Seattle Times: Federal judge rejects legal challenges to Inslee’s emergency orders to curb spread of COVID-19

Seattle Times: Federal judge rejects legal challenges to Inslee’s emergency orders to curb spread of COVID-19. “A federal judge Friday denied a request for a preliminary injunction against Gov. Jay Inslee’s emergency coronavirus orders that had been brought by some Republican state lawmakers.”

CNBC: Washington state stops counties from moving to full reopening as coronavirus cases rise

CNBC: Washington state stops counties from moving to full reopening as coronavirus cases rise. “Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced on Saturday that the state would halt some of its counties from moving into the next phase of reopening as the coronavirus shows signs of accelerating.”

COVID-19: Inslee announces mandatory face mask rule for Washington state (KOMO News)

KOMO News: COVID-19: Inslee announces mandatory face mask rule for Washington state. “Faced with a recent uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases in certain parts of the state, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that the state is imposing a mandatory requirement that people wear masks when they are outside their homes as officials struggle to contain the virus.”

Washington State Department of Health: Updated COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard provides deeper insight into regional and county trends

Washington State Department of Health: Updated COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard provides deeper insight into regional and county trends. “Gov. Jay Inslee and the state’s Joint Information Center have launched an updated version of the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard. The updated dashboard provides researchers and the public a better ability to see what’s happening at the regional and county level when it comes to COVID-19 activity, testing, and healthcare system readiness.”

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Challenges Department Of Education Decision Blocking Coronavirus Aid For Thousands Of Washington Students

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Challenges Department Of Education Decision Blocking Coronavirus Aid For Thousands Of Washington Students. “Attorney General Bob Ferguson today challenged a U.S. Department of Education decision that deprives thousands of Washington college students from receiving critical aid included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act. Under its Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, the CARES Act appropriated more than $12 billion to higher education institutions across the nation to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act required that at least 50 percent of the funds be disbursed to students as emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations.”

Open For Boating: New website to navigate coronavirus closures (KOMO Washington)

KOMO (Washington): Open For Boating: New website to navigate coronavirus closures. “‘We’ve been through a lot here as a community and boating is sort of the original social distancing,’ said George Harris, with the NW Marine Trade Association. After months of quarantining at home, boating is the escape many now crave. ‘This isn’t the time to be out socializing rafting up bringing friends and family out of your boat or anything else like that — that’s going to come later,’ Harris said. ‘So, I’m expecting boaters and anglers to be role models during this time and set a good example.’ Help to do that is right at your fingertips with a new website from the NMTA aptly called ‘Open for Boating.'”

Seattle Times: Is now the time to switch to a yearlong school calendar? Districts consider coronavirus reset

Seattle Times: Is now the time to switch to a yearlong school calendar? Districts consider coronavirus reset. “With Washington students out of school since mid-March, some say it’s time to consider a move to year-round schooling, even if it comes with added costs. Such an extended period away from classroom learning is raising the specter that all students — but especially those who benefit from more support like children in special education and low-income students — will face an unprecedented loss of knowledge.”

Jay Inslee: Inslee announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact

Jay Inslee, Washington Governor: Inslee announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact. “Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak are joining Washington, Oregon and California in the Western States Pact — a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.”

Reuters: Washington AG sues Facebook over political ads

Reuters: Washington AG sues Facebook over political ads. “Washington state’s attorney general filed a second lawsuit against Facebook Inc FB.O over political ads on Tuesday, saying the social media giant once again failed to make disclosures required under the state’s campaign finance laws. Facebook already paid $238,000 in 2018 to resolve a previous dispute over political advertising in Washington state.”

KHQ: Washington state has a new website for coronavirus information

KHQ: Washington state has a new website for coronavirus information. “The website provides coronavirus-related information for employees, families, schools, travelers, businesses, childcare and other state resources. This includes resources for dealing with stress, coronavirus basics, financial resources, information for women who are pregnant or nursing and more.”

Seattle Times: Ferguson threatens to sue if feds don’t reverse ‘illegal’ decision to close National Archives at Seattle

Seattle Times: >Ferguson threatens to sue if feds don’t reverse ‘illegal’ decision to close National Archives at Seattle. “Calling ‘illegal’ the decision to close and sell the National Archives at Seattle, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has told federal officials that his office is prepared to sue if the move is not ‘reconsidered and reversed.'”

University of Washington: New, UW-developed data tool tracks state legislative process, from first draft to final law

University of Washington: New, UW-developed data tool tracks state legislative process, from first draft to final law. “Legislators introduce thousands of bills during each session of the Washington State Legislature. But tracking how a bill becomes a law, or what happens to the vast majority that never make it that far, isn’t easy with current technology. A new data visualization tool aims to address this need. Legislative Explorer, or LegEx, developed by University of Washington political science professor John Wilkerson and undergraduate Rohnin Randles, in partnership with Seattle-based Schema Design, draws on bill information made available by the state to enable students, journalists and voters to visually explore the lawmaking process.”

KUOW: First ‘panic,’ then a battle to keep the National Archives in Seattle

KUOW: First ‘panic,’ then a battle to keep the National Archives in Seattle. “The archives hold about 56,000 cubic feet of documents and artifacts — most are not digitized. But the Trump administration has announced that the huge building will be closed and all the documents sent to California. Historians, genealogists, and researchers are now fighting to keep those records here in the Northwest.”

MyNorthwest: AG Bob Ferguson weighs legal action over Seattle National Archives closure

MyNorthwest: AG Bob Ferguson weighs legal action over Seattle National Archives closure. “Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson told KIRO Radio listeners… that his office is considering the possibility of a lawsuit against the federal government in the wake of the decision over the weekend by the Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives and Records Administration to close and sell the Seattle National Archives facility.”