Category: Washington state

5 Shot, Hurt in Washington State Walmart Amid Altercation

MOUNT VERNON, Wash.—A customer and an employee of a Walmart were shot and injured along with three young men who authorities said were involved in an altercation inside the store Sunday, police said. The Seattle Times reported police received calls about shots being fired inside the building shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. Investigators believe the…


Coach Fired for Praying Just Wants Job Back After Supreme Court Win

The high school football coach who was fired for praying on the 50-yard line says he just wants his job back after the U.S. Supreme Court decided in his favor. The Supreme Court ruled 6–3 on Monday that the sacking of Joseph Kennedy, who is a Christian, violated First Amendment religious freedom protections. Kennedy worked…


Supreme Court Rules in Favor of High School Football Coach Fired for Post-Game Prayers

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on June 27 that a school district in Washington state violated First Amendment religious freedom protections when it fired high school football coach Joseph Kennedy for leading personal prayers at the 50-yard line after games. The decision is regarded as a victory for religious freedom. In the case, the high…


SCOTUS Upholds HHS’s Medicare Reimbursement Formula for Hospitals Serving the Poor

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against a hospital system that serves low-income people in Washington state, finding that the formula the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) uses to calculate Medicare reimbursements is correct. The ruling is a victory for the Biden administration. The case, on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals…


Supreme Court Invalidates Washington State Workers’ Comp Law Affecting Federal Nuclear Cleanup Site

The Supreme Court struck down a Washington state law that extended workers’ compensation benefits to employees at a decommissioned federal nuclear production facility where employees suffered exposure to radioactive waste, finding the statute discriminates against the federal government. The ruling in United States v. Washington, court file 21-404, is a win for the Biden administration, which…


The Mother of Father’s Day

SPOKANE, Wash.— The city of Spokane in Washington is the birthplace of Father’s Day. It started in the craftsman-style home known as the “Father’s Day House,” or the Dodd House. A Spokane resident named Sonora Louise Smart Dodd was inspired to dedicate a day to fathers while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at a…


Census Bureau Sued Over ‘Intrusive’ Annual Survey Questions

Two U.S. citizens have filed a class-action lawsuit against the Census Bureau, claiming the long, detailed American Community Survey the agency requires millions to fill out each year is illegal. The lawsuit comes as the U.S. Census Bureau comes under fire for significant miscounts in the 2020 Census, with population numbers in six states being…


Gun Rights Groups Sue Over Washington State’s High-Capacity Magazine Ban

Several gun rights groups have filed a lawsuit challenging Washington state’s new ban on sales of so-called high-capacity ammunition magazines for rifles and handguns, which the law prohibiting their distribution defines as ones that hold more than 10 rounds. The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and others filed their complaint on June 3 (pdf), claiming the ban…


Spokane City Official Defies Mask Mandate, Talks About Freedom Versus Following Rules

SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane city council members attempted to pass a resolution in late January asking the mayor to revoke councilman Jonathan Bingle’s City Hall access after he chose not to wear a mask indoors. Bingle told The Epoch Times that the question of masking has moved from being about health to being about politics. “I would…


Potential Data Breach May Have Affected 250,000 Licensed Professionals: Washington State Agency

The Department of Licensing (DOL) of Washington State announced on Friday it is investigating a potential data breach that may have affected hundreds and thousands of people. The agency, besides issuing driver and vehicle licenses, also issues licenses for 39 categories of businesses and professionals, including for appraisers, engineers, barbers, bail bondsmen, real estate agents, car dealers,…