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5 things to know this weekend

Eviction moratorium expiring; Healthcare worker retention; Aurora borealis sightings; Halloween display roundup; How to make your carved pumpkin last.

Rental assistance need still high in King County as ahead of eviction moratorium bridge expiration date

After a slow start, King County's Eviction Protection Rental Assistance Program is fully operational and processing payments at its top speed, but the county will still have thousands of open applications after the eviction moratorium bridge expires on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Leaders say South King County has the largest need for additional rental assistance and expect more people to still sign up.

"We know that there are communities that still need to get help and that we have an obligation to go out and find them because those are often the communities that are the highest risk of eviction," said Leo Flor, Director of the King County Department of Community and Human Services.  Read more

Some Washington hospitals battle burnout among staff with $1,000 bonuses

Healthcare workers are seeing more staff leave than they ever did before the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital leaders say. 

To combat the turnover, Providence Health has taken steps to make the network of hospitals and medical offices in Washington a better place to work.

Every employee is getting a $1,000 bonus this fall, new hires can qualify for signing bonuses up to $20,000, and employees who refer a candidate who is hired for a position can earn up to a $7,500 bonus. Read more

Spooky skies! Northern Lights could glow over western Washington Halloween weekend

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, could put on a show this Halloween weekend in western Washington following an intense solar flare on Thursday.

The expected geomagnetic storm could cause the lights to be seen as low as Pennsylvania on the east coast, Iowa in the Midwest and Oregon on the west coast, according to the Space Weather Prediction Center.

On Friday, a Geomagnetic Storm Watch was issued for Saturday and Sunday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Read more

3 epic Halloween displays in western Washington

Boo! Halloween is just around the corner, and some folks in western Washington are truly getting in the spirit.

From miniature models to full-blown haunted houses, here is a round-up of some of the most spooktacular Halloween displays in the region. Read more

Yes, petroleum jelly prevents your jack-o'-lantern from getting moldy

After painstakingly carving your jack-o'-lantern, what's the best way to keep it lighting up your porch for longer? KING 5's Steve Bunin looked into it.

The top answers he found were to spray it with a mix of water and bleach and to spread petroleum jelly on the exposed parts of the pumpkin. But does that really work? 

It turns out yes, it is true, but one option might be better than the other depending on your location. Read more


Also see: Seattle local forecast

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