SEATTLE (AP) - The website for Washington's health insurance exchange is back down again with new technical issues after problems last week took the website down for four days. Spokeswoman Bethany Frey says problems at the Washington Department of Social and Health Services forced wahealthplanfinder.org to shut down yesterday morning. DSHS is having problems with its own system that helps determine whether people are eligible for free or reduced cost insurance. Without the DSHS site, the health insurance site can't process applications.
SEATTLE (AP) - King County election officials say a manual recount yesterday has found no change to the outcome of a proposition to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the city of SeaTac. The measure passed by 77 votes in last month's election, with 6,003 votes counted. Election director Sherril Huff says results will be certified today, but no changes were identified.
SEATTLE (AP) - The machine boring a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle has reportedly been stopped since Friday. Transportation Department spokeswoman KaDeena Yerkan told KING the machine called Bertha hit some kind of obstruction. It's about 60 feet deep, between South Jackson Street and South Main Street. The department said last week the machine had traveled about 1,000 feet or about one-tenth of its two-mile route since tunneling started last summer near the waterfront and sports stadiums.
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington school officials and parents have a new way of judging their school's and their children's academic improvement. Yesterday, the state posted school-level data showing how much kids at individual schools are improving from one year to the next on statewide reading and math exams. The student growth percentiles are very different from the test results parents are used to seeing. The old results look at one test. The new results show student improvement from one year to the next.
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