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Category: Government
January 15, 2015 at 10:02 AM

SPD Assistant Chief Nick Metz named Aurora, Colo., police chief

Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz has been selected as the next chief of police in Aurora, Colo. Metz said he has always wanted to lead a department and is “excited” about the move. He said he was formally offered the job on Wednesday and expects to be confirmed by the Aurora City Council on Feb. 2….

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January 14, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Seattle mayor asks City Council to authorize more tent cities

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposed new legislation on homeless encampments Wednesday, asking the City Council to authorize more tent cities — under certain conditions — in response to an uptick in street homelessness and illegal camping. Murray had promised last month to present the council with a bill in January, saying the legislation would “make…

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January 12, 2015 at 11:20 AM

Anti-police brutality protesters disrupt Seattle City Council meeting

The Seattle City Council temporarily suspended its weekly briefing Monday morning after people upset with the Seattle Police Department’s handling of recent anti-police brutality demonstrations began shouting and singing. Several council members left the council chambers after audience members broke up a presentation by representatives from the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Many people who had shared concerns…

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January 12, 2015 at 11:07 AM

City taking its own look at viaduct safety, as relations with WSDOT fray

The city of Seattle says it has hired its own engineering consultants to take an independent look at the Alaskan Way Viaduct, to see whether groundwater removal and other Highway 99 tunnel work poses a hazard. The $155,000 study by CH2M Hill will start by reviewing state modeling of the 61-year-old viaduct and may go…

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January 8, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Court: Distillers don’t have to chip in for $105M shortfall

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court says distillers who ship their own spirits — rather than using a distributor — don’t have to help cover a $105 million shortfall in licensing fees. The case concerns Initiative 1183, which privatized liquor sales in Washington state. Because the state was allowing distributors to take over its profitable business,…

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January 8, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Avian flu causes emergency poultry quarantine in SE Washington

The Associated Press KENNEWICK — The Washington Agriculture Department declared an emergency quarantine for domestic poultry and eggs in the southeast part of the state to contain the highly contagious avian flu. The quarantine issued Wednesday restricts the movement of chickens, turkeys and other birds out of that zone. It covers an area within 20 miles of…

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January 7, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Seattle City Council will revisit city’s police-intelligence ordinance

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell has asked the council’s legislative staff to revisit the city’s police-intelligence ordinance with the goal of strengthening it, he said Wednesday. Enacted in 1979, the ordinance – in part – restricts how and when Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers can collect information, including photographs and video, about an individual’s participation…

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December 31, 2014 at 7:15 AM

Tribal casinos in Washington to refuse EBT cards

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Tribal casinos in Washington will no longer cash welfare cards under an agreement with the state Gambling Commission. The commission said Tuesday that 27 of the 29 federally recognized tribes in the state have agreed to amend gambling agreements to ensure that all cash dispensing and point-of-sale machines refuse electronic benefit cards….

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December 30, 2014 at 7:20 PM

State Transportation Commissioner retiring; replacement named

Jeffrey Golz is retiring on Wednesday from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, and Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Ann Rendahl, a 21-year veteran with the agency, to replace him. The commission regulatory responsibilities include oversight of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural-gas utilities, land-line telephone companies, solid-waste haulers, and private water systems. The commission also manages safety…

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December 30, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Suit challenges I-594, expansion of gun-buyer background checks

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Opponents of a new expanded gun background-check measure in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, asking a federal judge to block parts of the law that involve transfers of firearms. The lawsuit was filed in district court in Tacoma and seeks a permanent injunction against enforcement of parts of Initiative 594…

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