Washington State House Democrats


Friday, September 13


Associated Press
Oregon pot retailers begin pulling vape brands in lung scare
US wants $100,000-plus from immigrant who sued over forgery
Lawmakers asking 4 big tech companies for documents in probe
Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect
Vaping illness in US gives Canada pause as legal sales near
Seattle pays ex-worker who spoke out about sex harassment
Judge orders release of far-right extremist in gun case

Auburn Reporter
City aims to collect sales tax money for affordable housing
Public health officials report the first case of severe lung disease related to vaping products in Washington

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Pierce County state representative named chairwoman of busy House committee (Kilduff, Jinkins)

Camas-Washougal Post-Record
$25M Steigerwald restoration kicks off (Wylie)

In Our View: We can’t breathe easy until vaping is fully vetted
Report on Clark County deaths tied to opioids in dispute
Legal fight over growth management plan finally over
Student test scores hold steady in Clark County, statewide
Public weighs in on review of Vancouver police use of force

The Daily News
County OKs shoreline permits for Kalama methanol plant
Bonneville lock closure a ‘break in supply chain’ for wheat to local ports
Six new sculptures to be in installed in downtown Longview Saturday
Port of Kalama commission approves Puget Island dredge disposal site purchase

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Ferry fares going up, and so is the new Mukilteo terminal
To spur investment, marijuana businesses want rules eased (Kloba)

The Inlander
Police ombudsman rolls out new use-of-force dashboard to increase transparency
BNSF’s Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge can move forward after Coast Guard assessment
Stopping short of saying ‘no,’ Belle Gardens wedding venue turns away gay couples. Is that illegal?

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Southern resident killer whales given Lummi name in a traditional ceremony
Letter: Re: Whale watching letter
Letter: We want our pledge

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County state representative named chairwoman of busy House committee (Kilduff, Jinkins)
A warming Puget Sound means dying kelp, researchers say. That hurts orcas and salmon
Bring your own water bottle: Alaska Airlines broadens plastic use reduction program
Eat out in Tacoma on Sept. 19, help out folks who came to America from another country
Editorial: Sound Transit project mangles Tacoma trees. Maybe there’s a lesson in this ‘unfortunate incident’

New York Times
China Drops Some U.S. Pork and Soybean Tariffs as Trade Tensions Ease
House Antitrust Panel Seeks Documents From 4 Big Tech Firms

Olympian (subscription required)
Vaping linked to 2 patients put on life support in North Carolina, hospital says
Pierce County state representative named chairwoman of busy House committee (Kilduff, Jinkins)
New law means the clock is ticking for some families to get students vaccinated

Peninsula Daily News
Olympic National Park, state move 101 goats in relocation efforts

Puget Sound Business Journal
Opinion: The decisions made today will affect Puget Sound region for many decades
Opinion: US-China trade war hits regional tourism industry
As U.S. delays tariffs, China buys beans
Treasury considers 50-year bonds as deficit tops $1 trillion
Washington universities work to meet increasing need for mental health services
Plagued with a worker shortage, Washington pledged more than $1B for mental health
Air Force prohibits KC-46 tankers from carrying cargo, passengers
Google settles with U.S. labor agency over employees’ speech

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Bringing light rail to central Ballard would cost an extra $450 million; here’s why
Planned apartment construction in Seattle dips from record-setting pace
Puget Sound’s underwater kelp forests in danger as climate warms
Turning up heat on Boeing 737 MAX inquiry, House leaders want to talk to employees who worked on the jet
Editorial: Trump’s wall shortchanges military projects — including in Puget Sound
Op-Ed: SOS: Gold dredging hurts Washington streams

Seattle Weekly
To spur investment, marijuana businesses want rules eased (Kloba)

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon passes homeless parking ordinance

Spokesman Review
Health official, shop manager disagree whether vaping flavors like fruity pebbles are aimed at kids
Proposed bill would open door to home delivery of marijuana in Washington
Washington should be careful with pot tax money, Pew study warns

Tri-City Herald
Senate committee adds $420 million to what Trump proposed for Hanford

USA Today
Pick up a joint instead, doc says: Vaping illnesses highlight flawed marijuana regulations

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Latest effort to split state is still nonsense

Washington Post
Appeals court revives lawsuit saying Trump is violating the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments
First Peanut allergy treatment to be reviewed by FDA panel
What we know about the mysterious vaping-linked illness and deaths
Americans increasingly see climate change as a crisis, poll shows
China calls off rise in tariffs on U.S. soybeans and pork as trade overtures resume
House lawmakers ask Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google to turn over trove of records in antitrust probe
Inside the drug industry’s plan to defeat the DEA

Yakima Herald Republic
Puyallup woman whose mother disappeared speaks out for missing indigenous women
Yakima works quickly to correct weaknesses identified in state auditor’s report


Two dogs put down in Washington after contact with rabid bats
Nearly 100 Issaquah high school students in limbo over lost AP scores
Everett community weary of affordable housing plan meets with developer’s CEO

Sound Transit releases new cost estimates for tunnel options to West Seattle and Ballard
Regional leaders unveil strategies to address repeat offenders

Four new strategies promoted to address repeat offenders in Seattle
Proposed deal in car tab lawsuit would refund $125 million to vehicle owners
Seattle pays ex-worker who spoke out about sex harassment

After 16 years, $217 million light rail expansion to connect more Tacoma neighborhoods
Some schools in Kent, Seattle lose programs that previously covered school meals

Health officials want to prevent teen vaping, but it’s complicated for schools
EPA Makes Rollback Of Clean Water Rules Official, Repealing 2015 Protections
‘You won’t kill me.’ The repetitive reality of police brutality cases

NW Public Radio
Trump Administration Finalizes Plan To Repeal Obama-era Water Protections
Numbers Of Imperiled Sage Grouse Tumble Even Lower Across The West

Q13 TV (Fox)
Attorney proposes refunding $125 million to settle Sound Transit car tab lawsuit
Photo shows man killed by Aberdeen police holding gun before shooting
Doctors eyeing three possible vaping-related lung illnesses in eastern Washington
City, County officials reveal plans to address cycle of repeat offenders
Amtrak derailment victims awaiting payout decision


Fighting fire with fire to save Washington’s forests