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No appointments needed for vaccine shots at Safeway, Albertsons

Walk-in customers welcome at pharmacies

  • May 5, 2021
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Governor Jay Inslee. Sound Publishing file photo

New laws will tax the rich, offer aid to low-income workers

Inslee signs bill creating capital gains tax; foes are challenging it in court as unconstitutional.

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Remi Frederick, a Village Green employee receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Jan. 26 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

King County positive COVID cases are beginning to fall

The number of positive COVID-19 cases in King County is beginning to fall after a fourth wave began in March. As of May 4, there… Continue reading

Remi Frederick, a Village Green employee receives her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Jan. 26 in Federal Way. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Washington state case count since March 2020. WA Governor's Office

Pandemic pause: King County remains in Phase 3

No Washington state counties will be rolling back their phase under the state’s Roadmap to Recovery plan following an announcement on May 4 by Gov.… Continue reading

Washington state case count since March 2020. WA Governor's Office
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Washington gets mobile earthquake alerts

Washington state will have its own earthquake early warning system on May 4 when ShakeAlert goes live, which could give residents precious seconds to prepare… Continue reading

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Wolf population continues to make a comeback in Washington

The number of wolves in Washington state increased by 22%, marking the 12th year in a row the wolf population has grown, according to a… Continue reading

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Top 10 issues in Washington state’s 2021 legislative session

Democrats used their majorities to muscle through social, economic, environmental and tax policies.

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All fireworks will be illegal in unincorporated King County in 2022

Fireworks will be illegal in unincorporated parts of King County starting in 2022 after the King County Council approved a ban on April 27 with… Continue reading

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Gas pump (Wikimedia Commons)

Democrats weigh marriage of cap-and-trade with gas tax hike

As wrangling over climate change policy continues, a major transportation package is pronounced dead.

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King County prosecutor, council member propose hate crimes task force

County leaders say the proposal will give better resouces to prosecute and investigate hate crimes.

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Local artists wanted to design limited-edition ORCA Cards

Applications due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 5.

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King County residents needed for first respiratory study using Apple watches

UW study to help find if devices can detect early warning signs of acute respiratory infections, such as COVID-19 and flu.

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted in Washington over side effect

Following federal guidance, Washington health care providers are temporarily pausing Johnson & Johnson shots while experts educate hospital systems on how to treat a rare… Continue reading

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High court ruling spurs effort to retool state’s drug laws

Meanwhile, the Blake decision has gotten people out jail, charges dismissed and possibly clemency for some.

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Backed by her family, Kathleen Strickland addresses the protest in front of the Auburn Justice Center on Aug. 6, 2020, and on behalf of her late son, Enos Strickland Jr., pleads for change at the Auburn Police Department. (Sound Publishing file photo)

State Senate OKs restrictions on police tactics and gear

Staff reports The Washington State Senate has approved a measure restricting certain police tactics and gear, including the use of neck restraints and tear gas,… Continue reading

Backed by her family, Kathleen Strickland addresses the protest in front of the Auburn Justice Center on Aug. 6, 2020, and on behalf of her late son, Enos Strickland Jr., pleads for change at the Auburn Police Department. (Sound Publishing file photo)
The Monroe Correctional Complex on April 9, 2020. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Formerly incarcerated people regain right to vote in Washington

Rights restored immediately upon release.

  • Apr 8, 2021
The Monroe Correctional Complex on April 9, 2020. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Salmon update: King County wants cleaner water, more habitat

Salmon and orcas are in the spotlight once again as King County unveils a new strategic plan to rework its approach to protecting water quality… Continue reading

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
This security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders’ Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Image courtesy Cenex gas station

King County Sheriff fires detective who fatally shot Black Diamond man in 2019

Sheriff found deputy’s actions “demonstrated a disregard for the public, (his) partner and (himself)”.

This security footage at the Cenex gas station in Black Diamond shows Anthony Chilcott on his phone before entering, and driving off with, Carl Sanders’ Ford Raptor and Monkey, his poodle, in the front seat. Image courtesy Cenex gas station
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State releases February unemployment data

February unemployment in King County sat at 5.3%, which marked a decrease from the prior month, but was still double that when compared to February… Continue reading

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Guns seized during April 7 arrests (photo credit: Dept. of Justice)

More than 20 arrested across the Puget Sound in drug distribution conspiracy

DOJ says law enforcement agencies seized over 70 guns and hundreds of thousands in cash.

Guns seized during April 7 arrests (photo credit: Dept. of Justice)