Category Archives: In The News

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10 Apr
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Crosscut: How fired cops win their jobs back: arbitration

Backup was only about a minute away. But by the time it arrived, Centralia Police Officer Phil Reynolds had already used his Taser three times on a handcuffed suspect in the back of his patrol car. Two days later, Reynolds ...

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10 Apr
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The Olympian: State House votes to end eviction moratorium June 30

Washington is poised to become the first state in the country to guarantee legal representation for low-income tenants facing eviction, with Senate Bill 5160 now approved by both chambers after its vote in the House of Representatives Thursday night. Some tenants ...

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10 Apr
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Seattle Times: Washington may soon be first state to guarantee lawyers for low-income tenants facing eviction

Washington may soon become the first state in the country to ensure that low-income tenants have legal representation when faced with an eviction, an idea lawmakers see as a way to head off a feared wave of evictions once pandemic-era ...

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08 Apr
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PubliCola: Post-Pandemic Renter Protections on the Line in the State Senate

A bill that would bring an end to no-cause evictions in Washington (HB 1236) had a confusing day on the Senate floor on Monday. Republicans managed to get three amendments added to the bill, stripping away its protections for tenants ...

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A coho salmon attempts to leap into a culvert at Otto Jarstad Park in Bremerton in 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2018 that the state fix 425 Western Washington fish passages. (Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun, File)
30 Mar
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Seattle Times: Washington’s culvert challenge deserves federal funding

By The Seattle Times editorial board A federal court order to open up hundreds of fish passages beneath roads by 2030 has been Washington’s burden for years. This $3.7 billion undertaking deserves federal funding so it does not starve other ...

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A detainee's legs are shown chained together in the intake holding area on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the Northwest Detention Center, recently renamed the Northwest ICE Processing Center, in Tacoma
30 Mar
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KUOW: The end of for-profit prisons in Washington state is in sight

The Washington Legislature passed a bill Tuesday, effectively blocking for-profit private prisons from operating in the state. The bill would impact only one facility: the Northwest Immigrant Detention Center in Tacoma. The facility holds immigrants on behalf of Immigration and ...

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Michelle McClendon, a community resource consultant at Simply United Together, photographed at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac, Washington, on March 24, 2021. (Matt M. McKnight/Crosscut)
25 Mar
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Crosscut: WA looks to end driver’s license suspensions over unpaid debt

From 2014 to 2019, Michelle McClendon was without a driver’s license after she could not afford to pay a parking ticket she incurred while living out of her Toyota Camry. She also could not afford to be relicensed, so when ...

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25 Mar
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The Columbian: In Our View: Washington’s housing issues require legislative action

At some point, Washington’s housing crunch will become a housing crisis. Meanwhile, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and legislative attempts to address housing issues will reverberate for decades to come. Most pressing is a looming deadline for an eviction ...

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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. (Elaine Thompson)
24 Mar
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The Spokesman-Review: State and federal lawmakers push gun control bills in wake of Georgia, Colorado shootings

WASHINGTON – Democrats moved Tuesday to revive efforts in Congress to change gun laws after two high-profile mass shootings less than a week apart, but a stubborn partisan divide threatens to block even modest reforms. After a 21-year-old man shot ...

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24 Mar
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Clean Technica: “Clean Cars 2030” Targets 2030 For Phasing Out Gasmobiles In Washington State, 5 Years Ahead Of California!

Olympia, WA — Clean Cars 2030 (originally HB 1204), groundbreaking legislation that calls for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington State to be electric vehicles (EVs), took one step closer to becoming law ...

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