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Past articles by Lauren:

Pierce County riders feel slighted by light rail extension setback

The light rail extension to the Tacoma Dome Station has been pushed back an additional three years. Now it won’t be finished until 2035, due to soil and resource issues in Federal Way and floodplain concerns in Fife. → Read More

‘They mislead victims’: Lawmakers consider ban on sale of over-the-counter rape kits

Lawmakers in Olympia are considering banning the sale of over-the-counter rape kits after years of pushback from local prosecutors who argue that they give sexual assault survivors false hope and can’t be used as evidence in court. → Read More

One of America’s most elusive shipwrecks found along Washington coast

On Nov. 4, 1875, the ill-fated SS Pacific departed the harbor in Victoria, British Columbia. The sidewheel streamliner bound for San Francisco never reached its destination. Not far from Cape Flattery on the Washington coast, the vessel was struck by the sailing ship, Orpheus. → Read More

Seattle police to deploy social workers, behavioral health specialists alongside cops on some calls

The city has allocated $1.5 million from the city budget to fund the Dual Dispatch Pilot Program. → Read More

Mill Creek Community Association to remove about 50 trees due to laminated root rot infection

Many are sky-high Douglas Firs that have been there for decades. → Read More

Truck found torched after Kitsap County burglars hit Best Buy, Home Depot stores

Kitsap County detectives are investigating two overnight burglaries that happened early Monday. → Read More

Study shows thousands of students unaccounted for in Washington public schools

Researchers found that Washington has the sixth highest number of “missing” students in the nation. → Read More

Turning right at a red light may change with new WA house bill

Free right turns could be limited with new legislation being debated in Washington State. → Read More

Florida woman claims Port Angeles doctor sexually assaulted her 4 years before his arrest

A Florida woman claims she alerted authorities four years before the arrest of a Port Angeles doctor, but officials there failed to take her story seriously. → Read More

King County taxpayers paying roughly $330k a month for empty hotel in Renton

Renton’s Red Lion Hotel, which once housed hundreds of people in need, now sits empty and abandoned. → Read More

City of Bellevue launching pilot program to offer free, safe parking for people living in vehicles

The program would capitalize on 37,000 square feet of city-owned land that backs up to I-405. → Read More

Bird flu sends egg prices soaring as Western Washington shoppers feel the strain

According to the Consumer Price Index, over the last year egg prices have gone up 60% nationwide. → Read More

From ‘brutal’ to ‘boring:’ Puget Sound housing market projected to mellow out in 2023

“We’re finally going to have a normal, boring year in the housing market,” said Zillow Economist Jeff Tucker. → Read More

Closing arguments heard in criminal trial of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer

The jury could begin deliberating as soon as Wednesday. → Read More

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer takes stand in his own criminal trial

All eyes were on Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer on Thursday, as he took the stand in his own criminal trial. → Read More

Black newspaper carrier testifies in trial of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer

On Tuesday, Sedrick Altheimer delivered much-anticipated testimony in the trial of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. → Read More

Emergency officials preparing for possible landslides near Bolt Creek Fire burn areas

Dried-up slope slides have become a landscape prime for flash-flooding and mudslides. → Read More

Hundreds attend memorial service for slain Central District business owner

"Whether you listen to Sam Cooke or Nipsey Hussle, D’Vonne could relate to you,” said Minister Danny Cage. → Read More

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announces plan to address graffiti in city

According to the mayor’s office, since 2019, reports of graffiti have grown by over 50%. → Read More

Despite rain, snow along Highway 2, Bolt Creek Fire still burning

After an unseasonably warm October, the Cascades are finally getting their first taste of precipitation. → Read More