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State Capitol Building, Olympia, Washington. File photo

Tax collections tumble as state braces for huge budget hole

Inslee cancels pay raises for some execs and orders furloughs for workers as special session looms.

State Capitol Building, Olympia, Washington. File photo
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, says COVID-19 cases have declined significantly since the peak of the outbreak in late March, allowing the county to move into Phase 2 on June 19. FILE PHOTO

King County enters Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan

Full list of what’s permitted

  • Jun 19, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, says COVID-19 cases have declined significantly since the peak of the outbreak in late March, allowing the county to move into Phase 2 on June 19. FILE PHOTO

King County to distribute 25 million face coverings to residents, businesses

Each of 39 cities in county to get a shipment

  • Jun 18, 2020

Expect weekend closure of I-405 ramps eastbound to I-90

The ramps will be closed 10:30 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for work on the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trail project.

  • Jun 18, 2020

King County could be in Phase 2 this week

The county was planning on applying on Monday.

A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson

Semi fire closes westbound I-90 near North Bend

A collision between a semi truck and a dump truck Tuesday has sent one person to the hospital and has closed I-90 westbound at milepost… Continue reading

A semi truck collided with a dump truck on June 16 near milepost 27 on westbound I-90. It closed westbound lanes at milepost 31. Photo contributed by Trooper Rick Johnson
Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a screenshot from his virtual press conference June 11. Courtesy of TVW

WA classrooms to reopen this fall, says state superintendent

Chris Reykdal says in-person instruction is possible if schools comply with safety rules.

Chris Reykdal, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a screenshot from his virtual press conference June 11. Courtesy of TVW

Washington families can get help to buy food during school closures

Pandemic EBT available early July for children whose schools closed due to COVID-19

  • Jun 10, 2020
Photo courtesy of city of Bellevue

Bellevue expands Healthy Streets pilot

The project allows people to walk and bike safely distanced during the COVID-19 pandemic by closing streets to non-local traffic.

  • Jun 9, 2020
Photo courtesy of city of Bellevue

How a man from California caused a false Antifa scare in North Bend

A conspiracy theory website ran pictures of North Bend locals, accusing them of being agitators.

Poison Center records increase in poison exposures during COVID-19

Poison exposures from the misuse of chemicals spiked 53 percent in the early days of the pandemic.

More details released around June 8 bomb threat

The device was found to be harmless; the suspect already had an active warrant.

Future of new sex ed law may rest in the hands of voters

Opponents are confident they have enough signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot.

King County Library System to slowly reopen after 3 month closure

Now in Phase 1.5, KCLS will gradually allow book returns with strict guidelines.

A screenshot of the video circulating on twitter showing a Bellevue Police Officer restraining a woman and forcing her to the ground. The video is now identified as an incident from Dec. 23, 2018.

Video of Bellevue officer’s forceful restraint of unarmed woman goes viral

Update: After the video spread, Bellevue police announced it was prohibiting neck restraints. The police chief has called the video of the officer’s actions “disturbing” but “reasonable for the resistance he was faced with.”

A screenshot of the video circulating on twitter showing a Bellevue Police Officer restraining a woman and forcing her to the ground. The video is now identified as an incident from Dec. 23, 2018.
The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo

Child care shortage could follow COVID-19 pandemic

Around 25 percent of child care facilities have closed across the state.

The YMCA of Greater Seattle opened its King County branches to provide child care centers dedicated to serving the families of essential workers. Courtesy photo
Bellevue Police car

Bellevue police officer placed on administrative leave for social media posts

Department is investigating the posts, which included conspiracy theory about George Floyd’s death.

Bellevue Police car

Bellevue lifts curfew scheduled through Saturday

The city no longer has a curfew in the downtown area, as of June 4

  • Jun 4, 2020

King County assessor wants Legislature to fix laws to help small businesses

Changes needed because of COVID-19 impact on commercial properties

  • Jun 4, 2020