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14 people may be banned after rowdy D.C. to Seattle flight

Alaska Airlines says at least 14 people could be banned from the company's flights after the passengers were rowdy, argumentative and refused to wear masks on a flight from Dulles International Airport to Seattle. The Seattle Times reports airline spokesperson Ray Lane said those passengers were on Flight 1085 from the D.C.-area airport to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Thursday night. Lane wrote in an email Friday that their behavior was unacceptable and the airline apologized to guests on the flight who were made uncomfortable. The 14 passengers face being placed on Alaska’s ban list, Lane said.

Washington state to swear in first Black senator in 10 years

Washington state will welcome several first-time lawmakers this year for the legislative session expected to begin on Monday, including the state’s first Black senator in 10 years. KING-TV reported that T’wina Nobles is scheduled to be sworn in as a state senator Friday, and is expected to start her new role on Monday. Nobles unseated Republican incumbent Steve O’Ban. The Washington State Public Disclosure Commission said the competitors combined spent more than $1.7 million on the race, not including independent expenditures. Nobles was previously the CEO and president of the Tacoma Urban League for more than three years. A search is underway for her replacement.

18-year-old charged in hit-and-run that killed UW student

An 18-year-old driver was charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a 23-year-old student who was struck on the Montlake Bridge on New Year’s Day. That's according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Kyle Dickinson also was charged with felony hit-and-run and driving without a valid driver’s license. He was released from King County Jail after posting $100,000 bail. He's scheduled to be arraigned on Jan 14. Prosecutors say Dickinson was driving his parents’ car around 1 a.m. on Jan. 1 when he hit UW student Jared West, who had just left a nearby party and in the street.

Amazon pledges $2B for affordable housing in 3 US cities

Amazon has announced $2 billion in loans and grants to secure affordable housing in three U.S. cities where it has major operations. It would go to the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Arlington, Virginia, and Nashville, Tennessee. The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that Amazon said it would give $185.5 million to the King County Housing Authority in Washington state to help buy affordable apartments and keep the rents low. The agency is expected to pair that with bond funding to pay for its recent purchase of three Bellevue apartment buildings. Other tech companies have invested large sums to boost affordable housing after years of complaints that they have worsened inequality by pushing housing prices higher.

Amid riot fears, Washington lawmakers plan in-person session

Washington state lawmakers are defending their plan to open the legislative session in person next Monday. Their comments follow the siege of the nation's Capitol building in Washington, D.C., as well as the storming of the governor's property in Olympia by President Donald Trump's loyalists. Leaders from both parties spoke during an online preview of the legislative session hosted by The Associated Press on Thursday, saying that the state Constitution requires lawmakers to meet in person, that meeting in the Capitol would be safer than meeting elsewhere, and that it is crucial to demonstrate that lawmakers will not be intimidated from doing the people's business.

Seahawks' Jamal Adams says no question he'll play vs. Rams

Seattle Seahawks defensive back Jamal Adams says there’s no question he’ll play in his first career playoff game Saturday despite a shoulder injury. Adams was emphatic he would be on the field for the NFC playoff opener against the Los Angeles Rams after leaving Seattle’s Week 17 win over San Francisco with a shoulder injury. Adams appeared angry and dejected on the sideline after being examined by Seattle’s medical staff during the 49ers game. By Wednesday, he was jovial and excited to play in his first postseason game. 

Protests at capitols nationwide; Olympia, Salem included

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state capitol buildings in Washington and Oregon on Wednesday saw hundreds of people showing their support for President Donald Trump. RELATED: Gov. Inslee issues statement as protestors trespass at his mansion RELATED: Washington state representatives…