What you missed overnight: Flood Watch issued, measles keep kids home from school

What you missed overnight: Flood Watch issued, measles keep kids home from school
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Happy almost-Friday! Overnight, a Flood Watch was issued for the majority of the Inland Northwest. That’s because rain and thunderstorms could lead to flash flooding. The warning takes effect at 2:00 p.m. today and remains in place until Saturday morning.

What does that mean for you? The National Weather service says some creeks and streams are likely to rise, roads and urban areas with especially poor drainage could flood, and there is an increased risk for mudslides. So, be extra prepared today if you live near a river or creek and if you come across water over a road, turn around!

Here’s the other news you need to get your Thursday started:

Measles keep Washington kids home from school

Students at Issaquah High School will not be going to school today, because the district needs to verify immunization records for its staff. Four new measles cases have been confirmed in the Puget Sound area this week. One is a woman who spent several days at Issaquah High School while she was contagious. Another is a student at North Creek High School in Bothell. Health officials fear the disease could spread further, as all four people who are currently infected spent time at SeaTac Airport while they were believed to be contagious.

The list of 2020 candidates gets even longer

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is running for president. He joins 22 other democrats who have officially announced their candidacy.

Controversial abortion bill becomes a law, sets up court fight

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has signed into law the nation’s most restrictive abortion bill, a legislation which its backers hope will eventually lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade. When it takes effect in six months, any physician who is convicted of performing an abortion in the state would be a Class A felon — the highest level in Alabama– and face up to 99 years in prison. Abortion rights activists say they plan to fight the law. The president of the southeastern U.S. Planned Parenthood chpater said, “We haven’t lost a case in Alabama yet, and we don’t plan to start now. We will see Governor Ivey in court.”

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