Articles by Martha Bellisle and Rachel La Corte

Associated Press

Boeing Suspending Production in Seattle over Virus

Boeing will suspend operations at its Seattle area facilities due to the spread of coronavirus, idling tens of thousands of aerospace workers, the company said Monday. At least 110 people have died from COVID-19 in Washington state, mostly in the …

Coronavirus Cases in at Least 10 Washington Nursing Homes

At least 10 long-term care facilities in the Seattle area have reported COVID-19 cases, with deaths at three of them _ a worrying development as health officials have cautioned that the elderly and those with underlying conditions are especially at …

Washington High Court Hears Case on Carbon Pollution

The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments this week on whether the state Department of Ecology has the authority to cap carbon pollution from major industrial emitters, something business groups and utilities have argued can only be done by the Legislature. …

Seattle Airplane Theft Shows Potential Dangers from Airline Workers

The theft of an empty plane by an airline worker who performed dangerous loops before crashing into a remote island in Washington’s Puget Sound illustrated what aviation experts have long known: One of the biggest potential perils for commercial air …

Amtrak in Washington 50 Mph Over Speed Limit Before Deadly Derailment

Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people. Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation …

$17M Lawsuit For Bridge Collapse Filed by Washington

A lawsuit filed this week by the Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking at least $17 million to recover costs related to the 2013 Skagit River bridge collapse. The lawsuit, filed in Skagit County Superior Court, names several parties …

Washington Seeks Two-Tier System for Driver’s License, IDs

Washington state officials are seeking to redesign the state’s driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to comply with tougher federal requirements for proof of U.S. residency for government-sanctioned identification. Under bills expected to be introduced in both the House …

Systematic Errors Led to Washington Bridge Collapse, Safety Board Says

Insufficient route planning, a distracted pilot driver and an inadequate permitting process by the state of Washington all played a part in last year’s Interstate 5 bridge collapse north of Seattle, which sent two cars into a river below, the …

Felony DUI Bill Working in Washington Legislature

A Seattle man who lost his parents and whose wife and infant son were seriously injured last March by a drunken driver asked a Senate panel on Monday to pass a measure that would make it a felony charge to …

Washington Governor Announces Bill To Address Drunken Driving

Gov. Jay Inslee and a bipartisan group of lawmakers unveiled a plan that would make changes to the state’s impaired driving laws, including requiring an arrest on the first offense and mandatory jail time if offenders don’t enroll in a …