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State Senate sends bill to perfect De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 to Governor Jay Inslee

Excerpt: A bill that polishes De-Escalate Washington's successful Initiative 940 has cleared the Legislature unanimously, without a single dissenting vote.
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Washington State House unanimously passes legislation to adopt new I‑940 compromise

Excerpt: And they're off! The Washington State House of Representatives has passed its first consequential bill of the 2019 session, concerning law enforcement.
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Poll Watch: De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 enjoys overwhelming support among voters

Excerpt: An initiative that would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation and mental-health training in addition to changing the legal standard for use of deadly force enjoys overwhelming support among voters, a new poll by the coalition supporting the measure has found.
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Victory for gun responsibility! Washington State Senate passes bill banning bump stocks

Excerpt: The good news out of Olympia just keeps on coming! By a vote of twenty-nine to twenty, the Washington State Senate tonight voted to ban bump stocks, the now-infamous devices that were used in the horrific Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
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De-Escalate Washington submits signatures for Initiative 940 at rainy event in Olympia

Excerpt: Washington State is slated to have at least one progressive idea on the November 2018 ballot following the submission of signatures for Initiative 940 by De-Escalate Washington, a broad and diverse coalition of organizations that is seeking policing reforms to reduce the use of deadly force in our communities.
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A horrible week just got worse: Mass shooting reported in downtown Seattle

Excerpt: Author­i­ties in Seat­tle have cor­doned off an area near 3rd & Pine fol­low­ing a mass shoot­ing in the heart of the city. We don’t know very much at this time, except that five peo­ple are said to be wound­ed and two have life-threat­en­ing injuries. The perpetrator(s) are unknown at this time and the inves­ti­ga­tion is […]
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At least ten shot dead at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon; more injured

Excerpt: Gun vio­lence has once again left dozens of peo­ple dead and wound­ed at a place of learn­ing, this time right here in the great Pacif­ic North­west: An inci­dent with an active shoot­er has tak­en place at Umpqua Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege in Rose­burg that has left at least 10 peo­ple dead and more than 20 injured. Accord­ing […]
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Another crash closes Aurora Bridge in Seattle: Time to put safety first and improve SR 99

Excerpt: Well, it’s hap­pened again: A mul­ti­ple vehi­cle crash Sun­day morn­ing that closed all lanes on Auro­ra Bridge in Seat­tle was the sec­ond crash on the bridge in a week. Crews were called to the scene around 6:30 AM Sun­day to an acci­dent involv­ing three vehicles. Police say no one was seri­ous­ly injured in the collision. The […]
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This Independence Day, don’t get burned: Let the professionals set off the fireworks

Excerpt: Inde­pen­dence Day is almost here, and as the cel­e­bra­tion of Amer­i­ca’s found­ing has inched clos­er, fed­er­al, state and local offi­cials have become increas­ing­ly vocal about the dan­gers posed by set­ting off fire­works, par­tic­u­lar­ly with con­di­tions so dry this year. Author­i­ties are emphat­i­cal­ly urg­ing peo­ple to go see a com­mu­ni­ty spon­sored, pro­fes­sion­al­ly run fire­works show instead […]
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Live in King County? Vote Yes by April 28th, 2015 to upgrade our region’s emergency public safety radio network

Excerpt: April may not seem like an elec­tion month, but in Wash­ing­ton, it’s actu­al­ly one of two times dur­ing the year when local juris­dic­tions may sched­ule spe­cial elec­tions, most often for the pur­pose of send­ing the vot­ers a levy for their consideration. This year, the nine-mem­ber King Coun­ty Coun­cil has opt­ed to place a propo­si­tion on […]
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Tragedy strikes again: One dead, several hurt in mass shooting at Seattle Pacific University

Excerpt: Amer­i­ca’s dead­ly gun vio­lence epi­dem­ic has once again vis­it­ed Wash­ing­ton State. Today, at Seat­tle Pacif­ic Uni­ver­si­ty, one young per­son was killed and sev­er­al oth­ers were crit­i­cal­ly and seri­ous­ly hurt by an uniden­ti­fied gun­man who walked into Otto Miller Hall and began shoot­ing at stu­dents ear­ly in the afternoon. The gun­man was tack­led and sub­dued by an […]
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More senseless gun violence claims the lives of two young employees of Zumiez

Excerpt: Tragedies like these have seem to have become a week­ly occur­rence. We are so desen­si­tized to vio­lence now that we are not as shocked as we all should be when more lives are end­ed by sense­less gun vio­lence: As throngs of patrons strolled and browsed at the Mall in Colum­bia on a gray, cold Sat­ur­day, […]
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King County Medic One renewal levy passing overwhelmingly with 80%+ in favor

Excerpt: King Coun­ty vot­ers have giv­en a big thumbs up to Medic One, approv­ing a levy that renews fund­ing for emer­gency med­ical response ser­vices for sev­er­al more years and ensur­ing that King Coun­ty remains the best place in the world to be in the very unfor­tu­nate event of a heart attack (or car­diac arrest, to use […]
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The anatomy of a headline: Some stories on Federal Way tragedy imply it’s part of Seattle

Excerpt: Last night’s dead­ly ram­page in Fed­er­al Way — which result­ed in the deaths of five indi­vid­u­als at the Pinewood Vil­lage apart­ments com­plex just off Pacif­ic High­way South — has focused nation­al and inter­na­tion­al atten­tion on our region. Although the tragedy occurred in Fed­er­al Way and author­i­ties there are han­dling the inves­ti­ga­tion, sev­er­al nation­al and inter­na­tion­al […]
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