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Traffic safety bills; Boeing pleads not guilty; Sounds face backlash on Providence sponsorship; Toxic makeup study; Kraken fulfills child's wish


Washington state legislators introduce bills to improve traffic safety

The Washington state legislature is hoping to improve traffic safety this legislative session following the deadliest year for traffic fatalities since 1990.

According to a preliminary report from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 745 people were killed in crashes in 2022, the highest number since 1990. 2021 was also a deadly year on Washington roads with 540 crashes that resulted in the deaths of more than 600 people.

The proposed laws hoping to address the number of traffic deaths include lowering the blood-alcohol level from 0.08 to 0.05, adding speed cameras in work zones, a change to crosswalks and a change to right turns at certain red lights. Read more

Boeing pleads not guilty in case over deadly Max crashes

Boeing pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge that it misled regulators who approved its 737 Max, the plane that was involved in two crashes that killed 346 people.

Family members of passengers who died gave emotional testimony, calling for criminal prosecution of top Boeing officials.

The families are trying to convince a federal judge to throw out a settlement that the company reached with the federal government to avoid prosecution.

The judge delayed ruling on a request by the families to appoint a special monitor to examine safety issues at the aerospace giant. Boeing and the Justice Department opposed the request. Read more

Seattle Sounders fans push back on Providence jersey sponsorship

The Seattle Sounders' choice for a new sponsor on the front of the team's uniforms has drawn backlash from fans.

The Sounders FC Community Alliance Council -- an officially-sanctioned group of season-ticket holders for the club --  released a statement Monday expressing trepidation over the partnership. It said the group plans to meet with Sounders leadership in the coming days to discuss concerns.

"The Seattle Sounders have stood tall as a club that believes, among other things, that 'Reproductive Rights are Human Rights' and that they 'Stand For LGBTQ+ Equality,'" the council's statement said in part. "However, these values do not seem to be reflected in Providence’s policies around abortion rights, fairness in the treatment of transgender people and low-income patients. This is a confusing and disappointing club decision and is in direct opposition to the Sounders’ Social Impact goals and promises." Read more

Washington Ecology study finds toxic chemicals in makeup

The Washington state Department of Ecology found high levels of toxic chemicals in some common beauty products as part of a study published this month.

It came as state lawmakers are considering a new bill that would ban cancer-causing chemicals in those products sold in Washington. House Bill 1047 would restrict the manufacture, sale and distribution of cosmetic products that contain nine chemicals, including formaldehyde, mercury and PFAS substances.

For example, lead and arsenic were discovered in a dark-tint COVERGIRL clean fresh pressed powder foundation. They also found lead in a Black radiance pressed powder foundation and a COVERGIRL continuous color lipstick. Read more

Seattle Kraken help 7-year-old's wish come true

Jackson Boboth was diagnosed with cancer when he was 7 years old. He faced aggressive cancer treatment, including blood transfusions and chemotherapy at Seattle Children’s.  

He made a wish at the hospital and the Seattle Kraken helped to make it come true. 

Jackson is a big-time hockey fan and plays hockey with his brothers and sisters on their porch in Kraken jerseys.  

Practicing with the team was just the icebreaker for Jackson as his big surprise was waiting for him at Climate Pledge Arena. Kraken coach Ron Francis signed Jackson to a one-day contract and he was fitted in his own custom Kraken uniform and pads. Jackson was introduced to fans as the special guest goalie and thunderous applause serenaded him as he was featured on the jumbo screen.  Read more

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