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Biden forgives up to $10,000 in student debt for most borrowers
President Biden said Wednesday he would forgive up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for many borrowers — and double that amount for Pell Grant recipients — a move that could offer some level of forgiveness. to up to 43 million people. The exemption is expected to apply to Americans earning less than $125,000 per year, or $250,000 per year for married couples who file taxes jointly. The White House estimates that nearly 90% of the relief will go to people earning less than $75,000 and that around 20 million borrowers could see their debt completely forgiven. The president is also extending a pandemic-era pause on federal student loan payments, first implemented under the Trump administration, through Dec. 31. Keep reading on The Washington Post. (Demetrius Freeman)

The sisters choose their free meals at Windsor Heights Apartments on Tuesday, August 16

Universal free school lunch ends – but not for all WA students
Free meals for all school children – a response to pandemic-related economic pressures over the past two years – ended last June when federal funding for school meals returned to pre-pandemic levels, despite pleas from advocates school meals. A recent decision by the state legislature will help some students. A new Washington state law has earmarked $44 million to more than double the number of schools where all students can continue to receive free lunches. The new law requires schools and districts to apply for a federal program to provide meals for all students if more than 40 percent of students are eligible for food assistance or other financial assistance through various federal programs. Keep reading on cross section. (Amanda Snyder)

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson looks on during a press conference in Seattle

West Coast states unite to fight pipeline expansion
California, Oregon and Washington have joined forces to push back a methane pipeline along the West Coast. “This project undermines Washington State’s efforts to fight climate change,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “This pipeline is bad for the environment and bad for consumers.” On Monday, Ferguson filed a petition opposing the expansion of a pipeline known as Gas Transmission Northwest. It crosses Washington, Oregon and California. Ferguson argues that the proposal goes against Washington’s efforts to fight climate change. “This is equivalent to adding 754,000 cars to the road each year until 2052,” the AG office says. Keep reading on KUOW. (Elaine Thompson)

Associated press
Big student loan cancellation plan announced by Biden

Bellingham Herald
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Your life expectancy just dropped according to a recent CDC report. See how WA compares
For Western Australian residents, does your childhood smallpox vaccine protect against monkeypox?

Editorial: In our opinion: Biden needs to settle student loan debt

Everett Herald
Editorial: What keeps people away from jury service?

Kitsap Sun
Commission approves lower Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls for all vehicles starting in October

Have you started a degree at Evergreen? Olympia college offers you money to finish
Biden just forgave millions in student debt. How to know if your loan is affected

New York Times
California to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars

Puget Sound Business Journal
Starbucks closes unionized store in Seattle, transfers operations to QFC
iBuyers and owners of short-term rentals could see divergence as investor activity plateaus in Q2
What is the real impact of higher wages? US lawmakers have come to Seattle looking for answers.

Seattle Times
Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls will be cheaper this fall (Randall, Carlyle, Fey)
Coming in or Staying Home, Seattle Employees Agree Pre-COVID Office Gone
The role Western Australian courts play in mental health care when someone is in crisis
WA ferry delays hit their highest level in the past decade
Column: Democracy does not die: WA has the 3rd highest voter turnout in the country

Washington Post
Biden forgives up to $10,000 in student debt for most borrowers and $20,000 for Pell recipients
FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search follows months of Trump resistance and delay
Five 1,000-year rain events hit the United States in five weeks. Why?
‘Ghost guns’ must now be traceable as Biden rule takes effect

The toll reduction would be the first in Washington state history
Hate crimes against transgender people are on the rise, data shows
Student loan announcement: What we know about Biden’s student loan plan
Yes, the FCC Affordable Connectivity Program $30 discount is real

Reduced Tacoma Narrows Bridge Toll Rates Take Effect October 1
Healthcare giant to pay Washington $19 million to resolve Medicaid fraud allegations

Seattle-area schools scramble to fill bus driver positions, parents warned of route changes
AG Ferguson: Healthcare giant to pay Washington state $19 million for Medicaid fraud
White supremacist pleads guilty to hate crime assault at Lynnwood bar

KNKX Public Radio
Scientists work to protect indoor air quality from wildfire smoke

KUOW Public Radio
Seattle school bus routes uncertain ahead of new school year
West Coast states unite to fight pipeline expansion

cross section
Universal free school lunch ends – but not for all WA students (Ricelli)

the stranger
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