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Thursday, July 12, 2018


Associated Press 
US says all eligible youngest children, families reunited
Lawmakers battle over migrants crossing border illegally
Detained mothers beginning to be released in Washington
States brace for abortion fights after Kavanaugh nomination 
The Daily News 
Hop acreage in U.S., Wash. still growing, but at slower pace (Via Yakima Herald Republic)
Editorial: Efforts to further strengthen state election security is welcome (Via Walla Walla Union Bulletin)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Does Washington need a ‘surgeon general’s warning’ for guns?
Providence nurses get raises and a reply on staffing concern

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pride festival leaders to white supremacists: We’ve got a message for you
Long planned, now locked in. Pierce Transit finalizes $150 million rapid bus line

New York Times 
Op-ed: Hurricane Maria Killed Our Loved Ones. We Want Closure.
Op-ed: The Chart That Shows the Supreme Court Will Be Out of Step With the Country
Op-ed: $111 Billion in Tax Cuts for the Top 1 Percent

Olympian (subscription required)
Event at Capitol will honor Evergreen State Platoon with rifle salute

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Op-Ed: What Chinese tariffs mean to a geoduck clam farmer
Cupp: Trump sets his sights on dismantling #MeToo 
Westneat: On the streets of Seattle, feels like the fight for Roe is already lost

USA Today
Parent and child separated for months ‘might be U.S. citizens,’ immigration officials say
Secret Service urges U.S. schools to set up ‘threat teams’ to prevent shootings

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Senate’s role is to confirm justices, not select them

Washington Post 
Trump voters hit hard by tariffs are standing by him — for now
Trump’s trade war has started. Who’s been helped and who’s been hurt?
57 of 103 young migrant children have reunited with parents, Trump administration says
Op-Ed: I’m an activist for Asian Americans. I support affirmative action.
Column: Drop the euphemisms around affirmative action
Column: Wages aren’t rising. These theories could explain why.

Whidbey News-Times 
Letter: Local well contamination should be a concern for all

Yakima Herald Republic 
Yakima airport wins wildlife award from U.S. Department of Agriculture
Former Wapato mayor files restraining order against current mayor
Nearly $600,000 in new money coming to Yakima County budget


Migrant mom released from Washington detention facility: ‘It’s time to return our kids’
Western State employee misconduct cases spark concern
Relief coming to thousands of fast-food workers nationwide

New report reveals data breaches in Washington nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017

‘There are Nazis in our neighborhood:’ New billboard in Tacoma draws attention

Washington School Districts And Employees Bargain Over Additional State Funds
Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans’ Trust In Local News

Needle exchange, youth shelter to be displaced as U-District church torn down
Citizenship Question Controversy Complicating Census 2020 Work, Bureau Director Says

NW Public Radio 
Washington Lawmaker Pays $35K For Child Care, Vows Help For Other Parents (Reeves)

Q13 TV (Fox) 
First look at updated plans for new arena at Seattle Center (PHOTOS)
Tacoma billboard warns of Nazi neighbors
Small Seattle distillery says tariffs have already put an end to its exporting, hiring plans


After dramatic week, Seattle gets to meet its police chief candidates
Asylum seeker released from Northwest Detention Center — but still separated from son 
What does ‘safe storage’ mean under Seattle’s new gun regulation?
Wildfire danger increases as Northwest’s ‘real summer’ begins

Asylum Seeker in Seattle Suing ICE Demands Her Son Back

Freed Immigrant Mother Still Doesn’t Know When She’ll See Her Son Again

Wednesday, July 11


Associated Press
NTSB quizzes officials on deadly Washington train wreck
Trump pardon of Oregon ranchers sparks concern, jubilation
Seattle’s first tiny house village for homeless women opens
Flynn ‘eager’ for sentencing in lying case, attorney says
China vows retaliation for $200 billion US tariff threat

Aberdeen Daily World
Conservation grants totaling more than $1 million sought for four Hoquiam projects
$19.9 million dune project nearly under way on Willapa Bay
Letter: A primer on the Thousand Points of Light

Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge council considers ballot measure to pay for new sidewalks, trails and other roadside improvements
Gov. Inslee notes concerns over Trump’s Supreme Court pick
Sen. Murray vows to oppose Supreme Court pick

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Best park in Washington? Yeah, it’s in Tacoma, according to MONEY magazine

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Lawyer moms, community protest immigration issues at Reichert’s office

Journal of the San Juan Islands
State revokes certification of former detective
Trans Mountain Pipeline solution | Letter

Kirkland Reporter
Barrier that protects Eastside water to be repaired

News Tribune (subscription required)
Protesters press Tacoma City Council to take action against ICE detention center

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia’s planning commission OKs ‘missing middle’ housing changes

Puget Sound Business Journal
Commission reinstates former Swedish neurosurgeon Dr. Johnny Delashaw’s medical license
Microsoft cuts sales jobs with layoffs

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Westneat: On the streets of Seattle, feels like the fight for Roe is already lost
U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Adam Smith aim to abolish ICE, restructure immigration enforcement
Former Swedish surgeon Johnny Delashaw gets his license back, with restrictions
Opinion: Safeco Field lease a smart investment for Mariners, fans and Seattle

Spokesman Review
Spokane Valley residents express disapproval of City Council members’ removal of peer from committees
Battle lines being drawn over idea to move Vietnam memorial from Riverfront Park
Proposed reduction in hours at Eastern Washington border crossing sparks concern
GOP lawmakers want state to change provisions for union dues

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Gun safety coalition seeks to begin dialogue at festival
Neighborcare’s school clinic surpasses first-year goals

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Efforts to further strengthen state election security is welcome

Washington Post
After a tirade against allies, Trump pushes for NATO countries to raise defense spending to 4 percent of GDP
The Russian pipeline to Germany that Trump is so mad about, explained

Wenatchee World
Wenatchee after-school program gets funding boost
Okanogan County jobless rate drops to 6.3 percent
Grant county jobless rate rises

Whidbey News-Times
Businessman shares his story of homelessness
Congressman questions Navy Growler plan
Langley’s police chief fired

Yakima Herald Republic
This educator says she tried to stick up for students with special needs, and that got her fired
Hop acreage in U.S., Washington still growing, but at slower pace
Local businesses and organizations recognized for veteran-hiring efforts


People with disabilities concerned about Seattle’s ban on plastic straws
‘We have a climate emergency’: Former NW EPA chief skeptical of future
Engineer in deadly Amtrak crash had no experience on new locomotive
New all-female tiny home village opens

Seattle’s first tiny house village for homeless women to open on Wednesday

Hearing On Amtrak Derailment Focuses On Responsibility

How risky is it to swim in Washington lakes?
Feds Plan To Decrease Hours At Northeastern Washington Border Crossing
Electricity will cost more in Seattle next year
Seattle law now requires people to lock up their guns—or face the financial consequences

NW Public Radio
Customs And Border Protection Plans To Decrease Hours For Northeastern Washington Crossing
President Trump Pardons Eastern Oregon Ranchers Whose Case Sparked Malheur Refuge Occupation
Washington Scientists Study ‘Singing Fish’ For Ways To Improve Human Hearing

Q13 TV (Fox)
Protesters voice complaints to Tacoma City Council over Northwest Detention Center
Tiny home village for women-only opening in Ballard
Seattle officials say details still pending on council member’s proposal to buy, set up safe injection van
Watchdog group faults King County Sheriff’s Office’s handling of misconduct complaints
NTSB holds hearing on deadly Amtrak train derailment near DuPont

Women only tiny-house village opens in North Seattle

Brief: Set kids up for success from early learning through higher education

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Sen. Murray warns of return to days of ‘back alley’ abortions

Will Tacoma Officials Stand Up to the Private Prison Company Detaining Immigrants in Their Backyard?

Tuesday, July 10


Associated Press
Wildfire in central Washington forces evacuations
Health officials suspect measles case in Washington state
Gun owners required to lock up guns under new Seattle law
Measles case prompts alert in King, Snohomish counties
Trump pardons ranchers in case that inspired 2016 occupation

In Our View: Respect Gun Initiative Call

The Daily News
Speakers praise Bill of Rights, attack government overreach at Longview rally
Starbucks, citing ocean threat, is ditching plastic straws

Everett Herald (subscription required)
On 522, the only thing slower than cars and fish is money  (Palumbo)
Ballot measure would ban local taxes on groceries and soda
Opinion: Commentary: What stinks about Trump’s tariff power grab
Opinion: Harrop: If Roe were overturned, here’s what happens

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan County environmental advocates urge voluntary ditch of plastic straws

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Port Orchard church votes to host a tiny cottage village for homeless
Editorial: The value of Wyman’s independence in gun initiative decision

New York Times
Judge Rejects Long Detentions of Migrant Families, Dealing Trump Another Setback
Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump’s Pick for Supreme Court

Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington’s largest wealth management firm buys into Seattle housing lender
Senators ready for a fight over Kavanaugh
Parkland survivors’ Road to Change tour rolls on
NYT: Brett Kavanaugh is Trump’s pick for Supreme Court

Seattle Times (subscription required)
WaPo: How the battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination is likely to play out
King County moves to allow affordable housing at future Northgate light-rail station
Seattle council approves electricity-rate hikes, directs City Light to rethink rate structure
Seattle police official disputes union claims of large officer exodus
Gun owners face fines up to $10,000 for not locking up their guns under new Seattle law
Spokesman-Review: Spokane police chief against posting full internal investigations, body-camera video online
Opinion: Kicking NATO, hugging Putin

Spokesman Review
Vantage evacuated, I-90 closed in both directions near Columbia River due to wildfire
Spokane police chief opposed to posting full internal investigations, body camera video online
Washington, Idaho senators show deep divide on Supreme Court nomination
Opinion: Gary Abernathy: Changing abortion law won’t change hearts
Opinion: Trudy Rubin: NATO allies fear Trump will kick them, hug Putin

USA Today
Trump administration will miss first deadline to reunify families

Washington Post
A more conservative Supreme Court could step, not lurch, to the right
Trump pardons Oregon cattle ranchers in case that sparked 41-day occupation of national wildlife refuge

Wenatchee World
Cryptocurrency defined: If it looks like Bitcoin…

Whidbey News-Times
What does ‘affordable housing’ mean? Depends whom you ask

Yakima Herald Republic
I-90 closed, town evacuated because of brush fire
Editorial: Strawless in Seattle effort could play well in Yakima, too
Editorial: Answer to teacher shortage? All of the above


Rapid Transit program moving forward in Pierce County
Seattle’s first all-female tiny house village opens Tuesday
The Seattle City Council passed a measure Monday that would raise Seattle City Light bills by 30 percent over the next six years.

Gun-safety law approved by Seattle City Council, up to $10,000 fine for unlocked guns
NTSB hearing to look into deadly Amtrak derailment investigation
Mother of teen killed at Mukilteo house party in 2016 suing shooter and his parents
Mayor Durkan to meet with Seattle Police chief finalists this week

Lawmaker Pays $35K For Child Care, Vows To Make It Cheaper For Other WA Parents (Reeves)
Deepening Drought In Western U.S. Costs Ranchers Money And Heartache

They claim it’s about food. But this initiative is funded by Big Soda
Portland Measles Case May Have Spread Across The Columbia To Vancouver
U.S. Army Is Discharging Immigrant Recruits Who Were Promised Citizenship
Tariffs are hurting Washington’s whiskey industry

Q13 TV (Fox)
Supporters, critics react to Seattle’s gun safety measure
Revive I-5: Part of northbound I-5 in Seattle to be shut down this weekend


Don’t call it a comeback: Condos return to Seattle
Opinion: Jenny Durkan: Seattle’s backpedaling mayor
Gun storage law passes in Seattle
Snohomish County takes deep dive into opioid crisis
I-90 closed, evacuations issued for Eastern Washington wildfire

New Seattle Law Requires Gun Owners to Lock Up Firearms

Seattle P.I.
Wildfire forces evacuation of Vantage and full closure of I-90

Slog AM: Supreme Court Nom Sucks, Thai Soccer Team Saved, Wildfires Close Parts of I-90
Trump Nominates Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Vacant Supreme Court Seat
New Seattle Law Requires Gun Owners to Lock Up Firearms or Face Fines

Monday, July 9


Associated Press
Seattle soda tax raises nearly $1M more than predicted
Utah’s state-funded study of pot’s effects on pain delayed
Washington state beefs up elections cybersecurity
Report: Washington near the top in terms of child health

Aberdeen Daily World
Larson plans to revive city-run museum board

In Our View: Cheers & Jeers (Hanford tank leaks, whale fatalities)

The Daily News
Report: Washington ranks near the top in terms of child health (Spokesman Review)
Risk of big, costly Northwest wildfire season is high (Oregonian)
Cherries, apples, wheat: U.S.-China trade war could wilt growth in Washington farm exports (Seattle Times)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Free Sound Transit parking is getting costlier in Edmonds
Congress, Pentagon step toward allowing far more shoppers on base
Edmonds will consider new law requiring safe storage of guns

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way will buy back property after hotel proposal fails
Federal Way residents to restore historic Hylebos Blueberry Farm Park 

The Inlander
What a trade war, especially one involving China, could mean for the Evergreen State

Kirkland Reporter
Bellevue, Kirkland plan to bring self-driving vanpools to the Eastside

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap housing market starting to show signs of stability after months of ‘frenzy’
Kitsap County unveils draft ordinance to ban drone launching, landing near Navy bases

News Tribune (subscription required)
Why a Tacoma lawmaker — and his accuser — are calling for a better way to investigate misconduct at the Legislature (Sawyer, Springer)
Puyallup to spend $140,000 on homeless outreach project. ‘It takes consistency’
Editorial: Pierce leaders must show guts, declare homeless crisis

New York Times
Health Insurers Warn of Market Turmoil as Trump Suspends Billions in Payments

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Labor unions don’t have to wither or die

Peninsula Daily News
Kilmer: Bill aims to expand broadband access

Puget Sound Business Journal
Some relief for Seattle-area homebuyers as supply of homes rises, prices dip
US banks count on tax cut windfall to boost profits
NYT: Government work done, tax policy writers decamp to lobbying jobs

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘Alarm bell’ over City Light spending as Seattle council considers rate increases
Confirmed measles case in Snohomish County prompts health warning
Rental-aid program for homeless is full in King County
With Russian hacking fresh in mind, Washington state beefs up elections cybersecurity
NYT: U.S. tried to block breast-feeding resolution by World Health Organization
Is Station 31 making Seattle firefighters sick? Study hopes to find answers about ‘Cancer House’
Opinion: Don’t damage our democracy by breaking up big tech
Opinion: Inclusion in daily life can be the legacy of the Special Olympics

Spokesman Review
Yakima Herald-Republic: Heritage, CWU say they won’t abandon race considerations
Yakima Herald-Republic: Study aims to find out if agriculture triggers asthma
Spin Control: Dozens of initiatives won’t make the ballot

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Recent tragedy shows more must be done to curb drunken driving
Editorial: It’s time to bury plan to sell Bonneville Power

Washington Post
Trump’s fight with federal employee unions gets real on Monday

Wenatchee World
REC Chief: closing Moses Lake plant an ‘option’


Major SR 99 repaving project in north Seattle begins Monday
Starbucks to scrap plastic straws globally by 2020
Carmen Best in running for Seattle police chief after finalist withdraws

Night shifts proven to benefit parent-child relationship, UW study says
Seattle PD Interim Chief Best now among final 3 candidates for permanent role

Washington Superintendent’s Office Seeks Applicants For A Dyslexia Advisory Council
Tacoma Lawmaker — And His Accuser — Call For A Better Way To Investigate Misconduct At Legislature

Hello, newer, taller U-District! Goodbye, parking lots
Patients With Chronic Pain Feel Caught In An Opioid Prescribing Debate
Trump Administration Freezes Payments Required By The Affordable Care Act
Amazon still sells racist items despite policy, watchdog groups say

NW Public Radio
China Says U.S. Has Begun ‘Largest Trade War’ In History, Retaliates With Tariffs
Backers Of Washington Gun Control Measure Submit Petitions For Ballot Initiative

Q13 TV (Fox)
Major 2-year SR 99 repaving project begins Monday
Starbucks is eliminating plastic straws from all stores
Interim Police Chief Carmen Best now on list for SPD chief


Seattle school for refugees, immigrants: a dumping ground for problem principal?

Seattle P.I.
Seattle soda tax raises nearly $1 million more than predicted in first 3 months

Slog AM: Trump Supreme Court Pick Coming Up, City Light Rates Going Up, Carmen Best Back in the Running for Police Chief
Can Cannabis Be Used to Treat Depression?

Friday, July 6


Associated Press
Survey: US employers added 177,000 jobs in June
Ag Secretary: Washington farmers won’t bear brunt of trade war
Swinomish tribe sues drug companies over opioid crisis
Spokane County population tops 500,000
Washington hospital is ‘like going into hell’
Voters likely to decide whether to bar local soda taxes
Black Oregon lawmaker: Police called as she knocked on doors
Lawsuit seeks reimbursement for home care worker union dues
EPA’s new chief is former coal lobbyist, Senate staffer
Should cities be banned from taxing soda drinks? Wash. voters may decide

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Spokane County population tops 500,000
Court rejects attempt to keep gun measure off ballot
Swinomish tribe sues drug companies over opioid crisis
Op-ed: Support local news — it’s crucial to our lives and our democracy

The Daily News
Saturday Bill of Rights rally to feature Sheriff Nelson, Rep. Walsh, Joey Gibson
Editorial via The Oregonian: Transparency in the post-Janus age

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Counties aren’t gonna take it any more
Petitions turned in for gun restriction, food tax ban measures

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
State Supreme Court ruling highlights petition requirements

Journal of the San Juan Islands
State changes fishing rules to protect Columbia River Chinook salmon (WDFW)
San Juan County Council looks to fill roughly 50 local board vacancies

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Mason County seeks more beds for planned mental health triage center

Maple Valley Reporter
Summer fire school is in session
Access to opioid addiction medication remains limited in King County
Editorial: Protect jobs at newspapers and paper mills

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Newest Tacoma academy will give students healthy choice

New York Times
76 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump
Trump’s Trade War Against China Is Officially Underway

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County, Makah to ask state to fix Highway 112

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing plans to take over Embraer’s commercial aircraft business with $3.8B investment
How Trump’s policy decisions undermine the industries he pledged to help
Supply is up and sales are down as the housing market becomes more friendly to buyers

Seattle Times (subscription required)
At joyous Seattle ceremony, 498 become U.S. citizens — and consider what’s ahead
Bloomberg: Boeing, Embraer forge $4.75 billion commercial jet venture
News Tribune: White-supremacist posters in Tacoma urge reporting of undocumented residents
New York Times: Ignore race in school admissions, Trump administration says
WaPo: ‘Gag clauses’ mean you might be paying more for prescription drugs than you need to
Puget Sound explorers partied so hard for July 4, 1841, a sailor blew up his hand with a howitzer
Court slaps down attempt to keep gun measure off Washington state ballot; opponents say fight isn’t over
Campaign delivers signature petitions to bar new soft-drink and food taxes in Washington
Market shift? Big spike in Seattle-area homes for sale slows price growth
Audit finds 70 percent of B.C. fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations
Boeing’s Embraer deal is a key strategic play for the future
Three ways you can advocate for students with disabilities and special education in Washington state
Spokesman-Review: Spokane County’s population passes 500,000 mark after strong job growth
Amazon warehouse workers need a union — a heavy lift in today’s America
FYI Guy: Crime rates down in most Seattle neighborhoods — but there’s a big divide between north and south
Opinion: ‘I am grateful that my parents were allowed to come to the United States’: Readers’ immigration stories

Snoqualmie-Valley Record
Safe consumption part 3: The opposite of addiction
The many hurdles from farm to table

Tri-City Herald
Ag secretary visits Tri-Cities as tariffs pile up. Farmers press him for answers and help

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Editorial: Initiative petitions must strictly follow the law

Washington Post
Trump’s trade war with China is finally here — and it won’t be pretty, analysts say
Trump urges quick action on immigration, changing course once again
As Trump’s trade war starts, China vows retaliation
China joins a growing list of countries to brush off Trump’s trade threats
Scott Pruitt’s likely successor has long lobbying history on issues before the EPA
Most Americans oppose key parts of Trump immigration plans, including wall, limits on citizens bringing family to U.S., poll says
Opinion: Trump is set to separate more than 200,000 U.S.-born children from their parents

Vancouver Business Journal
First phase of Portland tolls reaches its conclusion

Yakima Herald Republic
Northwest project asks for your help as bumblebees steadily disappear


Enough signatures collected to put gun measure on November ballot, group says
Bellevue homeless advocates hope for permanent shelter

Tacoma Residents Work To Counter White Nationalist Activity
Former Seattle Schools Chief Nyland On ‘Moral Imperative’ To Close Opportunity Gaps
This College For Adult Learners Is A Refuge, Not Just A Career Boost
Carbon Fee Initiative Has Money, Backing From Powerful Groups

Seattle-area housing prices are rising $5 an hour, every hour, every day
The Other Victims: First Responders To Violent Disasters Often Suffer Alone
Was that consensual? Confronting moments of sexual entitlement
Mayor Jenny Durkan wants to renew education funding while cutting budgets city-wide

NW Public Radio
Study: In Warming Arctic, Increased Sea Vessel Traffic Puts Many Marine Mammals At Risk
Washington Universal Healthcare Ballot Measure Falls Short In Signature Drive

Q13 TV (Fox)
Trade war with China could lead to recession in America, experts warn
The trade war is making 1,300 products more expensive


Civic Skunkworks
Waiting for the free market to raise your wages? Don’t hold your breath.

Seattle’s waterfront tax has support — at least from those who won’t pay it
Is ‘telemedicine’ the future for rural LGBTQ patients?
Self-driving bikes: Seattle’s next transit revolution?
Opinion: How Washington leaders are fighting Trump’s attack on wildlife
State hospital is ‘like going into hell’
Are you prepared for the viaduct closure?
Immigrants ask Gov. Inslee for help on Independence Day
Hand Up Project helps addicts get help and off the streets

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
OP-ED | Congress failed in protecting working families

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Almost 500 new citizens take oath — ‘faces replenishing democracy’
Connelly: EPA’s Pruitt is out, thanked by Trump for ‘outstanding job’
Connelly: Swinomish tribe sues ‘Big Pharma’ for pushing opioids

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