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Washington gets mobile earthquake alerts

Washington state will have its own earthquake early warning system on May 4 when ShakeAlert goes live, which could give residents precious seconds to prepare… Continue reading

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Wolf population continues to make a comeback in Washington

The number of wolves in Washington state increased by 22%, marking the 12th year in a row the wolf population has grown, according to a… Continue reading

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A screenshot from private surveillance footage provided by the Seattle Police Department shows a suspect engaging with the occupants of a vehicle on Feb. 9, 2021, in Seattle. The suspect shot the vehicle’s two occupants, one fatally, before he was killed by police. File photo

King County gun violence keeps soaring in 2021

69 shooting victims in first three months, 16 of them fatal

A screenshot from private surveillance footage provided by the Seattle Police Department shows a suspect engaging with the occupants of a vehicle on Feb. 9, 2021, in Seattle. The suspect shot the vehicle’s two occupants, one fatally, before he was killed by police. File photo
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. File photo

Top 10 issues in Washington state’s 2021 legislative session

Democrats used their majorities to muscle through social, economic, environmental and tax policies.

  • Apr 28, 2021
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King County residents needed for first respiratory study using Apple watches

UW study to help find if devices can detect early warning signs of acute respiratory infections, such as COVID-19 and flu.

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine halted in Washington over side effect

Following federal guidance, Washington health care providers are temporarily pausing Johnson & Johnson shots while experts educate hospital systems on how to treat a rare… Continue reading

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High court ruling spurs effort to retool state’s drug laws

Meanwhile, the Blake decision has gotten people out jail, charges dismissed and possibly clemency for some.

  • Apr 12, 2021
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The Monroe Correctional Complex on April 9, 2020. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Formerly incarcerated people regain right to vote in Washington

Rights restored immediately upon release.

  • Apr 8, 2021
The Monroe Correctional Complex on April 9, 2020. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Salmon update: King County wants cleaner water, more habitat

Salmon and orcas are in the spotlight once again as King County unveils a new strategic plan to rework its approach to protecting water quality… Continue reading

Spring Chinook Salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Guns seized during April 7 arrests (photo credit: Dept. of Justice)

More than 20 arrested across the Puget Sound in drug distribution conspiracy

DOJ says law enforcement agencies seized over 70 guns and hundreds of thousands in cash.

Guns seized during April 7 arrests (photo credit: Dept. of Justice)
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Sheriff’s office wants help identifying Green River killer victim

Staff reports In 2003, Gary Ridgway, Washington’s notorious Green River killer, pleaded guilty to murdering 48 women. As of today, two of Ridgway’s victims remain… Continue reading

  • Apr 2, 2021
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King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. File photo

King County needs more lawyers to attack backlog of cases

6,107 open cases is double the normal amount for King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

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Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County

Starting April 15, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine

Gov. Inslee said an expected increase in vaccine supply enables the state to open eligibility.

Public Health – Seattle & King County staff administering COVID-19 vaccine to a local emergency responder. COURTESY PHOTO, Public Health-Seattle & King County
A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing

Phase Finder for vaccine eligibility to be eliminated March 31

Eligibility verification via Phase Finder no longer required for appointments, vaccinations beginning this week.

A CVS pharmacist prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at Village Green Retirement Campus in Federal Way on Jan. 26. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
Kindergarten and first grade students line up outside of Panther Lake Elementary in Federal Way on March 15. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror

Inslee: K-12 schools can reduce COVID social distancing

The governor reduced social distancing requirements for K-12 classrooms from 6 feet to 3 feet.

  • Mar 26, 2021
Kindergarten and first grade students line up outside of Panther Lake Elementary in Federal Way on March 15. Olivia Sullivan/the Mirror
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More people can get the COVID vaccine on March 31, but supply is still limited

The number of people eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is set to increase in King County, but the number of available doses has yet… Continue reading

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Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)

Insurers told to stop using credit scores to set rates

A ban of that practice will be in place until the pandemic is over, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says.

  • Mar 24, 2021
Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. (Wikimedia Commons)
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Meet area code 564: The new kid in town is gaining ground

The newest area code in Washington has infiltrated 360 territory, and 425, 206 and 253 are next.

  • Mar 23, 2021
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A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Finding farmland in King County is a perpetual struggle

High prices and a lack of available land has pushed the price per acre sky-high.

A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo
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Kent man charged with cutting brake lines, slashing tires in South Seattle

Tells police he committed hundreds of similar crimes in Seattle, Des Moines

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