UW Medicine to furlough about 4,000 workers

Officials said it was necessary to address a $500 million financial impact from COVID-19.

 

Guest workers worry their bodies won’t get back to Mexico if they die

Only cremated remains have been approved for repatriation.

 

Washington colleges, universities brace for big budget hit

At community colleges, many hands-on vocational programs were canceled.

 

Baby gorilla badly injured in family skirmish at Seattle zoo

Kitoko was bitten on the head, likely by accident when another gorilla tried to bite his mothera.

  • May 25, 2020

2 new cases of Kawasaki-like disease in children in state

Symptoms include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, and swollen hands, feet, lymph nodes and lips.

‘Alarming’ number of motorcycle fatalities to start the year

Twenty-five motorcyclists have died so far this year throughout Washington state.

  • May 22, 2020

State sues Trump over college students’ coronavirus aid

AG Ferguson says over 85,000 students who desperately need financial assistance have been excluded.

‘Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

Washington state has been reported as the top target of a Nigerian fraud ring.

GOP lawmakers are getting tired of Inslee’s pandemic powers

Some want a special legislative session, saying “it is time for the legislative branch to intervene.”

  • May 22, 2020

Washington contact tracers making calls to help fight virus

People notified of their potential exposure will not be told the name of the infected person.

U-1 Miss HomeStreet driven by Jimmy Shane, left, and U-9 Sound Propeller Services Presents Les Schwab Tires driven by Andrew Tate race during the Seafair Hydroplane race Sunday afternoon in Seattle on August 7, 2016. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

Annual Seafair festival in Seattle canceled

Organizers of the longtime annual festival in Seattle announced its major events will not happen.

U-1 Miss HomeStreet driven by Jimmy Shane, left, and U-9 Sound Propeller Services Presents Les Schwab Tires driven by Andrew Tate race during the Seafair Hydroplane race Sunday afternoon in Seattle on August 7, 2016. (Kevin Clark / The Daily Herald)

EPA says federal dams raise water temperature in Snake River

The warmer water can cause fish to stop their migrations and swim around aimlessly, as though lost.

  • May 20, 2020

State sues an Arlington gym for violating stay-home order

“It is my constitutional right to be open,” says a co-owner of PA Fitness. He plans to countersue.

10 more counties can expedite the reopening process

If all 10 are approved, they will join 10 others already approved to reopen more quickly.

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Tuesday news conference here

He is expected to talk about county variances and small-business grants.

State rules enable dental and medical practices to resume

Meanwhile, a new report reveals initial $428M hit to tax collections for the state budget

UW Medicine furloughs 1,500 staffers, with more possible

CEO Dr. Paul Ramsey last week announced an unprecedented $500 million budget shortfall.

  • May 18, 2020

Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Monday news conference here

He will talk about plans to reopen the state’s health care system.

Coronavirus interrupts St. Helens eruption anniversary plans

But several agencies were presenting talks and experiences online.

Coronavirus deaths reach 1,000 in Washington

Agency adds eight more deaths and listed the total number of confirmed cases at 18,288.

  • May 17, 2020