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5 things to know this weekend

Republicans won't pursue abortion legislation in Washington; Same-sex marriage repeal fears; Weekend heat wave; Revive I-5 and Seattle Pride; Cold water safety.


Republican lawmakers say they won't pursue anti-abortion legislation, despite warnings from Inslee

Republican legislative leaders are saying they have no plans to pursue anti-abortion legislation in Washington state, despite warnings from Gov. Jay Inslee. 

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in a 6-3 vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark case that federally guaranteed access to abortion. 

The decision doesn't have a direct impact on Washington state, but now Inslee is arguing state laws protecting abortion rights will be easier to change if Republicans gain control of the majority in Olympia. Read more

LGBT Washington resident fears repeal of same-sex marriage rights nationally

In his opinion to overturn the nation's constitutional protections for abortion, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called for a reconsideration of rulings regarding contraception, same-sex activity and same-sex marriage. 

The state of Washington has been holding legal same-sex marriage ceremonies since 2012. 

Jason Houston is engaged. He said he deeply values knowing he and his fiancé have the legal right to a nationally-recognized same-sex marriage. Read more

Heat Advisory issued for western Washington this weekend

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Heat Advisory for western Washington as the region prepares for its first stretch of hot weather this weekend.

The advisory is in effect from noon Saturday until 11 p.m. Monday for most of the region. The advisory is in effect from noon Saturday until 11 p.m. Sunday for the north and central coast.

The NWS warned residents of hot conditions, with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s on Saturday and low 90s on Sunday and Monday. Overnight temperatures will "likely only cool into the low 60s for many locations" Saturday and Sunday night, according to the NWS. Read more

Revive I-5 work will occur over high-traffic Pride, July 4 weekends in Seattle

Those looking to travel to Seattle for the upcoming Pride Parade should expect to see some significant delays.

Revive I-5 work will commence over the June 25-26 weekend which will include Seattle Pride.

The Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) explained in a Tuesday press release that due to weather and the recent closure of I-405 over the June 18-19 weekend, its contractor must work the upcoming high-volume weekend to maintain the pace to complete the project. Read more

Although temperatures will be hot, western Washington lakes, rivers still dangerously cold

Health officials and local emergency management crews are urging caution around the water ahead of forecasted high temperatures in western Washington this weekend. 

Although temperatures are forecasted to reach the high 80s and low 90s, the temperature of rivers, lakes and beaches are still dangerously low, which could prove a deadly combination for swimmers.

"We know rivers will run cold and fast well into summer, and lakes will stay cold longer than normal, which can all be deadly for people who are unprepared," Public Health - Seattle and King County's Violence and Injury Prevention Manager Tony Gomez said. Read more

Also see: Western Washington forecast

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