KIRO Newsradio Headlines: Father, Lyft driver killed in Belltown as community mourns
A 48-year-old father of six, who was a Lyft driver, was shot and killed in Seattle Sunday night.
Mohamed Kediye worked out of Sea-Tac airport and was fatally shot after picking someone up and driving into Seattle. The shooting happened near the Amazon Spheres.
His friend, Mohamud Adan, says Kediye’s oldest two children were preparing for college this fall and he was raising money to help them buy a car.
Seattle Police are still searching for suspects.
Seattle schools reopen as teachers still set to vote on contract
Teachers are back at work, but they still need to vote on their new contract.
Seattle Education Association Vice President Uti Hawkins has no estimate on when that vote will happen — she says teachers first need to read the document.
She says the new contract includes higher pay and better student-staff ratios.
The district says the agreement is evidence of democracy in action and an amazing achievement.
In the meantime, students will likely make up their missed week of school on buffer days during the school year, with the possibility of a few extra days added on at the end of the year.
Power shut-offs continue as wildfires get under control
Power shut-offs to help prevent wildfires are new to the Pacific Northwest.
Puget Sound Energy shut off power east of Index this week because of the Bolt Creek fire.
But spokesperson Ryan Murphy tells us it was not about fire prevention, but public safety.
“The shutoffs that were experienced in the Skokomish area this last weekend were done for the safety of on-site fire personnel as well as for the public,” Murphy said.
Murphy says power shutdowns during wildfire season will become more common.
Local companies are gathering community input on how they should be implemented because they can hinder businesses, medical, and emergency services alongside disrupting residents.
Amazon sued through anti-trust laws in California
The State of California is suing Amazon for violating the state’s antitrust laws.
It boils down to unfair competition on Amazon’s part, by stifling competition and engaging in practices that push sellers to maintain higher prices on products on other sites.
This is similar to another complaint that was filed last year by the District of Columbia and was later dismissed by a district judge.
But the California Attorney General’s office believes they have a stronger case after conducting a two-year investigation into Amazon’s business practices.
Washington’s economy gains 16,000 jobs, unemployment remains consistent
Washington’s economy gained an estimated 16,100 jobs in August.
Job growth was highest in the following industries: government, education & health services, professional & business services, and retail trade.
The July preliminary estimated gain of 6,600 jobs was revised to a gain of 10,200 jobs.
The unemployment rate for July was confirmed at 3.7% and remained constant in August.
Snohomish County unveils new overdose prevention website
While most of the health emergency focus over the past couple of years has been on the pandemic, another epidemic has continued ravaging communities across the state – the opioid epidemic.
To help combat this, the county has a new dashboard with information on opioids, their use, and how to prevent addiction and overdose.
Sara Lindstrom is an epidemiologist with the Snohomish County Health District and says the goal is to help policymakers make informed decisions but also transparency to help the public really wrap their minds around the situation.
You can find the dashboard at snohomishoverdoseprevention.com.
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