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VIRUS OUTBREAK-WASHINGTON SCHOOLS

All Washington students to soon have in-class hybrid option

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he will sign an emergency proclamation next week that requires all public schools to offer students an in-person learning option starting next month. The order allows for a staggered start, with all kindergarten to sixth grade students being provided with an opportunity for a hybrid of remote and in-person learning by April 5, followed by all other K-12 students by April 19. School districts will have to meet an average of at least 30% weekly in-class instruction by April 19 and students must be offered no fewer than two days of of on-campus, in-person instruction per week.

FLIGHT DISRUPTED-PASSENGER ARRESTED

FBI: Anti-mask airline passenger arrested after urinating

DENVER (AP) A man accused of disrupting an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Denver by refusing to wear a mask and then standing up and urinating in the cabin faces a federal charge of interfering with a flight crew and attendants. The charge carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. The FBI arrested 24-year-old Landon Grier after the flight landed March 9, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver. The FBI affidavit says Grier swatted at an attendant when she asked him repeatedly to put on his mask. A passenger later summoned attendants because Greer was urinating in his seat area.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-VACCINE PROGRAMS

Under new program, some Oregon centers can vaccinate anyone

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Oregon has begun a pilot program that allows some federally qualified health centers to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to anyone they serve, even if that patient does not fall into any currently eligible categories. These centers must still prioritize patients who are currently eligible under Oregon rules, but the pilot program gives health care providers for the most at-risk populations more latitude and resolves a conflict between federal and state priorities on vaccine equity. The Oregon Health Authority says the aim is to reach populations most affected by COVID-19 quickly. The centers, which serve vulnerable populations such as farmworkers, are petitioning Washington to do the same.

SHERIFFS RESIGNATION DEMANDED

Family of Black males killed by police want sheriff out

SEATTLE (AP) Relatives of Black males who have been shot and killed by law enforcment officers called Friday for the resignation of King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht for what they say is her failure to treat racism with the seriousness it requires in her position. The group, which asked King County Executive Dow Constantine and the Metropolitan King County Council to support its demand, also called for the firing of sheriffs Capt. Todd Miller, who was leading a sting in which a fatal shooting occurred. Johanknecht said she will not resign. A Sheriffs Office spokesman told The Associated Press that Miller would not be commenting Friday.

LEGISLATURE-FARMWORKER OVERTIME

Measure allowing overtime for farmworkers moves forward

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Agricultural workers in Washington state would become eligible for overtime pay under a bill moving through the Legislature in Olympia.Somewhat surprisingly, the bill enjoys bipartisan support and even has the backing of farm employers who say it will bring a level of certainty to their labor costs. Farmworkers have been exempted from overtime protections since 1938, although some states such as California and New York have extended those protections in recent years.Senate Bill 5172, sponsored by Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, was passed Tuesday by the Senate on a 37-12 vote and sent to the House for consideration. The Senate bill grew out of a landmark November decision by the state Supreme Court that granted overtime protections for dairy workers.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-GOVERNORS

Governors applaud Bidens vaccine timeline, but need supply

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) Governors are applauding President Joe Bidens declaration that all adults should be eligible for coronavirus vaccinations by May 1. But the goal will require a shift for states that have been methodical in how they roll out the shots. Governors in Florida and Colorado say theyll meet the goal ahead of time if they get the necessary supply. Californias health secretary said the state will need to work harder in the coming weeks to ensure the most vulnerable people get vaccines before they have to compete with the general public. Oregon officials say they arent planning on changing their timeline.

INFANT DEATH-ARREST

Seattle woman arrested 23 years after infant found dead

SEATTLE (AP) Authorities in Seattle have arrested the mother of a newborn found dead in a trash can at a convenience store more than 23 years ago after she was identified using genetic genealogy. The Seattle Times reported that the mother was 27 when the baby was born. Prosecutors are expected to make a charging decision by Tuesday. The infant, known as Baby Boy Doe, was discovered Nov. 20, 1997. The King County medical examiners office determined the baby was born alive two days earlier and ruled his death a homicide. Authorities said the woman was found after a genealogist uploaded previously unknown DNA to a public genealogy site.

CRITICIZED ABUSE EXPERT LEAVES HOSPITAL

Criticized child abuse expert leaves Tacoma hospital

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) A Tacoma childrens hospital doctor criticized for lacking a key accreditation who was relied upon by law enforcement to charge two fathers with killing their children no longer works at the hospital. In response to a Kitsap Sun inquiry Wednesday about the status of Dr. Elizabeth Woods, the Mary Bridge Childrens hospital confirmed Woods had left her position to pursue opportunities. Further questions from the newspaper werent answered. Woods was listed as late as Wednesday on the hospitals website as the medical director at Mary Bridge Childrens Child Abuse Intervention Department. She had been the subject of a 2020 investigation by NBC News and KING5 that found she lacked key credentials other child abuse experts had.

MURDERS-SENTENCING

Mukilteo woman sentenced for concealing evidence in murders

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) A Snohomish County judge has ordered a Mukilteo woman to serve a year in prison for helping conceal evidence in a pair of torture murders in 2018. Anika St. Mary was the final defendant charged in the killings of Mohamed Adan and Ezekiel Kelly. St. Mary helped clean blood from the back of a Saturn sedan, where both young men were tortured in separate abductions hours apart. St. Marys then-boyfriend, Hassani Hassani pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping. A judge sentenced him to 35 years behind bars. His friend Anthony Hernandez-Cano is serving a life sentence for two counts of aggravated murder.

BED BUGS-SUBMARINE

Navy works to quell bed bug infestation on elite submarine

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) The USS Connecticut, one of the most elite submarines in the Navy, is beset with a bed bug infestation. A Navy spokesperson says efforts to quell the infestation on board the vessel, moored at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, are ongoing. Navy entomologists found the insects in the perforated bulkheads between bunks on board the Seawolf-class submarine, which carries a crew of more than 100 men. The Navy says the bed bugs were only discovered recently. But several family members of sailors told the Kitsap Sun they believe the infestation has been a problem for the past year.

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