Sea-Tac expands virus screening

Health officials will begin additional coronavirus screenings at Sea-Tac International Airport for passengers returning from China.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it would begin enhanced screening at its 20 quarantine stations across the U.S., which includes a station at Sea-Tac Airport. The CDC will ask passengers where they've visited and identify sick travelers. 

A man from Snohomish County was the first known U.S. case of the novel coronavirus. There are now 5 confirmed cases in the U.S.

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Nurse strike continues at Swedish

Thousands of unionized nurses and caregivers went on strike Tuesday morning after negotiations failed with Swedish-Providence Medical Center.

Swedish Hospital has closed its Ballard and Redmond emergency departments until Friday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 a.m. The hospital said people with life-threatening and urgent medical needs should go to another emergency center and has ambulances on hand to redirect patients. 

Caregivers are fighting for better wages and working conditions, while the hospital said they have offered their best proposal.

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Hair discrimination bill

Washington state employers and schools would not be able to discriminate based on hair under a new bill discussed in Olympia on Tuesday.

Current state law prohibits discrimination for race, religion, and sexual orientation. A bill proposed by Rep. Melanie Morgan (D-Tacoma) would amend the section covering race to include “hair texture and protective hairstyles.”

Examples listed in the bill include Afros, braids, dreadlocks, and twists.

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Missing orca

A member of the Southern Resident killer whale population was missing during the latest encounter with the L Pod in Haro Strait and is feared dead by some researchers.

According to the Center for Whale Research, L41 was not present on Jan. 24 when L Pod was spotted in the area of Haro Strait. This would bring the total number of Southern Residents down to 72.

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Cashmere basketball star reflects on Kobe

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi were in Cashmere, Washington, just weeks ago to support Hailey Van Lith, who is considered one of the best high school basketball stars in the country. 

Cashmere High School honored the late Bryants with a moment of silence before Tuesday's basketball game.

Van Lith said she will keep pushing harder in their memory. She vows to "carry out what he saw in me."

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