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  • Wind ‘speed limit’ on I-90 bridge confuses drivers

    MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — Any day on I-90 can be an adventure of sorts. The day after a major closure due to high winds, well, that’s a different story. “I would say it`s kind of hellish,” said Sarah Wang, a Mercer Island resident who uses the floating bridge highway to get to work. The bridge was closed Sunday after winds reached into the 40 mph range and waves crested at 2 feet. I-90 is normally graded as safe for north […]

  • Bill in Olympia would give more time for school counselors to help kids in crisis

    OLYMPIA, Wash. –It was a moment of quiet between floor sessions Thursday for state Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self. But she says it’s a moment we can’t waste. “It hits real close to home,” she said. The pain of watching Wednesday’s news unfold put the Mukilteo Democrat in a painful position. The Parkland, Florida, shooting took place near where she grew up as a child. Now she counsels kids at schools when she isn’t in Olympia. “There’s an increase of suicide attempts, […]

  • Local food bank calls Trump’s proposed change to food stamp program ‘offensive, shameful’

    WHITE CENTER, Wash. —  Even on an off-day, the White Center Food Bank doesn’t stop. It has just been too busy for too long. “Starting at the beginning of the recession, it turned into you, me, and anybody,” said Director of Operations John Carney. He says the news headlines out of the White House proposing a change to food stamps, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and WIC (Women, Infants, Children) is “a bombshell.” “It’s offensive in the extreme,” he said. It’s […]

  • Seattle mayor, city attorney want to set aside misdemeanor pot convictions

    SEATTLE — It’s a move that could change the lives of hundreds of people facing fines and potential jail time. The city of Seattle is hoping to wipe away up to 600 convictions for marijuana possession. For years, city leaders have said marijuana crimes are the lowest priority. But some still do get prosecuted. Setting those convictions aside could be a new lifeline and second chance—because now—marijuana’s all perfectly legal. “We believe justice should not wait,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said […]

  • Construction hopes here hinge on congressional, presidential action

    KENT, Wash. — They are promises that can’t possibly be water under the bridge. Because the bridges need repairs all across Washington. A new study (https://artbabridgereport.org/) by the road construction group American Road & Transportation Builders Association ranks states by how structurally sound their bridges are. Washington is in the middle of the pack. But nearly 5 percent of all bridges in the state are in serious need of repair. The study found one of those is the bridge over […]

  • Washington Legislature opens 2018 session

    Washington lawmakers return to the Capitol for a 60-day legislative session, tasked with passing a supplemental budget and expediting the final piece of an education funding mandate.

  • Seattle’s sugary drink tax may help health, but it’s frustrating buyers

    This week stores and restaurants across the city have grappled with how to handle the new tax that went into effect Monday.

  • State sues Motel 6, alleging it hands over guest registries to ICE agents

    Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against Motel 6, saying the budget motel chain is voluntarily handing its guest registries to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

  • Washington marijuana businesses making push into California

    SEATTLE — Legalization of recreational marijuana in California began on New Year’s Day and it is bringing pot, CBD oil, and baked edibles to a new market. But are they baked goods — or goods that get you baked? Jody Hall is happy either way. “I call our customer the ‘cannabis curious,’ and I call them the ‘Welcome Back Potters.'” And she knows of what she speaks. Her line of marijuana-infused edibles “Goodship” are a new brand from her other success: […]

  • Strange chemical attack causes $300,000 in damage at Seattle car dealership

    SEATTLE — A Seattle car dealership was hit by vandals in a strange drive-by attack caught on camera, and it’s not the first time. Wild West Cars on Lake City Way is cleaning up after the New Year’s Eve attack. It’s the sixth bout of vandalism they’ve dealt with in recent years. In this incident, $300,000 in damage was caused in just 30 seconds. A destructive chemical corroded more than a dozen of their cars. The chemical is generally used […]