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5 things you need to know this weekend

Verdict in Susan Powell case; Seattle officer injured in riot speaks out; How wildfire smoke can increase COVID-19 symptoms; Paine Field reopens; Asian giant hornet.

Washington ordered to pay parents of Susan Powell $98 million in case of her murdered sons

A Pierce County jury reached a verdict Friday in the case of Susan Cox Powell and the murder of her two sons in 2012. 

The jury ruled Washington state was negligent when it was supposed to protect the two young boys during a supervised visit with their father, Josh Powell. The state will have to pay Charles and Judy Cox, the grandparents of the boys, $98 million.

Powell was a person of interest at the time of the children's murder in the disappearance of his wife, Susan, who was reported missing in December 2009 in Utah.

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Injured Seattle police officer recounts clash with protesters at East Precinct on Saturday

Seattle Police Officer Elyssa Khalifé, who goes by Officer Ellie, has a leg in a brace and needs crutches after what happened during a violent clash outside of the department's East Precinct on Saturday.    

Khalifé was one of the 59 members of the police department who said they were injured. 

"Officers are saying, 'Look out,' and you look out and you see a giant rock coming straight for your head. As they (demonstrators) are doing this, they are saying there is no riot here, take off your riot gear," said Khalifé, who called the scene shocking.

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How Washington wildfire smoke can increase the severity of COVID-19 symptoms

As wildfire season heats up in Washington state, health officials warn smoke from wildfires can increase the severity of symptoms of COVID-19 in already vulnerable populations.

Smoke from wildfires contains small particles and other chemicals that can irritate people's eyes, nose, throat and lungs. 

"COVID-19 can make it much harder to breathe. Poor air quality caused by wildfire smoke may make it even harder for people to fight COVID-19 since both have the potential to affect the lungs and other overlapping parts of the immune system," said King County health officials.

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Everett's Paine Field passenger terminal to reopen Saturday

After a 71-day closure, the passenger terminal at Everett's Paine Field will reopen Saturday.

Just a few weeks before the decision was made to close, the one-year-old airport marked its one-millionth passenger. The coronavirus pandemic then cut the number of passengers to barely a dozen a day, forcing it to shut down.

When passengers return they will be required to wear masks, and have their temperatures checked. If someone has a fever a computer will alert airport security who will determine if that person is safe to fly.

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Asian giant hornet trapped in Washington state for the first time

The first Asian giant hornet to be trapped in Washington state was found near Birch Bay earlier this month.

The hornet was found in a bottle trap on July 14, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture. It was positively identified as an Asian giant hornet on July 29. It will be tested at a lab in DC, but WSDA believes it to be a worker, not a queen.

“This is encouraging because it means we know that the traps work,” said Sven Spichiger, managing entomologist for the department. “But it also means we have work to do.”

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Also see: Seattle local forecast

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