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Thursday, September 20

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Associated Press
Report: Washington unemployment rate lowest in 42 years
Bezos family gives $3 million for UW early learning research
Federal agency says it lost track of 1,488 migrant children
US doubles tribal funding to fight violence against women
US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site
Trump’s immigrant roundups increasingly net noncriminals
Settlement reached over worker safety at Hanford site
Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid center

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Will Whatcom Community College’s new dorm help ease Bellingham’s housing shortage?

Bothell Reporter
Sound Transit to host local meetings on bus rapid transit

The Columbian
Editorial: In Our View: Raise Age to Use Tobacco

The Daily News
Clark County Council calls for replacing I-5 Bridge
Editorial: Tim Eyman is in a heap of big trouble

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Robinson: The evidence for climate change is all around us
Editorial: Allow tribes to benefit from a brewing opportunity

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Shellfish harvesting closed along Kitsap’s eastern shoreline
What states aren’t doing to save new mothers’ lives

News Tribune (subscription required)
Best place for self-driving semis? I-5 in Washington and Oregon, report says
This lawsuit would protect Hanford workers from deadly vapors. Now there’s a settlement
Editorial: Raising pay for Tacoma teachers was overdue. Raising test scores is, too.

Olympian (subscription required)
Despite concerns, Olympia City Council OKs funding for emergency homeless response

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Bezos family gifts $3 million to shape UW’s early education work
I-5 in Washington and Oregon is nation’s best place to deploy self-driving semis, report says
Amazon considering opening 3,000 cashierless Go stores, report says
San Francisco is cracking down on tent camps. Will Seattle do the same?
Agreement reached in lawsuit over safety of workers at Hanford nuclear site
Washington to get almost $30 million from federal government to fight opioid abuse
Opinion: Unite to save the wild landscapes that define us as ‘Westerners’
Editorial: Secret meetings via text: Hold Seattle’s leaders accountable

Spokesman Review
Spokane Public Schools planning to reduce staffing through attrition to pay for teacher raises
Seven new rules every Washington hunter should know this fall
Walking School Bus helps Spokane children get to school and instills confidence
Feds agree to protect Hanford workers from dangerous gases
U.S. News & World Report ranks Gonzaga No. 4 among similar regional universities in the West

Tri-City Herald
This lawsuit would protect Hanford workers from deadly vapors. Now there’s a settlement

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Cash is no longer king

Washington Post
Trump’s trade war brings unexpected boom for knockoff designer bags from China
Four wounded after active shooter opens fire at Wisconsin office building
Opinion: I lead Texas’s education board. Here’s why we ditched Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller.

Whidbey News-Times
Oil Spill training scheduled at mussel rafts

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: Norm Johnson’s pragmatic approach to legislating is worth emulating (Appleton)

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KING5 TV (NBC)
Free medical clinic for all starts Thursday at KeyArena
What’s in the dirt at Seattle’s Gas Works Park?
Oak Harbor students win national award for ‘worm soup’
Settlement a ‘historic victory’ for Hanford workers

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
New legislation aims to hold opioid manufacturers accountable

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Seattle commute times will more than double during viaduct closure
Homeless to Housed; there’s an app for that

KNKX FM
Kent School Board Says It Will Hire An Auditor To Examine Financial Transactions
Almost everything leaving Northwest ports for China soon to be hit with tariffs

KUOW FM
WA teachers got big raises this year, but are they sustainable? (Rolfes)
Seattle University said to be first in state to divest from fossil fuels
Driverless semi-trucks on I-5? Report says it’s a good place to start
Higher electric rates may end Central Washington bitcoin rush
31 Percent Of U.S. Households Have Trouble Paying Energy Bills
In Washington’s Methow Valley, Fire Means Danger, Loss, Smoke And Big Job Prospects
Free health care clinic returns to KeyArena this week

NW Public Radio
Higher Electric Rates May End Central Washington Bitcoin Rush
Almost Everything Leaving Northwest Ports For China Soon To Be Hit With Tariffs
Feds And Washington State Sign Fresh Agreement To Protect Hanford Workers

Q13 TV (Fox)
Congress takes multifaceted approach to try to fight the opioid epidemic

Web

Crosscut
Will Hanford workers finally be safe from toxic exposure?

MyNorthwest.com
8 shootings reported in Western Washington over 12 hours Wednesday
Washington to get $30M for opioid battle

Seattle P.I.
Department of Energy will destroy worker-harming vapors at Hanford nuclear site

Slog
Get Free Health Care at KeyArena This Weekend

Wednesday, September 19

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Associated Press
International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances lowered harvest
Council overturns veto of Spokane sustainable energy measure
Feds plan funding boost to fight assaults on Native women
Treaty with Canada would include new limits on fishing for endangered salmon
Feds approve importation of pot drug for tremor study
WSU making good progress on reducing budget deficit
Amazon investigating claims of bribes and leaked data
University employee resigns amid sexual misconduct complaint
Canadian marijuana imports OK’d by US for California study
Judge to consider suspending Idaho’s abortion reporting law

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
City of Olympia struggles as efforts to combat homelessness appear to clash
Hunger strikers sue to prohibit forced feeding at Tacoma immigration detention center

Columbian
Clark County Council calls for replacing I-5 Bridge
Battle Ground teachers ratify contract, end strike
Editorial: In Our View: Learn Lessons from Strikes

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Tiny homes to be allowed at Lynnwood tent encampent

News Tribune (subscription required)
Congress’ opioid bill is ‘incremental’ step, but Washington could see some help
Hunger strikers sue to prohibit forced feeding at Tacoma immigration detention center
Editorial: Tacoma Narrows Bridge should be known for scenery, not suicide

New York Times
U.S. Loses Track of Another 1,500 Migrant Children, Investigators Find
Consumers Will Increasingly Feel Pain From Trump’s Trade War. Here’s Why.
‘I Don’t Have an Attorney General,’ Trump Says in a New Attack on Sessions

Puget Sound Business Journal
Wall Street shake-up scatters US tech behemoths
Amazon’s HQ2 announcement won’t come before midterms, says site-selection expert
Boeing plans to boost 737 production to 63 per month in Renton, mayor says
How the promise of electric power could transform aviation

Redmond Reporter
Welcoming Week brings together community for education and conversation

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Westneat: When will we be done paying for the sports stadiums? We finally have the real answer
Seattle could push UW to slash car commutes, build staff housing as part of high-rise growth plan
Another key figure in King County’s fight against homelessness will step down
Advocates create guide to help elementary-school teachers prevent and spot signs of sexual violence
Opinion: These new, disruptive tariffs are political, not economic

Seattle Weekly
Teen Immigrants in Washington Programs Claim Sexual Assault and Rape
It’s Official: Safeco Field Will Get $135 Million in Taxpayer Funds

Spokesman Review
Pullman airport nets $7 million federal grant for runway expansion
Buzz kill: Spokane schools trying to discourage students from ‘energy’ drinks
Newport smelter hearing draws skeptical crowd

USA Today
European Union to stop changing clocks in 2019 amid fears of time zone chaos
Opinion: Trump administration making progress in fight against opioid epidemic: HHS Secretary

Washington Post
More methane: Interior eases rules curbing leaks from oil and gas leases on federal land
The Army is trying to find criminal conduct among immigrant recruits, email shows
Florence was another 1,000-year rain event. Is this the new normal as the planet warms?

Wenatchee World
Recovering from wildfires
Wenatchee High School reaches record-breaking grad rate

Whidbey News-Times
Officer’s new ‘beat’ in Oak Harbor school halls

Yakima Herald Republic
‘This is real’: First steps taken to count missing, murdered Yakama women and girls
Chamber of Commerce criticizes Yakima City Council for ‘decline in productivity’
Controlled burns planned for wildlife areas in Yakima and Kittitas counties
Editorial: Don’t forget the Humanities in this STEM age

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
Senator demands bold action to save Northwest orcas (Ranker)
State AG Bob Ferguson making a ‘major’ announcement regarding Hanford plant
How tunnel delay could impact Seattle’s waterfront
Juvenile wolf in Washington state killed after cattle attacks

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Oregon teachers say higher pay drawing many of them to Washington

KNKX FM
Council’s, Mayor’s Text Messages Peel Back Curtain On Seattle Head-Tax Debates
WSDOT Warns Seattle Commuters To Brace For Congestion In January Before New Tunnel Opens

KUOW FM
Safe injection site measure rests with high court
It’s legal to be naked (anywhere) in Seattle
Canadian online shoppers are using Washington border towns to stash their Amazon packages

NW Public Radio
Washington’s Border Towns Have Become Proxy Addresses For Canadian Online Shoppers

Q13 TV (Fox)
Options to ease overcrowding in Bethel School District examined in case bond measure rejected
‘We are not criminals!’ Chronic pain sufferers say pain medication rules unfairly punish

Web

Crosscut
Why you’re paying too much for an old apartment

MyNorthwest.com
Supreme Court considers initiative controversy around safe injection sites

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Seattle receives Bloomberg Climate Challenge funding

Tuesday, September 18

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Associated Press
Feds approve importation of pot drug for tremor study
International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances
Man arrested in Washington State University fraternity arson
Watchdog: EPA asbestos protection for schoolchildren lagging
WSU making good progress is reducing budget deficit
$135M in funding OK’d for Seattle Mariners ballpark
Closure of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct delayed
Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data
China raises tariffs on $60B of US goods in technology fight
US again slashing number of refugees it will accept to 30,000
Much of Columbia River closed to salmon fishing
Trump imposes tariffs on $200B more of Chinese goods

Aberdeen Daily World
Demolition under way at Lamb Grays Harbor facility
Excavators begin clearing brush at homeless camps

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Angry at plight of orcas, residents call for drastic measures to save them

The Daily News
Three Longview schools honored on national ‘healthiest schools’ list

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Editorial: Everett budget cuts will be felt but are necessary
Editorial: More sunshine needed on PUD’s choice of new leader

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Public calls for NOAA to take action to save Southern resident orcas (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Homebuyers getting a break in cooling market

News Tribune (subscription required)
Seattle Times: Angry at plight of orcas, residents call for drastic measures to save them

New York Times
China Once Looked Tough on Trade. Now Its Options Are Dwindling.
Trump Hits China With Tariffs on $200 Billion in Goods, Escalating Trade War
Facebook Accused of Allowing Bias Against Women in Job Ads
Merger of Cigna and Express Scripts Gets Approval From Justice Dept.
Sessions Says Justice Dept. Has Helped Preserve Free Speech on Campuses

Olympian (subscription required)
City of Olympia struggles as efforts to combat homelessness appear to clash

Puget Sound Business Journal
King County OKs Safeco Field deal that guts tourism promo funding
How US banks took over the financial world

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Judge orders Seattle to turn over internal records on head-tax repeal, Ed Murray by Sept. 28
Paul Allen-funded $46 million family center will house 94 families
‘What a mess’: Texts by Seattle mayor, council member shed light on head-tax repeal
Seattle’s school test scores improving — except for students learning English
King County Council gives final approval to $135 million in public funds for Mariners ballpark
The Viaduct will close, the tunnel will open: What do you want to know about the Highway 99 project?
Permanent closure of Alaskan Way Viaduct delayed until January
Strike ending for last Washington teachers still picketing
Opinion: To save the orca, we must save the Salish Sea
Editorial: Get flavored e-cigarettes hooking teens off the shelf

USA Today
More teens are vaping marijuana than we thought, researchers say
Opinion: I nearly lost my job because of Trump’s turn on DACA. Dreamers can’t keep living in limbo.

Washington Post
China says it will immediately retaliate when Trump tariffs take effect
Senate passes sweeping opioids package
California Gov. Brown signs bill banning for-profit charter schools. But will it really do that?

Whidbey News-Times
New CPR dummy ‘blew us away’
Commissioners poised to pass housing element in October

Yakima Herald Republic
Property taxes are expected to decline as property values increase

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
What will Seattle traffic look like without the viaduct?
Seattle tunnel set to open early 2019
How to safely drive through roundabouts
Microsoft tops Seattle-area tech companies in ranking of ’employer brand’ by job seekers
$135 million in public funding approved for Safeco Field improvements

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
State supreme court to make decision on safe injection sites vote

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Mariners applaud $135 million approved for Safeco Field improvements
Viaduct shutdown set for January, longest in Puget Sound history
Battle over safe drug injection sites reaches state Supreme Court
Negotiators agree to boost salmon at Washington coast

KNKX FM
State’s Long-Term Conservation Plan For Marbled Murrelet Open For Public Comment
Gun Owners In King County Could Face Fines For Not Safely Storing Firearms

KUOW FM
Sexism at work doesn’t always look like you think it will
Fighting as Northwest salmon run dry
U.S. To Limit The Number Of Refugees Allowed Entry To 30,000

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘You just know it’s going to be bad’: Permanent viaduct closure on Jan. 11 to affect 90,000 commuters
Governor Jay Inslee won’t rule out 2020 presidential run
King County Council votes 5-4 to spend $135M in public funds on Safeco Field for Mariners

Web

Crosscut
As Trump stymies immigration, Seattle hangs welcome signs
Wildfire smoke could kill 44,000 people per year by 2100
Despite criticism, King County Council gives Mariners $135M

Seattle P.I.
King County Council passes $135M Safeco Field compromise

Slog
Highway 99 Tunnel Opening Delayed (Again), This Time Until 2019
Facebook Continues to Defy Washington State Law on Political Ad Disclosure

Monday, September 17

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Associated Press
Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs
Strike ending for last Washington teachers still picketing
Judge rejects effort to temporarily halt to killing of wolves
Much of Columbia River closed to salmon fishing
WSU making good progress is reducing budget deficit
Role of technology increasing in wildfire fights
Spokane County treasurers tries to stop Avista sale

Aberdeen Daily World
State Parks Commission considers adding Westport Light to potential ‘next new park’ list

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
As homelessness grows, Bellingham mulls rules for these types of temporary shelters
For the middle class in Whatcom, affording a home is becoming more difficult
For the state’s growing number of homeless kids, just getting to school can be a struggle

Columbian
Herrera Beutler’s tribal distillery bill passes House

The Daily News
Opioid regulations worry chronic pain patients, doctors

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Traffic fixes on the way for clogged-up I-5
Study digs into future of Discover Pass, other access fees
McCusker: H-1B visa program needs a thorough overhaul
Editorial: Everett budget cuts will be felt but are necessary

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Olympic College gets consultant’s campus safety recommendations
Ferns are dying in Kitsap forests, and nobody knows why
Biologists seek to prove that Rich Passage net pens have virus-infected fish
Column: How insurance rules make it more difficult to get your prescription
Opinion: Fix the tax code to really help those with mental health needs

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma teachers vote to approve new contract offer and end strike
For the state’s growing number of homeless kids, just getting to school can be a struggle
Black renters pay more in a white neighborhood, study finds. But just how much more?
Editorial: Replace libraries with Amazon? No, we must pay to keep them public
Opinion: Why Tacomans should stand up for Endangered Species Act

New York Times
Kavanaugh’s Nomination in Turmoil as Accuser Says He Assaulted Her Decades Ago
Trump Ratchets Up Tariff Talk as Key Week Looms for Trade

Olympian (subscription required)
Tumwater teachers reach tentative agreement on new contract; school set to start Tuesday, union says
Editorial: How do 3% raises for state workers sound?

Peninsula Daily News
Kilmer tours district with Republican chair of House Budget Committee

Puget Sound Business Journal
MBA applications fall at top US business schools
Amazon’s new warehouses are a big step toward urban fulfillment center towers
Even in better times, some Americans seem farther behind. Here’s why.

Seattle Times (subscription required)
What would it cost to house and provide treatment for Seattle’s homeless?
‘When is it OK for the police to kill someone you love?’, BLM’s McKesson pivots from ‘awareness’ to the ‘fix’
Trying to make good on someone else’s promise: new group helps 10 Seattle kids pay for college
Angry at plight of southern-resident orcas, speakers rebuke NOAA in public meetings
If Washington voters OK a carbon-pollution fee, who decides how to spend all that money? (Carlyle)
Washington and 16 other states pledge to use $1.4B in VW settlement money to cut vehicle emissions
Tacoma educators OK deal to end strike; school set to start Monday
Harrop: Even Republicans might like Medicare Advantage for all
Opinion: How do we protect elections? Look to King County

Seattle Weekly
Even With Postage Paid, Voters Couldn’t Send Ballots on Time

Spokesman Review
Rare Columbia River salmon fishing closure mix of bad ocean, bad river conditions in 2015
Spokane Police investigating an allegation of anti-Muslim comments by officer

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: FDA must crack down on candy-flavored e-cigarettes
Editorial: City Council ward system is a go: Candidates needed

Washington Post
The Energy 202: Industry group says hurricanes bolster case for expanding offshore drilling
The Health 202: Senators to vote on opioid package. But big hurdles remain.
A woman’s daring escape from a Border Patrol agent helped reveal a ‘serial killer,’ police say
Opinion: Universities should lead efforts to slow climate change, if the federal government won’t
Opinion: A warning from the almost-depression

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
New passenger terminal at Paine Field expanding its footprint
Tumwater teachers reach tentative deal in contract talks
King County Council to vote Monday on public funds for Safeco Field improvements

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Tumwater teachers reach tentative contract deal, school scheduled to start Tuesday

KNKX FM
Tacoma Teachers Approve Agreement Over Salaries, Ending Strike
Speaking Out For Women In Science Is Part Of The Job
Geneaologist Uses Public DNA Info To Help Solve Decades-Old Cold Case
How Washington’s Last Coal Plant Could Become State’s Largest Solar Project
Centralia, Chehalis Consider What To Do Should Floods Come Again

KUOW FM
Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In U.S.
Study: Fire-Filled Future Could Lead To More Smoke-Related Deaths

NW Public Radio
Once Making Nuclear Weapons, Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge Now Hosts Migratory Birds
U.S. Appeals Court Rules On Long-Running Columbia River Pollution Case From Canadian Smelter
Study: Fire-Filled Future Could Lead To More Smoke-Related Deaths

Q13 TV (Fox)
The Divide: Education Enigma

Web

Crosscut
Opinion: NW mayors: The feds won’t fight climate change but we will

MyNorthwest.com
Durkan gets funding to study congestion pricing in Seattle
Lime expanding electric bikes, scooters into Tacoma

Publicola
Council Members Want More Surplus Property to Be Used for Affordable Housing

Friday, September 14

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Associated Press
US industrial production rose a solid 0.4 percent in August
Federal court rules against DeVos in for-profit fraud case
Everett high school closed due to potential threat
Work to demolish plutonium plant could resume next week
Transportation and Amtrak to test train control system
The Latest: Researcher who tracks whales declares orca dead

Bothell Reporter
King County Council approves $135 million public investment in Safeco Field

Columbian
Judge to consider injunction against striking teachers

The Daily News
House approves Herrera Beutler tribal distilleries bill
Tariffs shake up apple market

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Commentary: Transparency should guide on public records
Editorial: Public lands, parks fund again faces termination

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Sick, young orca, J50, missing | Update
Individual state health plans approved; San Juan has one provider for health, dental

Maple Valley Reporter
Immigrant youth vulnerable to abuse in Puget Sound area centers

Peninsula Daily News
Funding swap discussed: State panel told change would ease building infrastructure
State Transportation Commission hears of issues related to Peninsula’s isolation

Puget Sound Business Journal
Opinion: King County can’t afford to cut tourism funding
US hearings signal increased scrutiny of big tech
Labor board moves anew to limit employers’ workplace liability

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Defectors emerge among striking Tacoma teachers as holdout enters 2nd week
Bloomberg News: Burger King, Pizza Hut agree to stop using ‘no-poaching’ pacts
Orca J50 presumed dead after search; southern residents down to 74 whales
Washington’s 2018 state test scores still show large gaps between student groups
Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion philanthropic fund targeting homelessness, preschool education
Bellevue IT firm ordered to pay employees $300,000 after violating H-1B visa rules
Podcast: Lessons from Washington state’s teacher-contract chaos, with reporter Neal Morton
Opinion: House and help, don’t criminalize, the homeless

Spokesman Review
WSU launches paraeducator pilot program as way to tackle teacher shortage
A year later and still strong: Community comes together on anniversary of Freeman High shooting

Vancouver Business Journal
Council divided over I-5 Bridge resolution

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Cyberstalking law needed, but it must be constitutional

Washington Post
Why China could withstand the trade war far longer than Trump thinks
Trump tweet warns against spreading false news about hurricanes — a day after he tweeted false news about Hurricane Maria
California law would make state’s electricity grid 100 percent carbon free by 2045

Yakima Herald Republic
Mixed bag for local student test scores; see how your neighborhood school performed and how that compares
More guest workers offering relief to growers this harvest season
Editorial: People shouldn’t be required to pay for their mountain rescues

Broadcast

KING5 TV (NBC)
Seattle goes back to drawing board on homeless spending
Tacoma teachers to vote on tentative agreement Friday morning
Train testing this weekend at site of deadly Amtrak derailment
No school Friday in Tumwater as teachers defy judge and continue striking
Another hurdle cleared for $700 million KeyArena renovation

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
State says it needs 13 new ferries by 2040

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Archbishop Murphy High School closed Friday after student makes online threat
Seattle unveils gun-storage rules, claims it will save lives
Tumwater teachers may be fined thousands of dollars if strike continues
Court documents allege unreported sex assaults at Wash. youth facility

KNKX FM
Tacoma Teachers And School District Reach A Tentative Agreement Over Salaries
Advocates Chart Washington’s Path To 100% Fossil Free Electric Grid By 2045
Shelters For Immigrant Teens Expanded As Record Numbers Continue To Cross
No, Hunters Did Not Open Fire on Australian Firefighters In Washington State
Government Study Of BPA Backs Its Safety, But Doesn’t Settle Debate

KUOW FM
Could A Ban On Fishing In International Waters Become A Reality?
Technology that might have prevented Amtrak crash gets a big test
Shelters For Immigrant Teens Expanded As Record Numbers Continue To Cross
Christmas tree farmers compete with elk, drought and now, Amazon

NW Public Radio
Shelters For Immigrant Teens Expanded As Record Numbers Continue To Cross
When Goats Fly! Olympic Range Mountain Goats Relocated By Helicopter To North Cascades
Efforts Continue To Save ‘Critically Endangered’ J-50 Orca, But It May Be Too Late

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘She’s dead:’ Scientists say struggling southern resident orca J50 deceased
Tentative contract agreement reached in week-long Tacoma teachers strike
Puyallup council to vote on proposal that would restrict where homeless services can open
A breakdown of school districts’ administrative costs as teachers strike over salaries

Web

My Ballard
Ballard Locks awarded $10.5m to replace 100-year-old large lock gates

MyNorthwest.com
Seattle defines what ‘safe gun storage’ means
District to take Tumwater teachers to court, again
Missing orca presumed dead; NOAA maintains search

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: End all federal protection of wolves — Rep. Newhouse
Connelly: A big court win for Ferguson, AGs, against Sec. DeVos

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