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The Washington State Board of Health has voted to not require COVID-19 vaccines  for children to attend schools and day cares. Earlier this year, the technical advisory group, made up of … more
SHELTON, Wash. — Bill Dewey walked through the Taylor Shellfish oyster FLUPSY — a floating upweller system used to grow shellfish in open water — in Oakland Bay on Tuesday … more
OLYMPIA — After the COVID-19 pandemic worsened the healthcare worker shortage in Washington, the Legislature this session approved funding for a host of proposals to attract new medical … more
A state carnivore research scientist will present information on the ecology and behavior of cougars in the Pacific Northwest's increasingly urban landscape at the April 13 online Zoom meeting of the … more
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed a $64.1 billion supplemental budget that will make new investments in K-12 schools, programs designed to reduce poverty and homelessness, behavioral … more
OLYMPIA — Washington must develop a state student loan program for residents under a bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday. The new law requires the Washington Student Achievement … more
Spring has sprung and with its return, so have ticks. In Northern America, when temperatures begin to warm, ticks begin to stretch their legs around the outdoors. Since ticks can carry illnesses, … more
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Ukrainian children already in the process of being adopted by American families are caught in limbo amid Russia's invasion of their home country, according to members … more
OLYMPIA — New funding for transportation over the next 16 years means new transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects, maintenance of roads and electrifying the ferry fleet in Washington. At a … more
OLYMPIA — Making, selling or distributing firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition is now illegal in Washington. Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a package of bills … more
K-12 schools have more guidance on how to conduct active-shooter lockdown drills with a new bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill prohibits schools from conducting drills involving … more
OLYMPIA — Discover Pass free days will soon be extended to all state recreational sites and lands. Gov. Jay Inslee on March 17 signed a bill that will extend where Discover Pass holders can … more
People with mental health problems and juveniles can be detained or restrained by law enforcement, according to new legislation on the use of force. The new law, House Bill 1735, passed the … more
OLYMPIA — Thinking about donating to charities or nonprofit organizations to support relief efforts in Ukraine? The Washington Secretary of State is encouraging everyone to research … more
OLYMPIA — State lawmakers finished their work Thursday, passing the state budget on party lines and completing other important legislation. The Legislature adjourned for the year Thursday … more
A bill that aimed to limit the governor’s emergency powers died in a late night debate on the floor of the Washington State Legislature just hours before the bill cutoff deadline. Critics … more
OLYMPIA — After a monthslong debate between hospitals and nursing unions, a bill that would have required hospitals to implement nurse-to-patient ratios died this week in the … more
OLYMPIA — Making, distributing or selling gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds is one step closer to being illegal in Washington. The state House of Representatives late … more
OLYMPIA — A $17 billion proposed transportation package in Washington that passed the state House Tuesday no longer includes a controversial fuel tax. The proposal, which would have put a … more
OLYMPIA — Carrying guns and other weapons could soon become prohibited in Washington at schools, local government meetings and election-related facilities. The state Senate passed a bill … more
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