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Friday, December 14


Associated Press
Inslee’s $54 billion budget proposal would raise taxes, help struggling orcas
Police investigate bomb threats at schools, businesses across US, including Idaho
Gov. Inslee proposes new capital gains tax, more taxes on some businesses (Ormsby)
Driver for Lakewood cop killer won’t face aggravated murder charge
Settlement approved in Washington state case over delays in mental-competency evaluations
The Latest: Inslee proposes $1.1B to help starving orcas

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
What if dams are torn down to save orcas? Inslee wants to spend $750,000 to find out
You still might be paying for needless medical tests, new statewide review shows

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Letter: Let salmon run
Letter: Poem for the killer whales

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bremerton health center starting behavioral health residency to help meet demand

News Tribune (subscription required)
Burned bear Cinder shot and killed by hunter in Washington
Threat that prompted evacuation of Thurston County courthouse one of hundreds in US, Canada
Washington governor proposes capital gains tax in new budget

New York Times
As Labor Market Tightens, Women Are Moving Into Male-Dominated Jobs
Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Applies to Police, Too, Court Rules
The Paris Accord Promised a Climate Solution. Here’s Where We Are Now.
China’s Economy Slows Sharply, in Challenge for Xi Jinping
Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations
Cohen Says ‘Of Course’ Trump Knew Hush Payments to Women Were Wrong

Olympian (subscription required)
Pedestrians beware near Norway maple trees on west Capitol Campus
‘Stuff the Ruck’ collects toys for kids while recognizing vets now in state workforce

Seattle Times (subscription required)
No, teenagers are not lazy for sleeping in — and a new Seattle school policy is helping them get the shut-eye they need
Apple to expand Seattle office to more than 1,000 workers
Costco posts strong results but faces margin scrutiny
Workers start paying for Washington’s new paid-leave law next month. Here’s how it works.
Trump signs bill that likely keeps early earthquake-warning system on track in Northwest
Gov. Inslee proposes $54.4B state budget with new tax on capital gains (Rolfes)
Gov. Jay Inslee wants $1.1 billion to help save Puget Sound’s critically endangered orcas
Sound Transit CEO Rogoff in line for $16,000 performance bonus
Two wins for women: male contraception and a Supreme Court pass
Teacher diversity in Washington state
Students: We want to know how diversity among your teachers has affected your schooling
How we measured the demographic divide between students and teachers in Washington state
Deadline is Saturday for Obamacare sign-ups in Washington state
Sen. Takko: Shellfish farming, the lifeblood of Pacific County, faces extinction
Editorial: A Grinch-worthy shutdown threat

Spokesman Review
Inslee task force would study possible dam breaching to help salmon, orcas
Gov. Inslee proposes major spending boost, new capital gains tax (Ormsby)
Spokane parents can now track their kids on school bus
Column: Shea finds questioners in Poland more to his liking

USA Today
After losing court battle, DeVos to cancel $150 million in student loan debt
In rebuke to Trump, Senate votes to halt US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen, names crown prince as responsible for Khashoggi death

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Governor’s zeal to curb climate change is a plus

Washington Post
Trump’s falsehoods on hush-money payments are ‘coming home to roost’
7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion
Lawmakers push review of Harvard conference for new members over lobbyist presence
‘It was way too easy’: Parents call for gun purchase ‘cooling off’ period in son’s obituary
Apple announces major expansion in Austin, other U.S. cities
The reason millennials aren’t spending as much money is they don’t have any


How drones could help get life back on track after an earthquake
$1.1 billion for orca recovery efforts part of Inslee’s budget pitch
Consultant funding approved for Eastside affordable housing program investigation

VIDEO: State takes first step toward launching earthquake early warning system
Gov. Inslee proposes $1.1 billion budget to aid Puget Sound orcas

EPA plan to roll back clean water protections could impact drinking water for WA State
$1.1 billion proposal for efforts to save Southern Resident Orcas
Faulty gate at Bremerton plant causes sewage, runoff spill

Republican lawmaker responds to Gov. Inslee’s $54 billion spending plan
Gov. Inslee proposes big boost in state spending, new taxes over next two years
Gov. Inslee speaks at orca rally in Olympia after unveiling $1.1 billion recovery proposal

WA Gov. Inslee calls for billion-dollar package to save endangered orcas
7-Year-Old Migrant Girl Dies Of Dehydration And Shock In U.S. Border Patrol Custody
Is it OK to ask your employee, ‘How was your weekend?’
Gov. Inslee proposes big boost in state spending, new capital gains tax

NW Public Radio
Jay Inslee Proposes Big Boost In State Spending, New Taxes In Two-Year Washington Budget
Farm Bill Contains Familiar Fight Over Wildfire Management
Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

Q13 TV (Fox)
Inslee proposes $1.1 billion plan to save southern resident orcas
Washington governor proposes capital gains tax in new budget
Emotions boil over at council meeting after vote to sell SeaTac Center


UW students demand answers from ICE — the old-fashioned way
With Democrats in control, will Inslee finally get his capital gains tax?

Seattle P.I.
Study breaching Snake River dams for orca survival — Inslee (Ranker)

Get Your Health Care Before It’s Too Late!
Jay Inslee’s Budget Includes New Taxes on the 1%, Baby!

West Seattle Blog
Standing room only as state ferries’ Triangle Route Task Force gets one last say before schedule overhaul (Fitzgibbon)

Thursday, December 13


Associated Press
Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off highway
Congress approves $400B for farmers, forests, poor
Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming
Senate panel hears of Native women’s deaths, disappearances
Amazon CEO giving $2.5M to Minneapolis homeless nonprofit
State combats collisions with new wildlife bridge over I-90
After paying $83 million in fines, Washington settles jail mental-health lawsuit
Judge declines to dismiss challenge to US asylum delays
Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon
Starting school later helps students get more sleep, Seattle study shows

Aberdeen Daily World
Judge tells Aberdeen to revise its homeless camp policies
Aberdeen school funding panel writes letter asking lawmakers to fix funding model

Bainbridge Island Review
New Bainbridge park commissioner is no-show at most meetings

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Camera catches coyote using ‘wildlife bridge’ over I-90
Homeless man who returned $17K he found at food bank hopes to get a home with donations

Washington, Oregon get talking about I-5 Bridge (Cleveland, Wylie, Hobbs, Fey)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for legislators (Rolfes, Appleton, Ryu)
Parker: Animal rights — and humanity — get a boost in farm bill
Editorial: Think before you toss items into a recycling bin

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way to regulate shopping carts, curb blight with new ordinance

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Elder abuse cases are on the rise in Washington

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Vessel exhaust’s impact on Southern resident killer whales

Kirkland Reporter
Mayor Amy Walen announces resignation from Kirkland City Council

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Lost ballot in 26th District Senate race found
Faulty gate the cause of 200,000-gallon sewage spill

Maple Valley Reporter
Vine Maple Place opens new resource center
Elder abuse cases are on the rise in Washington

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County deputy charged with assault to be fired, sheriff says
A Parkland coffee shop owner was targeted by racism. So the community fought back

New York Times
Trump Says Cohen Failed Him as His Lawyer and Blames Him for Campaign Finance Violations
The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules

Olympian (subscription required)
Settlement approved in Washington state mental health case
States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales
‘Dirty deeds’: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

Puget Sound Business Journal
Aerospace group tries to fix Washington’s talent shortage with a new job fair

Redmond Reporter
Elder abuse cases are on the rise in Washington

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Spokane astronaut Anne McClain in space: ‘I am finally where I was born to be’
Join us: Meet the leaders who ended orca captures in Washington state
The orca and the orca catcher: How a generation of killer whales was taken from Puget Sound
No, teenagers are not lazy for sleeping in — and a new Seattle school policy is helping them get the shut-eye they need
Teen in police custody after report of gun at Issaquah High School
Editorial: Invest in programs that boost high school graduation
Opinion: The Burke-Gilman missing link: Real vs. alternative facts

Spokesman Review
Inslee proposes major spending boost, new capital gains tax
House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump’s desk

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Other elected officials comply with public records laws. Washington state legislators should figure it out

USA Today
Trump’s pledge to make Mexico pay for border wall may cost US taxpayers billions of dollars or cause government shutdown

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Fire commissioners approve $5.4 million budget for 2019

Washington Post
Russian Maria Butina pleads guilty in effort to forge Kremlin bond with U.S. conservatives
Trump’s ultimatum on border wall boxes in fellow Republicans
Trump claims ‘money we save’ from trade deal means ‘Mexico is paying’ for border wall
Publisher of the National Enquirer admits to hush-money payments made on Trump’s behalf
Trump denies directing Michael Cohen to break the law to buy the silence of Playboy playmate and porn star
Why does Trump insult some female journalists? Equality, Sarah Sanders says.
In farewell, Hatch calls on religious conservatives to find common ground with LGBT community
FBI plans ‘Rapid DNA’ network for quick database checks on arrestees
Southern Baptist Convention’s flagship seminary details its racist, slave-owning past in stark report
A man-made war paid for by women and children

Wenatchee World
Confluence boosts minimum wage to $15 an hour
Housing crisis | Wenatchee adds apartments; more on the way

Yakima Herald Republic
Farm Bill should help Yakima Valley’s tree fruit industry
After 2017 jump, new HIV cases in Yakima drop down
Editorial: State funding needed to continue work to contain river flooding


Seattle’s SR 99 tunnel designed to withstand major earthquakes
Fast ferry service between Tacoma and Seattle ‘feasible,’ study says
Allen Institute launches new immunology division with $125M from Paul Allen
Sequim woman using fashion to fight human trafficking

New allegations of sexual abuse at Tacoma boys’ home

Phoenix Suns owner threatens to move NBA team to Seattle
Bellingham expands homeless outreach with portable showers

Gov. Inslee to speak at orca rally in Olympia following budget announcement
Later start time helps Seattle high schoolers sleep more, study shows
‘Convince Us If You’re For Real’: Lawmakers Reopen I-5 Bridge Talks (Cleveland)

In one year, more than a million Washingtonians got unnecessary medical treatment
This pesticide poisons kids, but it’s still sprayed on local orchards — including Christmas trees

NW Public Radio
Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests
Arctic Report Card Documents ‘Cascading Effects’ Of Warming Ocean Temperatures

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘It’s either life or death right now:’ Local father educates families on dangers of fentanyl


Biblical war ‘manifesto’ author, lawmaker faces finance trouble
UW testing male birth control on group of Seattle-area couples
New bill makes it easier to kill sea lions, but can it save local orcas?
Fast ferry from Tacoma to Seattle could be reality by 2022

5 Things to Know About the University of Washington Master Plan

Seattle P.I.
‘Year of the Orca’ — Inslee to unveil Orca whale recovery steps

Congress Passes Farm Bill, Including Hemp Legalization Measure
Methane Leaks Plague Natural Gas Facilities—Why Are They So Underreported?

Wednesday, December 12


Associated Press
Washington state combats collisions with new wildlife bridge
Washington asks court to stop Trump from reviving coal sales
Gov. Inslee proposes plans to fix mental health
Coyote is among the first animals to use new I-90 wildlife bridge
Scuba gear company fined $197K over dumped lead, arsenic
State will fight feds over Hanford worker compensation

Aberdeen Daily World
Winkelman urges Hoquiam council to reconsider GGHI funding

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
U.S. government sues state over sick Hanford worker law (Keiser)

Washington and Oregon lawmakers return to Interstate Bridge talks, with thanks and questions (Cleveland)
In Our View: Make State Primary Player (election date)
Vancouver Public Schools support staff push for contract

The Daily News
R.A. Long administrator named state’s assistant principal of the year

Everett Herald (subscription required)
They want people to remember what happened on Highway 530
Judge reverses Frognal order, says logging can move ahead

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Major funding advances for restoration projects in Hood Canal region

News Tribune (subscription required)
Lacey scuba gear business fined $197,000 for dumping hazardous waste in toilet, storm drain
Fast ferry service from Tacoma to Seattle might be possible, study says
Washington governor proposes plans to fix mental health

New York Times
Marriott Data Breach Is Traced to Chinese Hackers as U.S. Readies Crackdown on Beijing

Olympian (subscription required)
Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison
U.S. government sues state over sick Hanford worker law

Puget Sound Business Journal
Marriott breach traced to Chinese hackers; U.S. plans response
Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, testifies on Capitol Hill

Seattle Times (subscription required)
WaPo: Trump said he thinks ‘the people would revolt’ if he were impeached
Inslee unveils $675 million plan to reverse crisis in Washington’s mental-health system
Traffic in Seattle, 2017: Fewer cars, bicyclists and walkers; more transit riders and carpoolers
More effective than condoms? Seattle-area couples test new birth control for men
Federal judge expands his inquiry into overturning of Seattle police officer’s firing
‘I’m not really ashamed of who I am anymore’: Eastside kids get counseling and support as anxiety is on the rise
Federal judge expands his inquiry into overturning of Seattle police officer’s firing
Westneat: Whose stadium is it? They tell us it’s ours, only not when it comes to selling the big money name
Editorials: Bellevue’s GIX grad school is a smart U.S.-China educational partnership
Opinion: Yes to whale-watching moratorium: Cut the engine noise, save the orcas
Opinion: No to whale-watching moratorium: Done responsibly, it can help our orcas survive

Spokesman Review
Spokane joins statewide group to increase teen homeless services (Riccelli)
Spokane County commissioners open union contract negotiations to the public
Cheney marijuana grower scrutinized for failed bacterial test amid legal tussle over ownership

Tri-City Herald
U.S.government sues state over sick Hanford worker law (Keiser)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Lawmakers must do public’s business in open

Washington Post
Michael Cohen sentenced to three years in prison for crimes committed while working for Trump
‘This has spiraled downward’: Democrats introduce Trump to divided government
Gun control group claims victory at ballot box, in statehouses
China to revise plan for global technology dominance

Yakima Herald Republic
Driving on the pass without chains? You could be fined
Editorial: Legislators: plastic bags need to go (Peterson,Ranker)


Alaskan Way Viaduct coming down 30 years after earthquake warning
After investigation, Eastside housing program may audit hundreds of homes
Governor, AG vow to fight Feds’ suit to repeal Hanford sick worker law (Keiser)

Washington State Ferries plans to rework schedule in Vashon Island run
Inslee emphasizes community care in new mental health budget
Fast ferry from Tacoma to Seattle could be reality by 2022

Business owners say they weren’t told about new, nearby homeless shelter opening
King County Prosecutor: it’s time to modernize how sexual assault cases are prosecuted

Lawmakers still awaiting answers on ICE detainee’s death in Tacoma
Judge orders Olympia to stop allowing people into sanctioned homeless camp
Bill To Allow Killing Sea Lions To Help Salmon Heads To Trump’s Desk
3 Oregon Men Face Hate Crime Charges For Alleged Beating Of Black DJ
Inside Inslee’s proposed budget: A new, 500-bed mental hospital to replace Western State
Analysis: Gov. Inslee begins roll-out of proposed two-year budget

Bold or tired? Inslee climate policy aims at decade-old goal
Mayors And Governors Rebut Trump Administration Position At Climate Summit
America’s Growing Cop Shortage
Inside Inslee’s proposed budget: A new, 500-bed mental hospital to replace Western State

NW Public Radio
Inside Jay Inslee’s Proposed Budget: A New, 500-Bed Mental Hospital To Replace Western State
Farm Bill Compromise Reached With SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle launches on-demand van service ahead of viaduct closure
New homeless tent city on hold after Olympia business owners say city violated law
It looks like it’s getting safer to ride your bike in Seattle


In surprise turn, Mayor’s pick to lead HR department bows out
Rectifying Seattle’s racist past requires a denser future, says report
Opinion: Let’s make sure Orcas get what they need from us
As Seattle’s traffic doom looms, some see a silver lining

Seattle P.I.
Feds’ suit against Hanford law ‘a depraved action’ — Inslee
The Inslee ‘Leap Forward’ — Clean power, no coal, electric cars and ferries

Half of Washington State Schools Receive Poor Ratings on Free Speech

Tuesday, December 11


Associated Press
Inslee wants 100% clean energy in Washington by 2045
Judge refuses to dismiss wage effort at immigration jail
Environmental groups to sue over offshore drilling tests
Mariners finalize 25-year lease to remain in Seattle
Idaho tax revenues continue to fall short, creating ‘unusual’ challenge for lawmakers
Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules
Trump plan to reclassify nuke waste alarms environmentalists

Aberdeen Daily World
Not just any run-of-the-mill story: One Harbor museum helps another
Public documents give offer details in scrapped TRL plan
Aberdeen’s city administrator hiring pushed back in proposed budget
Oped: Where Republicans, Democrats stand heading into 2019
Oped: Thinking big about protection from a tsunami

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Homeless mitigation site opens in downtown Olympia
Judge grants restraining order on homeless camp, but says those already there can stay
State cannabis sellers want the Legislature to allow broader CBD sales and make other reforms 

The Daily News
Cowlitz to get $1 million for salmon recovery projects

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Police: White supremacists beat black DJ in Lynnwood bar
Spawning salmon have one less barrier in an urban creek
Localman with arsenal allegedly fantasized mass killing
Editorial:Ban sale of high-capacity firearm magazines

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan County has state’s highest voter turnout
Apply to join board of electric co-op OPALCO

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
One-vote discrepancy in 26th District Senate race questioned by Secretary of State

Maple Valley Reporter
Historic high-turnout midterm election|Secretary of State

New York Times
Trump Vows to Shut Down Government if Border Wall Is Not Funded
Criminal Justice Bill Will Go Up for a Vote, McConnell Says
Trump Claims Progress With China as Negotiators Talk Trade
Trump Prepares to Unveil a Vast Reworking of Clean Water Protections
Trump Team Pushes Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks. Protests Erupt, but Allies Emerge, Too.

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Woman alleges sexual harassment, says Washington State Bar Association didn’t hold board exec accountable
Electric ferries, no more coal power: After carbon-fee defeat, Inslee rolls out clean-energy proposals
Highway 99 tunnel Q&A: what it means for bus routes, detours and tsunamis
Seattle approves new office to help city employees with workplace harassment, discrimination
Seattle City Council approves plan for UW to build 6 million square feet, add high-rise district
Opinion: Transgender troops are critical to military readiness
Editorial: Manweller must proceed with resignation

Snoqualmie-Valley Record
National report outlines climate change’s course for the Northwest

Tri-City Herald
State cannabis sellers want the Legislature to allow broader CBD sales and make other reforms
Guest Opinion: Civil rights must be protected
Guest Opinion: Arlene’s Flowers case no way to settle disputes

USA Today
In remarkable public exchange, Trump argues with Pelosi, Schumer about border wall funding
In major shift, Mitch McConnell announces the Senate will vote on criminal justice reform bill

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Plan to shut nuclear waste plant concerning

Washington Post
Trump administration to condemn China over hacking and economic espionage, escalating tensions between superpowers
Across five tweets, Trump makes a meandering case for border wall funding
The Arctic is in even worse shape than you realize
Google is now in the congressional spotlight as CEO Sundar Pichai testifies on Capitol Hill
Congress’s $867 billion farm bill is out. Here’s what’s in it.
The Finance 202: China sends warning to U.S. businesses with iPhone ban
Americans are more worried about their financial futures now than at any other time in the Trump era
Administration’s permits to harm marine animals during oil and gas exploration face a court fight
Opinion: We are former senators. The Senate has long stood in defense of democracy — and must again.

Whidbey News-Times
Editorial: It’s time to say goodbye to one-use plastic bags

Yakima Herald Republic
Groups reach out to help veterans in need with housing, employment and more
Editorial: Continued support for TRiO program needed to aid low-income students


One month from today, Seattle’s viaduct will close and commuting will be more difficult
Controversial 25-year Mariners lease approved; new stadium name next
FBI investigating Lynnwood bar fight linked to Whidbey Island neo-Nazis
Follow chain-up requirements on Snoqualmie Pass or face a $500 fine

Judge puts temporary stop to new city sanctioned homeless camp the day it opens

Gov. Jay Inslee unveils ambitious legislative climate package (Carlyle)
Northwest entrepreneurs cheer on provision to legalize hemp in Farm Bill

Federal government sues Washington state over law to help sick Hanford workers
For King County cops, pointing a weapon at someone will soon be considered ‘use of force,’ settlement says
‘Time’ Person Of The Year For 2018: Journalists Under Attack In ‘War On Truth’  
Farm Bill Compromise Reached With SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In
Will the Viaduct shutdown allow you to work from home?
“Critical” food-safety violations at 12 Seattle public schools’ cafeterias

NW Public Radio
Taking Carbon Out Of The Air And Reusing It: Company Aims To Address Climate

Q13 TV (Fox)
Investigators say suspects in DJ assault are ‘self-professed members of neo-Nazi skinhead group’
NOAA: 12 sea lions now confirmed shot in Puget Sound


Gov. Inslee calls for electric cars, high speed rail, but no climate tax (Carlyle)
Scientists help hatchery salmon find the sweet smell of home

Gov. Inslee’s new climate plan nixes coal power by 2025
Seattle Council creates office for reporting sexual harassment

Seattle P.I.
Inslee, Ferguson, Durkan on Trump immigration rule: This is not America
Study: Seattleites rank among the best in the country for ‘wallet fitness’
Jayapal back from Tijuana, ready to tackle Trump on immigration

Facebook’s Attempt at Regulating Itself Isn’t Good Enough, Attorney General Says
Inslee’s 2019 Climate Plan Won’t Include Carbon Pricing (Tarleton, Carlyle)
Study Connects Climate Change to Mass Extinction While Trump Promotes Fossil Fuels at Climate Conference

Monday, December 10


Associated Press
Task force: Legislature should be more transparent
Majority of UN nations back migration deal; United States doesn’t
Spokane police clear city hall homeless encampment
Cougar kills 8 alpacas just northwest of Spokane
Everett joins other cities in banning plastic bags

Aberdeen Daily World
More ‘airy’ layout awaits patrons as Hoquiam Library reopens
O.S. visitor center moving out of convention center
Oped: DNR needs to balance habitat protection and trust duties

Bellingham Herald(subscription required)
Some affordable housing in Bellingham is being sold. Here’s how that’s a good thing
ATF says Kingdom Hall fire near Lacey was arson
Bells at the Capitol ring in the Christmas season throughout the Rotunda
Suffragist spirit: Governor’s Mansion Tours in January to include history lesson
How crews plan to pulverize the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Oregon to join in Interstate 5 Bridge replacement talks (Cleveland)
In Our View: Save the Killer Whales
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers (I-5 bridge)

The Daily News
States to resume talks about replacing Interstate 5 Bridge (Cleveland,Hobbs, Wylie)

Everett Herald(subscription required)
AG angered at absence of gun magazine limit in new report
Wildfires risk expected to increase on Washington’s westside
Bothell awarded more than $4.5 million for roads, trails
With $10M, EvCC would boost parking for new learning center

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way Council approves 2019-2020 budget

Journal of the San Juan Islands
State to adopt transportation plan, discuss autonomous vehicles
Fentanyl deaths increase in Washington state
San Juan County Real Estate Excise Tax collection starts Dec. 27

Kirkland Reporter
Inslee visits LWTech students in Kirkland

Kitsap Sun(subscription required)
Officials question effectiveness, ethics of Kitsap’s syringe exchange program
South Kitsap school superintendent to retire
Randall wins in 26th Senate race recount
Column: We can save lives from overdose — but maybe not at this cost

News Tribune (subscriptionrequired)
ATF says Kingdom Hall fire near Lacey was arson
Business owners seek restraining order to stop Olympia’s city-sanctioned homeless camp

New York Times
U.S.-China Friction Threatens to Undercut the Fight Against Climate Change
Wall St. Ignored Signs of Trouble for Months. Now It Sees Risks Everywhere.
Done With Michael Cohen, Federal Prosecutors Shift Focus to Trump Family Business
Nick Ayers, Aide to Pence, Declines Offer to Be Trump’s Chief of Staff
Shutdown Looms and Priorities Stack Up as Congress Races Toward Session’s End
A Cold War Arms Treaty Is Unraveling. But the Problem Is Much Bigger.

Olympian(subscription required)
Suffragist spirit: Governor’s Mansion Tours in January to include history lesson
Olympia’s crisis response team coming in January: ‘Our goal is to divert people from jail’

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County commissioners approve letter to Department of Natural Resources

Puget Sound BusinessJournal
Your apps know where you were last night, and they’re not keeping it secret
US retailers shake up supply chains as tariffs bite
Google plans to keep Fremont office after massive South Lake Union campus is built

Redmond Reporter
Redmond woman tied to ‘sham’ charity scheme
Council’s redevelopment plans jeopardize businesses in southeast Redmond

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘You should get on a waiting list’: Seattle’s child-care crunch takes toll on parents, providers
Seattle delays $200M tax on downtown-property owners as waterfront talks continue
Big switch in Seattle homebuying: from most to fewest bidding wars in the country
Hate watchdog group says man arrested in Lynnwood tavern melee linked to white-supremacist group
Shootings are contagious: Prosecutors study King County gun violence from a public-health angle
Fort Lawton low-income housing project moves forward — and more Magnolia neighbors are on board
FYI Guy: Seattle zoning’s urban-suburban divide: Here’s how the city’s two halves are changing
Editorial: Community colleges need budget love to train future workforce
Opinion: Eliminating hate is everyone’s responsibility
Opinion: Climate change is killing our patients

Spokesman Review
Spin Control: Task force sends Legislature its thoughts on open records
Getting There: Near completion but yet unfinished, two major street projects go to rest for the winter
Farmers, state watching for signs export markets will reopen

USA Today
Supreme Court won’t consider state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood
President Trump defends payments to women as ‘private transaction’
Reforming America’s criminal justice system: What you need to know

Washington Post
Supreme Court declines to review rulings that blocked efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding
Domestic slayings: Brutal and foreseeable
Investigation of generic ‘cartel’ expands to 300 drugs
The Energy 202: Trump ‘opened the door’ for climate skeptics to attend U.N. talks,environmentalists lament
What’s happening in Poland right now to fix climate change — and why you should be paying attention
The Finance 202: U.S.-China trade standoff means no reprieve for rattled investors
Opinion: The Trump administration says it will walk away from a nuclear treaty. Then what?
Opinion: Are Republicans abandoning democracy?

Whidbey News-Times
Council reduces stability fund
Commissioners ink $103.8 million ‘status quo’ budget
City jail contract proposal delayed

Yakima Herald Republic
Ag workers turn to OIC to find new and better jobs
Advocacy group offers support to families dealing with mental illnesses


Jefferson Public Radio
Lawmakers From Oregon And Washington To Discuss Replacing Interstate 5 Bridge (Cleveland, Hobbs, Wylie)

KATU (Portland)
Lawmakers on both sides of Columbia agree to talk about new Interstate Bridge (Cleveland)

Seattle homes attract fewer multiple bids as market cools
SeaTac council member killed in car crash was ‘a positive force’

City of Olympia to open its first city-sanctioned homeless encampment on Monday

Sexual harassment workgroup recommends new independent office to investigate misconduct (Macri)
Analysis: Legislative workgroup releases recommendations aimed at addressing sexual misconduct
Opportunity Scholarship aims to prepare local students for high-paying jobs
Upcoming viaduct closure will cause massive traffic congestion
Meet the Ricky behind “Ricky’s Law” — and the Lauren who always stood behind him (Davis)
Pushed away by their birth families, many LGBTQ people build ‘chosen families’
How a daycare worker became one woman’s other mother
Arson and hate crime suspected in latest attack on Jehovah’s Witnesses near Olympia

Exclusive: Ed Department To Erase Debts Of Teachers, Fix Troubled Grant Program
More Salt, Fewer Whole Grains: USDA Eases School Lunch Nutrition Rules
What The Ebbs And Flows Of The KKK Can Tell Us About White Supremacy Today

NW Public Radio

Olympia Harassment: Workgroup Recommends New Office To Investigate Misconduct In Legislature (Macri)
West Coast Fishing And Crabbing Groups Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Role In Climate Change


Seattle port employee is latest West Coast dockworker to claim pregnancy discrimination
Recent stumbles show Seattle struggles to maintain affordable housing
Opinion: The political perils of carbon taxes, in Paris and Olympia

Seattle P.I.
The most drastic changes Seattle has seen in the past 10 years

Motorcyclist Wins $65,000 Settlement After King County Deputy Pulls Gun on Him