republic
Water allotment drops to 47% in the Yakima Basin 
Yakima City Council sets hiring process for new city manager


A racially biased test miscalculated kidney health for Black patients
Classes canceled after teen was shot, killed near Garfield High School
US employers added a robust 272,000 jobs in May in a sign of sustained economic health

Newcastle City Council votes against raising Pride flag
Garfield High School student killed in shooting, classes canceled
Hundreds of asylum-seekers are camped out near Seattle. There’s a vacant motel next door

Seattle beaches experience lowest tides of the year
Newcastle City Council votes against raising Pride flag at city hall
At $350,000-$500,000 each, who will pay to demolish unsafe, vacant buildings in Seattle?

KNKX Public Radio
Study shows local health impacts from Growler noise
Student fatally shot in Garfield High School parking lot, authorities say

KUOW Public Radio
Train carrying hazardous sulfur derails in Whatcom County
Puget Sound electrical workers vote on whether to end 2-month strike
Fatal drug overdoses declining slightly in King County after 2023 surge
50 years of Pride in Seattle: The early days of the LGBTQ+ fight for acceptance

Spokane City Council ratifies opioid crisis emergency declaration
Lime plans to add ‘no ride zones’ near Pride crosswalk to prevent vandalism
Group yelled homophobic slurs while vandalizing Pride mural, according to court documents


Washington Observer
Newcastle council votes to keep Pride flag in the closet (Senn)