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At the north end of the Olympic Peninsula, trucks carrying massive trees rumble through the town of Port Angeles. Humans here have dramatically altered the old-growth forests that ring the snowy peaks of the mountains nearby. But residents are working to preserve what they can of this wilderness.
Customers are mostly okay with letting Amazon track them. It's the way of the world, they say. State governments aren't so lenient. Texas, Illinois and Washington have passed laws regulating how companies use customers' biometric data. A shareholder's lawsuit says Amazon must pay closer attention to these new state laws.
An Australian company is looking at repurposing the soon-to-close coal power plant property in Centralia, Washington, to build a big hydrogen fuel production facility. Fortescue Future Industries went public with its plans during a hydrogen symposium hosted by the Economic Alliance of Lewis County on Thursday.
Landlords say it's a useful tool. Renters call it a predatory trick. This legal document seems like an easy way to avoid eviction, but it can backfire for tenants. Many don't know what they're signing away.
Many seniors had planned for their golden years to look one way — time with family, grandchildren, friends — and then the pandemic took that away. Now, they're rethinking how they want to spend their remaining time.
There are more questions than answers in the case of a missing former foster child from Grays Harbor County. Five-year-old Oakley Carlson has been unaccounted for since February of last year. Police say her parents aren't cooperating with the investigation. Oakley's former foster mom questions why Oakley was sent back to live with her parents after more than two years in foster care. The governor's office and the Department of Children Youth and Families won't answer questions about the case citing privacy laws and the ongoing law enforcement investigation.
This week, the King County Council voted 8 - 1 to express support for abortion rights in the wake of a leaked draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which would open the door for states to outlaw abortion. Only one county council member voted against the measure: Reagan Dunn. Dunn is also one of several Republicans running for Congress this year in a highly competitive race for Washington's 8th Congressional District, east of Seattle.
Seattle's Duwamish Tribe renewed its quest for tribal sovereignty by filing a lawsuit against the U.S Department of the Interior on Wednesday. The tribe said the lack of federal recognition continues to cost its 600 enrolled members access to healthcare, scholarships and other benefits.
King County Sheriff's Office continues to struggle with job vacancies. The agency is looking to fill 172 open positions, or about 15 percent of its total workforce. And the county's employee vaccine mandate, issued last August, hasn't helped.
The National Park Service has awarded two grants totaling $100,000 to identify and preserve locations of historic significance for the Chinese American and Black communities in Washington state.
Community Courts seek alternatives to jail such as drug counseling. The change means people who commit multiple thefts or acts of vandalism will now be more likely to face jail time.
Self-described “aunties” are an informal network of people, mostly women, who offer their homes, rides to appointments, and more to people who may need to travel for abortions. These aunties operate individually and are not tied to any organization.
Seattle community colleges have been facing enrollment declines for the past few years. At a recent budget forum, Seattle Central College leaders say they're facing a $15 million dollar deficit. And without new funding options, they're proposing deep cuts.