Senate passes $2.2 trillion economic rescue package

The Senate unanimously passed an unparalleled $2.2 trillion economic rescue package late Wednesday, steering aid to businesses, workers, and health care systems amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 880-page measure is the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history. The bill finances a response with a price tag that equals half the size of the entire $4 trillion annual federal budget.

The measure includes one-time direct payments to Americans making up to $75,000 a year, and $2,400 to a married couple making up to $150,000.

The House is expected to vote on the legislation on Friday.

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Essential business clarification

Washington state has launched an online form so businesses can get clarification on what qualifies as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation. 

The order calls for “non-essential” businesses to shut down for two weeks, but that timeline may be reevaluated. 

Businesses are urged to use this portal for up-to-date information and clarification on essential status.

Businesses who wish to dispute or have their "essential" status put up for review can click here.

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Trooper killed after suspect pursuit

A man who fled law enforcement on I-5 during rush hour Tuesday "willfully" drove toward a Washington State Patrol trooper after fatally striking another, according to court documents.

William Thompson, 38, of Olympia, was wanted by police for shoplifting from a convenience store and attempting to hit the clerk with his vehicle on March 23. 

Thompson is accused of killing 28-year-old Trooper Justin Schaffer and driving toward another trooper during the pursuit, injuring him as well.

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Tulip tradition called off

The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is called off this season due to state's coronavirus crisis. 

The beloved tradition draws about 350,000 people to the region and $60 million dollars for the community every spring.

Tulip farms are now scrambling to survive amid Washington's stay-at-home mandate.

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KING 5 photojournalist shares coronavirus experience

KING 5 photojournalist Tim Hahn is sharing his personal story after being diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Hahn is on the mend now and said he hopes his story encourages others who might be having symptoms.

Watch his story and see how Hahn and his wife are coping with the quarantine.

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