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Inslee OKs bill curbing debt-based license suspensions


May 10, 2021, 6:25pm Latest News

SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday approved a measure aimed at preventing tens of thousands of people a year from having their driver’s licenses suspended for failure to pay fines. Read story

Inslee signs bill requiring ‘just cause’ in evictions

May 10, 2021, 3:40pm Business

OLYMPIA — Landlords will be required to provide a valid reason for ending certain leases with tenants, under a measure signed into law Monday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Read story

Portland mass vaccination site to close June 19

May 10, 2021, 3:03pm Northwest

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland’s mass vaccination site is expected to close on June 19 after giving hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 inoculations, organizers said Monday. Read story

71-year-old hiker missing in the Columbia River Gorge found alive, officials say

May 10, 2021, 12:10pm Latest News

A 71-year-old man who had been missing in the Columbia River Gorge since Saturday night was found alive Monday, officials said. Read story

Fatal drug overdoses surged in Washington last year, as COVID pandemic upended lives

May 10, 2021, 9:30am Health

More Washington residents died of drug overdoses in 2020 than any other year in at least the last decade, as people, struggling with the social isolation and loss of routine stemming from the COVID pandemic turned to substances more often, according to preliminary data from the state Department of Health. Read story

Sea-Tac airport testing pilot virtual queuing program

May 10, 2021, 8:10am Northwest

SEATTLE — The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is piloting a new virtual queuing program and touchless check-in kiosk system in order to streamline the travel experience, improve physical distancing and reduce congestion at peak travel times. Read story

Cyberattacks grind Hanford nuclear energy workers’ benefit program to a halt

May 10, 2021, 8:10am Northwest

Cyber attacks on the U.S. government have abruptly paused processing of benefit applications for workers who were sickened while working on nuclear weapons programs at Hanford and other Department of Energy sites, delaying aid to some dying workers, according to advocates. Read story

2 men fatally shot in Tacoma parking lot

May 10, 2021, 8:04am Northwest

TACOMA — Two men died early Sunday in a shooting in Tacoma, according to police. Read story

Shutdown of Portland online banker Simple is a mess; clients lost access to their money

May 10, 2021, 8:04am Business

PORTLAND — Customers of Portland online banker Simple lost access to their accounts over the weekend as its parent company bungled Simple’s planned shutdown. Read story

Dan Christopher, Klickitat County commissioner, talks with solar critics picketing across from the Goldendale Post Office.

Solar farms booming in Washington, but where should they go?

Dan Christopher, Klickitat County commissioner, talks with solar critics picketing across from the Goldendale Post Office.

May 10, 2021, 6:03am Business

GOLDENDALE — In September 2018, Russ and Amy Hanson received an unsolicited offer from Invenergy to cover their land near this south central Washington town with solar panels. Read story