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Wednesday, August 10

Buttons and signs are stacked during the Shout Your Abortion (SYA) gathering to protest the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade

Seattle makes interfering with abortion care a misdemeanor, prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy outcome
It will soon be illegal in Seattle to discriminate against someone for seeking or receiving an abortion, part of the city’s efforts to preserve reproductive rights locally after federal protections were removed earlier this summer. In a pair of bills passed on Tuesday, the Seattle City Council made it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their actual or perceived pregnancy outcome and added a statewide misdemeanor charge for interfering with health care to the city’s code, hoping to minimize interference and harassment against those seeking care in the wake of the Supreme Court undoing decades-old constitutional protections over abortions in June. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Erika Schultz)

A customer prepares to pump gas in Houston, TX.

Inflation eased in July from a year ago, as energy prices fell
July inflation climbed 8.5 percent over the past year, easing slightly thanks to falling gas and energy prices, and offering fresh hope to families and businesses that inflation may start to simmer down after months of gains. In one of the most encouraging signs in more than a year, inflation in July was also flat from the month before, as a major drop-off in gasoline prices helped offset increases in food and shelter. The latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics marked the lowest month-to-month inflation reading since May 2020. June’s inflation report was bleak, notching a new pandemic peak of 9.1 percent over the year before, as prices at the pump averaged above $5 per gallon. But by July, families felt more relief in their gas and energy bills. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Brandon Bell)

Top 3 WSU police leaders retire after investigation
The Washington State University police chief and his two top subordinates say they will retire following an internal investigation that concluded they mishandled a complaint and subsequent punitive action against an officer accused of having sexual relations while on duty. The command staff chose to retire to avoid further administrative action, including the possibility of their employment with the university being terminated. According to an investigation report acquired by the Moscow-Pullman Daily News through a public records request, the officer at the center of the investigation is Sgt. Matthew Kuhrt, who has been accused of sexual misconduct. Continue reading at The Associated Press.

Associated Press
High tide flooding to become more common in WA
Top 3 WSU police leaders retire after investigation
Red Flag Warning issued for Western Washington state
President Biden signs veterans health bill, marking personal victory

Bellingham Herald
Here’s what you should know about the Lummi Island Ferry
High tide flood warnings throughout WA state predict dangerous sea levels in these cities

Editorial: In Our View: Democrats’ bill a win for climate, future

The Daily News
RiverCities Transit, Twin Transit create new routes from Longview to Castle Rock to Centralia and back

Everett Herald
Marsyville school’s new approach embraces ‘Indigenous ways of learning’
Providence nurse’s tearful plea shines light on short-staffed ER
Lynnwood’s Poplar Way bridge over I-5 gets $25M federal boost
Editorial: Purchase of hotel as shelter can be effective tool

Indian Country Today
First Native woman in space
Tribe: Wildfire causes fish deaths

Kitsap Sun
Washington State Ferries, Kitsap Transit awarded federal funding

New York Times
Inflation Slows as Economy Cools, Offering a Reprieve: Live Updates
For Older Americans, Health Bill Will Bring Savings and ‘Peace of Mind’
Biden Signs Bill to Help Veterans Who Were Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits
States With Abortion Bans Are Among Least Supportive for Mothers and Children

‘Who are we without salmon?’ Tribes gather along dammed Snake River to call for action

Puget Sound Business Journal
Alaska Airlines workers ratify 2-year contract extension
Washington travel nurses put hospitals in costly predicament
How a recession may change employment outlook for labor-starved construction sector

Seattle Times
In Seattle, Fauci talks COVID politics, monkeypox and life in the public eye
Seattle makes interfering with abortion care a misdemeanor, prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy outcome
Sen. Cantwell touts semiconductor bill signed by Biden, saying it will bring investments in WA

Skagit Valley Herald
Child care, mental health and food security programs get COVID money

Tri-City Herald
U.S. energy secretary visits Tri-Cities for 1st time this week. Here’s what she wants to see
Both sides of WA state tell Biden what it will take to clean up Hanford. Lots more money

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Firefighters, farmers quash wheat fire outside Athena

Washington Post
Inflation eased in July from a year ago, as energy prices fell off summer peaks
Mar-a-Lago search appears focused on whether Trump, aides withheld items
Book bans are threatening American democracy. Here’s how to fight back.

Yakima Herald-Republic
Federal relief funds, creative staffing keep 2022-23 Yakima school budget steady
The road to electric: How Yakima might meet Washington goal for electric cars by 2030

Des Moines fast ferry service to Seattle launches Wednesday
Seattle City Council passes legislation adding protections for abortion seekers
What we know about student loan payments pause and possible debt cancellation

New ‘Fast Ferry’ departs from Des Moines beginning Wednesday
Kent School District investigation finds teacher violated its non-discrimination policy
Seattle City Council passes abortion protection and gender-affirming care legislation
3 WSU police commanders retiring after mishandling of investigation into officer’s misconduct

King County in need of more vaccine to treat monkeypox patients, top health official say

KUOW Public Radio
Monkeypox vaccines in short supply and high demand
Why falling gas prices are not taking the sting out of inflation
A Nebraska woman is charged with helping her daughter have an abortion

Spokane Valley receives more than $2 million in state funding for road projects

NW Public Radio
Coastal Washington Tribe Creates Higher Ground By Building Tsunami Tower, First Of Its Type Here
Quarantine Likely Due To Japanese Beetle Infestation In Eastern WA, Says WSDA Official
Vaccine Supplies Limited As Monkeypox Cases Climb In Washington

Q13 TV (FOX)
Colleges, schools discussing monkeypox precautions before school year starts
Drier, hotter conditions creating increase in West Pierce fire calls

Rainier’s largest glacier is melting. Here’s what that means downstream

Des Moines betting on fast ferry service to attract visitors

The Stranger
Seattle Continues Shoring Up Abortion Protections Post-Roe
With Monkeypox Vaccine Only Trickling In, King County Considers Splitting Doses

West Seattle Blog
FOLLOWUP: West Seattle Elementary won’t reopen until fall 2023
NEW FERRY: What you’ll see off West Seattle starting tomorrow