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Washington state bill proposes stricter crane regulations

Jan. 21, 2020 12:48 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state lawmakers are considering more regulations and bigger fines around the disassembly of tower cranes at construction sites. The effort comes in response to an April 2019 crane collapse that killed four people in Seattle, The Seattle Times reported Monday. A state...

2019 saw fewer passengers on Washington State Ferries

Jan. 20, 2020 10:52 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Ferries saw ridership fall 3.2% last year, held down by February’s snowstorm and ongoing waterfront construction and alternative ferry service from Kitsap Transit. The Seattle Times reports that State Ferries tallied 23.9 million passengers in 2019, down about...

Seattle officer fired over 'threatening' social media posts

Jan. 19, 2020 1:43 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer who was fired over social media posts had been deemed “threatening” by the U.S. Secret Service, documents show. The agency found officer Duane Goodman, an 11-year veteran, had made posts implying violence against former President Barack Obama and former...

Nurses, caregivers announce strike at Swedish hospital

Jan. 19, 2020 11:42 AM EST

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — Nurses and caregivers from Swedish hospital have notified the hospital that they will strike for three days at all of the medical center's locations in the Seattle region. The Service Employees International Union delivered the strike notice to hospital officials on Friday, after...

New Mexico St. beats Seattle 75-67, stays undefeated in WAC

Jan. 19, 2020 12:24 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Ivan Aurrecoechea had 19 points and 11 rebounds and New Mexico State beat Seattle 75-67 on Saturday night to remain undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference. The game was tied 59-59 with 4:48 to play before Aurrecoechea converted a three-point play and Johnny McCants added a dunk and...

Attorney general's office dismisses parent complaint

Jan. 18, 2020 2:40 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state attorney general's office has declined to investigate a civil-rights complaint a group of parents filed over Seattle Public School's gifted-education program. The group filed the complaint in December alleging that the district is violating state law by not making a...

Principal fired over reports he gave alcohol to student

Jan. 18, 2020 10:11 AM EST

GIG HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — The principal of a private school in Gig Harbor lost his job this week after allegations surfaced that he supplied drugs, alcohol and money to a student while at his previous teaching job at a Seattle high school. The News Tribune reports the Archdiocese of Seattle received...

Washington state can’t tell if housing tax exemption working

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — It’s hard to tell whether a tax exemption used to build more than $4 billion in multifamily housing projects across Washington over the past four years is working as intended as a prime motivator to drive development, both affordable and market rate. A 2019 legislative audit of...

Snohomish teacher dies from hypothermia in snowstorm

Jan. 18, 2020 9:11 AM EST

SNOHOMISH, Wash. (AP) — A second-grade teacher whose body was found outside in Snohomish County Wednesday died from hypothermia. Kathy Jenks, 57, was last seen leaving her home on Sunday and was reported missing Monday, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. Her body was found Wednesday in...

Seattle police officer fired over profane social media posts

Jan. 17, 2020 10:29 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle police officer has been fired following an internal investigation that found he violated the department’s social media policy by posting profane and politically charged comments on Instagram. The Seattle Times reports the posts including rants against “illegal...