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Friday, December 6

Authorities confirmed that a shooter opened fire Dec. 6 at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. injuring multiple people and killing at least three.

At least 3 killed in shooting at Naval Air Station in Florida
An assailant opened fire Friday morning at Naval Air Station Pensacola, leaving three people dead and several others injured before Florida sheriff’s deputies shot and killed the attacker in the second deadly shooting at a naval base this week. The gunman was a military pilot from Saudi Arabia training in the United States, according to a senior U.S. official. Continue reading in The Washington Post. (Reuters)

Uber sticker.

Uber reports 3,000 sexual assaults in 2018, including several in Seattle
Uber self-reported 3,000 sexual assaults in U.S. rides last year, including 235 reported rapes, and 280 reports of attempted rape, according to an 84-page “US Safety Report” released late Thursday. Several of the rideshare’s assault and rape reports came from the Seattle area, as KIRO-7 investigations show from 2016, to this year. Continue reading at Kiro7.com. (Kiro 7)

People standing in the lobby of Amazon offices in New York.

Amazon blaming Trump over Pentagon contract loss, judge says
Amazon is arguing in a court case that President Donald Trump’s bias against the company harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract. Amazon’s legal complaint against the Pentagon is sealed. A federal judge summarized its arguments in comments released Thursday. Continue reading in The Seattle Times. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)


Associated Press
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to get hip replacement next week
Seattle transit agency removes safety officer after crash
Feds award $4B contract for services at Hanford nuke site
5 people struck by trains within days in Washington state
Where’s my Amazon package? It may be late
Gates Foundation CEO steps down after five years
Boeing tries to reassure airline industry leaders about Max

Aberdeen Daily World
Wild Olympics Act clears U.S. House Natural Resources Committee

Islands’ Weekly
How to share paradise
County parks plans for the next two years

News Tribune (subscription required)
Docs who serve low-income families shouldn’t have to pay increased B&O tax, senator says (Hansen)
Five things to know about Tacoma’s new micro shelter for the homeless on MLK Jr. Way
Op-Ed: Until unions fully comply with Janus, the fight will go on
Editorial:  Adios to Washington’s Denny Heck, Chris Petersen – two leaders in different fields with much in common

New York Times
Trump’s Rollback of Transgender Rights Extends Through Entire Government
Nearly a Third of Teens Use One or More Tobacco Products

Olympian (subscription required)
WSU study links cannabis businesses to poorer neighborhoods, as local laws limit locations
Thurston County’s median home price rises 11 percent in November

Peninsula Daily News
Sen. Van De Wege, Rep. Chapman hire new legislative assistants (Van De Wege, Chapman)
Port Angeles council votes 4-2 against ranked choice voting
Board greenlights marbled murrelet conservation plan

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington woman accuses Craigslist, 4 South Sound hotels of profiting from child sex trafficking
Gates Foundation CEO, first with medicine and science background, steps down after 5 years
How to stay safe when taking Uber or Lyft
‘Sneaky’ underwater robot spent 18 days recording sea creatures — and noisy humans, too
‘A lesson in civics’: Hand recount of Bothell council race takes patience and red pens
Amazon blaming Trump over Pentagon contract loss, judge says

Skagit Valley Herald
Logging prohibited in Skagit River headwaters, mining still a possibility
Mount Vernon passes 2020 budget

Spokesman Review
National gun sales reach record while new laws slow gun purchases in Spokane

Tri-City Herald
DOE awards $4 billion Hanford nuclear reservation contract

Washington Post
Pensacola Naval base shooting: Gunman who killed at least three was fatally shot by authorities
Impeachment hearings live updates: Trump faces 5 p.m. deadline on participating in Judiciary Committee proceedings
Inside the opioid industry’s marketing machine
This is the hottest job market since the 1990s. Why aren’t wages growing faster?


‘Influencer’ shares details of inside discussions of 737 MAX safety at Boeing
Inslee wants permanent ban on flavored vape products
Scammers steal hundreds of debit card numbers in Snohomish County
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to get hip replacement
Paid medical and family leave starts in Washington in January
Study finds what we already knew: Washington is the best state

Uber reports 3,000 sexual assaults in 2018, including several in Seattle
Puget Sound area man out $9,500 after falling victim to Social Security scam

Washington is best state in nation, new study finds
Evictions at Seattle tiny house village delayed until spring

Q13 TV (Fox)
Gov. Inslee taking short leave to undergo hip replacement surgery
Eyman continues to attack state AG’s office amid I-976 legal fight
Neighbors of Tacoma’s micro shelter village for homeless raise questions on security
Seahawks DT Quinton Jefferson brings attention to program helping troubled youth get back on track
Tacoma Councilmember shares personal connection to homelessness crisis: ‘It’s traumatic’


$30 car tabs on hold, but transportation cuts coming anyway
Opinion: Amazon tried to buy our elections. A new law will stop that

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Washington 36th District lawmakers hosting town hall in Ballard on Dec. 15 (Carlyle, Tarleton, Frame)


Thursday, December 5

Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., questions former special counsel Robert Mueller as he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in July.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, who represents Olympia and Pierce County, to retire at end of term
Congressman Denny Heck, who has represented the Washington 10th Congressional District that includes Olympia and parts of Pierce County since 2013, announced Wednesday he intends to retire from Congress at the end of his term in 2020. The Democrat made the announcement in a letter to supporters. He said while he has enjoyed his time in Congress, the discourse in Washington, D.C., has left him feeling discouraged. Continue reading in The Bellingham Herald. (Susan Walsh/AP file photo)

Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis, wearing an eagle feather honoring her Native American heritage, smiles as she speaks with media members after being named to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday in Olympia..

Raquel Montoya-Lewis named as first Native American to Washington Supreme Court
As the first Native American to serve on the Washington Supreme Court – and only the second for any state supreme court in the nation – Raquel Montoya-Lewis expects some people will think she got the appointment because of her heritage. “People have said that about my successes since I was in high school,” she said Wednesday after Gov. Jay Inslee named her to an upcoming opening on the state’s highest court. “My record says otherwise.” Continue reading in The Spokesman Review. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

King County Judge Marshall Ferguson (left) listens as Alan Copsey (right), an Associate Solicitor General of the State of Washington, speaks during a King County Superior Court hearing on Nov. 26 in Seattle.

Supreme Court: Car tab measure to remain on hold
The state Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a voter-approved $30 car tab measure will remain on hold while a legal fight over the initiative’s constitutionality plays out. The Washington State Attorney General’s Office filed an emergency motion Monday saying Washington voters’ wishes were being “stymied” by a King County Superior Court judge’s decision to stop Initiative 976 from taking effect. Continue reading in the Everett Herald. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Associated Press
House will draft Trump impeachment articles, Pelosi says
British Columbia will no longer log in key Skagit headwaters
Whatcom judges give high marks for Montoya-Lewis’ appointment to state Supreme Court
U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, who represents Olympia and Pierce County, to retire at end of term (Dolan, Doglio)
Supreme Court: Car tab measure to remain on hold
Superior Court judge appointed to the state Supreme Court
Horizon Air warns about lax safety culture among its pilots
Report on probe of Rep. Matt Shea may be released next week
Clean air officials issue burn ban in Yakima County

Aberdeen Daily World
Commission blocks vehicles from county timberland for most of year
No new nightly rental approvals as county develops guidelines
Willapa Valley teachers strike reaches day 2
Pelosi announces House will draft articles of impeachment

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Two charged after Bellingham teen dies after taking fentanyl-laced oxycodone pills
Tax returns show which Washington counties give the most to charity
Our secret is out — Washington tops list of this Best States ranking
After years of delay and court battles, Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is underway
Here’s a reason to use snail mail: New postage stamp supports veterans with PTSD
Offshore drilling creates these new dangers onshore, environmental report says
Invasive cats, pigs and more plague most US parks, report warns. Can they be stopped?

Bothell Reporter
Wildfire response: State unveils funding legislation proposal

Capital Press
Northwest farmers bracing for FSMA inspections

In Our View: States must act to curb plastics pollution

The Daily News
Local judge among those calling for sentencing reform
Kelso to get its own police dog program with help from long-time residents

Everett Herald (subscription required)
When asked their opinion on contract talks, they were silent (Ormsby)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Who’ll succeed retiring Denny Heck in Congress? It’s a crowded field of maybes
Exec Bruce Dammeier wants Pierce County to enter car-tabs fight, says voters have spoken
Enumclaw nurses picket over pay, staffing as CHI Franciscan aligns with other provider
Tacoma preparing to clear People’s Park homeless camp. Where folks will go remains unclear
Sound Transit safety executive fired in wake of fatal 2017 Amtrak derailment near DuPont

New York Times
New Abortion Bills Are So Tough That Some Conservatives Have Qualms
Denny Heck, a Washington Democrat, Won’t Seek House Re-election
‘It Just Isn’t Working’: PISA Test Scores Cast Doubt on U.S. Education Efforts
Carbon Dioxide Emissions Hit a Record in 2019, Even as Coal Fades
Climate Change is Accelerating, Bringing World ‘Dangerously Close’ to Irreversible Change
Pelosi Says House Will Draft Impeachment Charges Against Trump

Olympian (subscription required)
Governor appoints new justice to Washington State Supreme Court

Puget Sound Business Journal
WSDOT details project delays as Supreme Court pauses implementation of I-976

Seattle Times (subscription required)
App. Fake news. Hashtag: What will be the word of the decade?
Rant and Rave: Reader shares advantages to landlines
Editorial: If dangerous courthouse area won’t spur public-safety reforms in Seattle, what will?
King County cites soaring costs, climate change in bid to redo water-pollution agreement with state and feds
Sound Transit removes top safety chief after report on fatal Amtrak crash
Stormy times ahead in the Seattle restaurant industry? Ethan Stowell to close 3 of his restaurants in Ballard and Wallingford
Washington state is No. 1. Of course! But which states are the worst?
Flight operations chief at Horizon Air raises alarm over pilots’ safety culture

Seattle Weekly
Wildfire response: State unveils funding legislation proposal

Skagit Valley Herald
Murrelet plan may affect local taxing districts
New state Sen. Muzzall to hold town halls
Concrete establishes regulations for adult businesses

Spokesman Review
House leaders get Shea report, but public release delayed (Sullivan)
Confusion swirls around local transit projects with car tab measure stuck in court
Pullman hospital bond barely rejected; officials seek new path for expansion, residency program
Raquel Montoya-Lewis named as first Native American to Washington Supreme Cour
Opinion: Proposals would hurt Spokane’s market

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Shopping online? It’s time lawmakers join Cantwell’s efforts to protect your privacy
Letter to the Editor: Hybrid Surprise

USA Today
America’s parents want paid family leave and affordable child care. Why can’t they get it?
‘No choice but to act’: House Speaker Pelosi asks chairmen to pursue articles of impeachment against President Trump
CRACK VS. HEROIN: An unfair system arrested millions of blacks, urged compassion for whites

Vancouver Business Journal
Vancouver City Council to consider development agreement with HP

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Attorney General’s Office will properly defend I-976

Washington Post
Inside Trump’s anti-impeachment spin factory
Kerry endorses Biden, saying he has character, experience to beat Trump
Unions striking over pension reform disrupt transportation across France
Barr’s chosen prosecutor says he can’t back theory that Russia case was U.S. intelligence setup
Two Russians charged in hacking schemes that officials say swiped tens of millions from unsuspecting victims
Trump nominee rated ‘not qualified’ by American Bar Association was just confirmed as a federal judge
Why European luxury sedans are becoming a relic of the past and electric SUVs are on the rise
How two housekeepers took on Trump — and revealed that his company employed undocumented immigrants
Wedding vendors romanticize slave plantations. The Knot and Pinterest will no longer promote them.
An 8-year-old killed himself after being bullied, lawsuit says. The school district wants immunity.
States imprison black people at five times the rate of whites — a sign of a narrowing yet still-wide gap


Washington Supreme Court upholds judge’s decision to temporarily block I-976
Sound Transit safety chief ‘removed’ after Amtrak derailment review
WSU researchers find way to use grape skins as road deicer
King County updates regulations for wineries, distilleries, and breweries
Residents offer mixed reviews about proposed Sound Transit station in Fife
New WB I-90 ramp aims to relieve SR 18 traffic near Snoqualmie
Washington cuts rape kit backlog by nearly one-third (Orwall)

King County’s updated code for some tasting rooms requires alcohol to be made on site

AG has ‘sabotaged’ I-976 in the courts, Eyman says
Thousands of Washingtonians may lose food stamps with Trump’s new rule
5 people struck, killed by trains over three days in Western Washington

Inslee appoints first Native American to Washington Supreme Court
U.S. Rep. Denny Heck of Washington state to retire after term

Bellevue-based T-Mobile hauled into court over mega-merger
Washington state revamps police deadly force investigations
Inslee appoints first Native American to Washington Supreme Court
Giuliani, Nunes and ‘-1’: A Look At What The Impeachment Report Phone Records Mean
Washington Rep. Heck to retire from Congress with ‘weary soul’

Q13 TV (Fox)
State Supreme Court: Car tab measure to remain on hold
UW study looks at ‘unique’ pollution around Sea-Tac Airport
King Co. program will hire people experiencing homelessness and poverty to clean up communities


The first electric aircraft in the Pacific Northwest could be a 70-year-old plane
Landlords with lawyers, tenants without: How some WA renters are signing away their rights

The number of Washingtonians without insurance is growing

Seattle P.I.
House will draft Trump impeachment articles, Pelosi says
Boeing chief engineer who defended Max airliner is retiring

Washington State May Finally Legalize Growing Pot at Home (Hasegawa, Saldaña, Ryu, Fitzgibbon, Pettigrew, Macri, Pollet, Tomiko Santos, Nguyen. Carlyle, Frockt, Hudgins, Cody, Frame, Tarleton, Chopp, Valdez, Saloman, Pedersen, Davis, Petersen)
Label Accuracy for CBD Products Is a Joke
Congressman Denny Heck Announces Retirement, Blames Lack of “Civility”
Raquel Montoya-Lewis Becomes the First Native American to Hold a Seat on the Washington State Supreme Court

Wednesday, December 4

lavored vaping products as displayed in 2016 at a vape and smoke shop

After 120-day ban on flavored vaping products, Washington will aim for permanent ban, tougher regulations
As Washington state’s 120-day ban on flavored vaping products nears its halfway point, Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials are working on a firmer response to a rise in vaping. In addition to a permanent ban on flavored vaping products, Inslee will propose legislation next month that would eliminate bulk sales and cap nicotine levels in noncannabis vaping products, said Sheri Sawyer, one of Inslee’s senior policy advisers. Continue reading in The Seattle Times.

Attorney General William Barr

William Barr: ‘Communities’ that don’t show law enforcement more respect may lose ‘police protection’
Attorney General William Barr said that if communities do not show more respect to law enforcement officers, they may lose “police protection.” Barr made the comments, which have drawn criticism from some liberal groups and commentators, at an award ceremony Tuesday honoring officers and deputies for “distinguished service in policing.” Continue reading in USA Today.

Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill that addresses breaching of security systems and protecting personal information. (Washington State House Democrats)

You’ve been hacked! Data breaches in Washington on the rise
The tally of data breaches reported by businesses, colleges, state agencies and private organizations in Washington climbed nearly 20 percent in 2019. But the number of state residents potentially victimized by cybertheft of personal information was lower than the previous year, according to the state Attorney General’s report on data breaches released last month. Continue reading in Seattle Weekly.


Associated Press
Washington readies legislative response to vaping
Everett officers to wear body cameras in pilot program
More severe vaping-related illness cases confirmed in Oregon
2 people fatally hit by Sounder trains, another possibly hit
United buying 50 Airbus jets to replace older Boeing planes
Feds: Bellingham farm’s waste flowed into creek, killed fish
Yakima County reports 18 hepatitis A cases

Aberdeen Daily World
Willapa Valley teachers on strike
Dingler wins by 3 votes in Ocean Shores recount

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
This effort to decriminalize marijuana nationally is even getting Republican support
Top House Democrat wants Mueller findings in impeachment articles against Trump
‘Evidence of a growing epidemic:’ 1 in 5 adolescents have prediabetes, CDC says

Southwest Regional Transportation Council endorses I-5 Bridge replacement
In Our View: Feds’ farm payments a policy miscalculation

The Daily News
Wilson scrutinizes port CEO’s staff reconfiguration
Spirit Lake tunnel needs $5M to $15M work; officials stress need for access road
Ecology working on Kalama methanol plant emissions review

News Tribune (subscription required)
Steilacoom silent on police chief’s departure after 16 years
The wait is over. No more compulsory public-employee union fees in Tacoma and beyond
Prosecutors finish investigating fatal shooting by Pierce County sheriff’s deputies

New York Times
Opinion: I Oversaw Executions. We Cannot Resume the Federal Death Penalty.
Hundreds of Thousands Are Losing Access to Food Stamps
Minority Voters Chafe as Democratic Candidates Abandon Charter Schools
What Happens if Roe Is Overturned? Answers to 7 Questions on the Battle Over Abortion
Hospitals Sue Trump to Keep Negotiated Prices Secret
Labor Unions Team Up With Drug Makers to Defeat Drug-Price Proposals
Watch 4 Decades of Inequality Drive American Cities Apart

Olympian (subscription required)
OPD’s deputy chief will take over top spot when Roberts retires

Puget Sound Business Journal
This is what workers earn at some of Washington’s largest public companies

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Westneat: King County closing its doors to street danger sends exactly the wrong message
After 120-day ban on flavored vaping products, Washington will aim for permanent ban, tougher regulations
Last-minute changes could put King County regional homelessness authority on the fast track
Can you tell which face is real? UW and WSU plan to fight digital ‘deepfakes’
We crashed UW’s class on calling BS. Here’s what we learned about sleuthing ‘big data.’
Departing UW coach Chris Petersen eager to recharge, ‘and I don’t want it to be on the football field’
What are the political lines in your Seattle neighborhood? See where council candidates did best, worst
Editorial: Let Washington State Patrol take over gun-license background checks
Everett police officers to wear body cameras in pilot program
PSE clears key hurdle in project to build 16-mile power line on the Eastside
Expedia CEO, CFO Quit in Clash on Strategy as Barry Diller Takes Over
Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

Seattle Weekly
You’ve been hacked! Data breaches in Washington on the rise

Skagit Valley Herald
Anacortes to review maximum building heights
Burlington parks plan ready for vote

Spokesman Review
Bad weather causes potato shortage everywhere, except in Washington

Tri-City Herald
Kennewick schools cut hours for substitutes, blaming new health insurance costs
No insurance will be no problem at this new $15.5 million Kennewick health clinic
EPA fines Richland company that handles radioactive waste
Letters to the Editor: Fear of I-976 scaremongering

USA Today
William Barr: ‘Communities’ that don’t show law enforcement more respect may lose ‘police protection’

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Cameras offer hope in work to nab cellphone scofflaws

Washington Post
Professors testify that Trump’s conduct is grounds for removal
Probe moves to new phase with House Judiciary hearing
Trump administration tightens work requirements for SNAP, which could cut hundreds of thousands from food stamps
Kim Jong Un is back on his white horse, as North Korea flags a big decision
A deadly plane ride for the passenger in window seat 14A
The Health 202: Oregon seized kids from low-IQ parents. The federal government wants to avoid future discrimination.
Birds are shrinking. These scientists say it’s a consequence of global warming.
Trump administration pushes efforts to wipe out HIV amid stalled progress
Older adults — particularly men — need to make sure they get enough vitamin K


See which Washington traffic projects were put on hold by car tab initiative 976
New program will hire people in poverty to clean up King County
Whatcom County farmer fined for animal waste spill that killed fish
Recounts planned for tight King County elections

Events planned, money raised to save Kitsap County’s only year-round overnight shelter
Boeing reportedly hosting aviation VIPs, trying to build confidence in 737 MAX
Tim Eyman announces lawsuit to let $30 car tab measure take effect

Washington families prepare for new paid family and medical leave
Wash. state readies tougher response to vaping
Protesting the $30 car tab delay by not renewing? You could still face fines
Latest homeless response proposal aims to make a compromise

Captive orcas could retire in Northwest, but some worry about harm to endangered whales
WATCH: House Judiciary holds impeachment hearing
Seattle Children’s faces lawsuits over patients who were infected with Aspergillus mold
Analysis: Investigative report into state representative due out this week
The Big One, times two. Research shows Cascadia quakes sometimes trigger San Andreas fault
Citizen’s group files a complaint to the state AG over advanced learning in Seattle

WATCH LIVE: Judiciary Committee hearing on Trump impeachment
Nearly 700,000 SNAP Recipients Could Lose Benefits Under New Trump Rule
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning From Portable Generators Proves Predictable, And Deadly
Trump Calls Trudeau ‘Two-Faced’ After Video Shows Leaders Apparently Mocking Him
Sea-Tac planes are emitting a unique kind of pollution —and it’s not regulated
Rep. Adam Schiff: ‘The Uncontested Facts Show This President Solicited A Bribe’
Stocks Slide As Trump Says China Trade Deal Might Wait Until After 2020 Election
READ: Impeachment Inquiry Report By House Intelligence Committee
Banks Must Provide Trump’s Financial Records To Congress, Federal Appeals Court Rules
Brace yourself: A warmer winter may be coming to Washington state
From NATO Critic To Defender, Trump Calls Macron’s Comments ‘Nasty’
A More Constitutional Way To Tax The Rich?

NW Public Radio
The Big One — And Another One. Research Shows Cascadia Quakes Sometimes Trigger San Andreas


‘Shameful, destructive and, frankly, soulless’: Seattle leaders rail against Trump’s dramatic new immigration fees
Judge presses pause on I-976; car-tab cuts won’t go into effect for now
Will the last person to leave Northgate Mall turn out the lights?
Crosscut Documentaries presents: The Rising
Opinion: It’s time to make our transportation system less efficient
One-third of Washington’s rural hospitals are at risk. What will happen if they close?
Could seaweed be Washington’s next cash crop?

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Recommendations for Interbay armory redevelopment sent to Olympia (Frockt)

Seattle P.I.
Trump calls Trudeau ‘two-faced’ as palace gossip goes viral
Lawsuits, emergency motions, accusations of sabotage: Where does I-976 stand a month later?

Lid I-5 or Get Rid of I-5?

Tuesday, December 3

Illustration of large finger shaming children

Sex-trafficked children are victims and deserve help — not detention
This past summer, the world stopped for a moment in collective horror when ultrawealthy financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was once again indicted on a charge of child sex trafficking and sexual abuse of young girls. His ties to the rich and powerful were splashed across tabloids, reflecting a garish political soap opera. Most of the media coverage focused largely on Epstein’s connections from across the political spectrum, reaching a full-blown frenzy following his sudden death. Continue reading in The Seattle Times. (Donna Grethen/Op-Art)

Signs popped over the summer up in the Port Gardner neighborhood against a proposal by the Everett School District and Housing Hope to build supportive housing on lot owned by the school district on Norton Avenue.

Everett considers ban on supportive housing
Wednesday night the Everett City Council is expected to decide whether to prohibit supportive housing in single-family residential areas. A public hearing is scheduled before the vote. At least two councilmembers have voiced concern about the recommendation by the planning commission, which if passed would halt a plan by the Everett School District and nonprofit developer Housing Hope for such a project in the Port Gardner neighborhood. Continue reading in the Everett Herald. (Lizz Giordano/The Herald)

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks to reporters, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, during a news conference in Seattle.

Washington attorney general asks state Supreme Court to let car-tab cuts happen
The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is asking the state Supreme Court to allow voter-approved car-tab tax cuts to take effect this week, despite a lower-court ruling putting the cuts on hold. The Seattle Times reports the state filed an emergency motion Monday saying Washington voters’ wishes are being “stymied” by a King County Superior Court judge’s decision to stop Initiative 976 from taking effect while a legal fight over the initiative’s constitutionality plays out. Continue reading in the Bellingham Herald. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Associated Press
Washington AG asks court to let car-tab cuts happen
Person killed when struck by Sounder train
Lawsuit filed over mold infections at Seattle hospital
Student, officer injured in another high school shooting
The Latest: Greta Thunberg ‘energized’ after Atlantic voyage
Jimmy Carter hospitalized for urinary tract infectionLawmakers will quiz new FAA chief over review of Boeing jet

Aberdeen Daily World
Is a new jail on the horizon for county?

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Bellingham plans to build a $12 million, five-story building for public works here

Bothell Reporter
Single-use plastic carryout bags to be banned in Bothell starting April 2020

Bridges dominate Vancouver’s federal priorities
In Our View: Single bridge won’t fix transportation issues

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett considers ban on supportive housing
Chris Petersen stepping down as UW’s head football coach

Islands’ Weekly
Unemployment rate continues to drop in San Juan County
Growlers in the sky
Propane tank building permit granted, appealed and allowed
Washington State Parks acquires 134-acre Point Lawrence property on Orcas

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
America’s parents want paid family leave and affordable child care. Why can’t they get it?
Opinion: The difference between ‘vaping’ and ‘e-cigarettes’

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pedestrian hit, killed by Sounder train near Sumner
Rogers High graduate awarded the Medal of Honor to be honored Friday
UW’s Chris Petersen leaves as football coach; Jimmy Lake is his replacement
Report for America grant will support News Tribune coverage of military and veterans

New York Times
Kamala Harris Is Dropping Out of 2020 Presidential Race

Peninsula Daily News
Larger Strait Shot buses in works

Puget Sound Business Journal
Former Gov. Locke dismayed by $2.3B Sea-Tac Airport terminal plan
UW dean Mia Tuan educates future leaders on diversity and inclusio
Opinion: It’s time for a new direction on homelessness

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Flurry of lawsuits against Seattle Children’s detail human toll from mold infections
Group files complaint with state Attorney General’s Office over gifted program changes at Seattle schools
North Korea warns U.S. of an unwelcome ‘Christmas gift’
At Bridle Trails park, equestrians feeling the impact of growth — and two-legged visitors — on their Eastside ‘horse heaven’
Op-Ed: Sex-trafficked children are victims and deserve help — not detention (Dhingra, Orwall)
Editorial: Prepare students for technical careers
Op-Ed: College behind bars: Education’s transformative power for America’s incarcerated men and women

Skagit Valley Herald
Winter shelter opens for season
Anacortes Family Center opens 20 affordable apartments
County approves tax increases
Water temperature problem in local creeks regains attention
Culinary students cook, deliver Thanksgiving meals
Burlington City Council delays budget vote
General election results certified

Spokesman Review
As landlords fight back, council delays vote on tenant protections
Nurse-family partnership program that supports soon-to-be mothers will expand in Spokane
Fortunato bill would end sanctuary cities
Ecology director resigning
Opinion: Colville plan is forest service failure

Tri-City Herald
Senate confirms new U.S. energy secretary. Hanford is a top priority, he says
Hanford boosts contaminated groundwater cleanup to protect the Columbia River

Washington Post
Barr disputes inspector general’s finding about FBI’s Russia investigation
Trump calls French president’s criticism of NATO ‘nasty’ and ‘disrespectful’
Editorial: We should all be very wary of TikTok
North Dakota company that Trump touted gets $400 million border wall contract
A tiny town’s long struggle to rid itself of toxic waste reaches the Supreme Court
Trump gave states the power to ban refugees. Conservative Utah wants more of them.
U.S. students continue to lag behind peers in East Asia and Europe in reading, math and science
Kellyanne Conway tweeted about Joe Biden and Ukraine. Then her husband replied.
Jane Goodall on fighting climate change: ‘The window of time is closing’
Cracks in the Greenland ice sheet are producing massive waterfalls, raising scientists’ concerns for sea level rise
Samoa government to close for two days amid measles outbreak that has killed dozens of children

West Seattle Herald
White Center to see new cleanup effort by King County
60 Minutes will air a story on homeless in Seattle Dec. 1


Washington AG Ferguson files motion to keep voter-approved I-976 car tab measure
‘Systemic cover-up’: Class action complaint filed against Seattle Children’s over mold
Proposed background check system could increase firearm prices in Washington (Ormsby)

King County Courthouse closes entrance after multiple attacks happen outside
Three women shaping future of law enforcement In Washington
Public Lands commissioner proposes $63M fund to fight wildfires (Van De Wege, Fitzgibbon)

Possible Supreme Court showdown to decide future of I-976

UW football coach Chris Petersen announces resignation, Jimmy Lake to take over

House GOP Rebuts Democrats’ Impeachment Efforts: No ‘Bribery, Extortion’ Proven
Seattle Children’s facing lawsuits over mold infections
Putin Approves Law Labeling Journalists ‘Foreign Agents’ In Russia
DOJ: Judge Was Wrong To Rule That House Has Right To See Secret Mueller Docs
Prosecutors: More Charges Possible In Case Of Giuliani Associates Parnas, Fruman
Russia Begins Sending Natural Gas To China As Putin And Xi Open New Pipeline
As Climate Talks Begin, U.N. Chief Warns Against ‘Fiddling’ While The Planet Burns

Q13 TV (Fox)
King County Courthouse closes Third Avenue entrance after random, violent attacks
Commentary: The legal drama over 976 should have been avoided – now both sides are paying the price


A Fight Is Brewing Over Diversity in Washington’s Legal Weed Market (Reeves, Stanford)

Monday, December 2

Wildfire spreads through Okanogan County forests the day after three firefighters were killed battling the Twisp River fire in 2015.

New insurance surcharge to fight wildfires to be proposed by Washington’s lands commissioner
Determined to create reliable funding to prevent and fight Washington wildfires, the state commissioner of public lands and some Democratic lawmakers are about to make a new push for revenue. A bill in the spring to hike the insurers’ tax rate for property and casualty premiums failed to gain a floor vote. Now, for the legislative session that begins next month, the idea is to add a surcharge of $5 per year to those premiums. Continue reading in The Seattle Times. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times)

It will be up to Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, to maintain order and inject gravity and fairness into the proceedings.











Report recommends centralized gun background check system
A new report recommends Washington create a centralized system for gun-purchase background checks. The state Office of Financial Management report says such a system would increase public safety with more consistent training and oversight and reduce burden on local law enforcement performing more than 440,000 checks annually. Continue reading in The Bellingham Herald.


Associated Press
Public Lands commissioner proposes fund to fight wildfires (Fitzgibbon, Van De Wege)
Judiciary panel to take reins on Trump impeachment inquiry
Small earthquake hits area near Mount Rainer National Park
Report recommends centralized gun background check system
Cooke Aquaculture to pay $2.75M over net-pen collapse
Increase in owl collisions with vehicles in Skagit County
Washington plans to spray for gypsy moths

Aberdeen Daily World
Rep. Walsh calls for special legislative session after judge blocks car tab measure

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whose roads get plowed first when the snow falls in the Whatcom lowlands?
Homeless people are living in their cars. Bellingham hopes a neighborhood option will help
BTC students work with famous ‘Salmon Cannon’ that could help local salmon run
Here’s the difference between traffic infractions and traffic crimes in Washington
Initiative 976 passage delays Bellingham’s Orchard Drive extension
Bellingham adds 1,000 homes this year, but the city still sees housing shortage
The passage of I-976 will mean delays for two key Bellingham transportation projects
Evergreen sees signs of progress but a long way to go as it looks to stop shrinking

In Our View: Woodland measure proves every vote counts

The Daily News
Longview council to meet with Southwest Washington lawmakers Tuesday (Blake, Takko)
Kelso council to welcome new officers, consider budget changes
LCC signs agreement with Japanese high school, creates pathway to exchange
Proposed zoning changes suggest Del Ray plans to redevelop into apartments

Everett Herald (subscription required)
In new budget, Everett police ready to move on body cameras
New berm will offer flood protection, views in Stanwood
You’ve been hacked! Data breaches in Washington on the rise
State delays funding for local projects in the wake of I-976
Health District to take over naloxone distribution in 2020
EdCC teachers picket for pay raises as negotiations stall

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
WSDOT delays Bremerton, Poulsbo highway projects after I-976
North Kitsap School District settles suit over sexual assaults on special needs bus
Two Bremerton nursing homes file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Students, parents voice concern over changing Central Kitsap school start times
Opinion: What the Trump administration gets right on hospital transparency

News Tribune (subscription required)
Far-right Washington state lawmaker faces backlash against white nationalism
Puyallup, Shaw Road warehouse developer tangle over fees. Next stop: Superior Court
Taxes will play a larger role than usual in 2020 political season. Thanks, Eyman
Ambassador, Seattle hotelier Sondland accused by 3 women of sexual misconduct, report says
A free bus pass for all Tacoma high school students? That’s tax money well spent
Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office is a hot mess. New boss, and a million dollars, better fix it
Huskies win seventh-straight Apple Cup against Cougars 31-13

New York Times
The Class of 2000 ‘Could Have Been Anything’
Trump Says U.S. Will Impose Metal Tariffs on Brazil and Argentina
Second Amendment Case May Fizzle Out at the Supreme Court
Trump’s Trade Deal Steals a Page From Democrats’ Playbook
Steve Bullock Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race
Watch 4 Decades of Inequality Drive American Cities Apart
Sidelined for Months, Judiciary Panel Will Reclaim Impeachment Drive It Once Led

Olympian (subscription required)
The Olympian will use grant money to add a reporter to cover housing and homelessness
Here’s why state Rep. Jeff Morris resigned suddenly
Evergreen sees signs of progress but a long way to go as it looks to stop shrinking

Peninsula Daily News
Marbled murrelet plan to have huge impact on junior taxing districts, Forks official says
LETTER: It’s time to support levies and build the schools our students need

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Who profits from ‘crimmigration’? Not America or its ideals | Naomi Ishisaka
The Seattle area just had its fourth-driest November on record. Here’s what’s in store for us next
Washington’s new Cosmic Crisp apple officially launches sales
New insurance surcharge to fight wildfires to be proposed by Washington’s lands commissioner (Fitzgibbon)
Calling Seattle families: You have until Dec. 15 to weigh in on this survey about your children’s schools
Eagle Village is the first Seattle housing project to address needs of homeless Native adults
Seattle metro area is one of just three in America where marijuana use tops nicotine, data shows
The Seattle area just had its fourth-driest November on record. Here’s what’s in store for us next.
Seattleite, 92, finally tells story of German who saved more Jews during the Holocaust than Schindler
Washington needs centralized system for gun-buyer background checks, state report says
Three months into Seattle’s new $600 million-plus education levy, where has the money been going?
A new type of crab pot could help reduce whale entanglements during Dungeness season
Amazon removes products showing images of Auschwitz after criticism
It’s crunch time for Seattle-based photo giant Getty Images, and for photographers
Criticism mounts as ‘peak’ season for Amazon arrives
We Buy Houses’ investors target seniors with below market offers

Seattle Weekly
King County approves roads, bridges funding
What’s been happening with safe injection sites?
How will the U.S. respond to climate refugees?

Skagit Valley Herald
Rep. Morris to step down from Legislature

Spokesman Review
Washington public lands commissioner pitching new home, auto insurance charge to pay for wildfire efforts (Ormsby)
Facing looming budget crisis, WDFW asks for $26 million from state
Six feet above ground: Washington begins rulemaking for human compost law
Deb Abrahamson blames mining pollution for her cancer, keeps fighting toxic legacy on Spokane reservation
Spokane landlords would need ‘specific cause’ to evict renters under City County proposal
Opinion: Governor Inslee should revoke support for smelter project

Tri-City Herald
Fixing dangerous and crowded Tri-Cities roads halted as state fights car tab cut
Special license plate could help police officers’ mental health. Signatures are needed
Editorial: Survey on Snake River dams is online. Help protect the region’s economy and fill it out

USA Today
Whale found dead with a 220-pound ‘huge ball’ of garbage in its stomach
‘I decided to take my power back’: Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page speaks out on Trump’s ‘sickening’ attacks
White House will not participate in new House impeachment hearings targeting Trump
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg says the social network should not be ‘censoring politicians’
Supreme Court focuses on repeal of New York City gun restrictions that could moot Second Amendment case

Washington Post
Emails show lobbyists helped craft lawmakers’ op-eds attacking Medicare-for-all
Trump’s counsel says president won’t take part in impeachment hearing Wednesday
Valerie Plame, America’s most famous ex-spy, finds her new identity

Yakima Herald Republic
Toppenish vigil urges public to remember missing and murdered Native people
Group recommends state add more funds for school counselors, nurses


Washington state report recommends centralized gun background check system
Boeing is building a taxi to the International Space Station
Tacoma delays tent ban

Tacoma ban on park tents delayed to mid-December
New apple variety Cosmic Crisp hits the shelves
Federal Way creating policy to allow gay pride flag at City Hall
Richard Sherman’s foundation donates to Tacoma school district to reduce lunch debt
’60 Minutes’ reports on homelessness in Seattle
State pausing some transportation projects because of $30 car tab measure

Class action suit to be filed against Seattle Children’s Hospital in wake of mold outbreak
Lawmakers from Oregon, Washington working on the future of the I-5 Bridge (Wylie)

Residents fight displacement from Tacoma RV park, a ‘last resort’ before homelessness

1st Supreme Court Gun-Rights Battle In 10 Years May Transform Legal Landscape
Another Settlement Reached Over Columbia And Snake River Dams Leaking Oil
As Climate Warnings Grow Dire, Energy Companies Face A ‘New Frontier Of Threats’
White House Says President Trump Won’t Participate In Wednesday Impeachment Hearing
Opinion: Emergency Rooms Shouldn’t Be Parking Lots For Patients
‘We Wanted Our Patrons Back’ — Public Libraries Scrap Late Fines To Alleviate Inequity
Trump Announces Resumption Of Talks With Taliban During Surprise Visit To Afghanistan
Trump Angers China By Signing Law Backing Hong Kong Protesters
New Report: U.S. Lacked Technology To Account For Separated Families
Navy Lets Accused SEALs Stay In Elite Unit; Fired Navy Secretary Slams Trump
William Ruckelshaus, Who Defied Nixon In ‘Saturday Night Massacre,’ Dies At 87
Trump Floating Terrorist Label For Mexican Cartels Brings Fears Of Drone Strikes
Tribe looks to bring back oyster farming to Dungeness Spit

NW Public Radio
White House Says President Trump Won’t Participate In Wednesday Impeachment Hearing
Northwest Dam Managers To Increase Columbia River Flows To Help Chum Salmon
Shockingly Chewable: Farmers Are Using Food Waste To Make Electricity
Remembering The Real History About The 1st Thanksgiving — So Educators Can Teach It

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington-bred Cosmic Crisp apples hit store shelves


GEO Group’s Catholic shareholders want to change Tacoma’s private prison from within
Will the last person to leave Northgate Mall turn out the lights?
In Seattle’s WTO protests, the seeds of today’s anti-globalist nationalism

Seattle P.I.
Seattle QFC debuts first apple ever bred in Washington, despite the state being the highest grower
Judiciary panel to take reins on Trump impeachment inquiry
Small 3.6 earthquake hits area near Mount Rainier National Park
‘Why are we afraid of our children?’: Connelly’s account up close at the WTO riots

Washington’s Legal Weed Appears to Be Making Idaho’s Roads Safer