ELECTION 2019-CAR TAB INITIATIVE-THE LATEST
The Latest: $30 car tab measure passes in Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state voters have approved a measure cutting car tabs to $30, a move that will cut billions of dollars from transportation budgets and leave governments scrambling for a way to pay for road paving, light rail and other projects.
Initiative 976 had a healthy lead after early returns Tuesday night and continued to pass by large margins as votes were counted Wednesday. King County, the state's most populous, was rejecting I-976 but most other counties were approving it.
Sponsored by Tim Eyman, the measure would cap most taxes paid through annual vehicle registration at $30 and largely revoke the authority of state and local governments to add new taxes and fees without voter approval.
The measure would also repeal taxes and fees that were already in place, which could cost the state and local governments more than $4 billion in revenue over the next six years, according to the state Office of Financial Management.
Boise woman dies after getting hit by vehicle
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Boise Police Department says a 72-year-old woman died after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing a street downtown.
The Ada County Coroner's Office identified the woman as Alice H. Kinberg of Boise.
Police say she was crossing Myrtle Street outside of a crosswalk Monday evening when she was struck by the vehicle. The driver, a 30-year-old woman, stayed at the scene and is cooperating with police.
No charges have been filed in connection with the accident, which remains under investigation.
ELECTION 2019-SPOKANE MAYOR
Former news anchor Nadine Woodward elected mayor of Spokane
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Former television news anchor Nadine Woodward is claiming victory in the race for Spokane mayor.
In her first run for public office, Woodward has defeated city council President Ben Stuckart in the race to run the state's second-largest city.
Despite thousands of ballots left to count, Stuckart conceded after the first batch of results were released Tuesday evening.
Woodward was a longtime anchorwoman at two Spokane television stations before she sought to succeed Mayor David Condon, who is barred from seeking a third term.
The race was contentious and focused on public safety and the city's homeless problem. More than $1 million was spent by the candidates and outside special interests.
Woodward was supported by statewide Realtors associations, while Stuckart drew support from labor unions in the non-partisan race.
BOISE MAYOR-RUNOFF ELECTION
Boise voters to have first-ever runoff for mayor
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — For the first time ever Boise voters will have to select their next mayor in a runoff election.
In Tuesday's six-way race, City Council President Lauren McLean took the lead against incumbent Mayor Dave Bieter. Nearly 46% of the votes went to McLean and just over 30% went to Bieter.
But under Boise city code, a candidate must win a majority — and that's at least 50% plus one vote.
A runoff election between McLean and Bieter will be held Dec. 3.
The other four candidates for mayor all trailed far behind Bieter and McLean, with Ada County Highway District Commission President Rebecca Arnold getting about 13% of votes, former Boise Mayor Brent Coles getting 7%, Wayne Richey and Adriel Martinez each getting about 1% and Cortney Nielsen coming in with just over a half a percent of votes.
Northern Idaho man dies in mobile home fire
(Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com)
HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says a Hayden man died in a mobile home fire Monday.
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports a neighbor called emergency workers about 7 a.m. to report the fire, and when firefighters and sheriff's deputies arrived on scene the home was fully engulfed in flames.
Firefighters were able to knock the fire back and search the home, and they found Rodney A. Bitterman inside. Authorities say the 53-year-old died as a result of the fire.
The fire remains under investigation.
FOREST RESTORATION-COURT BATTLE
Lawsuit planned after giant forest project OK'd in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A giant forest project in Idaho rejected by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is on again, and an environmental group says it violates the court's orders and will stop it with another lawsuit.
The U.S. Forest Service on Friday approved the 125-square-mile (325-square-kilometer) project on the Payette National Forest, with work expected to start this week.
The Forest Service and the Alliance for the Wild Rockies agree the project is precisely the same as the one halted by the 9th Circuit Court's ruling against the Forest Service in August 2018.
But the Forest Service says changes in wording in an environmental review remove problems that caused the court to stop the project, and the Forest Service's new approval decision Friday allows work to begin immediately.
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