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Tenant advocates argue that Washington’s law doesn’t adequately protect tenants from being billed with unreasonable dama...
05/30/2022
More Washington renters are being overcharged for damages, advocates say, and there’s little tenants can do about it - InvestigateWest

Tenant advocates argue that Washington’s law doesn’t adequately protect tenants from being billed with unreasonable damage charges that can saddle tenants in debt and stymie their effort to find a new place to live. They tried in the last legislative session to change state law to better clarify what landlords can charge for, but were unsuccessful. https://bit.ly/3atmKXa

As a single mother of four kids, losing their apartment was hard enough for Natasha...

A new project from InvestigateWest examines WA's housing laws, which advocates say don't adequately protect tenants from...
05/22/2022
More WA renters are overcharged for damages, advocates say, and there’s little tenants can do

A new project from InvestigateWest examines WA's housing laws, which advocates say don't adequately protect tenants from unreasonable damage charges that saddle them with debt and stymie their efforts to find a new place to live.

Featured in today's Seattle Times:

Tenant advocates argue Washington’s law doesn’t adequately protect tenants from being billed for unreasonable damage charges.

Oregon has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to addiction services and promised to improve treatment but most of...
05/16/2022
Normal families struggle with abnormal lives - InvestigateWest

Oregon has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to addiction services and promised to improve treatment but most of that money has yet to be spent and planned programs have yet to be rolled out while the state’s drug addiction problem is growing – and becoming deadlier. https://bit.ly/37tVlmK

By Lynne Terry / Oregon Capital Chronicle / May 3, 2022 At least once a...

According to the most recent data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. recycled about 8.7 percent of its p...
05/11/2022
The US only recycled about 5% of plastic waste last year - InvestigateWest

According to the most recent data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. recycled about 8.7 percent of its plastic refuse in 2018.

But a new report finds that the U.S.’s plastic recycling rate is now significantly lower, with just 5 or 6 percent of the country’s plastic waste converted into new products in 2021. https://bit.ly/3yrqdPR

By Joseph Winters / Grist  “This story was originally published by Grist. You can subscribe to its...

Podcast: InvestigateWest's Wilson Criscione talks with RANGE about his "Justice by Geography" series, which examines how...
05/11/2022
Unpacking the county-by-county inequalities in Washington’s criminal legal system

Podcast: InvestigateWest's Wilson Criscione talks with RANGE about his "Justice by Geography" series, which examines how the justice system in Washington differs in life-altering ways across the state.

In Washington, whether or not you get access to pretrial services, which often requires home monitoring, drug testing and other costly things, largely depends on the jurisdiction you’re in.

Listen up: Samantha Wohlfeil, who's writing InvestigateWest's "Problem of Plastic" series, went on OPB to talk about how...
05/10/2022
Holding companies accountable for plastic recycling

Listen up: Samantha Wohlfeil, who's writing InvestigateWest's "Problem of Plastic" series, went on OPB to talk about how states are trying to hold plastic manufacturers accountable.

Oregon lawmakers passed a bill in 2021 to upgrade the state’s recycling system — and get manufacturers of packaged goods to pay for a lot of the improvements. Lawmakers in Washington recently tried to do something similar.

The federal government created “in-lieu” & “treaty fishing access sites” along the Columbia River after dam construction...
05/09/2022
Federal Official Announces Funding for Upgrades to Columbia River Treaty Fishing Sites - InvestigateWest

The federal government created “in-lieu” & “treaty fishing access sites” along the Columbia River after dam construction on the river flooded tribal villages and fishing sites, & displaced citizens of the four Columbia River treaty tribes.

Now, after the four treaty tribes have fought for years to be compensated for the loss of the land, the federal government says it’s serious about finally addressing the sites’ infrastructure deficiencies. https://bit.ly/3MWGlNp

Bryan Newland, the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, says the money will help begin...

Justice Alito’s leaked opinion cites Sir Matthew Hale, a 17th-century jurist who conceived the notion that husbands can’...
05/06/2022
Draft Overturning Roe v. Wade Quotes Infamous Witch Trial Judge With Long-Discredited Ideas on Rape - InvestigateWest

Justice Alito’s leaked opinion cites Sir Matthew Hale, a 17th-century jurist who conceived the notion that husbands can’t be prosecuted for raping their wives, who sentenced women to death as “witches,” and whose misogyny stood out even in his time.

via ProPublica:

Justice Alito’s leaked opinion cites Sir Matthew Hale, a 17th-century jurist who conceived the notion...

Abortion rights are codified in Oregon law by the Reproductive Health Equity Act of 2017, which expanded abortion care c...
05/05/2022
Planned Parenthood in Oregon ‘prepared’ for increased demand for abortions  - InvestigateWest

Abortion rights are codified in Oregon law by the Reproductive Health Equity Act of 2017, which expanded abortion care coverage to everyone – regardless of their status – and made them free. But there are still Oregonians who can’t afford to pay for child care, travel, food or lodging to get an abortion, officials say.

By Lynne Terry / Oregon Capital Chronicle / May 3, 2022 The leaders of Planned...

Citing InvestigateWest's recent reporting, the Spokesman-Review's Shawn Vestal examines pretrial services, writing, "Sit...
05/01/2022
Shawn Vestal: Pretrial services get to the heart of how seriously we take the presumption of innocence

Citing InvestigateWest's recent reporting, the Spokesman-Review's Shawn Vestal examines pretrial services, writing, "Sitting in jail only because you can’t afford bail means you’re being incarcerated for poverty, pure and simple."

One of the persistently baffling elements of our criminal justice discourse is the large number of people, including public officials, who seem lightly committed to the presumption of innocence.

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School districts send students to out-of-state facilities if they do not have the resources to provide services for children with complex needs, typically due to disabilities or childhood trauma, InvestigateWest reports. But doing so can be costly. In total, those 80 students sent out of state last year cost school districts nearly $13 million, according to state data.
An investigative reporter from InvestigateWest (https://www.invw.org), a nonprofit news site based in Seattle, is looking to interview people for a story regarding faith-based healing exemption laws in Washington and Idaho. The reporter, Wilson Criscione, would love to talk to anyone who was part of a religion that used faith-based healing practices in those states or has loved ones that do so. If you're interested, email Wilson at [email protected] or call him at 509-999-8885 before Thursday, Feb. 3.
Professor Emeritus Jacqui Banaszynski will serve as a part-time senior editor at InvestigateWest overseeing projects and mentoring reporters. #MissouriMethod #MizzouMade
One of the best parts of being a legislator is seeing legislation have transformative effects for families. And that’s what’s happening with the #FairStartforKidsAct, an incredible piece of legislation we passed last session that provides accessible child care for WA families. InvestigateWest does a great job covering what this legislation has meant for families and why it has been critical to fund. Check it out here: https://www.invw.org/2021/12/22/keeping-the-pressure-on-whats-ahead-and-whos-left-behind-in-changing-the-child-care-system/
‪“It’s something that’s increasingly common across Cascadia: In Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia, local activists fighting for quality-of-life issues are teaming up with climate activists and using their collective strength to sway local governments. ‪“And they are winning. ‪…‪” Read more through the link below! Originally appeared on InvestigateWest and has been reprinted under an agreement. Reporting by Peter Fairley . . . . . #Features #Environment #ClimateActivism #ClimateChange #Activism #Cascadia #Seattle #SouthSeattle #SouthEnd #SeaTac #Pollution #FossilFuels
Deeper Impacts: The Human Toll Of A Broken Child Care System Read about the depth of this nationwide issue ow.ly/5Y9r50H00Is "It’s hard to get an #economy moving again when almost half of your potential workers can’t leave the house... That’s basically what it means when unemployed and underemployed people can’t take jobs because they care for their kids at home — either because there is no #childcare available or because the child care costs nearly as much as or more than what the job would bring in." #SmartStartNHC @InvestigateWest #ece #first2000days Smart Start #familyforwardnc
StoryWorks Teen Theater presents "Changing the Atmosphere" written by three young playwrights from California and Mississippi. Presented on the virtual stage, "Changing the Atmosphere" brings awareness to climate crisis and provides solutions that can help change the narrative to push towards collective action. Delta Arts Alliance InvestigateWest 🗓️ Thursday, Nov 18 ⏰ 7 PM CST / 5 PM PST 📍 StoryWorks Theater page Support our young artists by sharing, liking, and tagging a friend who needs to see this production 🎭 #climatechange #storyworks #storyworkstheater #teentheater #mississippi #california
Great long form article putting Tacoma's proposed ban on oil company expansions in a regional context. TL;DR - every community in our region is making progress to transition away from priority fossil fuel sources, and whether Tacoma's City Council decides to do its part will determine if our city is part of the solution, the weakest link in the effort, or holding everyone else back. Other communities have overcome the oil industry's push back, but they are really strong here. (FYI: We'll know the outcome of this next Tuesday! Check in with our other posts to learn how you can help get Tacoma to make the right choice.) In the meantime, read up on what's happening across the region! https://www.invw.org/2021/11/10/cascadias-climate-champions-learn-they-can-win-at-the-local-level-2/ Thanks to InvestigateWest for all the research into this article, and our friends for helping the InvestigateWest team with research, including: Puyallup Tribe of Indians, ILWU Local 23 Friends, Sightline Institute, Stand.earth and RE Sources El Centro de la RazaBeacon Hill Council Seattle 350 Seattle
NEW STORY Here's reporting by colleagues at InvestigateWest. The Iowa Farm Bureau recently reported total revenue of about $100 million, the most of any farm bureau by far and nearly three times that of the influential national umbrella group, the American Farm Bureau Federation.
“A cautionary tale and a qualified success.” Once, Vancouver hoped to cut one-third of its CO2 emissions by 2020. It managed nine per cent. But progress is never pointless. Shannon Osaka reports for our yearlong InvestigateWest series. #VanPoli
Last fall, mail-in ballots from Latino voters in some counties in Washington state were more likely to be rejected by election officials. An investigation by InvestigateWest reveals how bias may be subjecting Latino ballots to greater scrutiny #TheLastWord #Rejected https://www.palabranahj.org/archive/rejected
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