Health officials: Trump’s opioid announcement could mean more resources for Washington
President Donald Trump’s declaration Thursday that opioid overdose deaths are a public health emergency was low on specifics, but Washington’s top public health official said the order could bring needed resources to the state.
Washington college grads carry less debt than students in other states, survey finds
Students who graduated from Washington colleges are carrying less debt than students from many other states, a new survey shows.
Bellevue bans safe-injection sites for heroin users
Bellevue voted to ban safe injection sites, although none has been proposed for King County’s second-largest city. The prospect of hosting an injection site is causing political ripples across the county, and resistance seems to have stalled the sites.
Where are the most cars per capita? How about Seattle?
Seattle is one of the 10 most densely populated big cities in the U.S. and the number of cars is growing as fast as the population.
Think it’s hot now? Here’s what climate models say about the future of the Pacific Northwest
Some parts of Washington state, like Walla Walla County, could see dozens more 95-degree-plus days if only modest action is taken on climate change, according to an analysis of climate models.
Spokane eyes tougher regulations for Uber, Lyft after outcry from cab companies
With no new rules in sight from the state Legislature, Spokane signed contracts with the popular ride-hailing services last week with the promise city laws would be rewritten. Traditional taxi drivers have been lobbying the City Council to pass rules that put the same, or a similar, regulatory burden on ride-hailing services to keep the market competitive.
New pulp mill planned for southeast Washington will turn straw into commercial product
A pulp mill planned for southeastern Washington will extract cellulose from wheat and alfalfa straw, turning a waste product into a commodity. Columbia Pulp expects to begin operations in late 2018.
Washington has more homeless students than most states, and their numbers keep growing
In a three-year span, when the number of homeless students in Washington grew by 30 percent, the amount of federal funding provided to help homeless students only increased by 8 percent.
Latah blues: Town weighs disincorporation as city government lacks candidates for office
Some residents, including a sitting councilman, have floated the idea of disincorporating the town of Latah and letting the county take over services such as snowplowing and construction permitting.