• 'I’ll always run from you.' Spokane chase shows law enforcement's pursuit problem

    (The Center Square) – Spokane County Undersheriff John Nowels says the recent arrest of a man with 14 prior felony convictions who recklessly fled from deputies is a prime example of what has gone wrong in Washington’s criminal justice system. The recent pursuit of Bryan D. Bewick, 36, had to be terminated several times by a new law even though he was endangering other motorists and pedestrians, said Nowels. “Previously, we could have taken into account all sorts...

  • Seattle's plan to boost economy through film, TV faces criticism

    (The Center Square) – Seattle City Councilmember Sara Nelson proposed a Seattle film commission to lobby for the film and TV industry in Seattle as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs Wednesday. Nelson said that a film commission consisting of 11 members to represent Seattle’s film industry would be tasked with advising city leaders on developing policies and programs to help bring movie and TV productions to Seattle. “Seattle’s film industry has been...

  • Washington Court of Appeals OKs Inslee's mask mandate authority

    (The Center Square) – A 2-1 ruling by the Tacoma-based Washington State Court of Appeals Division II upheld the state’s prior mask mandate and authority to do so. The ruling also contained a dissent that seemingly encouraged more legislative oversight of emergency powers. The ruling involved a lawsuit originally filed in July 2020 by the Freedom Foundation on behalf of group of citizens that questioned whether Gov. Jay Inslee and then-Secretary of Health John Wiesman have the...

  • Snohomish County purchases first hotel for sheltering program

    (The Center Square) – Snohomish County is joining neighboring King County in purchasing hotels to convert to emergency housing. While King County’s Health Through Housing initiative is working to hit its goal of creating up to 1,600 emergency housing and permanent supportive housing units by the end of the year, Snohomish County’s hotel purchases work towards a different goal. The Shelter and Behavioral Health Partnership Program the county aims to add new housing...

  • Water system serving South Dakota to see influx of funding

    (The Center Square) – A record amount of construction is expected for the South Dakota Lewis & Clark Regional Water System this year following a $75.5 million boost from the federal government. Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo and Bureau of Reclamation leaders gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony in Beresford on Wednesday to mark the occasion. The $75.5 million will pay for constructing the last 32 miles of the pipeline for the Madison...

  • Consumer prices in Denver up 1.7% in last two months

    (The Center Square) – Consumer prices have increased 1.7% in the Denver metro area over the last two months, according to federal data. Prices went up 1.7% in June and July, which is more than the 1.33% increase the area saw in April and May, data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. “Much of the two-month increase in inflation may have occurred in June, which is not reported separately in Colorado, as national inflation was flat in July,” the Common...

  • Fired WSU coach claims $25M in damages; status of case unclear

    (The Center Square) – Nick Rolovich, former head football coach at Washington State University, has filed a tort claim demanding $25 million in damages as a result of his firing for refusing a COVID-19 vaccine last year. However, the status of the claim or any negotiations over it are unclear. The 43-year-old was fired in October after refusing to comply with the mandatory vaccination policy for state employees on religious grounds. Rolovich, a Roman Catholic, objected on the...

  • Arizona governor signs right to try expansion

    (The Center Square) – The “right to try” has been expanded in Arizona. Gov. Doug Ducey held a signing ceremony for five bills that passed with bipartisan support in this year’s legislative session. It included Senate Bill 1163, the Right to Try for Individualized Treatments. Sen. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, is the chief sponsor of the bill. “Personalized medicine is the future,” Barto said in a press release from the governor’s office. “I’m proud that...

  • Mayor Lightfoot: Chicago residents should expect a 2.5% property tax increase

    (The Center Square) – Residents of Chicago can expect to see their property taxes increased in 2023, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday at a budget forecast briefing. Lightfoot said her plan includes a 2.5% property tax increase for 2023, totaling more than $42 million in new revenue for the city. Lightfoot said the city expects a budget gap of about $127.9 million in 2023, down from $733 million in 2022. The gap is the smallest since Lightfoot took office in...

  • Report: Fraction of Illinois hospitals complying with price transparency law

    (The Center Square) – A new report from a patients rights group finds that most Illinois hospitals continue to hide actual prices from consumers 18 months after the Hospital Price Transparency Rule went into effect. Beginning in January 2021, every hospital operating in the U.S. was required to provide clear, accessible pricing information online about the items and services they provide. PatientRightsAdvocate.org found that only 319 hospitals, or 16% nationwide,...

  • Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue ranked No. 4 metro nationally for greatest inflation growth

    (The Center Square) – The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area in Washington state took the No. 4 spot in the nation in terms of cities experiencing the greatest growth of inflation, according to a new report from WalletHub. The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area’s fourth-place finish came behind only Anchorage, Alaska, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Georgia, areas in terms of inflation growth. Researchers from the...

  • Audit says Louisiana mental health agency didn't collect revenues or delinquent debts

    (The Center Square) — A recent legislative audit uncovered multiple issues at the Central Louisiana Human Services District, including a failure to collect self-generated revenues and delinquent debt and loose oversight over employee time sheets. Louisiana Legislative Auditor Mike Waguespack issued an audit report for the agency that provides mental health services in an eight-parish area on Monday. It found for the third consecutive review the agency did not bill Medicare and...