The Washington State Redistricting Commission approved this Legislative District map and released it to the public Tuesday night. It is not the final map — the Washington Supreme Court has jurisdiction to adopt the final districting plan. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Remorseful redistricting panel: Court should consider our maps

The commission released “fair” maps of new political boundaries on Tuesday — a day past the deadline.

The Washington State Redistricting Commission approved this Legislative District map and released it to the public Tuesday night. It is not the final map — the Washington Supreme Court has jurisdiction to adopt the final districting plan. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
The Washington State Redistricting Commission held a public meeting over Zoom on Monday night to draw the final legislative and congressional district boundaries. Most of the five-hour session was spent in "caucus meetings" which were unavailable to the viewing public. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Bipartisan commission fails to draw new political boundaries

For the first time in state history, the Supreme Court will define new congressional and legislative districts.

The Washington State Redistricting Commission held a public meeting over Zoom on Monday night to draw the final legislative and congressional district boundaries. Most of the five-hour session was spent in "caucus meetings" which were unavailable to the viewing public. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
In this photo provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation, a rock and mudslide briefly closed a portion of Interstate 5 through Bellingham, Wash., on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. There was widespread flooding in the area as storms continued in the Pacific Northwest. (Washington State Department of Transportation via AP)

One missing, 500 displaced in Whatcom floodwaters

Rain sent the Nooksack River roaring over its banks at levels not seen in more than a generation.

  • Nov 16, 2021
In this photo provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation, a rock and mudslide briefly closed a portion of Interstate 5 through Bellingham, Wash., on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. There was widespread flooding in the area as storms continued in the Pacific Northwest. (Washington State Department of Transportation via AP)
FILE - Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson looks on during a news conference in Seattle on Dec. 17, 2019. Ferguson rejected a half-billion-dollar settlement offer, and now he's taking the state's case against the nation's three biggest drug distributors to trial Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. He says they must be held accountable for their role in the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Washington seeks over $38 billion from opioid distributors

AG Bob Ferguson is seeking a payout of tens of billions of dollars to help undo the damage.

  • Nov 15, 2021
FILE - Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson looks on during a news conference in Seattle on Dec. 17, 2019. Ferguson rejected a half-billion-dollar settlement offer, and now he's taking the state's case against the nation's three biggest drug distributors to trial Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. He says they must be held accountable for their role in the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost. (Seattle Fire Department)

Body of Seattle deputy fire chief found after 2-week search

Jay Schreckengost had gone elk hunting in Kittitas County and was last heard from on Nov. 2.

  • Nov 15, 2021
Seattle Fire Deputy Chief Jay Schreckengost. (Seattle Fire Department)
Vaccination rates for school employees by school district.

Many public school employees are exempt from getting vaccine

Districts gave exemptions to hundreds with sincerely held religious beliefs ahead of last month’s deadline.

Vaccination rates for school employees by school district.

King County judge upholds Port of Seattle’s vaccine mandate

Judge Samuel Chung has upheld a mandate for all Port of Seattle employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 15.

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, talks to reporters, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Ericksen, who is currently serving as both a state senator and a member of President Donald Trump's transition team, said that the Republican majority in the state Senate can rely on him, and that he's able to do both jobs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State lawmaker ill with COVID-19 in El Salvador

Doug Ericksen, a Republican who represents the 42nd District in Whatcom County, is sickened with COVID-19.

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, talks to reporters, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Ericksen, who is currently serving as both a state senator and a member of President Donald Trump's transition team, said that the Republican majority in the state Senate can rely on him, and that he's able to do both jobs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Sen. Steve Hobbs

Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens named secretary of state

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday appointed the Snohomish County Democrat to succeed departing Republican Kim Wyman.

Sen. Steve Hobbs
Staff shortages have hit the Department of Transportation, which means roads might not be plowed or maintained as quickly as motorists have come to expect. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Staffing shortages at DOT could mean closed roads this winter

Snow clearing could be delayed as the state is down about 300 workers. Also, SR 20 closes Wednesday.

  • Nov 10, 2021
Staff shortages have hit the Department of Transportation, which means roads might not be plowed or maintained as quickly as motorists have come to expect. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Aerial view of the Amtrak Cascades train derailment in 2017 near DuPont, Wash. (National Transportation Safety Board via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2017_Cascades_derailment_aerial_view_from_NTSB_preliminary_report.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>)

Amtrak to resume service on bypass 4 years after derailment

Eight trains will use the Point Defiance bypass between Tacoma and Olympia daily starting Nov. 18.

  • Nov 10, 2021
Aerial view of the Amtrak Cascades train derailment in 2017 near DuPont, Wash. (National Transportation Safety Board via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2017_Cascades_derailment_aerial_view_from_NTSB_preliminary_report.jpg" target="_blank">Wikimedia Commons</a>)

Grand jury indicts 2 arrested in Edmonds for smuggling ivory

They are accused of shipping ivory from endangered elephants and rhinoceros horns to the U.S.

FILE - A northern spotted owl, named Obsidian by U.S. Forest Service employees, sits in a tree in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore., in this May 8, 2003 file photo. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed a decision, made five days before President Donald Trump left office, to drastically shrink so-called critical habitat for the spotted owl. U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021, they have struck down the rule that would have opened millions of acres of forest in Oregon, Washington and California to potential logging. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Trump used ‘faulty’ science to strip owl habitat protections

The rule would have opened millions of acres in Oregon, Washington and California to potential logging.

  • Nov 9, 2021
FILE - A northern spotted owl, named Obsidian by U.S. Forest Service employees, sits in a tree in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore., in this May 8, 2003 file photo. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed a decision, made five days before President Donald Trump left office, to drastically shrink so-called critical habitat for the spotted owl. U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021, they have struck down the rule that would have opened millions of acres of forest in Oregon, Washington and California to potential logging. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
Gov. Jay Inslee joined other governors Monday at the Climate Registry & Climate Action Reserve press conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to talk about climate achievements and goals. From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Gov. Jay Inslee and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Jay Inslee)

Inslee: State agency vehicles must be all-electric by 2035

The governor, who is in Scotland for an international climate conference, set an aggressive timeline.

Gov. Jay Inslee joined other governors Monday at the Climate Registry & Climate Action Reserve press conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to talk about climate achievements and goals. From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Gov. Jay Inslee and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Jay Inslee)
People walk adjacent to the border with Canada at the Peace Arch in Peace Arch Historical State Park, where cars behind wait to enter Canada at the border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but America kept similar restrictions in place, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from coronavirus travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

U.S. reopens Canada border after 597 days of COVID closure

Ports are once again allowing crossings for tourism, shopping or visiting family and friends.

People walk adjacent to the border with Canada at the Peace Arch in Peace Arch Historical State Park, where cars behind wait to enter Canada at the border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but America kept similar restrictions in place, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from coronavirus travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Traffic drives in view of a massive Boeing Co. production plant, where images of jets decorate the hangar doors, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Insurers for several current and former Boeing board members will pay millions to settle the lawsuit.

Insurers for several current and former Boeing board members will pay more than $230 million to settle a lawsuit that… Continue reading

Traffic drives in view of a massive Boeing Co. production plant, where images of jets decorate the hangar doors, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Workers are shown in the kitchen of The GEO Group’s immigration detention center in Tacoma during a media tour, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Company halts work program instead of upping detainee pay

Rather than pay detainees minimum wage, a Tacoma immigration detention center suspended the program.

  • Nov 5, 2021
Workers are shown in the kitchen of The GEO Group’s immigration detention center in Tacoma during a media tour, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Bruce Harrell, who ran against Lorena Gonzalez in the race for mayor of Seattle, poses for a photo Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at his election night gathering in Seattle. Seattle City Council President Lorena González has conceded the mayor’s race, after an updated vote tally on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 showed former Council President Bruce Harrell with an insurmountable lead.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Harrell wins Seattle mayor’s race; Lorena González concedes

He will be the city’s first Asian American and second Black mayor.

Bruce Harrell, who ran against Lorena Gonzalez in the race for mayor of Seattle, poses for a photo Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at his election night gathering in Seattle. Seattle City Council President Lorena González has conceded the mayor’s race, after an updated vote tally on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 showed former Council President Bruce Harrell with an insurmountable lead.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel stands amid the debris of plastic hoop houses destroyed by law enforcement, used to grow cannabis illegally, near Selma, Ore., on June 16, 2021. Over 100 workers, most or all of them immigrants, were found at the site. Thousands of immigrants have been working on illegal marijuana farms purportedly run by foreign cartels in southern Oregon, living in squalid conditions and sometimes being cheated by their employers. (Shaun Hall/Grants Pass Daily Courier via AP, File)

Migrant Oregon weed workers face threats amid illegal boom

The workers say they are living in squalid conditions and are being cheated by their bosses.

  • Nov 5, 2021
FILE - Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel stands amid the debris of plastic hoop houses destroyed by law enforcement, used to grow cannabis illegally, near Selma, Ore., on June 16, 2021. Over 100 workers, most or all of them immigrants, were found at the site. Thousands of immigrants have been working on illegal marijuana farms purportedly run by foreign cartels in southern Oregon, living in squalid conditions and sometimes being cheated by their employers. (Shaun Hall/Grants Pass Daily Courier via AP, File)

Body donated for science dissected at Oregon ‘Oddities’ expo

A similar event scheduled for Halloween in Seattle was canceled after a report by KING-TV.

  • Nov 5, 2021