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Thursday, February 20

Lawmakers work on the Senate floor Wednesday at the Capitol in Olympia. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day, as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the... (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Washington Senate passes bill to regulate governments’ use of facial-recognition technology
Washington state senators Wednesday approved a bill that would begin regulating the use of facial-recognition programs by local and state governments. Sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen, D-White Center, Senate Bill 6280 is one of a series of legislative proposals this year to counter technology that is evolving fast, regulated little and all but opaque to most residents. Facial recognition has been a particular concern, with worries that its use by law enforcement comes before the programs even can accurately identify people. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ted S. Warren/AP)


FILE - In this Friday, March 31, 2017, file photo, Boeing employees walk the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner down towards the delivery ramp area at the company's facility in South Carolina after conducting its first test flight at Charleston International Airport in North Charleston, S.C. The Boeing Co. reports earnings, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Mic Smith) (Photo: Mic Smith, AP)

Boeing asks Washington lawmakers to suspend preferential tax rate
Washington state lawmakers announced Wednesday they will introduce bills, at The Boeing Co.’s request, to suspend the aerospace giant’s preferential business and occupation tax rate until the United States and European Union resolve their long-running international trade dispute. Democratic Sen. Marko Liias and Democratic House Majority Leader Rep. Pat Sullivan are the sponsors of the companion bills in the Senate and House. The legislation will suspend the 40% tax break that the Legislature adopted for the aerospace industry in 2003 and was expanded in 2013. Continue reading at Kitsap Sun. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)


The Washington House on Friday passed a bill that exempts birth dates of state and local government employees from disclosure under the state’s public records law, but allows the media to continue to have access to them. ELAINE THOMPSON AP FILE PHOTO

Affordable housing bills remain alive in Legislature
Cities would have to allow up to two accessory dwelling units on all lots with a single-family house, duplex, triplex, fourplex, rowhouse, townhome, or apartment building under a bill that the Washington state Senate approved Wednesday. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, also would bar cities from requiring off-street parking for ADUs within half a mile of a major transit stop. Wednesday was the deadline for the Senate and House to pass non-fiscal policy bills that originated in their respective chambers. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Elaine Thompson)


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Associated Press
Revenue forecast good news for state lawmakers (Ormsby)
Trump ally Roger Stone to be sentenced as case roils DOJ
Boeing asks Washington lawmakers to suspend preferential tax rate (Liias, Sullivan)
Lack of funding for ferry worries Anacortes
Bills to limit size of firearm magazines fail in Legislature
Group requests judge order to relocate Navy practice flights
Climate protesters block Seattle street
Injured transient orca appears healthy near Washington state
Oregon denies permit for pipeline before federal decision
Injured transient orca appears healthy near San Juan Islands
Montana regulators shield power company’s coal contract
National shortage of forensic nurses frustrates rape victims
Toxic Superfund cleanups decline to more than 30-year low
 
Auburn Reporter
Lawmakers flinch on banning for-profit detention facilities (Saldaña, Ortiz-Self)
City asks state leaders for funding to address needs
Employers welcome Legislature’s effort to resolve trade dispute, support Washington exporters (Liias, Sullivan)
Senate passes Wilson bill to allow diplomas for deceased students (Wilson)
 
Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Affordable housing bills remain alive in Legislature (Liias, Doglio, Das)
High-profile gun bills don’t move forward in Legislature despite support from Inslee and Ferguson (Kuderer, Doglio)
Bill to restore felons’ voting rights faster dies on Senate floor (Kuderer, Dhingra)
Whatcom County property taxes, values are up. Here’s what to know about your 2020 bill
Sunday’s Barkley neighborhood homeless camp fire created challenges for firefighters
What is personal property tax in Washington State?
Lawmakers flinch on banning for-profit detention facilities (Saldana, Ortiz-Self)
Beef label bill passes Washington House
 
Columbian
In Our View: Lawmakers should bottle up local water rights (Cleveland, Carlyle)
“We just want a place to live,’ Woodland RV park tenants tell judge
Kelso won’t finance another homeless camp, miffing Longview officials
 
Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing asks that its big state tax break be suspended (Sullivan, Liias)
Rising revenues may be a problem for Democratic leaders (Ormsby, Rolfes, Liias)
Community Transit looks to connect Link light rail and Swift
 
Federal Way Mirror
King County considers free transit for low-income residents
Senate passes Wilson bill to prohibit solitary confinement of youths (Wilson)
 
The Inlander
Washington state’s #MeToo-driven legislation has made it harder for journalists to investigate harassment (Dolan)
As the state works to protect endangered fish, Washington looks to block suction mining for gold
Person in San Juan County under investigation for Novel Coronavirus
Lawmakers flinch on banning for-profit detention facilities (Saldaña, Ortiz-Self)
King County considers free transit for low-income residents
 
Kent Reporter
State House passes legislation for survivors of child sex trafficking (Orwall, Dhingra)
State Senate passes three bills to curb prescription drug prices (Keiser)
 
Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
County explores options for 27 acres in canceled DNR land swap
Across the West Sound, rent continues to climb
Police hope new technology, more patrols will reduce fatal crashes
 
New York Times
Boeing, to Fend Off Sanctions, Backs Ending State Tax Breaks (Liias)
The 11 Criminals Granted Clemency by Trump Had One Thing in Common: Connections
Trump Administration Sees No Threat To Economy From Monopolies
In College and Homeless
Climate Change Rises as a Public Priority. But It’s More Partisan Than Ever.
 
Olympian (subscription required)
Intercity Transit ridership grows 20 percent in first month of zero-fare bus service
High-profile gun bills don’t move forward in Legislature despite support from Inslee and Ferguson (Kuderer)
Affordable housing bills remain alive in Legislature (Liias, Doglio, Das)
Revenue forecast brings good news for Washington lawmakers (Ormsby)
 
Port Townsend Leader
Boat school exec selected for national entrepreneurship program (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)
 
Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump administration sees no threat to economy from monopolies
Amazon ends delivery firm contracts, resulting in thousands of layoffs
Study: Tech pay gap in Seattle falls short of national average
Opinion: Clean Slate Act will give people meaningful access to second chances (Hansen)
 
Renton Reporter
Lawmakers flinch on banning for-profit detention facilities (Saldaña, Ortiz-Self)
 
Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle weather hit record high temperature; here’s how long the skies will stay clear
The most expensive home in L.A. cost Jeff Bezos only 0.13% of his net worth
Boeing may give up its major Washington state tax break to avoid European tariffs
Audio tape of an overdose: Listen as Olympia homeless camp comes together to save a life
Family of Orcas Island man says he was unfairly quarantined for coronavirus testing, targeted for his race
Ishisaka: As new coronavirus spreads, another epidemic looms: ‘yellow peril’ racism
The territorial governor wrote in 1880 that ice and snow were rare in Western Washington — the same day a record snowstorm buried Seattle
Washington Senate passes bill to regulate governments’ use of facial-recognition technology (Nguyen, Entenman)
Washington state House considers bills to curb insulin prices (Cody, Keiser, )
Downtown Seattle shooting suspects plead not guilty to murder and assault charges
Boeing may give up its major Washington state tax break to avoid European tariffs (Sullivan, Liias)
Amazon launches app-based health-care service for Seattle-based employees
Atlanta Journal: Bitcoin ATMs start to spread — and to draw scrutiny
Seattle City Council passes ordinance that would allow up to 40 tiny house villages, encampments or parking lot camps
No vote taken on House bill that would let King County tax big businesses, but backers still hopeful (Macri, Springer)
Editorial: Pass bills to reduce firearm violence through research, limiting magazine capacity (Dhingra, Kuderer, Valdez)

Seattle Weekly
Gov. Jay Inslee talks about homelessness and the climate
Potential loss of ferry a concern in Anacortes
Appeals court sends murder case back to Skagit County
Swinomish considering housing for didgwálič patients
Group asks for injunction regarding Growler flights
Settlement approved in discrimination suit against Motel 6
Students push universities to stop investing in fossil fuels
Boeing’s giant, new 777X seen in skies over Spokane
Seattle mayor says she’ll ask voters to maintain bus service
 
Snoqualmie Valley Record
King County considers free transit for low-income residents
 
Spokesman Review
Bill to allow felons to get voting rights back sooner dies in Senate (Kuderer, Dhingra)
EWU to allow Spokane County Sheriff’s Office access to its cameras during emergencies

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Oregon governor is off base. Breaching the Snake River dams is not the answer
 
USA Today
First US patient has fully recovered from coronavirus in Washington state; nearly 800 still under watch
 
Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Washington State moves ahead on bill to regulate governments’ use of facial-recognition technology (Nguyen, Entenman)
 
Washington Post
Attorney General Barr blasts big tech, questioning its protection from liability
Merkel says racism a ‘poison’ Germany must face as 10 killed in far-right shooting
White House assembles team of advisers to guide clemency process as Trump considers more pardons
Opinion: The elusive animal at the forefront of the coronavirus crisis
Amid Ukraine swirl, Giuliani’s work for candidate in Dominican Republic caused unease
Morgan Stanley is buying E-Trade in a $13 billion shakeup to brokerage market
White House economists predict growth won’t hit Trump’s 3 percent target unless big changes occur
Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.
Political ads are flooding Hulu, Roku and other streaming services, revealing loopholes in federal election laws
 
Yakima Herald Republic
Feds reveal Operation White Swan, a long-term commitment to fight violent crime on tribal lands
Newhouse updates Yakima Valley growers on farm worker bill
Editorial: State Patrol’s return to Yakama reservation patrols long overdu

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KING5 TV (NBC)
Bills to limit gun magazines and restrict gun sales fail in Washington Legislature
779 people in Washington under public health supervision due to coronavirus
Kirkland community addressing racism after 2018 incident at yogurt shop
Seattle Children’s sues to block release of state health records related to mold
Exclusive: Boeing’s new CEO talks transparency and issues facing 737 MAX (Liias, Sullivan)
 
KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Olympia woman tests positive for coronavirus after Diamond Princess cruise
Boeing requests to pay higher state taxes to resolve trade dispute (Sullivan)
Trio of prescription cost bills pass off Washington Senate floor (Keiser)
 
KOMO4 TV (ABC)
Businesses hoping state lawmakers crack down on rise in shoplifters (Goodman)
‘Alyssa’s bill’ aims to spotlight little-known disorder that slowly kills
FBI now investigating city of Wapato and former leaders
Students talk about next steps after two teachers resign from Kennedy Catholic High School

KNKX FM
Legislative update: What’s moving forward — and what’s not — on the environment beat
Proposed bill would ban solitary confinement for juveniles
Health insurance industry lobbying pays off with key change to consumer-minded bill (Rolfes)
 
KUOW FM
Lowering your carbon footprint when living the family life outside Seattle
Report: Most Americans (wrongly) think the citizenship question is still on the census
Coronavirus Is Contagious, But Kids Seem Less Vulnerable So Far
White House Appoints Outspoken Ambassador As New Acting Head Of Intelligence
In middle of debate, felon voting rights bill dies on floor of Washington Senate (Liias, Kuderer, Dhingra)
To Address Homelessness, Spokane Is Starting To Put Relationships Before Punishments
 
Q13 TV (Fox)
Gun control bills fail to advance in Olympia
Olympia woman who was stuck on cruise ship in Japan tests positive for coronavirus
Boeing asks lawmakers to suspend preferential tax rate

Web

Baby Gaga
Washington State Bill Would Expand Opportunity To Make A Pregnancy Discrimination Complaint (Keiser)
 
Crosscut
WA lawmakers want to fund solutions for healthier soil — and less gassy cows (McCoy)
 
My Edmonds News
Salomon bill aimed at restoring salmon habitat wins state senate approval (Salomon)
 
MyNorthwest.com
Olympia woman tests positive for coronavirus after cruise
Downtown Seattle’s new bus-only lanes to cut commute times
Washington state lawmakers push to suspend Boeing tax breaks (Liias, Sullivan
Seattle Archbishop: Gay Catholic teachers face ‘particular consequences’
Bills to limit size of firearm magazines fail in Legislature
Olympia Just Gave the Weed Industry One Less Thing to Panic About (Peterson, Conway)
More and More People Identify as “Queer”
Slog PM: Diamond Princess Releases Its Passengers to a Worried Japan, Amazon Care Is Live, Who Will Be the Meanest to Bloomberg? (Liias, Sullivan)

Wednesday, February 19

Prescription drugs

Trio of prescription cost bills pass off Washington Senate floor
The Washington Senate on Tuesday passed three bills that aim to reign in the costs of prescription drugs. Two of the measures, all sponsored by Democratic Sen. Karen Keiser, address insulin costs, while the third addresses overall drug affordability. A measure that would cap the monthly out-of-pocket cost of insulin to $100 until Jan. 1, 2023 and requires the Health Care Authority to monitor the price of insulin, passed on a 34-14 vote. Continue reading at Kiro 7. (Associated Press)


Teri Smith serves lunch at Jefferson Elementary on Nov. 8, 2018. In 2015, 16% of Spokane County youth reported experiencing food insecurity, slightly above the state average, according to data collected by the Spokane Regional Health District. A new bill would provide free lunches to all students at some schools. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Bill would expand free lunches to all students in Washington schools where 62.5% already qualify
Children in schools with a high percentage of low-income students would all get free breakfast and lunch while at school, under a bill moving through the Legislature. “We can’t expect kids who are hungry or doing their homework by the dome light of a car to be successful. They need to be fed,” said Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, the bill’s sponsor. Spokane Public Schools is among the districts with the most families getting help from federal food assistance programs, he said. In 2015, 16% of Spokane County youth reported experiencing food insecurity, slightly above the state average, according to data collected by the Spokane Regional Health District. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Kathy Plonka)


The Facebook Inc. Instagram logo is displayed on an Apple Inc. iPhone. Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg

The Technology 202: Meme-makers are newest frontier in Facebook’s political content debate
Facebook told reporters last week that it would allow political campaigns and candidates to pay social media influencers to create sponsored content — the most high-profile example is the recent flood of Instagram memes purchased by presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg. But critics are concerned the social networking giant is not subjecting the paid posts to the same standards as traditional ads. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Gabby Jones/Bloomberg)


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Associated Press
Border Patrol memo contradicts Greyhound on bus raids
Ex-Gov. Blagojevich returns to Chicago, maintains innocence
Barr tells people he might quit over Trump tweets
Woman seeking Trump’s DNA fights his effort to delay suit
Office to collect firearm violence data approved by Senate
Trio of prescription cost bills pass off Senate floor (Keiser)
Seattle City Council OKs more tent cities, tiny houses
House approves bill protecting domestic workers
Washington state to consider ban on single family zoning (Das)

Aberdeen Daily World
Seaport retiring the Hawaiian Chieftain
House passes Chehalis Basin funding bill
WDFW approves a four-day razor clam dig starting Thursday, February 20
Aberdeen School District teams with local agencies to educate students about drug abuse
Chehalis River, all tributaries closed to all fishing
Lawmakers here and elsewhere open groundwater fights vs. bottled water companies (Carlyle)

Auburn Reporter
State Senate passes bill banning most Styrofoam-type products (Das)
 
Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Bankruptcy court approves McClatchy’s mediation request, fueling hope of resolution
 
Capital Press
Washington Senate votes to ban chlorpyrifos (Rolfes)
 
Columbian
Sen. Cleveland measure strives to better protect caregivers (Cleveland)
In Our View: Blowing the whistle on sports-gambling bill (Stonier, Wylie, Peterson) 
 
The Daily News
Kelso council won’t finance another homeless camp
 
Everett Herald (subscription required)
Bill would require kids’ menus to offer healthy beverages (Liias, Hobbs, Takko, Mullet, Robinson, Peterson)
Gov. Jay Inslee talks about homelessness and the climate
Op-ed: Oil trains need big enough crew for safety
WaPo Commentary: On climate, hope for the best, prepare for worst
Editorial: Insurance fee could limit wildfire risk, damage

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way student serves as page with Rep. Pellicciotti (Pellicciotti)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Long-Time Conservation Director Stepping Down

News Tribune (subscription required)
Battle over ‘missing middle’ moves from City Hall to the Capitol (Das)
 
New York Times
As Trump Claims to Be Law of the Land, Barr’s Irritation Builds
Fossil Fuels Are to Blame for Soaring Methane Levels, Study Shows
 
Olympian (subscription required)
Wrongful death trial on behalf of Susan Cox Powell’s sons begins in Pierce County
Editorial: Legislature clings to its use of title-only bills (Billig)
 
Peninsula Daily News
Bill would ban styrofoam food containers in Washington state (Das)
  
Seattle Times (subscription required)
Bill named after slain transgender Vancouver teen seeks to limit ‘panic defenses’ (Wylie)
Feared return of ‘The Blob’ fizzles as storms churn, chill Pacific Ocean
Where Seattle ranks among Washington’s safest and least safe cities
Seattle City Council passes ordinance that would allow up to 40 tiny house villages, encampments or parking lot camps
Mayor Jenny Durkan announces plan to curb gang violence in her third State of the City address
Resignation of 2 Seattle area Catholic-school teachers stirs protests over church stance on same-sex relationships
Westneat: Sorry treatment of gay teachers suggests Rush Limbaugh was, sadly, right
Boeing finds debris in wing fuel tanks of undelivered 737 MAXs, orders inspections
Day of Remembrance today: How Bainbridge Island’s Japanese residents were forced from their homes
Sweetened-beverage sales in Seattle dropped 30% after soda tax, new study says
What questions do you have about mental health?
Seattle area gets first ‘clear’ day since late November
Traffic relief coming for more than 26,000 bus riders
Adults bully me because of my disability. Education could solve that.
Spokane among four metro areas primed for growth in next decade, according to Redfin
FBI takes on investigation into criminal allegations against former Wapato government officials
Editorial: Legislature should let former inmates vote (Dolan, Kuderer)
 
Spokesman Review
Bill would expand free lunches to all students in Washington schools where 62.5% already qualify (Riccelli)
Washington considers new agency to study firearm violence prevention, safety (Dhingra, Pedersen)
Bill would allow Washington to offer undocumented students college loans (Liias)
Spokane area needs more physicians treating opioid use disorder, providers say
Cellphone use fines could double while driving in school zone
Amazon ramps up hiring for new Spokane fulfillment center on the West Plains
Opinion: Shawn Vestal: Greater Idaho is a wonderful name for a bad idea
 
USA Today
Secession in the Pacific Northwest? Some Oregon residents petition to join Idaho
AG Barr has considered resigning over President Trump’s interference in Justice investigations
  
Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Legislature wise to move slow in OKing sports gambling
Editorial: Corrections officers will benefit from fix in state law
 
Washington Post
Republicans in super-liberal Oregon are so fed up they want to become part of Idaho
Trump declares himself America’s ‘chief law enforcement officer’
Against wishes of Barr, Trump fires off more tweets about the Justice Department
Boston harbor brings ashore a new enemy: Rising seas
Trump’s clemency spree shows white-collar felons it’s more about who you know than what you did
How the coronavirus can kill people
Opinion: Republicans have unleashed an ethical monster
Opinion: William Barr’s America vs. reality in 2020
Opinion: Trump’s corruption will get worse. His own advisers just showed how.
China expels three Wall Street Journal reporters over opinion article written by academic
Barr blasts tech giants for dodging liability for harmful online content
Methane is a hard-hitting greenhouse gas. Now scientists say we’ve dramatically underestimated how much we’re emitting
The Technology 202: Meme-makers are newest frontier in Facebook’s political content debate
 
Whidbey News-Times
County gathering flood forms for FEMA
Growing Coupevilles from-scratch program
 
Yakima Herald Republic
Cody’s Law would require missing persons to be entered into federal database  (Goodman)
Other views: Facial recognition software takes personal invasion into a new dimension

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KING5 TV (NBC)
King County wants to shoot fireworks to keep bald eagles from landfill
Boeing finds a new issue with 737 MAX, debris in fuel tanks
Bill could ban single-family zoning in Washington state (Das)
Deadline nearing for dozens of legislative bills
Trial begins in lawsuit over Susan Powell’s murdered sons
Family of Orcas Island man blames racial profiling for coronavirus quarantine
 
KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Trio of prescription cost bills pass off Washington Senate floor (Keiser)
Kennedy Catholic students walk out in protest after they say two openly gay teachers were forced out

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
State House approves bill protecting domestic workers
Trio of prescription cost bills pass in state Senate
Are crime bosses paying shoplifters to steal?
After 80 straight days of clouds, Seattle FINALLY has first sunny day of the decade
Boeing finds a new issue with Max jet, debris in fuel tanks

KNKX FM
80 million years in the making: Local kids hope Washington designates official dinosaur (Morgan)
Analysis: A look at what bills are still alive and what’s in trouble in the Legislature
 
KUOW FM
Canoeing to work: Floods bring chaos, renewal to Snoqualmie Valley
Barr Has Considered Resigning Over Trump’s Remarks
Food Fight: How 2 Trump Proposals Could Bite Into School Lunch
Seattle soda tax works in curbing consumption, study says
Health insurance industry lobbying pays off with key change to consumer-minded bill (Rolfes)
Trump Commutes Sentence Of Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
Return to Svalbard: Earth’s icy food chain is about more than polar bears
How Warming Winters Are Affecting Everything
 
NW Public Radio
Lobbying Pays Off: Washington Health Insurers Benefit From Change To Consumer-Focused Bill (Rolfes)
Ah, Shuck: Oysters, Cherries, Other Northwest Ag Products Back Up As Coronavirus Quarantines Trade
 
Q13 TV (Fox)
Civil trial begins over deaths of Powell children
Crowd rallies outside Catholic high school in Burien after gay teachers resign
Barr has said he’s considered resigning over Trump’s interference in Justice Department matters, source says

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Crosscut
Washington considers banning disposable plastics in restaurants and grocery stores (Gregerson)
State of Seattle: Mayor Durkan emphasizes progress, not problems
Opinion: A ‘trail of ghosts’ in Seattle, 78 years after Japanese incarceration
 
MyNorthwest.com
Seattle council raises cap on sanctioned homeless camps, tiny home villages
Inside Washington state’s battle with big tech over privacy

Schmudget
The revenue forecast explained in GIFs (and one chart)
 
Seattle P.I.
Officials: 746 people in Washington being supervised due to coronavirus outbreak
Durkan on state of Seattle: ‘Strong and Resilient,’ but not without challenges
Protest at Catholic Archdiocese over ouster of gay Kennedy High teachers
 
Slog
Nikki Kuhnhausen Was Killed by Transphobia (Stanford, Wylie)
Seattle City Council Votes to Allow 40 Transitional Encampments in Seattle

Tacoma Ledger
Truth behind Northwest detention centers (Ortiz-Self, Saldaña)
 
UW Medicine Newsroom 
Patient supports $100 cap on insulin costs (Keiser)

Tuesday, February 18

The Washington State capitol building

Washington House embraces carbon-free state by 2050
Washington House Democrats passed a bill Sunday declaring climate change an “existential threat” and mandating a carbon-neutral state by 2050. Also on Sunday, the House approved legislation to require some counties and cities to adopt land-use rules that would help the state achieve its carbon limits. Both bills go to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where similar measures were introduced this session but failed to meet deadlines to be approved by committees. Continue reading at Capital Press. (Don Jenkins)


Washington State Capitol Building

House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation | 2020 Legislative Session
Courts could be one step closer to ordering people subject to vulnerable adult protection orders to surrender their firearms after the House voted 55 to 42 on Friday, Feb. 14 in favor of a bill that expands authority to do so. House Bill 2305 would allow courts issuing a Vulnerable Adult Protection Order to consider whether a person named as an abuser should surrender their firearms, or concealed carry license. Continue reading at The Bainbridge Island Review.


Running Start in summer, mandatory sex education among the major K-12 bills still alive in Olympia
In even-numbered years, the Washington Legislature meets for just 60 days and essentially makes slight changes to the two-year budget lawmakers approved the year before. That rushed schedule means major legislation, including policy bills related to K-12 schools, often die in committee almost as quickly as lawmakers first introduced them. Two big legislative deadlines just came and went: Bills needed to both move out of their respective House and Senate education committees and receive a favorable vote from each chamber’s fiscal committee in order to stay alive. Continue reading at The Seattle Times.


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Associated Press
401(k)s hit records as workers sock away more, stocks jump
Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question
Washington to open fishing in May despite steelhead drop
Home quarantine for travelers buys time as new virus spreads
Washington State Patrol may return to Yakima Nation roads

Aberdeen Daily World
Historical property bill passes House (Blake)
Aberdeen asks county to help pay for homeless camp
Sports betting bill easily passes House, heads to Senate (Blake, Chapman, Thariner, Riccelli, Ormsby, Hansen, Billig)

Auburn Examiner
Auburn Representative Town halls You Should Put on Your Calendar (Pellicciotti, Johnson, Wilson)

Auburn Reporter
Senate passes Wilson bill to correct timetable for childcare payments (Wilson)

Bainbridge Island Review
House passes bill to expand court-ordered gun confiscation (Doglio, Irwin)
 
Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Apartment move-in costs too high? The state offers the installment plan (Morgan, Kilduff, Fitzgibbon)
What is the most deadly occupation in Washington state?
Grant will help Whatcom Family YMCA expand child care
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown: Removing Snake River dams must be part of plan to save salmon
Under Donald Trump, Washington gets more back in federal money than it pays in taxes
Some faculty members criticize athletic spending at EWU
AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses ‘enormous’ risks
China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

Capital Press
Washington House embraces carbon-free state by 2050 (Blake)
Washington Senate passes soil health plan (Liias)
Waterways association opposes Brown support for breaching dams

Centralia Chronicle
House Passes Chehalis Basin Funding Bill (Pellicciottti)

Columbian
Vancouver lawmaker’s bill looks to bolster child abuse hotline (Cleveland)
Bill named after slain transgender Vancouver teen seeks to limit panic defenses (Wylie)
In Our View: Ranked-choice voting cons outweigh the pros (Stonier, Wylie)

The Daily News
Cowlitz Tribe celebrates 20 years of federal acknowledgement Sunday

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Senate bill requires student meals have healthy beverage option (Peterson,. Liias, Hobbs, Takko, Mullet, Robinson)
Crime is down, but Everett hopes to hire 24 more officers
Editorial: Insurance fee could limit wildfire risk, damage 

Federal Way Mirror
Senate passes Wilson bill to prohibit solitary confinement of youths (Wilson)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan Island firefighters participate in stair climb challenge

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Opinion: Muddled answer to a clear public records question
Two Bremerton nursing homes file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Jeff Bezos will spend $10 billion of his own money to go after climate change

News Tribune (subscription required)
State Senate honors U.S. Rep. Denny Heck for career that began in the state Legislature (Hunt)
Paying for Washington’s transportation system involves some not-so-simple math (Fey)

New York Times
Facing a wave of sex-abuse claims, Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy
Activate this ‘bracelet of silence,’ and Alexa can’t eavesdrop
The Struggle to Mend America’s Rural Roads
California Plans to Apologize to Japanese-Americans
Jeff Bezos Commits $10 Billion to Address Climate Change

Peninsula Daily News
Washington state moves to eliminate youth solitary confinement (Wilson)

Portland Mercury
Nikki Kuhnhausen Was Killed By Transphobia. Now, Her Community Fights for Her Legacy. (Stanford, Wylie)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump effort to keep U.S. tech out of China alarms American firms
Mark Zuckerberg: Big Tech needs more regulation
DreamBox Learning CEO: ‘Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not’
Apple warns that coronavirus will hurt revenue

Seattle Times (subscription required)
King County wants to shoot fireworks at bald eagles
A better ride for 26,000 Seattle commuters when Metro buses shift to Columbia Street
The Seattle area is getting a reprieve from the rain — for now
Racist acts by Seattle-area students made news last year. Here’s how schools responded.
We know thousands of King County students leave high school without a diploma. Now we’re starting to learn why.
Bloomberg: In hot U.S. jobs market, half of college grads are missing out
City Light is struggling to keep up with repairs as wire thieves knock out Seattle streetlights
Bezos commits $10 billion to fight the ‘devastating impact of climate change’
Insulin is being sold illegally on Craigslist for a fraction of its retail price, study finds
Running Start in summer, mandatory sex education among the major K-12 bills still alive in Olympia
Bill to address racial inequity in cannabis licenses gets OK from Washington House
A change in Washington law helps parents address mental-health needs of their teenage children, but barriers remain
Editorial: The Legislature clings to its old tricks (Billig)

Seattle Weekly
Unstable housing? Apply for Section 8

Spokesman Review
House passes bill to release college transcripts regardless of fees (Slatter)
Washington Senate bill would give consumers access to personal data stored by businesses (Carlyle, Hasegawa)
With major need for foster parents, Spokane nonprofit seeks to fill gap
‘As for what we need?’ Housing, services and support, say those experiencing homelessness in Spokane
“Here’s the problem.” Body cameras show how police navigate Church at Planned Parenthood
Spin Control: Senate debates what’s the best things to drink in a kids meal (Liias, Cleveland, Frockt)

USA Today
Federal judges’ association calls emergency meeting after DOJ intervenes in case of Trump ally Roger Stone

Washington Post
Wuhan hospital director dies of coronavirus as infections mount
Roger Stone will be sentenced Thursday despite his ongoing bid to overturn conviction
Walmart employees brace for job cuts as retailer rolls out ‘Great Workplace’ program
How Ring and Nest helped normalize American surveillance — and turned us into a nation of voyeurs
Trump’s support for bipartisan Senate drug pricing bill may not be enough to push it into law
What it really means when Trump, DeVos and their allies refer to public schools as ‘government schools’
After a rape exam, women’s underclothes are often taken as evidence. This nurse buys them new ones.
The Technology 202: Mark Zuckerberg’s icy reception in E.U. signals coming clashes over tech regulation
Apple says the coronavirus will cause it to miss its revenue goals

Wenatchee World
Washington needs more sexual trauma nurses, but who trains them becomes a statewide debate

Yakima Herald Republic
City leaders say Yakima is proactive about the environment; group wants city to do more

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King 5
712 people in Washington under public health supervision due to coronavirus
Fired for being gay? What the law allows
Seattle City Light struggles to keep up with copper wire thefts

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Four people, including children, taken hostage at gunpoint in Issaquah; suspect believed dead
Bill designed to discourage traffic ticket quotas for officers passes state Senate
‘He needs to come home’: Dozens of searchers looking for missing 10-year-old Belfair boy
Washington state considers ban on single family zoning (Das)

KNKX FM
Seattle Public Schools says it will no longer offer separate honors classes in middle school
More than half of the student body at Evergreen identifies as LGBTQ or questioning

KUOW FM
Coronavirus Updates: Hospital Director In Wuhan Dies Of COVID-19
BLM Acting Director Defends Agency’s Controversial Move To Colorado
Jeff Bezos Pledges $10 Billion To Fight Climate Change, Planet’s ‘Biggest Threat’
The WHO Knows Insulin Is Too Expensive. How It Plans To Drive Down The Price
Police searching for missing 10-year-old boy in Mason County

Spokane Public Radio
Washington, Idaho Legislatures Busy During Presidents’ Day Holiday (Keiser)

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Crosscut
Transgender immigrants seeking asylum moved to Tacoma ICE prison amid care concerns
As landslides close roads, Washington’s remote towns deal with isolation
Downtown chaos may be the only constant in Seattle’s changing core

MyNorthwest.com
Rantz: WA Democrats push light punishment for intentional HIV infection (Macri, Cody)
UW study: Raising minimum wage requires ‘nuanced’ approach
New WA bill would discourage traffic-ticket quotas for officers

Seattle P.I.
Zillow unveils new search tool for affordable housing in SeattleTo the State Legislature: Fulfill the Promise You Made, Pass the Clean Slate Act Today (Hansen)
Protests Planned to Support Gay Teachers Allegedly Forced Out of Catholic High School (Nguyen)

Monday, February 17

Angel Mullen, of Tacoma, during the State Office of Homeless Youth briefing at the Helen Sommers Building on the Capitol Campus in Olympia on Friday.

How can Washington better help young people who are homeless? Listen to their stories
Each year, about 1 in 4 young people in Washington state face a housing crisis within a year of leaving foster care, criminal justice facilities, or behavioral health institutions. The crisis for those between the ages of 12 and 24 means they sleep in emergency shelters, on the streets, in cars, in other unsafe or unstable places, or they “couch-surf,” moving from one place to another. Continue reading at Tacoma News Tribune. (Photo: Tony Overman)


Arco and Mobil gas stations on the corner of Fairgrounds and 303 in Bremerton on Friday, Feb. 14. 2020

Legislators, local officials consider fuel standard proposals that require cleaner gas, diesel
Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island, one of the co-sponsors of the Senate proposal, said the effect of the legislation would be “the same as taking millions of cars off the streets without taking millions of cars off the streets. It allows us to keep our quality of life just by being cleaner about how we go about our business.” Continue reading at Kitsap Sun. (Photo: Meegan M. Reid/Kitsap Sun)


Pregnant person standing in front of a window touching their belly

State Senate bill would extend window for pregnancy discrimination complaints
A bill passed Thursday by the state Senate in Olympia with a broad bipartisan majority would extend the statute of limitations for filing a pregnancy discrimination complaint from six months to one year. Senate Bill 6034 would update the Washington Law Against Discrimination to give a pregnant woman or new mother more time to file a complaint with the Washington Human Rights Council. Continue reading at Kent Reporter.


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Associated Press
House approves carve-out for media on birth date disclosure
Home quarantine for travelers buys time as new virus spreads
Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams
Idaho, other western states to study big game range land
Washington state salmon hatcheries damaged by heavy rains
AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s exaggerations on Roger Stone sentence
US judge dismisses lawsuit over transgender pronoun dispute

Aberdeen Daily World
Lawmakers consider car-tab tax cuts, new electric-vehicle fees (Hobbs, Saldana)
Trump’s budget plan could cut Medicaid and Medicare health services
Centralia school board making plans after rare levy failure
Monte seeking help to send out its bills
Washington House OKs bill to centralize gun background checks (Blake, Hansen)
Washington Senate gives go-ahead to the ‘Idaho stop’ (Billig)

Arlington Times
Longtime school board director Albright to retire for health reasons

Auburn Reporter
Senate passes Wilson bill to make childcare facilities gun-free zones (Wilson)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
This development could help Whatcom families struggling to find affordable housing
Who has the right of way when someone is backing out of an angled parking spot?
Here’s what reverse angle parking is
Which utility companies have drawn the most complaints from Whatcom residents?

Columbian
Cheers & Jeers: Carousel takes turn; no secrets (birthdate records)

The Daily News
Capitol Dispatch: Tourism tax dollar change passes out of House (Blake)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett’s new passenger terminal gets some national love
Passenger building offers glimpse of Mukilteo ferry terminal
County seeks federal aid after recent floods and landslides
Some dissent emerges on new engineering contract with Boeing
Despite vanishing steelhead, state won’t delay fishing season
Burke: Look between budget’s line items shows Trump priorities
Commentary: Reduce pollution for our climate and our health
Commentary: Mining method sucks the life from salmon streams
Editorial: Our county’s dubious distinction on school funding

Federal Way Mirror
Senate passes Wilson bill to make childcare facilities gun-free zones (Wilson)

Issaquah Reporter
Issaquah family held hostage is released

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Comprehensive Plan draft transportation element and appendix now available
Federal judge declines to dismiss constitutional claim against San Juan County, sheriff and former detective

Kent Reporter
State Senate bill would extend window for pregnancy discrimination complaints (Keiser)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Legislators, local officials consider fuel standard proposals that require cleaner gas, diesel (Rolfes)
Navy eyes second aircraft carrier dry dock at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

Lynnwood Today
Bills from local legislators on sports gambling, healthy beverages move forward (Peterson, Liias)

News Tribune (subscription required)
How can Washington better help young people who are homeless? Listen to their stories
Everything you need to know about Washington’s presidential primary, caucuses and registration

New York Times
U.S. Watchdog to Investigate Trump’s Farm Bailout Program
White House Memo Justifying Suleimani Strike Cites No Imminent Threat

Olympian (subscription required)
Point Defiance Zoo’s Asian elephant Hanako is euthanized after her health declines

Peninsula Daily News
OlyCAP misses out on tax credits
Bill would ban styrofoam food containers in Washington state (Das)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Opinion: Seattle business community must own its narrative
Opinion: Coronavirus reminds us to stress test our disaster preparedness
Boeing reaches surprise contract extension with its 18,000 engineers
Never mind the Internet. Here’s what’s killing malls.
Durkan says Seattle will deal with crime decisively and humanely
Seattle hit as coronavirus wallops US, global airlines with $5B impact

Renton Reporter
Op-ed: It’s hard to do homework when you don’t have a home (Hudgins)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Hostages rescued and freed, 16-hour standoff with armed man in Issaquah ends in flames
Black-white divide in Seattle schools’ gifted programs, discipline rates among worst in nation
Washington needs more sexual trauma nurses, but who trains them becomes a statewide debate (Dhingra)
A change in Washington law helps parents address mental-health needs of their teenage children, but barriers remain
As Seattleites and their money flow south, Tacoma residents grapple with changing neighborhoods
Amazon has 37,000 job listings — maybe its most ever — in Seattle, India and across the globe
Bloomberg: Robot analysts outwit humans on investment picks, study shows
State wrestling: It’s no secret why Washington’s top programs keep winning titles
City Light is struggling to keep up with repairs as wire thieves knock out Seattle streetlights
New member of Seattle City Council starts term tackling taxes, evictions, crime, homelessness
Judge won’t dismiss excessive-force lawsuit alleging Snohomish deputy shouldn’t have been hired
Bellevue firm scammed millions from unhappy timeshare owners, AG alleges
Editorial: Presidential ‘tweets’ on the free press
Op-ed: Highly capable learning should not be an either/or proposition | State Sen. Jamie Pedersen (Pedersen)
Op-ed: Survivors like me want the Seattle Archdiocese to open its secret files
Editorial: The new juvenile justice center: Come together to support youth in King County
Can Washington be the gold standard for regulating companies that collect your digital data? Lawmakers in Olympia say they are trying. (Carlyle, Kloba, Hasegawa)

Sequim Gazette
Washington state moves to eliminate youth solitary confinement (Wilson)

Skagit Valley Herald
Alana Quintasket brings new voice to Swinomish Senate
Delay expected on permanent supportive housing project in Mount Vernon
Person injured when propane tanks explode in homeless camp
AP Exclusive: Agency memo contradicts Greyhound on bus raids
United and American push back expected return of Boeing Max
Main Mount Rainier highway to be closed for weeks

Tri-City Herald
Oregon governor calls for tearing out Snake River dams. Washington reps are outraged
Guest Opinion: Do We Have the Political Will to Stop Climate Change?
Guest Opinion: Blackouts could be in our future  
Editorial: ‘Orcas don’t have that much time.’ Hatchery bill could save them  

USA Today
More than 1,100 ex-DOJ employees call for Attorney General Barr’s resignation
Army Secretary: No investigation into Vindman, Army aide and impeachment witness fired by Trump

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Ranching on high alert: Rancher takes steps to repel wolves
Washington Senate approves data privacy rules
House approves carve out for media on birth date disclosure

Washington Post
Flu has hit at least 22 million people in U.S. so far
Employers are adding high-tech solutions to solve a low-tech problem: Getting more sleep
14 cruise ship passengers with virus among those evacuated to U.S.
Compromised encryption machines gave CIA window into major human rights abuses
McCarrick secretly gave nearly $1 million to group led by cleric accused of sexual misconduct
Assault weapons bill dies in Virginia, giving gun rights groups a rare victory
The EPA is about to change a rule cutting mercury pollution. The industry doesn’t want it.
Lincoln’s forgotten legacy as America’s first ‘green president’
How a 6-year old was taken from school to a mental health facility — without her mother’s consent
A black student left his team bus to stretch. Police swarmed and put a gun to his head, lawsuit says.
States look at banning, restricting bottling firms from tapping local groundwater
The strength, mobility and health of your feet is important to your whole body

Wenatchee World
Washington needs more sexual trauma nurses, but who trains them becomes a statewide debate

Whidbey News-Times
Ebey’s farm leases awarded to organic potato growers
Navy training exercise tests local emergency response

Yakima Herald Republic
“A lot of folks don’t know what goes on behind the walls.” Jail dealing with inmates who are more violent
Guest opinion: Public Charge rule weakens health care safety net for legal immigrants
Washington State Patrol to once again patrol roads on the Yakama Nation

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KING5 TV (NBC)
Americans stuck on cruise ship in Japan due to coronavirus flown back to US
WSP investigating hostage situation, house fire in Issaquah
Seattle startup offers affordable rent — with a twist

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
Bill to slash greenhouse gas emissions passes the state House (Slatter)
Coronavirus concerns impacting businesses in Chinatown-International District
Gun safety advocates push for tighter laws on Parkland anniversary

KREM
Gun law advocates push for magazine limits in Washington state

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
State Senate passes bill to ban guns at childcare facilities (Wilson)
Homeless man shot to death at Renton transient camp
Home burns after gunman holds family hostage for hours in Issaquah
Hanoko the elephant euthanized at Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

KNKX FM
Annual free health clinic in Seattle returns with some changes
‘I’m the boogeyman’: Mother shares story of son’s addiction as cautionary tale to parents

KUOW FM
Angry, tearful Seattle parents demand change amid teacher abuse revelations

NW Public Radio
2.5 Million Pounds Of Radioactive Waste Illegally Dumped In Oregon Landfill Near Columbia River
Pullman To Portland Via Spokane On Greyhound: Why A Libyan Comic Is Suing The Border Patrol

Q13 TV (Fox)
Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams
Man takes 4 people hostage at gunpoint in Issaquah; children released after 5-and-a-half hours inside
Commentary: Progress of sports gambling bill is exciting but leaves many questions on the table for the state
Man shot, killed at Renton homeless encampment

Web

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Two Catholic high school teachers resign ‘voluntarily’
Here’s where Wash. state ranks among the richest states in the country
Here’s how many hours workers in Seattle have to work to afford rent

Slog
Seattle Voters Just Had America’s First iPhone Election. It Somehow Didn’t Get Hacked.

 

Friday, February 14

Passengers wait at light rail station

Supreme Court upholds billions of dollars in transit funding
The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld vehicle registration tax increases in the Puget Sound area, a decision that preserves billions of dollars in voter-approved money earmarked for light trail and other projects. Seven people had sued to overturn a rate increase by the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, known as Sound Transit. Continue reading at Peninsula Daily News. (Elaine Thompson/The Associated Press)


Children playing

State Senate passes bill to ban guns at childcare facilities
Childcare facilities would carry the same prohibitions on deadly weapons as K-12 schools under legislation passed Thursday by the state Senate. “When parents send their kids off to school, they expect these facilities and grounds to be safe and secure,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), the bill’s sponsor. “The state already prohibits people from possessing firearms on K-12 school campuses. This bill simply extends that same common-sense policy to childcare facilities.” Continue reading at KOMO News. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Major expansion of sports gambling only at Indian casinos moves forward in Legislature
By a large margin, the state House of Representatives on Thursday night approved a bill to allow legal sports gambling sports only at tribal casinos. An expansion of gambling requires at least a three-fifths majority vote in each chamber. The House easily cleared that bar, approving HB 2638 by a 83-14 vote. The measure moves to a Senate committee. The Senate has a companion bill that it could send to the House, giving lawmakers two options to get a bill to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. Continue reading at The Olympian.


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Associated Press
Supreme Court upholds billions of dollars in transit funding
Trump ignores AG Barr’s request to stop tweeting about DOJ
U.S. open jobs fall sharply for second straight month
American and Alaska strike deal around Seattle flights
Alaska pot shops to be among 1st in U.S. to allow consumption
Virus outbreak in China poses a new problem for Boeing
Federal budget does not fund volcano debris dam, monitoring
Washington state salmon hatcheries damaged by heavy rains
Lawmakers open groundwater fight against bottled water companies (Carlyle)
US brings new charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei
Newspaper chain McClatchy files for bankruptcy protection
NASA’s space snowman reveals secrets: few craters, no water

Auburn Reporter
Senate passes Wilson bill to make childcare facilities gun-free zones (Wilson)
Changes in education funding leads to higher King County property taxes in 2020
Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Major expansion of sports gambling only at Indian casinos moves forward in Legislature (Peterson)
Whatcom bankruptcies continue to drop, but are residents still financially stressed?
Is the CDC overreaching with its coronavirus quarantine? These experts think so

Capital Press
Western Innovator: Lobbyist offers on-the-farm perspective
‘Washington Grown’ TV show to return for eighth season

Everett Herald (subscription required)
By a razor-thin margin, Mukilteo school bond passes
State high court upholds Sound Transit vehicle excise tax
Cornfield Report: Sound Transit in court, Inslee on climate, milk on the menu (Hobbs, Fey)
Bill to allow sports betting advances to state House floor (Peterson)
Boeing and engineering union agree on new, extended contract

Federal Way Mirror
El Centro de la Raza comes to Federal Way
Attorney and community volunteer Jamila Taylor running for state House seat (Pellicciotti, Wilson)

The Inlander
After Washington state Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber’s son was diagnosed with diabetes, she was horrified by the cost of insulin (Jinkins)

Islands’ Weekly
Person in San Juan County under investigation for Novel Coronavirus
Rick Larsen to host Presidents Day Town Hall on Orcas

Issaquah Reporter
New Issaquah utility rates, assistance programs

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Person in San Juan County under investigation for Novel Coronavirus

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Defense department awards $89 million contract for Bangor pier for Seawolf submarines

Kent Reporter
State House passes bill banning solitary confinement for juveniles (Peterson, Senn, Frame)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Homes are selling in Tacoma at fastest rate in nation, Redfin says in new report
Wrongful death lawsuit against state representative and her company settles out of court

New York Times
Trump Claims ‘Legal Right’ to Interfere in Justice Dept. Cases
Trump’s Path to Weaker Fuel Efficiency Rules May Lead to a Dead End

Olympian (subscription required)
Major expansion of sports gambling only at Indian casinos moves forward in Legislature (Peterson)

Peninsula Daily News
Groups sue state over Cooke steelhead farms
Wild Olympics passes House, heads to Senate

Puget Sound Business Journal
Big Tech’s ‘buy and kill’ tactics come under scrutiny
As Boeing jets sit idle, Airbus can’t make planes fast enough
With $10B JEDI contract suspended, this is what’s at stake for Microsoft and Amazon
Seattle biotech leads work on coronavirus vaccine candidate
Opinion: Washington businesses can be part of the solution to the child care crisis 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Keep on paying: Washington state Supreme Court sides with Sound Transit in car-tab case (Liias)
Friday snow could bring ideal ski conditions for 3-day weekend
FYI Guy: Seattle ranks near top for coupled-up young adults
Washingtonians are falling for romance scams — here’s how to protect yourself
State lawmakers flood Olympia with bills over water marketing, transfers after Seattle Times report (Rolfes, Solomon, Van De Wege, McCoy)
In surprise move, Boeing and engineering union agree on new contract proposal with changes to pay, family leave
Did you see a trooper get pushed from a moving car on I-90? State Patrol wants to speak with you
How doctors and nurses at an Everett hospital handled the nation’s first novel coronavirus patient
Washington state Supreme Court sides with Sound Transit in car-tab case
‘We’ll never get to perfect’: SPS Human Relations chief responds to investigation into teacher misconduct
Orcas Island couple finally end two-week odyssey aboard cruise ship barred from ports over coronavirus fears
Washington House OKs bill to overhaul gun background check system
Schools should drop active-shooter drills, say national education unions and major gun-control group (Hansen)
Op-Ed: End the discriminatory tampon tax in Washington state
Editorial: Sawant must follow all campaign and ethics laws
LTE: Juvenile justice: Support youth
Sports gambling a step closer in Washington after nighttime vote in state House (Petersen)

Seattle Weekly
Sports gambling bill passes in nighttime Washington state full House vote (Peterson)

Shoreline Area News
AG Ferguson’s bill banning solitary confinement as punishment for juveniles passes House with bipartisan support

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon parking limits to affect homeless
School levies continue to pass

Spokesman Review
As tenants, landlords tackle housing laws behind closed doors, councilman Michael Cathcart calls for transparency
‘We live on a finite planet’: Gonzaga students hold sit-in to push university to divest from fossil fuel industry

USA Today
Trump claims he has ‘legal right’ to intervene in criminal cases, including over Roger Stone
Global warming: The Earth just had its hottest January in recorded history

Washington Post
Trump declares ‘legal right’ to seek intervention in criminal cases
Will you die for the church? Will you kill for it? Congregations turn to armed volunteers for security.
Economic fallout from virus mounts around world
Opinion: Barr’s ABC News interview is deeply damning. Here’s what must come next.
Turtles the size of a car once roamed Earth. Scientists just found their fossils.
‘Nobody talks about it because everyone is on it’: Adderall presents esports with an enigma
U.S. population will decline faster without steady immigration, Census report says
Thieves are using peer-to-peer car rental apps to find their next ride

Wenatchee World
State House OKs bill to centralize gun background checks (Hansen)
Opinion: Don Millar and Jim Brown: It’s time to fully fund the state Department of Fish and Wildlife

Western Front
Employees would be allowed to retake failed drug tests, “safety-intensive” workers exempt from bill (Kloba)

Yakima Herald Republic
Years-long debate over motorized prospecting in Washington rivers continues
Sen. Curtis King will take questions during town hall meeting Feb. 20
ELECTION: Yakima School District levies gain support; capital levy remains below 50%

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KING5 TV (NBC)
Washington bill would lower punishment for intentional HIV transmission (Jinkins, Macri)
San Juan County person being tested for 2019 coronavirus
Washington bill to legalize sports betting at tribal casinos clears state House
Watch tree activists break into song at Seattle City Council meeting

KIRO7 TV (CBS)
WA lawmakers working on major reforms to criminal justice system (Goodman, Pedersen)
Delta announces plans to go carbon-neutral
Amazon fulfillment center coming to Bremerton
State Supreme Court upholds billions of dollars in transit funding
Bill banning solitary confinement as punishment for teens passes state House (Peterson)

KHQ (NBC)
Sports gambling bill passes in nighttime Washington state full House vote (Peterson)

KOMO4 TV (ABC)
State Senate passes bill to ban guns at childcare facilities (Wilson)
Washington bill allowing sports betting passes state House
Angry former Seattle punk rocker sings to save the city’s trees
Official says US, Taliban reach Afghan truce agreement

KNKX FM
For the first time in three years, King County opens waitlist for low-income vouchers

KUOW FM
Attorney General Says Trump’s Tweets About DOJ Make His Job ‘Impossible’
Canadian Pipeline Protest Forces Closure Of Major Rail Link
Between President Trump’s Border Wall And The Rio Grande Lies A ‘No Man’s Land’
Trump Administration Diverts $3.8 Billion In Pentagon Funding To Border Wall
Officials In Australia’s New South Wales Celebrate: ‘All Fires Are Now Contained’
Yovanovitch Says State Department ‘Is In Trouble’ And Leaders Lack ‘Moral Clarity’
Senate Democrats Accuse Justice Department Of Politicizing Immigration Courts
House Votes To Revive Equal Rights Amendment, Removing Ratification Deadline
Free Seattle health clinic draws hundreds (and screens for coronavirus)
CBP admits Washington border officers ‘overzealous’; critics say Iranians and others targeted

NW Public Radio
Idaho Rep., A Former Basketball Player And Coach, Seeks To Bar Transgender Girls In School Sports

Q13 TV (Fox)
San Juan County resident being tested for coronavirus
Coronavirus fears are impacting some Asian-American businesses in western Washington
Judge blocks Microsoft from starting Pentagon cloud contract, handing early win to Amazon

Web

Crosscut
Make way for duplexes: Washington bill would mostly ban single-family-only zoning (Das, Macri)
Opinion: My daughter died in the Parkland mass shooting. A few extra seconds could have saved her life
Washington considers faster pathways to restoring rights for some felons (Kuderer, Dolan, Hansen)
Schmudget

KIDS COUNT: Invest in assets to build economic security for kids of color
Stronger local tools are needed to address homelessness
Kids and parents deserve a stronger WorkFirst/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program

Seattle P.I.
The state of Seattle’s downtown: A look at the city’s economic growth and challenges

Slog
The Home Grow Bill Is Dead (Blake, Ormsby)
Ask Me Your Questions About Seattle’s Moratorium on Wintertime Evictions
Washington Democrats Are Damn Right to Remove Congestion Relief from Transportation Goals
How One Company Gets Around Laws on Pot Delivery
Sawant’s Winter Eviction Moratorium Was Amended to Protect Against Legal Challenges, Council Member Says
City Says Cops Acted Appropriately When They Killed Intoxicated Man Inside Queen Anne Apartment