The Washington Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling Thursday on a major case concerning the state's obligation to pay for public-school...

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Court to issue

education ruling

The Washington Supreme Court plans to issue a ruling Thursday on a major case concerning the state’s obligation to pay for public-school education.

The court posted a notice on its website Wednesday afternoon saying the ruling was scheduled to be released.

A coalition of school districts, parents, teachers and community groups won a lawsuit in King County Superior Court in February 2010. Judge John Erlick ruled the state was violating its constitution by not fully paying for basic education.

The state appealed, saying Erlick reached beyond the high court’s previous ruling on this issue in 1978.

The Supreme Court held a lively public hearing on the case at the end of June. Many of the justices’ questions concerned whether the Legislature had made any progress lately in improving the way the state pays for education.


Deputies trained

on defibrillators

The King County Sheriff’s Office says 53 deputies are being trained and equipped with portable heart defibrillators so they can be dispatched to cardiac-arrest calls along with medics.

A deputy who arrives first at a call can start resuscitation and deliver the first defibrillator shocks. Medics can then take over.

Dr. Mickey Eisenberg of King County Emergency Medical Services said Wednesday the move “will definitely save lives.”

Fifteen deputies already have been trained and equipped, with the remainder joining the program over the next few months as they complete training. All the deputies involved have asked to participate.


Utility advises

boiling water

Seattle Public Utilities crews on Wednesday afternoon restored water service to as many as 1,300 customers in an area of Southeast Seattle after a water-pipe break, but people in the affected area were advised to continue to boil their tap water before drinking or cooking until further notice.

The utility said to bring the water to a rolling boil for one minute, then let it cool and pour into a clean container.

Dishwashers can be used if run with the sanitizing/heat cycle and commercial dishwashing detergent.

Dishes can be hand-washed if rinsed in a diluted bleach solution — one teaspoon household bleach to one gallon of water — and then allowed to air dry.

Tap water can be used for bathing, but do not drink any of the water and do not allow babies to put water or washcloths in their mouths.

The areas affected are roughly bordered by 32nd Avenue South to the west, Wilson Avenue South on the east, South Alaska Street on the north and South Graham Street on the south.

Customers with questions can call Seattle Public Utilities Customer Service at 206-684-3000.

Times staff and news services