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September 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Seattle mayor proposes new city office to oversee labor laws

Now that Seattle has “captured the nation’s attention” by passing a series of high-profile laws to protect workers and increase their pay, it must make sure that businesses understand and follow the new rules, Mayor Ed Murray said Monday as he proposed creating an Office of Labor Standards. The office would carry out education and enforcement duties related…

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Comments | More in Business/Technology, General news, Government, Politics, Seattle Police Department | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 2015 Seattle city budget, Mayor Ed Murray

September 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Seattle City Council may consider growth impact fees for builders

Eighty cities across the state charge growth impact fees when developers build new projects that put additional demand on public roads, schools, parks and fire departments. Bellevue, Shoreline and Federal Way are among them, but Seattle is not. It could become No. 81, however. People in Seattle government have previously discussed impact fees, which require developers to help…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: impact fees, real estate, Seattle City Council

September 10, 2014 at 6:13 PM

45-year-old man hit by Sounder train in Seattle’s SoDo district

UPDATE, 6:43 p.m. | A 45-year-old man was fighting for his life Wednesday evening after he was struck by a Sounder commuter train in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood about 6 p.m. The man, who was not identified by the Seattle Fire Department, sustained heavy trauma to his body and was taken by medics to Harborview Medical Center,…

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September 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Seattle city councilmember faces fine for ethics violation

This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. to include a comment from Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw. This is about as scandalous as a senior citizens coffee hour can get. Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw has agreed to pay a nominal $150 fine to settle an ethics violation related her involvement earlier this year in the campaign for…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: Sally Bagshaw, Seattle City Council, Seattle Department of Transportation

September 8, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Mental Health Court is paying off for city, officials say

In 1999, Seattle became one of the first cities in the country to establish a special Municipal Court program for defendants with mental illnesses. The move is still paying off, officials told the City Council on Monday. Defendants are referred to Seattle’s Mental Health Court by judges, defense lawyers, prosecutors, jail staff and others, and…

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Comments | Topics: mental health, Seattle Municipal Court

September 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Seattle mayor’s office unveils budget details for proposed education department

Remember last week, when Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said he wanted to create a new Department of Education and Early Learning? Murray, who has his eye on November ballot measures aimed at providing prekindergarten education to needy families, offered few details at the time. But his office Monday morning presented a fuller picture of…

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Comments | More in Education, General news, Government | Topics: budget, Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Public Schools

September 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Skateboarding teen critically injured in Renton hit-and-run

Update 9:30 p.m.: The driver suspected in a Renton hit-and-run crash that sent a 17-year-old skateboarder to the hospital with life-threatening injuries Sunday has been identified and is in contact with police, authorities said. The suspect is a 16-year-old boy, and the vehicle suspected in the collision has been located and impounded, Renton officials said. Original post: A 17-year-old boy who was…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: hit-and-run accident, Renton

September 7, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Father, 3-year-old girl plunge off 60-foot bluff on Bainbridge Island

A 3-year-old girl and her 34-year-old father plunged 60 feet off a Bainbridge Island waterfront bluff Sunday afternoon, authorities said. The girl escaped with minor injuries, but her father sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said Jared Moravec, Bainbridge Island Fire Department assistant chief. Authorities were told the girl went over the…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island Fire Department

September 7, 2014 at 4:27 PM

SPD says stepped-up Capitol Hill patrols are working

Stepped-up patrols on Capitol Hill that were ordered to address a recent spike in crime are already yielding dividends, the Seattle Police Department says. On Saturday night, cops arrested a juvenile for reportedly threatening to kill a security guard and, in a separate incident, nabbed a man for indecent liberties after seeing him grab a woman…

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Comments | More in General news, Seattle Police Department, The Blotter | Topics: arrests, Capitol Hill, crime

September 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Seahawks fans, concertgoers, commuters pack buses and trains

UPDATE, 6:02 p.m. | Waves of pedestrians flooded downtown shortly after 5 p.m. as Pharrell/Soundgarden concertgoers made their way to sports bars and toward home. Some joined commuters in a teeming Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, where light-rail riders waited for southbound trains and Metro riders jumped on northbound buses. Light-rail trains were taking on heavy loads but…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Metro Transit, Sound Transit

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