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Nov. 3, 2020

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State Ecology Department rejects permit for Kalama methanol plant on Columbia River

The state Department of Ecology has denied a request for a shoreline permit required to build a $2 billion Kalama methanol plant that would export the chemical to China.

Former gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp drops election fraud lawsuit after Washington state threatens legal sanctions

In an ignominious retreat, losing Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has withdrawn his lawsuit against Secretary of State Kim Wyman alleging widespread election irregularities and fraud.

Comparison between Capitol siege, BLM protests is denounced

Black activists are coming out strongly against a growing narrative among conservatives that equates the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol with last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests of racial injustice.

National Guard troops flooding in as Washington locks down

U.S. officials say the number of National Guard troops coming to Washington by Inauguration Day has grown to 26,000. 

Science behind the storm: A low pressure center took a ‘very favorable track’ to create a lot of wind

Local meteorologists tracked Wednesday’s storm system on its way to the Spokane area during the past week.

Deal calls for back pay for workers at charity for veterans

SEATTLE – The Washington state attorney general’s office has reached a settlement in a lawsuit that calls for back pay totaling $1 million for about 100 veterans once employed by a charity organization serving homeless vets.

14 people may be banned after rowdy D.C. to Seattle flight

Alaska Airlines said Friday at least 14 people could be banned from the company’s flights after the passengers were rowdy, argumentative and refused to wear masks on a flight from Dulles International Airport to Seattle.

Seattle won’t be counting its unsheltered homeless population this year, a number that could be higher than ever

This year will mark the first time since at least 1980 there won’t be a count of people living outside in Seattle. The homeless census occurs every year on January 21st and provides a snapshot of how many people are living on the streets and in shelters within King County.

Protesters swarm Statehouses across US; some evacuated

SANTA FE, N.M. — Protesters backing President Donald Trump massed outside statehouses from Georgia to New Mexico on Wednesday, leading some officials to evacuate while cheers rang out at several demonstrations as a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Western Washington weather forecast has it all, from an ‘atmospheric river’ to wind, mudslides and mountain snow

SEATTLE – A river of rain, snow in the mountains, flooding, wind and dangerous beach conditions.

Urging calm, DC mayor calls in National Guard for protests

Washington, D.C.’s mayor urged calm Monday as some 340 National Guard troops were being activated while the city prepared for potentially violent protests surrounding Congress’ expected vote to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

Excessive fees for Washington state high-school music trips canceled due to COVID-19 will be refunded

A company that illegally charged Washington students for a COVID-canceled trip to Europe will have to pay nearly a half-million dollars in refunds, according to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office.

Department of Corrections disputes prisoners’ claims about conditions, announces COVID-19 bulletin

On Christmas Day, more than 2,000 Washington prisoners were in isolation due to COVID-19 while another 2,800 were quarantined, according to the Department of Corrections’ count.

Debate over short-term rentals comes to ‘Washington’s playground’ as Chelan County considers limits on Airbnbs

As post-pandemic vacationing returns in coming years, tourists may find it harder to book an Airbnb near Leavenworth, Lake Chelan and other coveted areas in Chelan County.

Federal officials investigate fiery oil train derailment

Federal and local authorities were investigating a fiery oil car train derailment north of Seattle near where two people were arrested last month and accused of attempting a terrorist attack on train tracks to disrupt plans for a natural gas pipeline.

‘A recipe for disaster’: As Olympia becomes the site of political clashes, officials voice concern for the Capitol and the city

OLYMPIA – The demonstrations have become meaner. The taunts between opposing sides nastier. The number of weapons has multiplied. And the firearms traditionally brought to the Capitol for symbolism are now being pointed and fired to settle scores between political opponents.

Train cars carrying crude oil derail, burn north of Seattle

 A train carrying crude oil derailed Tuesday and caught fire north of Seattle close to the Canadian border, authorities said.

As he lobs baseless fraud claims, losing GOP governor candidate Loren Culp’s own campaign spending draws scrutiny

More than a month since losing to Gov. Jay Inslee, Republican Loren Culp has continued to raise money with unsubstantiated claims of vote fraud.

Biden to take oath outside Capitol amid virus restrictions

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take their oaths of office outside the U.S. Capitol building as inauguration planners seek to craft an event that captures the traditional grandeur of the historic ceremony while complying with COVID-19 protocols.