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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
A bill that would require  pharmacies across Washington  to translate medical information, such as prescription bottle directions, passed out of  committee this week and is awaiting a … more
OLYMPIA — Members of the public will soon be allowed in the galleries of the state Senate chambers during floor debate. As COVID-19 cases decline across Washington, the Senate Facilities and … more
Gray wolves throughout much of the United States, including the western two-thirds of Washington, were ordered back on the federal endangered species list Thursday. However, the majority of … more
Thousands of Washington residents have tested positive for COVID-19 after recovering from the virus, a new report from the Department of Health shows. The department considers a person to be … more
OLYMPIA — Washington is not lifting its indoor mask mandate just yet, but an end date is near, Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday. As other Democratic-led states, such as California and … more
Single-family homes are as synonymous with Spokane as a summer stroll through Riverfront Park or the thundering cadence of Bloomsday runners in May. But is Spokane's affection for white-picket … more
Immunocompromised individuals, including transplant recipients and those in active cancer treatment, are eligible for a fourth dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control … more
Farm economy experts are monitoring how tensions and a potential conflict between Russia and Ukraine could affect the economic landscape for U.S. growers. The two countries are major competitors … more
OLYMPIA — Following chaotic, mostly secret final meetings of the Washington State Redistricting Commission, the state Legislature is looking to reform how redistricting is done in the … more
OLYMPIA — A safe-staffing standard for hospitals is one step closer to becoming a reality in Washington state. A bill that would require hospitals to implement safe-staffing standards, … more
On Aug. 24, 2020, 68% of the western United States experienced extreme levels of air pollution caused by wildfire smoke and rising heat, according to a newly published study from Washington State … more
Advocates hope mandatory conservation of key habitat areas will help salmon runs recover, but opponents worry farmers will pay a price. House Bill 1838, to be known as the Lorraine Loomis Act in … more
OLYMPIA — Possessing a fake COVID-19 vaccination card may soon be a crime. A bill being heard in the Legislature would make it a misdemeanor to knowingly display a fraudulent proof of … more
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