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February 19, 2015 at 4:44 PM

King County Housing Authority buried in Section 8 applications

During a two-week period ending Feb. 10, more than 22,600 households applied for just 2,500 spots on the King County Housing Authority‘s waiting list for Section 8 rental assistance, the agency said this week. It will hold a lottery in March to determine which applicants will make the list, and those at the end of the list may…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: King County Housing Authority, Seattle Housing Authority, Section 8

February 19, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Bill to abolish death penalty doesn’t pass out of committee

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — An effort to abolish the death penalty in Washington state isn’t moving forward in the Legislature this year. House Bill 1739, which received a public hearing this week, was scheduled for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee Thursday, but it was not brought up for a vote on the last day…

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Comments | More in General news, Government | Topics: death penalty, Legislature

February 19, 2015 at 1:36 PM

SPD opens bids for computer system to track use of force

In a major step toward meeting federally mandated reforms, the Seattle Police Department on Thursday announced it has opened outside bidding on the development of a sophisticated computer system to track use of force, biased policing and other vital information. Building the so-called “Data Analytics Platform” has been considered a linchpin of the 2 ½-year-old…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: computer data, consent decree, Seattle Police Department

February 19, 2015 at 6:30 AM

Family escapes Pasco house fire Wednesday night

Tri-City Herald  (TNS) A family escaped a Pasco house fire Wednesday evening that officials say started in the basement and caused extensive damage. Angelica Campos said she was in the kitchen of the Sylvester Street house about 5:30 p.m. when the fire started. There were three children and two other adults at home. One of the children smelled…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: house fore, Pasco

February 19, 2015 at 6:28 AM

Kirkland latest to ban disposable plastic bags

The Associated Press Kirkland has joined a growing number of Western Washington cities to ban single-use plastic carryout bags. The City Council approved a law on Tuesday that will take effect March 1, 2016. The new ordinance requires retailers to stop using disposable plastic bags and to charge customers 5 cents for every paper bag they provide. Seattle,…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: ban, Kirkland, plastic bags

February 19, 2015 at 6:24 AM

Ferry shuffle leaves Vashon/W. Seattle route with older, slower Evergreen State

The ferry commute to and from Bremerton will be back to normal Thursday while the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth passengers get the short end of the stick for a couple of weeks. The 124-vehicle Kitsap ferry broke down Wednesday on the Seattle/Bremerton route and will be out for about two weeks with repairs. The Washington State Department…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Bremerton, ferries, Vashon

February 18, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Kirkland council OKs measure to curb plastic-bag use

The Kirkland City Council approved a plastic-bag reduction law this week that will be effective next year on March 1. The city will join Seattle, Shoreline, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Bellingham in instituting similar plastic-bag reduction policies. Kirkland’s new ordinance will require large retailers to stop using single-use plastic bags and to charge customers five cents for…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government | Topics: Kirkland, plastic bags

February 18, 2015 at 9:32 AM

UPDATE: Bertha digs 6 feet toward repair pit

UPDATE 4 p.m. During a briefing to the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday afternoon, Washington State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson said that Bertha has now mined six feet toward the repair pit. Peterson added that the project contractors, Seattle Tunnel Partners, are operating Bertha “at a slow, even pace to make sure she does not overheat and that…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: bertha, highway 99, tunnel

February 18, 2015 at 9:13 AM

Medical examiner: Oregon man committed ‘suicide by cop’

The Associated Press OREGON CITY, Ore. — The state medical examiner’s office says a man fatally shot by Clackamas County deputies Sunday appears to have orchestrated his shooting as a suicide. Investigators said they encountered 34-year-old Bruce Steward in the town of Colton after they got a call reporting a stabbing. But deputies didn’t find a stabbing victim….

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oregon

February 18, 2015 at 8:53 AM

WSDOT: Seattle/Bremerton route down to one ferry

The Kitsap ferry is out of service due to a mechanical issue, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation website. The Seattle/Bremerton route will operate with one ferry until further notice, WSDOT says. Crews are assessing the problem with the Kitsap and performing repairs, but it’s not known when the ferry will be running again. While on…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Bremerton, Kitsap ferry

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