Gun tragedy strikes Troutdale
Shots were fired in a locker room at a high school near Portland, Oregon around 8 a.m. this morning. One male student and the shooter are dead. A gym teacher was injured. The Troutdale city police did not immediately reveal the identity or the gender of the Reynolds High School shooter or confirm whether the shooter was a student, according to The Oregonian. Students were safely evacuated, and met their parents in a Fred Meyer parking lot. The Reynolds School District released a statement, mourning “the loss of one of our students” and praising the quick response of police, students and school staff.
According to Everyman, a website favoring gun controls, the incident marked at least the 74th school shooting since the December 2012 mass murder in Newtown, Conn. The 73rd was last week's Seattle Pacific University shooting. Newly filed documents allege that the accused SPU shooter, Aaron Ybarra, visited the campus repeatedly to plan the crime. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg will seek life imprisonment. — E.W.
Ranking Pacific NW school cuts
Idaho’s recesssion-era education cuts were the deepest in the country, when the 2011-2012 school year is compared to 2008-2009. That's according to a FiveThirtyEight report. In general, states such as Idaho that spend less per student made significantly larger cuts to education (on a percentage basis). Idaho cut per student spending by more than 12 percent, with adjustment for inflation. Washington and Oregon, which both spend more per student than Idaho, didn’t shrink their education budgets as much. Oregon decreased its per pupil spending by 9.7 percent, while Washington dropped its per student budget by 5.7 percent. Oregon’s cuts were the eighth worst nationally; Washington was 25th. -- E.W.
Small business friendly? Not really.
Speaking of rankings, a new survey finds that Washington State and Seattle are pretty middling as places supportive of small businesses. Washington, in fact, ranked 25th among the states and received a grade of C, based on responses from the businesses surveyed about factors ranging from the ease of hiring to the amount of regulation. Seattle received a B- grade. As Governing Magazine notes, this survey is different from many because it's conducted by Thumbtack.com, a website that provides services to small businesses, rather than by a think tank with ideological positions on taxes, regulations and the like. — J.C.
New city CTO, fresh from Microsoft
Mayor Ed Murray today announced the appointment of a new chief technology officer for the city, Michael Mattmiller. It's a promising pick: Mattmiller comes from recently serving a year-plus as a Microsoft senior strategist. In an interview with Crosscut's Drew Atkins, he was at least open to the idea of municipally-operated broadband, which could speed up Internet service greatly. Atkins' full report is here. — J.C.
Hillary on Hillary - again
Author and likely presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be here for a book signing next Wednesday at the University Bookstore. But if you're looking for summer reading that's political, the best advice may have come from seattlepi.com's Joel Connelly: Her book will be fine for coffee table display (at least if your friends are Democrats) but to learn something, pick up "Big Money" by Politico's Ken Vogel, a one-time Tacoma News-Tribune writer. Connelly says the book explains money's effects on modern U.S. politics in ways that both entertain and educate. To the beach! — J.C.
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