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SEATTLE (AP) - The state of Washington has agreed to a plan to resolve a lawsuit filed on behalf of mentally ill people who've been warehoused in jails for weeks or months while awaiting competency services. A settlement reached Thursday between Disability Rights Washington and the Department of Social and Health Services is designed to bring the state into compliance with a judge's 2015 ruling that said the state was violating the rights of its most vulnerable citizens.
SEATTLE (AP) - The transit authority for the Puget Sound region has hired a $550-an-hour management coach to help its chief executive get along better with his employees. The Seattle Times reports that Sound Transit hired the coach after board members disclosed that CEO Peter Rogoff had faced an internal investigation over allegations of verbal aggression, profanity and sexism toward staff.
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say they'll decide soon whether to charge a woman accused of pushing her 16-year-old friend off a bridge in Washington state, an incident that was captured on video. Police have identified 18-year-old Taylor Smith as the suspect in the Aug. 7 incident. Jordan Holgerson, 16, was pushed off a bridge at Moulton Falls northeast of Vancouver, Washington, and fell 60 feet.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - A judge has awarded a Washington couple $1 million in damages after they sued a former Bellingham lifeguard and city employee who admitted to videotaping women while they used a staff changing area at an aquatic center. The Bellingham Herald reports the woman in the lawsuit said the video voyeurism caused her mental anguish, altered her marriage, lifestyle and diminished her love for swimming due to the emotional pain and anxiety she feels when changing into a swimsuit.
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