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King County proposes $1.4M budget amendment to curb gun violence

June 16, 2021, 2:48pm Northwest

SEATTLE — King County officials have proposed emergency budget amendments meant to reduce gun violence after shootings last week in Seattle’s Central District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods and in nearby White Center that killed four people and injured two others. Read story

Frank, a homeless man sits in his tent with a river view in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Until a year ago, the city was best known nationally for its ambrosial food scene, craft breweries and "Portlandia" hipsters. Now, months-long protests following the killing of George Floyd, a surge in deadly gun violence, and an increasingly visible homeless population have many questioning whether Oregon's largest city can recover.

After year of unrest, Portland strives to repair reputation

Frank, a homeless man sits in his tent with a river view in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Until a year ago, the city was best known nationally for its ambrosial food scene, craft breweries and "Portlandia" hipsters. Now, months-long protests following the killing of George Floyd, a surge in deadly gun violence, and an increasingly visible homeless population have many questioning whether Oregon's largest city can recover.

June 16, 2021, 2:47pm Latest News

PORTLAND — The smell of fresh empanadas wafted through the stands at Portland’s Saturday Market. People talked through their masks with artists as others sifted through fork windchimes, crystal necklaces, tie dye dresses and clay mugs. Read story

Newspaper carrier confronted by sheriff files $5M claim against Pierce County

June 16, 2021, 2:11pm Latest News

SEATTLE — A Black newspaper carrier confronted by Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer in January has filed a legal claim against the county, seeking at least $5 million in damages. Read story

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020 file photo a Washington State Department of Agriculture worker displays an Asian giant hornet taken from a nest, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet found in the state this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

Dead ‘murder hornet’ near Seattle is 1st found in US in 2021

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020 file photo a Washington State Department of Agriculture worker displays an Asian giant hornet taken from a nest, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet found in the state this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday, June 16, 2021.

June 16, 2021, 12:15pm Latest News

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet found in the country this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday. Read story

U.S. Border Patrol expels 3 foreign nationals arrested in Whatcom County

June 16, 2021, 8:34am Latest News

BELLINGHAM — U.S. Border Patrol Blaine Sector arrested three foreign nationals who reportedly were in the United States illegally earlier this month in Whatcom County in a pair of incidents. Read story

Wrongful death suit claims a police officer’s lie led a Seattle man to take his own life

June 16, 2021, 7:39am Northwest

A Seattle police officer’s ruse after a 2018 fender bender is the basis for a wrongful-death lawsuit filed earlier this month against the city on behalf of three women devastated by the subsequent suicide of Porter Feller, a Seattle man who was led to believe he had critically injured a… Read story

Oregon Gov. Brown signs human composting bill

June 16, 2021, 7:39am Northwest

PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill passed by the Legislature legalizing human composting. Read story

Kelly Lund swabs her mouth while demonstrating a self-administered oral COVID-19 test at the Tower Mall parking lot in January. The county closed that testing site on April 30 to focus on giving more COVID-19 vaccines at the site.

COVID delta variant spreading in Washington, say UW virologists

Kelly Lund swabs her mouth while demonstrating a self-administered oral COVID-19 test at the Tower Mall parking lot in January. The county closed that testing site on April 30 to focus on giving more COVID-19 vaccines at the site.

June 16, 2021, 7:39am Health

Researchers at UW Medicine’s Virology Laboratory are tracking the statewide spread of the highly transmissible coronavirus delta variant in Washington, with 170 cases detected as of Monday. Read story

TriMet bus driver recovering after being shot on the job: ‘I have hopes that I will come back’

June 16, 2021, 7:36am Northwest

PORTLAND — Dale Tozier had plans to retire last month after 13 years as a TriMet bus driver. Read story

In this photo taken Sunday, March 29, 2020, a Washington state ferry docks at the Point Defiance Ferry Terminal in Tacoma, Wash., on the first day of a new reduced sailing schedule as part of the state's response to the new coronavirus, including cutting trips on the Seattle/Bainbridge and Seattle/Bremerton routes by about half. (AP Photo/Ted S.

State transportation panel recommends ferry fare increase

In this photo taken Sunday, March 29, 2020, a Washington state ferry docks at the Point Defiance Ferry Terminal in Tacoma, Wash., on the first day of a new reduced sailing schedule as part of the state's response to the new coronavirus, including cutting trips on the Seattle/Bainbridge and Seattle/Bremerton routes by about half. (AP Photo/Ted S.

June 16, 2021, 7:36am Northwest

OLYMPIA — The state Transportation Commission has recommended an across-the-board fare increase to cover the costs of Washington State Ferries for the next two years. Read story