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Wednesday, May 23

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Associated Press
In the addiction battle, is forced rehab the solution?
Gallery: Facelift of Seattle’s Space Needle nears completion
Lawsuit seeks to change how Army Corps regulates shorelines

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Hundreds of wells statewide to be tested for chemicals contained in firefighting foam

Bothell Reporter
Puget Sound residents worried about Kachess Lake plan

The Daily News
County, Millennium appeal state board’s ruling on coal terminal permits
Editorial: New action, not old promises, needed at Western State (Via Seattle Times)
Editorial: Give charters schools chance to succeed (Via Tacoma News Tribune, Walla Walla Union Bulletin)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Work begins on new Stanwood high school
Both sides of gun debate agree on one thing
Congress nears dismantling of post-crisis bank rules
House GOP seeks last-ditch immigration pact amid rebellion
Milbank: The Banana States of America

Kirkland Reporter
Puget Sound residents worried about Kachess Lake plan

News Tribune (subscription required)
Signature-gatherers sue Puyallup, saying city’s ban near fairgrounds restricts free speech
We’re not Seattle, Pierce County leaders tell companies upset with head tax
Hundreds of wells statewide to be tested for chemicals contained in firefighting foam
Editorial: Special Washington legislative session for school safety? No thanks

New York Times
Congress Approves First Big Dodd-Frank Rollback
Getting a Flood of G.D.P.R-Related Privacy Policy Updates? Read Them.
Congress Approves Bill Giving Patients a ‘Right to Try’ Experimental Drugs

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Tougher limits (still) needed for gun ownership

Peninsula Daily News
Signs of change: Port Angeles woman tells of getting off drugs
Cost rises for Port of Port Angeles stormwater treatment facility construction
PAT NEAL: Olympic Peninsula summer driving guide

Puget Sound Business Journal
Taking aim at Seattle head tax, Pierce County rolls out $275 per job incentive
US has more than 5,600 banks. Consolidation is coming
Low-paid women get Hollywood money to file harassment suits
How can the U.S. food industry protect itself from China’s new tariffs?
Why Trump’s intense focus on the trade deficit could cost the economy in the long run

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Cost estimate hits $570 million for Seattle sewage tunnel
Alaska Air slows growth plans, reroutes some planes to balance spending and competitive pressures
Constantine wants to leverage conservation fund to buy 65,000 acres of ‘last best places’
‘Turn out the lights’: Message from 1971 Seattle billboard echoed in head-tax debate
One person bit by rabid bat on UW campus; King County health officials issue warning
WaPo: The Trump administration’s bogus spin that it obtained $2 billion for ‘school safety’
Westneat: GOP is right: It’s past time for a special session on school shootings
Krugman: What’s the matter with Europe?
Editorial: Gun owners must lock up and unload at home

Seattle Weekly
The Last Stop Before Homelessness (Macri)

Spokesman Review
Ranchers wrangle a living history out of Eastern Washington scablands
Spokane residents could save up to $500 on utility bill for reducing yard turf
Chinese middle class could be boon for Washington ranchers

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Banning motorized watercraft near Richland park a good idea

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Unifying for Democracy (Nelson)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Making our schools safer will take time

Wenatchee World
Flones announces decision to step down next year

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: Fire season is upon us, requiring due caution and care

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KING5 TV (NBC)
‘Surviving in Seattle:’ Family struggles to keep up with rising cost of living
The fight to stop megafires in Washington
Company in fatal construction fall had previous safety violations
Rabid bat bites 1 person near Husky Stadium, several others exposed

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Illegal ivory products seized at Sea-Tac Airport

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Sewer tunnel project to protect Lake Union already over budget before it begins
Pierce County unveils $275 tax credit incentive to counter Seattle’s big business tax
State investigating worker’s deadly fall at Sound Transit East Link construction site

KNKX FM
New Hope To Stop—Or Greatly Slow—Seemingly Unstoppable Shoreline Erosion  (Blake)
UW ‘Designing For Evil’ Class Teaches How To Make Technology For The Greater Good
Convicted Former Washington State Auditor Rejected Plea Deals Before Second Trial

KUOW FM
Seattle’s ship canal project will cost $150 million more than expected
A Woman Has Been Named As NYSE President. It Only Took 226 Years

NW Public Radio
Convicted Former Washington State Auditor Rejected Plea Deals Before Second Trial

Q13 TV (Fox)
Tacoma, Pierce County leaders try to entice Seattle businesses with tax credits
State looking at tolling plans for new Highway 99 tunnel
States with the largest teacher pay gap; Washington state is No. 6

Web

Seattle P.I.
Bellingham immigrant activist aims to prove ICE targeted speech
One person bit by rabid bat on UW campus, others likely exposed

West Seattle Blog
Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap named next President of South Seattle College

Tuesday, May 22

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Associated Press
Alabama sues over undocumented residents in Census counts
California appeals to defend law allowing life-ending drugs
Hanford contractor earns $10M despite contamination spread
ACLU: Amazon shouldn’t sell face-recognition tech to police

Aberdeen Daily World
Council to make final decision on “lying down ordinance”
Free mental health training offered for anyone working with teens
Letter: We must take positive action

Bainbridge Island Review
Opinion: Eyman’s running on faith, and his own money | The Petri Dish

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Wolverines ‘starting to claw their way back to the south Cascades’ and the babies are pretty cute
State hopes this will take politics out of test on cougar who killed cyclist
Where the land meets the sea, they want to protect ‘the Goldilocks zone’

Bothell Reporter
It’s time to make Western Washington coal-free | Guest Column

The Daily News
Following Texas shooting, Rep. Walsh proposes letting K-12 staff concealed carry

News Tribune (subscription required)
Now will you come to Tacoma? New tax credit takes aim at Seattle’s new head tax

Puget Sound Business Journal
Leaders and strategy of Seattle head tax repeal effort come into focus
State economist calls Seattle head tax ‘a gamble,’ warns it could result in layoffs

Seattle Times (subscription required)
ACLU asks Amazon to stop selling facial-recognition tools to governments
Worker dies in fall at Sound Transit light-rail construction site in Bellevue
Seattle takes first steps toward assessing nearby property owners for waterfront project
‘She was fearless’: DeCharlene Williams, pillar of Seattle’s Central Area, dies at 75
WaPo: Who is FBI source behind Trump complaint over role in Russia investigation?
Seattle begins search for new transportation director
Editorial: Reject back-channel attempt to defund Planned Parenthood
Opinion: Holocaust education: ‘I want my students to get the facts’

Spokesman Review
Report finds harassment, bullying by 5 Spokane firefighters; accused push back on allegations
Paul Allen donates $1M to Washington gun initiative

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Give charter schools chance to succeed

Yakima Herald Republic
Attorney General vows to fight for ‘dreamers’

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KING5 TV (NBC)
Construction worker dies after fall at Bellevue light rail site
Pierce Co. takes dig at Seattle with $275 job-creation credit
Paul Allen, investors raise $2 million for Washington gun safety initiative

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Opioid epidemic is causing foster care crisis
Washington state begins process of testing thousands of rape kits (Orwall)

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Thieves can easily buy and use your stolen credit card info without you even knowing
Pierce County tries to capitalize on Seattle’s big business tax backlash
19 arrested for trespassing inside State Capitol Rotunda

KNKX FM
At Western State Hospital, A Waitlist To Get In And A Waitlist To Get Out
Inside The ‘Nightmare’ Of Finding Housing When You’re Disabled
Seattle City Light Expands Energy-Efficieny Program To Pay Building Owners For Their Investments
Meet The Companies Testing Self-Driving Vehicles In The Pacific Northwest
Emergency Managers Move Into ‘Defense Mode’ As Flood Outlook Changes
How Schools Across The Country Are Working To Detect Threats Made On Social Media

KUOW FM
‘We live in a jewel of a place that comes with wild risks’
Education Department Launches ‘Top-To-Bottom’ Review Of Teachers’ Grant Program

NW Public Radio
Teen Who Caused Eagle Creek Fire In Columbia gorge Ordered To Pay $36 Million
Eightmile Lake Dam Above Leavenworth Gets New Spillway, Being Monitored

Q13 TV (Fox)
Take that, Seattle: Pierce County offering $275-per-new-job incentive to businesses
A week after controversial head tax passes, Seattle City Council members propose property tax increase
Students, parents, politicians look for answers to problem of school shootings (Frockt)
The US has had 57 times as many school shootings as other major industrialized nations combined
19 Poor People’s Campaign demonstrators arrested for refusing orders to leave Capitol Rotunda

Web

Crosscut
‘Cancer House’? The mysterious case of Seattle Fire Station 31

Slog
Supreme Court Issues “Disaster” Ruling for Workers — What Can Washington Do About It?

Monday, May 21

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Associated Press
Humpback whale washes ashore at Ocean Shores
US arrest, raids in Seattle pot probe with China ties
Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers
Supreme Court sends land dispute back to Wash. top court

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
A special legislative session to improve school safety? A top Republican says yes (Frockt)
State sees need to reduce elk damage in the Skagit Valley
People living in boats with lack of affordable housing

Columbian
In Our View: Priorities Straight  (Cleveland, Stonier, Wylie)
In Our View: Head Tax not Saint, Sinner
In Our View: Remain Wary on Tolls

The Daily News
Editorial: Setting priorities straight (Stonier, Wylie, Cleveland via the Columbian)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Each day, school leaders eye students for potential threats
Make money from pot? Then forget about an SBA-backed loan
‘We’re on schedule,’ says developer of Paine Field air terminal
Supreme Court says employers can bar worker class actions
McCusker: High court did us no favors with sports gambling ruling
Editorial: Find better funding source for charter schools

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Friday Harbor Elementary Students learn to grow beans
Improvements to local oil spill response
Enrollment opens at Skagit College
San Juan County Land Bank purchases Lopez Hill from state

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON BUSINESS: This week’s meetings (Tharinger, Chapman, Van De Wege)
Jefferson Healthcare given $1 million to provide low-income dental care (Tharinger, Chapman, Van De Wege)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Trump works to cut high-skilled visas in NAFTA deal
Transgender veteran sues state, alleging sex discrimination in hiring
A special legislative session to improve school safety? A top Republican says yes (Frockt)
Opinion: Please, let’s never get numb to school carnage
Editorial: Stop bullies, in memory of Lakewood girl
Editorial: To unthaw cold cases like Jennifer Bastian’s, collect more DNA (Orwall)

Olympian (subscription required)
Appeal challenging Olympia’s ‘missing middle’ housing plan dismissed
Aberdeen to vote this week on ordinance to prohibit sitting and lying down in downtown
Editorial: State not done fixing K-12 school funding

Puget Sound Business Journal
Supreme Court upholds workplace arbitration contracts
Banks adopt military-style tactics to fight cybercrime

Seattle Times (subscription required)
$12 million a mile: Here’s how bike-lane costs shot sky high in Seattle
Two attacked by cougar identified; wildlife officials say predator was ‘emaciated’
State to test drinking-water sites for PFAS contamination linked to firefighting foam
Lakewood community college a finalist for $1 million prize for excellence
Spokesman-Review: Spokane leaders don’t want head tax for homeless services
Black students’ four-hour sit-in in 1968 led to big UW changes
Washington state’s new special education chief looks to improve low rates for graduation and attending college
Editorial: New action, not old promises, needed at Western State
Opinion: Dont let Dreamers become collateral in Trump’s war of words with MS-13

Spokesman Review
Niel Ritchie: Net neutrality is vital – but so is rural broadband
Input sought on new driver’s license language

USA Today
Supreme Court backs employers over workers in first of two major labor cases

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Expanding private health care for veterans has merit

Washington Post
Amid ethics scrutiny, EPA’s Pruitt also finds his regulatory rollbacks hitting bumps
‘Just pure frustration’: How months of inaction led 20 Republicans to take a stand on immigration

Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor Council creates taxing district to fund roadwork
Prosecutor declines to charge Langley police chief with crime
Registration open for returning students at SVC

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima officials apply for grants to create ‘safe routes’ for students
Editorial: Next step: permanent shelter for homeless
Bloomberg column: Deportations drop under Trump compared to Obama; here’s why

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
Rare cougar attack a ‘mystery,’ even for experts

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Crowd gathers for open-carry rally in Seattle

KNKX FM
Inside The ‘Nightmare’ Of Finding Housing When You’re Disabled
Despite Floods, Officials Say Municipal Drinking Water In Okanogan Valley Still Safe
Hope And Trepidation Mix As Bellevue Mosque Is Rebuilt
Commercial Solar Arrays On Farmland Cropping Up Bountifully—And Stirring Opposition
Gig Harbor Resists Growth, Prompting Warning From State

KUOW FM
What the Seattle City Council learned just two weeks before the head tax vote
What Does Trump’s Proposal To Cut Planned Parenthood Funds Mean?

NW Public Radio
Tri-Cities Nuclear Reactor Columbia Generating Station Shuts Down In Unplanned Event
Emergency Managers In ‘Defense Mode’ As Okanogan Flood Outlook Changes To Lower Level

Q13 TV (Fox)
The Cascade foothills is cougar country, but deadly attacks are rare
Child pricked by dirty needle at Everett park
Flooding continues in Eastern Washington a week+ after record snowmelt

Web

Crosscut
Opponents swiftly raise $300K to overturn business tax
Opinion: If it’s a homeless emergency, why don’t we provide shelter?

Slog
Business Leaders Launch Drive For a Head Tax Repeal
The Head Tax According to Amazon Employees
Analysis of Driver Pay Argues It’s Time to Stop Talking About Uber as the Future of Work
Guest Editorial: We Need Safe Consumption Sites. Take it From Someone in the Music Industry.

Friday, May 18

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Associated Press
The threat of an exotic fish virus is keeping these Atlantic salmon where they are
US Supreme Court to review Yakama gas tax exemption
State: Cooke can’t move juvenile Atlantic salmon to net pens
Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition to cost nearly $94 million
State Supreme Court weighs validity of charter school law
Rising rates: Savers sigh in relief, borrowers beware
Trump to deny funds to clinics that refer for abortion
Conservative revolt over immigration sinks House farm bill

Aberdeen Daily World
Woman’s legs severed by train in accident near Aberdeen homeless camp

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Pack your patience if you’re heading to Seattle. Here’s where traffic will be bad.
Transgender veteran sues state, alleging sex discrimination in hiring
The Hutch closes in on a cancer cure
There’s a problem at the state’s main psychiatric hospital: People ready for discharge can’t get out

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Editorial: Balance the ballast in Coast Guard act
Harrop: Putting all of our tech jobs in one crowded basket

Journal of the San Juan Islands
School District Board Chairman Ralph Hahn resigns
EDC presents 9th Annual Economic Forecast Luncheon: The Future of Water in San Juan County

News Tribune (subscription required)
Washington’s public unions fight to retain influence in face of adverse court ruling

Olympian (subscription required)
Transgender veteran sues state, alleging sex discrimination in hiring
Editorial: If a worker pays no dues, why get union benefits?

Peninsula Daily News
Regional lawmakers win Association of Washington Cities awards (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman, Fitzgibbon, Doglio, Ryu)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle mayor moves to accelerate development of backyard cottages
Young left out of US boom in housing wealth
Opinion: Seattle-area businesses should do more to reduce carbon emissions
FDA names and shames drugmakers to encourage generic competition
New Seattle tax will affect 45 of Washington’s 100 largest private companies

Seattle Times (subscription required)
NYT: FDA approves drug that prevents migraines
WaPo: Bill Gates draws laughs at Trump’s expense, says president confused HIV with HPV
Seattle’s transportation department struggles with rising costs, unkept promises
Podcast: A look behind the politics and policy of Seattle’s head tax
UW study: Most homes in Washington with guns don’t store the firearms safely — fueling suicides
This Safeco concessions-stand worker is homeless, and he’s not the only one
Opinion: Let’s use our collective uncertainty to foster bipartisanship
Opinion: Time to fight back: Repeal Seattle’s head tax
Editorial: End legal fight over charter schools so focus can move to education

Spokesman Review
WSU nabs $1 million grant to study work shifts of nurses
Spokane pays $36,300 fine to state regulators following Waste-to-Energy Plant incident
Salmon migration lessons like fantasy football for fish, with 2,000 classrooms playing

Washington Post
Trump administration will pull funds from groups that perform abortions or provide referrals

Yakima Herald Republic
Gov. Jay Inslee to speak at grand opening of Yakama Nation’s new veterans center
Editorial: Increase state funding for police academy

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
Seattle’s head tax spending plan still in flux
Peninsula School District debates funding
Company accused of preying on homeowners in foreclosure

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Study: Majority of gun owners don’t safely store firearms in Washington

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
UW Study: Most gun-owning households in Washington state don’t safely store firearms
Seattle mayor approves big business tax, but not spending plan

KUOW FM
Inside Seattle’s approach to tent encampments
At Western State Hospital, A Waitlist To Get In And A Waitlist To Get Out
At Least 8 Killed At Texas High School; ‘Possible Explosive Devices’ Found
Flood Preparation Involves Persistent, Perpetual Planning
Do you have a loved one at Western State Hospital? We’d like to hear from you.

NW Public Radio
At Western State Hospital, A Waitlist To Get In And A Waitlist To Get Out

Q13 TV (Fox)
Council member says money spent last year got 5,000 homeless off street, but some only temporarily
Monday’s rape, assault only the latest crime concerning Ballard businesses
Everett gang-related offenses down 60% as city puts together a gang unit
Self-driving cars could be the answer to our crushing commutes, say some experts 

Web

Crosscut
The sanctuary of Black spaces in Seattle
Puget Sound’s boom reverberates to Cougar Mountain
Opinion: How the farm bill will hurt the most vulnerable

Slog
Only a Third of Washington Gun Owners Safely Store Their Firearms

Thursday, May 17

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Associated Press
Washington Supreme Court weighs validity of charter school law
Senate backs effort to restore ‘net neutrality’ rules
New study shows high uranium levels in some wells in northeastern Washington

Aberdeen Daily World
Larson says city should buy homeless camp land
Hoquiam library to get a major makeover

Bothell Reporter
Eastside environmentalists turn up the heat on climate change

Columbian
In Our View: Upping Ante on Gambling

The Daily News
Railroad association signs on to federal lawsuit over Millennium coal terminal
Editorial: Amazon, homelessness test limits of politics (Via The Olympian)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
A sex offender challenges the state to define pornography
What Mukilteo teachers are saying makes sense but sounds bad
Editorial: Postage paid for now, but let’s make it stick

The Inlander
A refugee family in Spokane is trying to bring their orphaned niece to live with them. Immigration law makes that nearly impossible

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Plans to turn San Juan County Visitor’s Study into action
Washington State Parks announces three free days in June

News Tribune (subscription required)
Affordable housing now required in new, large apartment complexes in this Tacoma neighborhood
Editorial: Will more oversight fix Washington’s Department of Corrections?

Peninsula Daily News
Grant to help redesign teaching of some subjects at Peninsula College

Puget Sound Business Journal
Head tax won’t slow Bank of America’s growth in Seattle, CEO says
‘Overheated’ Seattle and S.F. will have highest U.S. construction cost increases in 2018, report says
Lawyer for payday lenders will lead consumer protection unit
Dow Constantine is the ‘social studies nerd’ who became King County executive

Seattle Times (subscription required)
WaPo: Humans are causing massive changes in location of water all over Earth, NASA says
WaPo: Special counsel Mueller investigation enters Year Two: What comes next – and how it could end
New York Times: U.S. births hit a 30-year low, despite good economy
Amazon’s number: Inside the battle over Seattle’s head tax
Cost to demolish Alaskan Way Viaduct pegged at $93.7M
‘A demented social club’: Dozens more charges filed in probe of Pacific Northwest wildlife poaching ring
The Hutch closes in on a cancer cure
Editorial: Cigarette smuggling robs Washington state of revenue
Opinion: Restorative justice works for perpetrators — and victims

Spokesman Review
2 gallons of radioactive nuclear waste done. 56M gallons to go.
Seattle’s head-tax fight goes to the next round: How best to solve homelessness?

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Ballots won’t cost you a stamp this year

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State wisely pays postage for all ballots

Whidbey News-Times
Editorial: Creating yet another tax in city is a bad idea

Yakima Herald Republic
U.S. Supreme Court will review Yakama gas tax exemption
Firefighting efforts ramp up in Central Washington as season gets longer each year
Editorial: Guiding hand helps children avoid pitfalls on internet

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
Seattle lacks ‘coherent strategy’ to fight homelessness, expert says
Construction inflation could complicate Seattle head tax spending
Rape at Seattle car dealership raises worries over homeless crime

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Seattle considers ‘LID tax’ for some property owners to pay for waterfront improvements
Seattle mayor signs business tax into law

KNKX FM
Washington’s Electric Car Sales Tax Break Drives Away May 31
As Okanogan River Rises, WSDOT Fortifies U.S. Highway 97
Troy Kelley Wins, Loses Motions Before Federal Judge
Trucks Haul 500,000 Sandbags In Okanogan Valley As Emergency Prep Continues
As Dam Strains Above Leavenworth, Feds And Local Irrigation District Disagree
Volcano Preparedness Is An International Effort

KUOW FM
How a military healthcare overhaul could have killed patients in Washington
Senate Approves Overturning FCC’s Net Neutrality Repeal
What Explains The Rising Overdose Rate Among Latinos?

NW Public Radio
Washington’s Electric Car Sales Tax Break Drives Away May 31

Q13 TV (Fox)
Manager of ‘Camp Second Chance’ worries community support for homeless declining
Durkan signs Seattle’s head-tax ordinance into law

Web

Seattle P.I.
State picks contractor to tear down Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct

Slog
Senate Moves to Repeal Attack on Net Neutrality, with Help from Cantwell and Murray

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