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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 10, 2019

King County council member proposes money to bus homeless people out of the region

King County would spend $1 million on bus tickets for homeless people who want to reconnect with family or close friends in other states, away from Seattle, under a new …

UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019

King County judge rules Comcast violated state consumer protection law, orders restitution for Washington customers

A King County Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that Comcast violated Washington state’s Consumer Protection Act by misrepresenting its service protection plan to customers, according to state Attorney General Bob …

UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019

King County homeless count drops for first time in 7 years

After years of increase, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Seattle and King County appears to have declined.

Officials confirm 6th measles case in Washington outbreak

Health officials are investigating a sixth confirmed case of the measles in a western Washington outbreak involving people who spent time at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Officials: 4 new measles cases in Washington outbreak

Authorities say four new measles cases have been diagnosed in western Washington. The Washington State Department of Health says two of the cases were in King County and one each …

Yakima County jail head: Little choice but to drop off inmates in parking lot

After complaints about dropping them off in a parking lot, a top Yakima County corrections official said King County prisoners being released from the North Front Street jail will be …

King County’s landfill has been almost full for 2 decades

How much garbage can you cram into 1.4 square miles?

Ban on safe injection sites won’t be on King County ballot after state Supreme Court ruling

King County voters will not be deciding whether to ban safe injection sites after the state Supreme Court ruled that such an initiative tramples on the legislative authority of King …

Washington state Sen. Joe Fain concedes to Democratic challenger Mona Das

In a tough campaign season for King County Republicans and with the cloud of a rape allegation hanging over him, Washington state Sen. Joe Fain on Friday night conceded the …

King County Council members clash over response to rape allegation against state Sen. Joe Fain

Three county-council members say Councilmember Kathy Lambert’s comments about rape allegations leveled against Sen. Joe Fain “do not represent the King County Council.”

King County will open west wing of downtown Seattle jail as shelter

King County plans to turn a wing of the downtown Seattle jail into a shelter for homeless people, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced Thursday.

Delayed test on rape kit leads to arrest 11 years later

Prosecutors have charged a man with kidnapping and raping a 14-year-old Seattle girl in 2007 after delayed testing of her decade-old rape kit turned up a DNA match.

As sales plunge, King County home inventory has biggest jump on record

The better news for homebuyers in King County keeps coming: Inventory is way up. Sales are way down. And prices have stopped skyrocketing.

Major oil companies want King County climate case tossed

Five major oil companies want a climate change lawsuit by King County thrown out.

King County detective suspended after Uber driver attack

The King County Sheriff’s Office said a detective was suspended for four days without pay after an internal investigation determined she punched, kicked, scratched and slapped an Uber driver while …

New homeless count in King County shows spike in number of people sleeping outside

For the first time, King County’s annual one-night count of homelessness found more than half of homeless people were sleeping outside versus in shelter, with a stark increase in the …

Constantine wants to leverage conservation fund to buy 65,000 acres of ‘last best places’

King County farmlands, forests, shorelines, trails, urban green space and natural areas are a target of a conservation initiative by the county executive.

County sues top oil companies for downplaying global warming

King County is suing five major oil companies after it says the companies deliberately looked to downplay and discredit scientific warnings about the risks of global warning.

UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018

Washington should pay for ballot postage with emergency funds, Wyman says

Secretary of State Kim Wyman asks Gov. Jay Inslee to use emergency funds to pay the postage for ballots that are mailed back in the primary and general elections.

2 shot dead, 5 others hurt after biker melee near Seattle

Authorities said two men were killed and five other people were injured after a shootout at a motorcycle club south of Seattle.

Police: Man left notes at bus stop seeking girls underwear

The King County Sheriff’s Office said a man who had left notes at bus stops seeking to buy girls underwear showed up for a meeting with an undercover detective with …

King County detective caught pointing gun at a motorcyclist suspended

A detective who was caught on camera pointing a gun at a motorcyclist during a traffic stop was suspended for five days without pay.

UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

Owner of Mexican restaurants charged with tax theft of $5.6M

Prosecutors said the owner of a chain of Mexican restaurants in King and Snohomish counties used sales-suppression software to avoid paying $5.6 million in state taxes.

King County drops 1,500 misdemeanors due to staff shortage

King County prosecutors have announced that they will not file charges in 1,500 misdemeanor cases from 2017 due to a staffing shortage.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018

Man who accused ex-mayor of Seattle of sexual abuse found dead in motel

Delvonn Heckard, the Kent, Washington, man who sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray last year on allegations of sexual abuse decades ago – prompting other accusations to come to light, leading …

King County Democrats chair rejects calls for resignation

An internal memo says the chair of the King County Democrats has been asked to resign by three vice-chairs of the party following allegations of “harassment, intimidation and creation of …

Ex-deputy who accused former King County sheriff of groping countersues

An ex-deputy who accused former King County Sheriff John Urquhart of groping him in a Renton parking lot four years ago has filed a countersuit as part of a formal …

Possible suspension after King County deputy draws gun on motorcyclist

A King County Sheriff’s deputy who drew his gun on a motorcyclist while stopped at a red light faces a possible 10-day suspension.

Guest Opinion: Neal Kirby: Equity problems remain after court’s school ruling

The court didn’t rule on the equity issues. The McCleary court case only deals with the “ample provision” clause.

Bicyclist sues King County after serious injury on trail

A 67-year-old man has filed a lawsuit against King County following a bicycle crash that left him a quadriplegic.