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  • 7 Washington VA hospitals flagged for wait times, other issues

    SEATTLE — The Veterans Health Administration on Monday released preliminary results of a system-wide audit of VA facilities in Washington state, flagging  seven hospitals as needing further review. Those include: VA Puget Sound Seattle, VA Puget Sound American Lake Division, Walla Walla VAMC, Spokane, Portland VAMC Vancouver, South Sound CBOC Chehalis, Wenatchee CBOC. In addition, the audit found average wait times for patients at VA Puget Sound.  Only 5% of existing patients waited longer than 30 days to be seen, […]

  • At SPU prayer vigil, student says of shooting: ‘I want to know why’

    SEATTLE — Students and staff at Seattle Pacific University gathered at the First Free United Methodist Church on campus Friday at noon for a prayer vigil to begin processing the tragedy that took place the day before. “It’s hard to think about and process. I prayed a lot last night. It’s something I want to understand and I don’t think you ever will,” said Bri Gavanaugh. The SPU family, along with Mayor Ed Murray, came together in the heart of […]

  • Police chief nominee tells City Council: Some officers ‘demoralized at this point’

      SEATTLE — During a Seattle City Council confirmation hearing, Seattle Police Chief-nominee Kathleen O’Toole said she has many objectives if hired, one being restoring pride within the department. “Unfortunately, there will always be a share of bad apples, but I met some wonderful people who are demoralized at this point but looking for leadership and light at the end of the tunnel,” said O’Toole. “It’s a matter of earning trust and I hopefully will be able to do that […]

  • Seattle City Council questions police chief nominee

    SEATTLE — Seattle City Council members are about to ask SPD Chief nominee Kathleen O’Toole a series of questions listed below in her first confirmation hearing. This story will be updated with her responses and more following the hearing.  These are the questions asked of O’Toole. 1)      What do you consider the biggest opportunities and challenges facing SPD in the next 3 years? How would you propose addressing these challenges 2)      Why do you want to be the Chief of […]

  • Subway franchisee on wage hikes: ‘I don’t know how I’m going to do it in Seattle’

      SEATTLE — In 2003, Matt Hollek bought a Subway franchise in Ballard. In exchange for using the corporate name, Hollek pays a royalty to Subway, plus funds his own payroll, rent, insurance and food costs. Even though Hollek only has eight employees, his shop is considered a big business under Seattle’s new minimum wage law. That means he has only three years to phase in $15 an hour versus seven years for ‘small’ businesses with fewer than 500 employees. […]

  • Franchise owners set to discuss lawsuit after minimum wage hike passes

    SEATTLE — The International Franchise Association (IFA) plans to discuss what they call unfair and discriminatory rules tied to the Seattle minimum wage hike. Non-franchise businesses with less than 500 employees have seven years to meet the new standard, while those with more than 500 employees have three years. Franchises – no matter the employee count – have only three years, even if a franchisee owns only one store employing a few workers. Local Subway owner David Jones says it’s […]

  • Franchise owners not happy with Seattle’s minimum wage proposal

    SEATTLE — Chuck Stempler is the franchisee of Alpha Graphics in Seattle.  He has 2 locations downtown, and other print shops in Lynnwood, Renton and Bellevue.  Stempler feels the $15 an hour minimum wage the City Council is expected to vote and approve Monday is not fair to franchise owners like himself. “The issue concerning us and all franchise businesses is the arbitrary and discriminatory decision to treat us as if we’re all large companies meaning 500+ employees when we’re […]

  • Sen. Murray: VA system needs change now, not another report

    SEATTLE — While Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., did not call for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down, she said the change was necessary for the VA to move forward and make system-wide changes to improve timely medical care for vets. “I can tell you from being right here in Washington state, we have had problems here,” Murray said Friday. “I spend a lot of time advocating for veterans who call me and say, ‘I was told I’d get […]

  • Residents upset at another leadership change at SPD South Precinct

    SEATTLE — For the past two weeks in South Seattle, residents have said they feel like they’re under siege. “From our backyard we can see the flashing from whatever automatic gun they’re deciding to use,” said Aaricka Ludgood. There have been 10 shootings since May 13 and a body found in a shopping cart. It’s personal for Louis Watanabe. He lives in Beacon Hill, is running for state Senate and his campaign director’s cousin was one of the shooting victims. […]

  • Witnesses heard ‘blood-curdling’ screams when drunk man allegedly drove into pedestrians

    BELLINGHAM- One person is dead and three others injured after a suspected drunk driver ran into them after losing control of his truck early Monday morning, Bellingham police said. According to police, 27-year-old Dustin F. Brown was drunk when he plowed through a chain barrier around 1:40 a.m. near the intersection of North State Street and East Chestnut Street with a large pick-up truck. Brown then struck four pedestrians, police said. A 37-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the […]

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