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5 things you need to know this Tuesday

Washington legislative session begins with added security; Flooding concerns; Redemption for Pierce County charity; Seattle mayor demands; Washington neutrality law.

Legislative session begins with added security

Washington's Legislature convened Monday with a large security presence amid protest concerns.

The state Capitol is closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic and is now surrounded by fences and extra patrols following last week's violence at the U.S. Capitol. There were two arrests Monday.

Gov. Jay Inslee activated 750 members of the Washington National Guard to assist with security during the 2021 legislative session. Read more

Flooding concerns

Flooding is a growing concern in the Puget Sound region this week as an atmospheric river dumps heavy rain into western Washington.

Of particular concern are the Green, Snoqualmie, Tolt and White rivers, according to King County's flood agency, which could all reach a minor flood stage by mid-week. Read more

Redemption for Pierce County charity

Approximately 100 veterans once employed by a Pierce County charity are set to finally receive back-wages.

The money is a result of a $1 million settlement following a lawsuit filed by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office against leaders of the Veterans Independent Enterprises of Washington, known as VIEW, in November 2019.

The lawsuit was spurred by a series of reports by the KING 5 Investigators. Read more 

Seattle mayor demands

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is demanding the president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild "apologize or resign" after comments he made on Twitter regarding the U.S. Capitol riots.

Mike Solan's tweets implied that both right-wing and left-wing activists were at fault in last week's Trump supporter siege of the U.S. Capitol. Read more

Washington neutrality law

A Spokane and North Idaho internet provider called Your T1 WIFI confirmed it is blocking Facebook and Twitter from its WIFI service for some customers due to censorship claims.

The social media sites banned President Trump due to violations of their terms of service. Because Twitter and Facebook are private companies, their bans on Trump do not violate the First Amendment, which protects speech from being limited by the government.

Your T1 WIFI's actions, however, could violate Washington state's Net Neutrality law. Read more

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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