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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 18, 2020

Cities sue Census Bureau over ending 2020 head count early

More than a half-dozen cities, counties and civil right groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday, saying there was no justification for its decision to cut the 2020 census short by …


UPDATED: Fri., July 24, 2020

Judge: Seattle media must give protest images to police

Five Seattle news outlets will have to comply with a subpoena and give the Seattle Police Department unpublished video and photos from a May 30 racial justice protest, a judge …


UPDATED: Fri., April 17, 2020

King County gets new glimpse into unreported cases of COVID-19 through first-ever ‘swab and send’ home testing kits

The early findings come from the first 18 days of data collected by SCAN, a Bill Gates-funded partnership between the scientists behind the Seattle Flu Study and Public Health – …


King County faces 2 outbreaks at once, as hepatitis A spreads amid coronavirus pandemic

A local outbreak over the last several months has showed their concerns were justified. More than 100 people have been sickened by hepatitis A in King County since the beginning …


Study: Social distancing seems to be helping in King County

Public health officials and researchers say that social distancing appears to be helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Seattle area, where many of the first U.S. deaths occurred.


UPDATED: Fri., March 27, 2020

For nursing homes, symptoms aren’t enough to tell who’s sick

An investigation at a Seattle-area nursing home concludes that symptoms aren’t enough to identify who is infected once the coronavirus enters a long-term care facility


Sick staff fueled outbreak in Seattle-area care centers

Federal officials say staff members who worked while sick at multiple long-term care facilities may well have contributed to the spread of COVID-19 among vulnerable elderly in the Seattle area.


UPDATED: Sun., March 15, 2020

Health Department reports 127 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington on Sunday; 2 new deaths in King County

The number of positive, confirmed cases in Spokane County remained at three Sunday, although a large portion of the new cases reported were not assigned to a county by the …


UPDATED: Mon., March 16, 2020

Gov. Inslee orders Washington restaurants and bars closed, starting Tuesday, to combat coronavirus

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 grew again Sunday with 127 new patients in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee shut down restaurants, bars, entertainment, and recreational activities.


UPDATED: Sat., March 14, 2020

Boeing Field, two other properties to be used for housing homeless people in King County during coronavirus pandemic

King County announced Saturday it will repurpose the arrivals section of Boeing Field to create additional shelter space for vulnerable people living in a crowded Seattle shelter as well as …


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

Death toll grows to 6 from COVID-19 in Washington

Four more people have died from the new coronavirus in Washington.


UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

Coronavirus was probably spreading for six weeks in Washington state, study says

Genetic testing of the virus in a newly diagnosed patient matches that seen in the first patient in the United States, leading researchers to believe it’s been spreading undetected since …


UPDATED: Sun., March 1, 2020

Second coronavirus patient dies Saturday in King County; officials await test results in Spokane

The patient was a man in his 70s who had underlying health issues. The total number of confirmed cases in King County reached 10 on Sunday, with four new cases …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 13, 2020

Judge rejects most of legal challenge to Eyman’s I-976; Eyman to run as Republican in governor’s race

A King County Superior Court judge on Wednesday rejected most of a legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 976, a measure that would steeply discount the price of car registrations …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Judge weighs challenge to Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab measure

A King County Superior Court judge who has already temporarily blocked initiative promoter Tim Eyman’s latest $30 car tab measure from taking effect said he hopes to rule next week …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Washington state bill would allow King County to tax big businesses with highly paid employees

Washington lawmakers unveiled a bill Wednesday that would allow King County to impose a tax on big businesses with employees who earn at least $150,000 a year.The money raised would …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Judge allows Eyman to join car-tab initiative legal case

A King County judge will allow Tim Eyman to join the lawsuit over his $30 car tab initiative, but won’t force the state to hire outside lawyers.


King County approves money to improve courthouse security

The King County Council on Wednesday unanimously approved $600,000 in emergency funding to improve security outside the courthouse in downtown Seattle.


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.