News Minute: Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. PSTPosted: Updated:
SEATTLE (AP) - A judge ruled that a new income tax on wealthy Seattle residents is illegal. King County Superior Court Judge John Ruhl said in his ruling Wednesday that the tax is prohibited by state law, agreeing with lawyers in multiple lawsuits challenging the ordinance. Seattle Mayor Tim Burgess and City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a joint statement the city will appeal the ruling.
SEATTLE (AP) - An environmental study has found that a major oil-by-rail terminal proposed on the Columbia River in Washington state poses a risk of oil spills, train accidents and longer emergency response times due to road traffic. A panel evaluating the project says many of the risks could be mitigated. The study was released Tuesday. The panel will decide next week whether to support or oppose the project and forward its recommendation to Washington state's governor.
ARLINGTON, Wash. (AP) - Western Washington has been hit with the season's first widespread flooding just as travelers hit the road for Thanksgiving. The Daily Herald reports that the Washington State Patrol is monitoring the situation along state Highway 530 in Arlington.
SEATTLE (AP) - A newspaper has reported that a suburban Seattle police investigator says probable cause exists to charge King County Sheriff John Urquhart with a sex assault crime in the groping pf a former deputy more than three years ago. The Seattle Times reports Renton Police Commander Daniel Figaro last week submitted his probable-cause affidavit and other materials to Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe for review. Urquhart has denied Barnes' allegation, calling it politically motivated.
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