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Will unvaccinated state workers lose their jobs on October 18th? Not necessarily
"A members of the state's largest union are going to vote this week on whether to ratify an agreement recently reached with the governor over how to implement his vaccine mandate state employees healthcare workers and educators have until october eighteenth to get fully vaccinated but as. Kyw's austin jenkins tells us state workers who are not fully vaccinated by october. Eighteenth won't necessarily lose their jobs that day. The governor has not backed away from his get vaccinated or get fired mandate but if an employee has requested a medical or religious exemption and that's still under review they will not lose their job that day so long as they have requested the exemption by september thirteenth which is next monday also if an employee isn't fully vaccinated on october eighteenth they can take again paid or unpaid leave to finish their vaccine cycle.
For the second time this year, there was a security breach at the Governor's Residence in Olympia
"This is k. u. o. w. news kim malcolm in seattle for the second time this year. There's been a security breach of the governor's mansion in olympia. It happened this morning when a woman made it through the perimeter fence onto the mansion. Grounds olympic correspondent. Austin jenkins has the details. The first security breach happened january. Sixth it involved a crowd of pro trump supporters who pushed through a gate and spilled onto the mansion lawn as a state trooper tried unsuccessfully to hold them back. This breach involved just one person. A woman described as confused and disoriented. She parked her car with her dog. In it at a security barrier then walked approximately one hundred yards to the mansion fence. The state patrol said. It wasn't immediately clear how she got in but after she was detained troopers. Were seen securing a side gate with a chain and padlock. The woman was later taken to the hospital. The state patrol says it does not appear. She posed a threat to the governor or first lady neither of whom were at the residence at the time the state legislature this year. Funded two million dollars in upgrades to security at the mansion but that work is still in the design process and has not yet begun. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
State revenue forecast predicts an even bigger surplus
"Washingtonians are buying stuff. Things like cars bikes and kayaks. And that means the state sales tax is surging. It's a big reason why washington's quarterly revenue forecast out. Today is up nearly two billion dollars. Kyw's austin jenkins has details. The state of washington is coming out of this pandemic in a strong fiscal position. Despite a recession and scores of job losses. Stay revenues have held. Strong now comes another positive quarterly report. It shows projected revenues up another one point. Eight billion dollars over the next two years. Economic forecaster steve lurch says consumer behavior is driving the surge one of the things that the pandemic did was to really alter patterns of consumption and it shifted consumption at the household level away from services and towards consumer durables that's products like exercise equipment and outdoor gear people are also buying cars furniture and appliances but the pictures not all rosy retail restaurants and entertainment. Still struggle and there are risks to the economy like new cova variants inflation and supply chain issues. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Washington state puts law enforcement's relationship with mental health workers to the test
"In washington the working partnership between police and crisis mental health workers spring put to the test. The reason is a new police. Use of force law k. You're ws austin jenkins explains the new law which takes effect next month says police officers may only use physical force to affect an arrest preventing escape or protect against imminent threat of bodily injury. It also says police should take into account the mental state of a person and be prepared to walk away. The goal of the new laws to reduce the number of use of force incidents police in mental health crisis responders say. That's but warn of an unintended consequence already. Police departments are declining detain. Help transport people in crisis. Joe avalos runs a crisis response team in thurston and mason counties. That's the kind of tricky part of where we're facing now. Starting to see more reluctance from law enforcement already there have been cases where police walked away only to return later to arrest the person because they committed a crime. State lawmakers say this was not the intent of the law and that they're monitoring the implementation. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Providence Southwest Washington reinstates visitor ban
"So how bad is this. V wave of covert nineteen well. Providence in southwest washington is once again banning visitors to its hospitals. The icu is at capacity and elective surgeries and procedures are also being delayed. Kyw's austin jenkins spoke with the chief executive at saint peter's hospital in olympia at the situation is dire. The hospital is running at surge capacity patients. Who need a hospital better. Stacked up in the er a recent check showed forty one of forty two critical care beds are full. Fourteen of those beds are covered patients. Providence southwest chief executive during goss says the spike in cova cases is putting pressure on an already strained system so on top of already been full a we continue to Now have to deal with this v wave which is just unprecedented since this pandemic has started and goss says the next few weeks look rough. He says they've seen a few breakthrough cases of covet but mostly are une backdated younger demographic much younger goss says the situations putting an additional strain on staff who are already experiencing burnout. He's encouraging people who can get vaccinated to do so. He says help us help others. I'm austin jenkins and olympia.
Afghans and their supporters rally in Olympia
"Members of washington's afghan community rallied at the washington state capital today. Olympia correspondent austin jenkins. was there. They held signs that read save afghanistan and chanted their opposition to both the taliban and neighboring pakistan the group numbering in the dozens also protested the us withdrawal from afghanistan. Muhammad bakshi was one of the rallies organizers. It just lift everybody dibba threat them across the three people bakshi. She says he came to the. Us in two thousand fourteen on a special immigrant visa after assisting the us army in canada. Har- he's from panjshir afghanistan described as the last holdout province to fall to taliban control. He claims the taliban is massacring people in his home province amid deteriorating conditions. Although those reports have not been confirmed. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Inslee facing calls to extend the moratorium on evictions
"This is komo w news. I'm kim malcolm in seattle washington's eviction moratorium is scheduled to expire in eight days. That has a lot of people worried. And as kyw's austin jenkins reports some state lawmakers are sounding the alarm for some people. June thirtieth promises a return to near normalcy as the state reopened for others though that date represents the end of protection from eviction so it feels like the moratoriums going to end. And it's just gonna be twenty months on top of you immediately. This is democratic state representative. Kirsten harris tally who represents a diverse south seattle legislative district. Folks are just nervous that it's going to be so immediate that folks are out. We haven't had a comprehensive conversation about homelessness service bridging like there's a domino impact. Folks are nervous about the legislatures. Black members caucus is calling on governor. Jay inslee to extend the eviction moratorium yet again. Something the city of seattle just did inslee says. He's exploring options. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
New AG team will assess rates of missing or murdered indigenous women
"The issue of missing and murdered indigenous. Women is about to get fresh attention in washington. Yo austin jenkins reports indigenous women are murdered and go missing at a higher rate than any other. Ethnic group in the us in those cases often go unsolved now. Washington is forming a legislative task force to focus on the issue. The attorney general's office is now named a three person team including to tribal members to lead the effort. The next step is to select the twenty one members of the task force that appointment processes underway once formed task force will look at issues like data collection and reporting missing indigenous. People how the cases are handled by prosecutors and what supports are available to victims. The task force will submit to reports to the legislature and the governor next year and the year after separate legislation in two thousand nineteen created to tribal liaison positions within the washington state patrol. The goal of those positions is to build trust between government entities and native communities. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Inslee won't rule out any Covid action as cases rise and hospitals fill
"This is komo news. i'm page browning in for kim. Malcolm the kovin situation is getting bleaker by the day. Rising case counts breakthrough cases and more people in the hospital. So far washington governor jay inslee has held off on new covert mandates but. Kyw's austin jenkins says. Nothing is totally off the table. Whether it's a lot of uncertainty and it seems we are at another inflection point you know. I asked the governor last week. If he thought about requiring counties that are below his goal of the seventy percent vaccination rate to to rollback. they're reopening. He seems very reluctant to discuss that. He says he doesn't want to shut down. Businesses doesn't want another round of layoffs. You want people to have their freedoms but he also said that there are untold things that could be done in the future of more people. Don't get vaccinated. And he also made it clear that he will not abide by situation where hospitals and i see us are starting to get overrun. Olympia correspondent austin jenkins. Inslee is expected to address the media and public again later this week.
A Clark County Jail inmate has waited weeks to get psychiatric care. Now a judge may throw out charges if doesn't get it soon
"An update now on a story. We recently brought you about people with serious mental illness. Languishing and local jails. It's been fifty days and counting. Since the young man we profiled in the clark county jail was ordered to receive state psychiatric care. Kyw's austin jenkins brings us the latest if a person is arrested in washington and found not competent to stand trial. The state is supposed to get them into a competency restoration bed within seven days but the state isn't meeting that deadline and the delays have gotten worse during covid. Take the case of the young man in the clark kenny jail. We're not naming him because of his psychiatric condition but he's been waiting for a bed at western state hospital for nearly two months and now the state is saying it could be another couple of weeks. It's horrible this is the man's grandfather. Bill ward just a mess. All the way around and my grandson is caught in the middle of his grandson is in a solitary cell and not communicating with anyone including his own lawyer even the judge in the case frustrated. He says if the state doesn't provide a psychiatric bed by june twenty-fifth he'll consider throwing out the charges. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Inslee suggests some state workers might be required to be vaccinated
"This is komo news. i'm page browning in seattle. Washington may follow the lead of california and new york and require state employees to get cova vaccine or have regular testing. That's the word today from governor jay inslee. Kyw's austin jenkins has the latest at his weekly news. Conference inslee strongly hinted that a vaccine mandate for at least some state employees is coming is a distinct possibility that we would require to some degree. Vaccinations of our our employees depending on what their job title is and what their environment is and or testing nc is also extending the current requirement that students and staff at k twelve schools where mass whether vaccinated or not and so he says it's a legal mandate that all districts will need to comply with. We don't wanna see waves of this virus. Going through the schools enforce the closure of these schools. Our kids need to be in the classroom. This fall inside. Did not rule out eventually requiring students to be vaccinated against copay to attend school. I'm austin jenkins and olympia.
'Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall' unveiled
"The washington state patrol has unveiled a new memorial to honor troopers who died in the line of duty. Kyw's austin jenkins was at state patrol headquarters today for the ceremony. Bagpipes played and members of a state of honor guard. Lifted black cloth drapes. To reveal the new heroes wall the memorial features plaques honoring each of the thirty one members of the washington state patrol who've died since the agency was founded a century ago governor. Jay inslee addressed the families and the audience. Your sacrifices that people are living today and they're going home to see their families because of the sacrifice your family has offered lou. Ann mason was one of the family members who attended her father. Joseph modlin was awake control officer. Who was killed in one thousand nine hundred seventy four when he was struck by a log truck trailer brings back a lot. But it makes me very proud. The memorial was unveiled on the hundredth anniversary of the legislature. Creating the agency. The later became the state patrol. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Inslee: FDA approval for Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is 'a great milestone'
"A great milestone. that's how governor. Jay inslee is characterizing. The fda's full approval of pfizer's koefoed nineteen vaccine. Here's kyw's austin jenkins pfizer is the first to get full. Fda sign offer its vaccine previously. It was allowed under emergency authorization. Inslee says the fda's seal of approval should give people more confidence than ever that the vaccine is safe and effective instantly has mandated that state employees k twelve and higher ed employees and healthcare workers get fully vaccinated by mid october or risk. Losing their jobs. He notes that more than four million washingtonians have already gotten a cove in nineteen vaccine but he also faces pushback. One republican state senator says insights vaccine mandate has stirred a hornet's nest and the washington federation of state. Employees union said the insulin administration is failing to negotiate in good faith on the details of the mandate. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Washington's prison population is declining
"This is something. You don't often hear the prison population is going down. But that's exactly what's happening in washington state and as kyw's austin jenkins reports there's now talk of mothballing some housing units. It wasn't that long ago. That washington prisons were bursting at the seams and there was even talk of building a new prison. What a difference. A few years in pandemic make today about twenty percent of the state's eighteen thousand prison beds are empty. It's the result of fewer people being sent to prison but also factors such as reentry programs furloughs and commutations supreme court decision that tossed out the state's felony drug. Possession lies also had an impact with less demand for beds. The washington department of corrections is now identifying housing units at eight of the state's twelve prisons for possible closure. The next step is to solicit feedback on the draft proposal. Agency says it hopes to avoid staff layoffs as a result of any closures. Meanwhile more people in prison will soon be eligible for early release under an expanded graduated reentry program that passed legislature this year. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
AF Ferguson plans to file charges in the death of Spokane woman
"She was given household cleaning vinegar instead of colonoscopy prep and she died now. Washington's attorney general has filed criminal charges against the woman's former caregiver. Kyw's austin jenkins has the details. Mary ann wilson had developmental disabilities and relied on round the clock caregivers contract through the state. This is known as supported living in february of twenty nineteen. Wilson needed a colonoscopy eve of the procedure. One of her caregivers accidentally gave her a massive dose of vinegar instead of the colonoscopy. Prep she needed by the next day. Wilson was having trouble breathing and soon died at a spokane hospital. The medical examiner later determined the cleaning strength. Vinegar burned her insides now. More than two years later. The attorney general has announced the caregiver will face to criminal charges third degree assault felony and reckless endangerment a gross misdemeanor. Wilson's death highlighted. The low pay high turnover and frequent gaps in care in washington supported living industry. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Washington state's new Office of Equity sets off on mission to correct disparities in education, health and jobs
"Washington state is embarking on creating a five-year equity plan. Ku w austin jenkins has the detail. Dr karen johnson is the inaugural director of state office of equity. She says she's been spending a a lot of time. Listening to traditionally marginalized people and communities. And what i'm hearing from. Everyone is just the trauma and the pain associated with not being heard the mission of the equity offices to help state agencies address disparities in areas like education employment and health. Johnson also wants to foster what she calls courageous conversations about race and help washington become an anti-racist state. She says this is work. That should bring people together because fundamentally we are americans this is america land of the free home of the brave liberty and justice for all we want equity and justice for johnson. Spoke with me on tv. Ws inside olympia program. She says a dashboard will be created to measure each state agencies progress toward their equity goals. I'm austin jenkins and olympia.
More than 80% of members of WA's largest state worker union voted to ratify vaccine mandate
"This is komo news. Ken malcolm in seattle. Washington's largest state employees union has said yes to an agreement on how the governor's covert nineteen vaccine mandate will be implemented. Kyw's austin jenkins has details. The washington federation of state employees says more than eighty percent of its voting members supported ratification. Under the agreement union members will be able to use work time to get their shots. The also have access to what the union calls an equitable and consistent process to seek a medical or religious exemption in addition workers will receive an additional vacation day next year as vaccine incentive and there will be an option for retirement eligible employees. Who don't want to get the vaccine to take leave until their retirement date workers who aren't fully vaccinated by governor jay. Nc's october eighteenth deadline also have the ability to take paid or unpaid leave until they are fully vaccinated rather than lose their jobs. The agreement came together after the union sued. The governor alleging his administration was negotiating in bad faith instantly. This week called the agreement a good template for other unions negotiating with his administration. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
State Patrols cracking down on speeding drivers
"As the covid public health emergency winds down. More people are hitting the road for summer adventures this weekend. The washington state patrol and oregon state police are joining with ten other states to crack down on speeding drivers. Kyw's austin jenkins has more while the pandemic reduced traffic. It also lead to higher speeds including police catching more cars going one hundred miles an hour or faster. Now is the fourth of july holiday approaches. Twelve state patrol agencies across the western. Us are teaming for a regional speed enforcement and education effort from arizona to wyoming troopers and highway patrol. Officers will be conducting speed emphasis patrols over a three-day period this weekend. The western states traffic safety coalition says with speed a factor and a quarter of motor vehicle fatalities. The goal is to save lives their message. Slow down and be safe as you head out this summer. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
After a year of record unemployment claims and fraud, Washington's Employment Security Department has a new leader
"Well it's been a rough year for washington's employment security department and many of its clients will now the agency has a new permanent leader. Kyw's austin jenkins reports governor. Jhansi has selected cami feet to serve as esdp's commissioner acting commissioner since february when. Suzy levine left to take a job. With the biden administration previously feek was in charge of creating washington's new paid family and medical leave program. Nc calls feek an obvious choice for the position for her part. Feek pledges to improve the agency's customer service at a time of unprecedented demand for jobless benefits. I think over the past fourteen months. People have grown to know. Espn for unemployment insurance. And i don't need to tell you that we faced and continue to face the greatest unemployment crisis since the great depression early in the pandemic. es was successfully targeted by fraudsters. Last month feek says the agency fended off another organized attack aimed at stealing unemployment benefits. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.
Two programs for WA youth could end, after an ethics probe led to the Office of the Lt. Governor
"Two programs for washington use could come to an end after an ethics probe led to the office of the lieutenant governor. Kyw's austin jenkins explains. The two programs served disadvantaged disabled youth. One is a study abroad program. The other focuses on outdoor leadership. They were the passion projects of former. Lieutenant governor cyrus habib. He contracted with a nonprofit called the washington state leadership board to run the programs later. Two of his employees went to work for the nonprofit now. An ethics investigation is underway into whether the two former staffers played any role in helping to direct state dollars to their future. Employer both deny any wrongdoing. Habib himself is not under investigation. Meanwhile this summer current lieutenant governor denny heck cancelled the contract with the washington state leadership board and the funding that went with it saying that habib had exceeded his legal authority. The nonprofit says without a new agreement with the lieutenant governor's office and funding. It's youth programs are at risk of folding. I'm austin jenkins in olympia.