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A busy commute on Interstate 5 near Seattle on July 1, 2021. Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Traffic for Thursday morning

8:17 a.m.: On I-5 southbound just north of South Albro Place an earlier incident blocking the two right lanes has been cleared. 8:08 a.m.: Maintenance… Continue reading

  • Jul 1, 2021
A busy commute on Interstate 5 near Seattle on July 1, 2021. Photo courtesy of WSDOT
Take care for road workers this busy Independence Day weekend. Courtesy photo, WSDOT

WSDOT urges drivers to watch for work zones this holiday weekend

Staff reports: Recent collisions have severely injured or even killed state highway workers while they were serving the public — injuries and deaths that could… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2021
Take care for road workers this busy Independence Day weekend. Courtesy photo, WSDOT
Shortly after tow truck technician, David Rios, lost his leg in a collision, his employer — Chappelle’s Towing, LLC. — and Clark County Fire District 6 joined AAA Washington to create a PSA with the support of and participation from WSDOT highway crew, WSP troopers and operators from Speed’s Towing, TLC Towing & Recovery, and Triple J Towing. Photo courtesy of AAA.

In new PSA, emergency responders urge drivers to protect them, follow this law

On the eve of what is predicted to be the busiest Independence Day Holiday ever for road trips, AAA Washington — in partnership with Clark… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2021
Shortly after tow truck technician, David Rios, lost his leg in a collision, his employer — Chappelle’s Towing, LLC. — and Clark County Fire District 6 joined AAA Washington to create a PSA with the support of and participation from WSDOT highway crew, WSP troopers and operators from Speed’s Towing, TLC Towing & Recovery, and Triple J Towing. Photo courtesy of AAA.

Transit returning to full capacity

Riders soon will have more public transportation options as buses, trains and ferries in the Puget Sound region return to full capacity and open all… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2021
This photo from WSDOT’s Twitter feed on June 30 shows a new attenuator and an attenuator that was damaged in a recent work zone crash.

King County traffic report | June 30

Wednesday morning, June 30 SR 410 Eastbound - Road work on State Route 410 eastbound from milepost 13.37 near 181st Avenue East to milepost 16.7… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2021
This photo from WSDOT’s Twitter feed on June 30 shows a new attenuator and an attenuator that was damaged in a recent work zone crash.
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State seeks comment on toll rate increase options

Staff reports: The Washington State Transportation Commission has launched its public comment process as it prepares to increase toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge,… Continue reading

  • Jun 28, 2021
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King County leaders propose funding to support immigrants in the region

$11.3 million proposed for citizenship application support and COVID relief to undocumented families

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Beat the heat | Safety tips from State Department of Health

Temps could break 100 degrees three consecutive days June 26-28

  • Jun 25, 2021
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Places to stay cool in King County with temps to break 100 degrees

Libraries, malls among spots to go; several cities to open cooling centers

  • Jun 24, 2021
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Gov. Jay Inslee waves during his Thursday morning press conference on extending protections for renters. (TVW)

Governor extends some protections for Washington renters

Under a new order, landlords can only evict a tenant if they refuse to seek help through a relief program.

Gov. Jay Inslee waves during his Thursday morning press conference on extending protections for renters. (TVW)
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Hot housing market forces out many first-time homebuyers

Housing experts concerned about the long-term impacts on generational wealth.

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Between Saturday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, every air quality monitor in Washington state recorded levels of particulate pollution above the federal 24-hour standard. (Source: Department of Ecology)

Wildfire smoke: A burning health issue is getting worse

Health experts are urging Washingtonians to prepare for more of what they suffered through last September — what the Department of Ecology called an unprecedented… Continue reading

Between Saturday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, every air quality monitor in Washington state recorded levels of particulate pollution above the federal 24-hour standard. (Source: Department of Ecology)
Entrance to the Tukwila Library branch of the King County Library System. File photo Tags

King County libraries move to Phase 4 this month

Libraries across King County will advance to Phase 4 on June 30, and all remaining library buildings will be open by July 13. After the… Continue reading

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A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)

King County to lift indoor mask mandate on June 29

About 1.3 million county residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.

A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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King County leaders propose emergency funding for gun violence prevention initiative

Sixty-nine people were reportedly shot during the first quarter of 2021.

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Pills taken during police investigation (photo credit: Bellevue Police)

Renton man charged with homicide after selling fentanyl pills to a Bellevue woman

Law enforcement warns of an alarming increase in fentanyl deaths.

Pills taken during police investigation (photo credit: Bellevue Police)
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Too Good To Go app aims to creatively reduce food waste

Nearly 40 percent of all food goes to waste worldwide, according to compnay spokesperson.

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Auditors find racial disparities in King County contracts

BIPOC-owned businesses earn contract bids at a much lower rate than white-owned businesses.

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A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last summer in north-central Washington. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo

Washington can expect a warmer, drier summer – and more wildfires

The threat of wildfires in much of Washington state is expected to be above average this summer as hot and dry conditions are predicted through… Continue reading

A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last summer in north-central Washington. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo
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State to allow ‘Joints for Jabs’ promotions to support vaccinations

Retailers temporarily allowed to provide a joint for adults vaccinated at in-store clinics

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