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Mayor signs Green New Deal; Incarcerated peer counselors; COVID cases declining; Boeing settlement; Motorcycle journey around the globe

Mayor Harrell signs $6.5 million Green New Deal to reduce impact of climate change

Mayor Bruce Harrell signed the Green New Deal legislation into law Thursday morning, which includes a series of projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Seattle and build the communities' resilience against the effects of climate change.

The Green New Deal legislation includes nearly $6.5 million earmarked for several climate projects throughout the city.

"We know the impacts of climate change," Harrell said. "They are already falling on our city. As we fight for tomorrow, we have to think about the impacts today. Therein lies the challenge, but it’s a challenge we are up for."  Read more

Formerly incarcerated people paid to return to jail to help out

After spending 11 years in and out of county jails, Jennifer Gonzales now gets paid to spend time behind bars.

The certified peer counselor meets with incarcerated people at the Grays Harbor County Jail, sometimes daily.

“I love being able to give back to the community. And proving people wrong,” Gonzales said.

Grays Harbor County Community Health Specialist Wilma Weber, said about 70 incarcerated people have received assistance under the program in the past two years.

Weber said about 70% of those who have been released have not returned to prison after meeting with and getting help from the peer counselors. Read more

COVID-19 cases declining in Washington state ahead of flu season

As Washingtonians prepare for all the remaining COVID-19 restrictions to sunset, cases are also declining. 

According to state health officials, COVID cases have continued to decrease since July. They are now lower than the omicron spike early this year.

State Secretary of Health Dr. Umair A. Shah said 7% of hospital beds are now occupied by people with COVID symptoms, down from 11% at the end of August. Read more

Boeing to pay $200 million to settle SEC charges it lied about safety of 737 Max

Boeing Co. will pay $200 million to settle charges that the company and its former CEO misled investors about the safety of its 737 Max after two of the airliners crashed, killing 346 people.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday that it charged the aircraft maker and former CEO Dennis Muilenburg with making significant misleading public statements about the plane and an automated flight-control system that was implicated in the crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.

Boeing said it has made “broad and deep changes across our company in response to those accidents” to improve safety and quality. Read more

She's attempting to be the youngest to travel the globe by motorcycle. Now, she's on a pit stop in Kingston

Bridget McCutchen is making a friendly pit stop at Fat Turnip Farms in Kingston this week as a part of her world tour by motorcycle.

The 21-year-old said it could take her a year and a half to 18 months to make it all the way around the world. 

Stops like like the one at Fat Turnip Farm make her want to take the journey slow and enjoy the people along the way.

“This whole thing is crowd-funded," McCutchen said. "So many people keep showing me support. I even have super cool sponsors that help me because I couldn’t do this alone.” Read more

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