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Gas Masks, Fireworks, Nails, Mace Among Items Found In Van Abandoned Near Seattle Riots

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During riots on Saturday near Capitol Hill in Seattle, rioters directed several explosions towards officers — one leaving a hole in the Seattle Police Department East Precinct. Police observed a van moving with the crowd and obtained a search warrant, later finding loads of weapons and dangerous objects.

According to a report by the Seattle police, a witness said they saw “what appeared to be improvised shields, gas masks, baseball bats and a large assortment of pyrotechnic explosives inside the van.” This call and the explosions led to the search which resulted in the findings.

Due to a strange parking position and the nearby explosions, the bomb squad had to clear the vehicle before it was impounded and searched.

Other items discovered included improvised spike strips, homemade shields, shin guards, helmets and other body armor, and other items.

The Saturday riots resulted in several trailers at a construction site being set ablaze. Numerous cars in the parking lot at 12th Avenue and Alder Street and several businesses were damaged. A local youth center was firebombed by the crowd, as well.

Anyone with information on the van or riot damage is asked to contact the Seattle Police Violent Crimes tip line at (206) 233-5000.

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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