New payroll tax plan clears hurdle

Seattle’s Council Budget Committee approved a plan to tax the biggest businesses with the highest earners, which would raise more than $200 million annually for services such as affordable housing, help for small businesses, and other services.

  Could a new occupied protest zone be formed?

With the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone cleared, some protesters have plans to form another occupied protest site.

Seaplane crashes on Lake Washington

FedEx delivery van rolls off rock wall, crashes

Renton to give out masks to fight spread of COVID-19

The city of Renton announced Wednesday that it will hand out 20,000 masks free to residents starting Thursday to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

  Seattle mayor, police chief speak out on decision to clear CHOP

After the Capitol Hill Occupied/Organized Protest zone was cleared out by police Wednesday morning, Mayor Jenny Durkan revealed that over the last two weeks, the Seattle Police Department and other city departments had been working on what she called a “range of operational plans.”

Pac-12 Conference announces initial steps to combat racism, promote social justice

The Pac-12 on Wednesday announced a series of initial steps designed to promote social justice and combat racism.

  Season for Tacoma Rainiers cancelled due to COVID-19

  Olympia halts graffiti clean up enforcement

Graffiti has been popping up more often in downtown Olympia over the last few weeks.

  Seattle police return to East Precinct

Yakima County gym fined nearly $10K for defying governor’s Safe Start order

A fitness center in Yakima County was fined nearly $10,000 for defying Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start order.

Bite of Seattle, Taste of Tacoma canceled for 2020

Two big summer food events in Western Washington are canceled.

  Protesters gather at police lines around CHOP

As barriers, signs and other structures were removed from Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest after people inside the zone were forced out, a small group of protesters gathered at police lines around the perimeter of the area.

  Seattle police, city workers clear CHOP after mayor issues emergency order

Seattle police are clearing the CHOP protest zone after Mayor Jenny Durkan issued a 48-hour executive order to vacate the area early Wednesday.

2 injured in shooting at Gene Coulon Park in Renton

  Neighbors upset only a few CHOP barricades removed

Some barricades at the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone were removed as Seattle moves toward dismantling the protest zone.

  State eyeing Thurston County for Sea-Tac-size airport

Commercial 737s could touch down in south Thurston County.

  Bellevue Square reopens after COVID-19 closure, looting

Bellevue Square re-opened Tuesday after being closed for nearly 3 months. The reopening comes a month after hundreds of looters raided the mall and stole millions of dollars-worth of merchandise.

  Ferry wait times spike following staff shortages

As a result of the pandemic, there are fewer employees on ferries, and departures are often cut in half.

  Gov. Inslee heckled off stage in Tri-Cities appearance

Public health department responding to coronavirus outbreak in UW’s Greek system

Fred Hutch lays off employees, eliminates open positions due to pandemic

  Protesters put up makeshift roadblock after crews remove some barriers at CHOP

Seattle Department of Transportation crews are removing barricades in Seattle’s CHOP zone Tuesday morning.

Several blocks closed after gas line ruptures in downtown Puyallup

Construction crews hit a natural gas line in downtown Puyallup early Tuesday, causing the closure of several city blocks.

  Second deadly shooting prompts louder calls to dismantle Seattle protest zone

A teenager is dead, a second injured and their jeep is riddled with bullets inside the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone, aka CHOP zone.

  Washington among states putting brakes on some reopening plans amid spike in COVID-19 cases

“The worst is yet to come,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization.