Four potential fixes for Washington’s overburdened foster care system, including an unconventional suggestion by a foster youth who became a foster parent.
Washington’s shortage of foster parents to care for abused and neglected kids is so overburdened that kids who are shuffled among hotels and emergency placements often miss school, further compromising their chances to become successful adults.
Children entrusted to state care are bouncing between hotels and other emergency housing, victims of a severe shortage of foster homes.
CINCINNATI – With the presidential election less than three months away, millions of Americans will be navigating new requirements for voting – if they can vote at all – as state leaders implement dozens of new restrictions that could make it more difficult to cast a ballot. Since the last presidential election in 2012, politicians in 20 states passed 37 different new voting requirements that they said were needed to prevent voter fraud, a News21 analysis found. More than a third of those changes require voters to show specified government-issued photo IDs at the polls or reduce the number of acceptable IDs required by pre-existing laws. An appellate ruling kicked the case back to a lower court to determine ways to make it easier for Texans without ID to vote, after the court found that more than 600,000 lacked the required ID.“We have two world views: the people that think voter fraud is rampant and the people who want to push the narrative that it’s hard to vote. The bottom line is neither is true,” said Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who has been sued several times over his state’s removal of some voters from the registration rolls, elimination of same-day registration and curbs to early voting.
Native Americans who live on reservations consistently deal with distances and language barriers when it comes to voting. But experts who study Native American voting rights said recent changes to legal requirements and provisions for voting have exacerbated those problems.
Seattle’s urban canopy is sparking debate now because the city is considering adopting growth policies that would allow for more development.
Seattle is reversing course and will hang on to the largest piece of undeveloped open space owned by the city. It was to be sold off to raise money. Now it could become a park.
Seattle is running out of open space. The city is abandoning its goals for green space and turning to “pavement parks.”
Mayor to announce overdue plan to protect minorities and low-income people
Few safe gaurds leaves forest landowners with little protection when unscrupulous loggers purchase timberland or logging rights.