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5 things you need to know this Thanksgiving

Pet-safe Thanksgiving foods; How to have a COVID safe Thanksgiving; Two turkeys pardoned; King County vaccine verification enforcement; School COVID-19 funding.

Verifying which Thanksgiving foods are safe for pets

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means friends and family will gather to celebrate the holiday with a feast. Pets often involve themselves in the festivities -- whether pet owners intend for them to or not. 

But not all Thanksgiving food is good for your cat or dog. It’s important pet owners know what can be toxic and what’s safe before offering an extra treat beneath the table.

The VERIFY team explains what you need to know about the safety of the most popular Thanksgiving foods. Read more

Preparing for a Thanksgiving gathering? Here's how to do so safely

Should I stay or should I go?

Round two of celebrating Thanksgiving pandemic-style is just around the corner and many are wondering if it's wise to attend gatherings or invite people over.

Washington's top health official said it's OK to celebrate.

"We want people to enjoy Thanksgiving and the holidays but we want them to be safe in the process," said Secretary of Health Umair Shah. Read more

Normandy Park residents vote to pardon two turkeys in Thanksgiving food drive

Two Normandy Park turkeys escaped ending up as entrees thanks to a Thanksgiving food drive. 

The City of Normandy Park set up two bins for food donations, one labeled "dinner," and the other labeled "pardon." Whichever bin received the most food donations decided the fate of the two turkeys. 

"This is our fourth year, it's gotten to be quite the tradition, right around Halloween people start asking us, are the Turkeys coming?" said Candace Krull, an organizer of the Turkey Pardon Food Drive. Read more

King County rolls out vaccine verification enforcement plan

King County businesses that repeatedly choose not to enforce the county’s COVID-19 vaccine verification mandate could face fines and temporary closure.

About a month after the policy took effect, Public Health – Seattle & King County released an enforcement plan Tuesday that outlines the steps it will take to ensure businesses are checking customer compliance.

As of Oct. 25, the county requires people 12 and older to verify they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a negative test result to access large outdoor public events and indoor establishments, including restaurants, gyms and theaters. Starting Dec. 6, the mandate will apply to small restaurants and bars that seat fewer than 12 people. Read more

Washington state schools get $618 million from remaining American Rescue Plan funds

The U.S. Department of Education is giving Washington state’s education department the remaining $618 million of the $1.8 billion it was allotted through the American Rescue Plan.

The funding comes after the state’s plans for the money were approved by the federal government. 

The new money totaling $618,787,310 is aimed at helping the state continue to operate schools safely amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and offer expanded opportunities for all students, especially those impacted by the virus. Read more

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