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This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State still sifting through thousands of unemployment claims

The recent Lost Wages Assistance program pumped an extra $625 million to Washington’s unemployed.

This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Case count heat map shows Aug. 23 to Sept. 5. (Snohomish County Health District)

Snohomish County sees another uptick in COVID-19 cases

It’s too early to call it a third wave, but the numbers are cause for concern, Dr. Chris Spitters said.

Case count heat map shows Aug. 23 to Sept. 5. (Snohomish County Health District)
A police officer stands outside of Boohan Oriental Market after a shooting on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

1 dead, 2 injured after Edmonds shooting; suspect arrested

One woman was shot in the face. Police believe all four people knew each other.

A police officer stands outside of Boohan Oriental Market after a shooting on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe school official apologizes for ‘day drinkers’ comment

Monroe school official apologizes for ‘day drinkers’ comment

Jim Langston made the comment in reference to some parents, while frustrated about remote learning.

Monroe school official apologizes for ‘day drinkers’ comment
Dr. Spitters: We’re still in the middle of the pandemic

Dr. Spitters: We’re still in the middle of the pandemic

COVID metrics continue a positive trend, but masks and social distancing are here to stay, officials say.

Dr. Spitters: We’re still in the middle of the pandemic
Don’t miss out on up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay

Don’t miss out on up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay

The state says its ready to send out payments from a federal program. Certification is due Sunday.

Don’t miss out on up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay

Edmonds School District changes how cops cover its campuses

The district has opted for a less formal relationship that doesn’t station officers at every high school.

Rain and wind wash away much of the smoke, but be cautious

Rain and wind wash away much of the smoke, but be cautious

The air was expected to be potentially hazardous in most areas of Snohomish County until Saturday morning.

Rain and wind wash away much of the smoke, but be cautious
Two simultaneous health crises: Wildfire smoke, coronavirus

Two simultaneous health crises: Wildfire smoke, coronavirus

The smoke will linger this week. And the unhealthy air can bring symptoms easily mistaken for COVID-19.

Two simultaneous health crises: Wildfire smoke, coronavirus
Light rail’s Lynnwood Link inches forward, with massive beams
Light rail’s Lynnwood Link inches forward, with massive beams
Unemployment system overwhelmed by users and new claims

Unemployment system overwhelmed by users and new claims

The state Employment Security Department couldn’t process all the new information, leaving users frustrated.

Unemployment system overwhelmed by users and new claims
Dr. Spitters: ‘We’ve got a long way to go’ with COVID fight

Dr. Spitters: ‘We’ve got a long way to go’ with COVID fight

Cases are dropping, but don’t let your guard down, he said. Plus, one woman’s battle with the virus.

Dr. Spitters: ‘We’ve got a long way to go’ with COVID fight

You may qualify for an extra $1,500 in unemployment back pay

A federal program will give some of the state’s unemployed a $300 weekly bump for the past five weeks.

Overdose deaths spiked during pandemic shutdown, data shows

Overdose deaths spiked during pandemic shutdown, data shows

Local leaders point to anxiety, isolation and difficulty accessing drug treatment.

Overdose deaths spiked during pandemic shutdown, data shows

More good news: COVID infection rate continues to decline

Local leaders urge residents to keep wearing masks and to avoid large gatherings or parties.

Thousands are still waiting for unemployment in Washington

Some are waiting for thousands in backpay while others worry after losing the extra $600 each week.

Edmonds man charged for vandalizing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ artwork

Richard Tuttle faces up to a year in jail or a $5,000 fine. He allegedly told police he did it.

Inslee directs $40 million to aid the undocumented

Inslee directs $40 million to aid the undocumented

Approved applicants will receive $1,000. But payments may not be available until October.

Inslee directs $40 million to aid the undocumented
The JoJo washed ashore at Howarth Park in Everett. The city and state are working together to find out if they need to take control of the boat, or if the owner can move it on his own. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Stuck in the sand at Howarth Park, JoJo awaits her rescue

State and local agencies are monitoring the 45-footer that grounded at the beach earlier this week.

The JoJo washed ashore at Howarth Park in Everett. The city and state are working together to find out if they need to take control of the boat, or if the owner can move it on his own. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Study: Virus cases must drop for schools to safely reopen

Infection rates are flattening, data show, but Snohomish County is far from the recommended target.