One of Seattles largest employers could be coming to a city near you—as long as you live in North America, that is.
One of Seattle's largest employers could be coming to a city near you—as long as you live in North America, that is. Charles Mudede

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Amazon to Open "HQ2" Campus Somewhere in North America: The tech giant's second headquarters will bring 50,000 jobs to a to-be-decided city and will cost $5 billion to build, GeekWire reports. Amazon is soliciting pitches from state and city governments across the country to open the new campus in their community. Meanwhile, in Seattle, "a person familiar with the company’s plans said it currently has more than 6,000 open positions in Seattle and expects to open 2 million more square feet of office space in the city, describing the second headquarters as part of its ongoing job creation," according to GeekWire.

Hurricane Irma Headed for Florida After Tearing Through the Caribbean: At least 10 people are dead in the northern Caribbean islands after the category 5 storm, CNN reports. "Barbuda right now is literally a rubble," Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne told ABS TV/Radio Antigua. The island governments are now preparing for Hurricane Jose. In the U.S., Irma may hit southern Florida and the Keys "by late Saturday, with a potential landfall in Florida on Sunday."

Washington State Sues to Protect Dreamers: Attorney General Bob Ferguson, joined by 15 other states including Washington, DC, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for members' decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Ferguson said Trump's decision is discriminatory and violates the United States Constitution's equal protections clause and due process procedures.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Will Host a Tele-Town Hall on DACA Tonight: The Seattle congressional representative will discuss the impacts the Trump administration's decision will have on working families. Constituents can join the discussion at 5:30 p.m. by calling 877-229-8493 (PIN: 116812) or listen in here.

Airport Car Rental Companies to Pay Sea-Tac Workers $2 Million in Backpay: The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries announced that the Hertz and Thrifty rental companies must pay claims for wages owned between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 in accordance with minimum wage laws.

ICYMI: Washington State Congressman Dave Reichert is not running for reelection.

The Smoke in Seattle Is Moving Along: Seattle's air quality, which reached "unhealthy" levels yesterday due to particulate matter settling lower in the air, is expected to improve today.


But Fires Are Getting Worse in Central Washington: The Norse Peak wildfire is nearly 70 square miles, or "bigger than the city of Tacoma," and the Jolly Mountain Fire near Cle Elum is 38 square miles, "about the size of Bellevue," KING 5 reports.

Trump's America, Just 10 Miles South of Seattle: You must read Sydney Brownstone's latest on the rise of white nationalism in Burien. "We're going through a growth spurt," Roxana Pardo Garcia told The Stranger. "A political one, an economic one, and a sociocultural one. And the people who have traditionally held power are starting to feel that growth spurt and they're thinking it's a negative thing because it'll displace their power."

Speaking of Which: A reminder: