Governor Jay Inslee smiles and laughs Sept. 3, 2019, during a speech at the Lynnwood Link Extension groundbreaking in Lynnwood. A Thurston County judge ruled he exceeded his authority when he vetoed single sentences in the state transportation budget in 2019. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)

Judge invalidates Gov. Inslee’s veto in roads budget

Lawmakers said the governor crossed a constitutional line.

Governor Jay Inslee smiles and laughs Sept. 3, 2019, during a speech at the Lynnwood Link Extension groundbreaking in Lynnwood. A Thurston County judge ruled he exceeded his authority when he vetoed single sentences in the state transportation budget in 2019. (Olivia Vanni / Herald file)
King County cases among younger adults drives increase in COVID-19 numbers

King County cases among younger adults drives increase in COVID-19 numbers

Over half of all new cases are among people ages 20-39

King County cases among younger adults drives increase in COVID-19 numbers
Kirkland man found guilty of promoting prostitution in Eastside sex trafficking ring

Kirkland man found guilty of promoting prostitution in Eastside sex trafficking ring

Authorities say suspect ran “successful enterprise” for greater half of a decade.

Kirkland man found guilty of promoting prostitution in Eastside sex trafficking ring
Public and private universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship programs and similar schools and programs may resume general instruction, including in-person classes and lectures, starting Aug. 1. Pictured: The University of Washington-Bothell campus. File photo

Universities and colleges may reopen in fall, governor says

His order requires masks and physical distancing, among other measures, to help prevent infections.

Public and private universities, colleges, technical schools, apprenticeship programs and similar schools and programs may resume general instruction, including in-person classes and lectures, starting Aug. 1. Pictured: The University of Washington-Bothell campus. File photo
During a recent training, South King Fire and Rescue members at Station 62 wear personal protective gear, which includes face masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. Courtesy photo

Governor orders statewide use of face coverings in public

Jay Inslee says that until there is a vaccine, it’s the best weapon to stop the spread of COVID-19.

During a recent training, South King Fire and Rescue members at Station 62 wear personal protective gear, which includes face masks, eye protection, gloves and gowns. Courtesy photo
Snoqualmie Police Department houses a surplus military mine-resistant armored personnel carrier. They acquired it as part of an equipment sharing program from the federal government. It is utilized by a coalition of small-city police departments. It is seen here during a 2016 parade in Algona, one of the coalition member cities. From the Algona Police Department Facebook page

Why the small town of Snoqualmie has a mine-resistant armored vehicle

The city acquired it in 2013 from the federal government and has used it a handful of times.

Snoqualmie Police Department houses a surplus military mine-resistant armored personnel carrier. They acquired it as part of an equipment sharing program from the federal government. It is utilized by a coalition of small-city police departments. It is seen here during a 2016 parade in Algona, one of the coalition member cities. From the Algona Police Department Facebook page
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Task force will tackle issues of racial justice, police reform

Inslee names civil rights activists, pastors, and cops to panel that may forge ideas for new laws

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Renton man pleads guilty to one of state’s largest workers’ comp scams

The delivery driver was still working under his own name while receiving L&I pension, and owes the state almost $340,000.

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Inslee forms state task force to address policing and racial justice

Inslee forms state task force to address policing and racial justice

24 members includes families who have lost loved ones; police officials

Inslee forms state task force to address policing and racial justice
A GoFundMe page has been started for Lorenzo Anderson. The page can be accessed at www.gofundme.com/f/for-the-family-of-the-man-who-was-shot-at-chop

19-year-old killed in Seattle shooting was former Renton student

The shooting in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 20, has received attention nationwide for occurring in a protester-occupied space in Seattle known as CHOP or CHAZ.

A GoFundMe page has been started for Lorenzo Anderson. The page can be accessed at www.gofundme.com/f/for-the-family-of-the-man-who-was-shot-at-chop
King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis

King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis

Racism was declared a public health crisis by King County’s Board of Health. Along with the proclamation, the county’s health authority pledged to work more… Continue reading

King County Board of Health declares racism a crisis
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

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

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

Each of 39 cities in county to get a shipment

King County to distribute 25 million face coverings to residents, businesses
Families impacted by police killings travel to Seattle for June 18 gathering

Families impacted by police killings travel to Seattle for June 18 gathering

Nationwide list includes Kent, Auburn victims

Families impacted by police killings travel to Seattle for June 18 gathering
Thousands of trees coming down along I-5 for light rail line

Thousands of trees coming down along I-5 for light rail line

Nearly 8,600 between SeaTac and Federal Way

Thousands of trees coming down along I-5 for light rail line
Washington State Patrol looking for witnesses to recent road rage incident
Washington State Patrol looking for witnesses to recent road rage incident
King County could be in Phase 2 this week

King County could be in Phase 2 this week

The county was planning on applying on Monday.

King County could be in Phase 2 this week
County executive wants cities to drop opposition to revised officer-involved shooting inquests

County executive wants cities to drop opposition to revised officer-involved shooting inquests

Kent, Auburn, Federal Way mayors say they won’t back down

County executive wants cities to drop opposition to revised officer-involved shooting inquests
Ian Eckles, of Kent, went missing around May 17 in Central Washington.

Fugitive arrested in Central Washington for murder of Kent man

Ian Eckles, 41, went missing in May

Ian Eckles, of Kent, went missing around May 17 in Central Washington.