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Starting June 1, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will no longer offer fully remote hunter education courses. The department will continue to offer in-person hunter education … more
In a statement released last week, state Rep. Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, announced Washington state would join Mississippi and British Columbia in July as the only three jurisdictions to ban the private … more
The Washington State Legislature adjourned on Sunday, April 23 after failing to approve a controversial bill to set drug possession penalties, raising the possibility of a special session in the … more
Police may pursue suspects that pose long-term serious risk to others under revisions of a more restrictive 2022 vehicle chase law that has now passed both chambers of this year’s Legislature. … more
April is Earth Month and the Washington Department of Ecology will mark the occasion with an emphasis on keeping the state litter free. In a news release, Ecology noted roadside litter affects … more
Republicans across the state issued statements in opposition to Washington legislation banning a number of firearms that was passed by the state Senate over the weekend. State Sen. Jeff Wilson, … more
Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed the next round of coastal razor clam digging can proceed as planned from April 6 to April 12 with an increased … more
After years of attempts, Democrats in the Washington House of Representatives passed a ban on assault weapons late Wednesday. The measure was approved one day after the House voted 52-44 … more
A bill that would have given local governments in Eastern Washington more authority to kill and move wolves is likely dead. House Bill 1674 was introduced to the Washington Legislature earlier … more
OLYMPIA — More backyard cottages could soon pop up across Washington. So-called accessory dwelling units, often referred to as in-law suites, provide independent living  on the same lot … more
OLYMPIA — Law enforcement officers in Washington may soon have less legal protection if they engage in unconstitutional behavior. A bill making its way through the Legislature aims to tackle … more
The state Senate on Monday approved Senate Bill 5595, officially making “The Evergreen State” Washington’s nickname. The nickname had already been the state’s unofficial … more
Ashley Bonus said she began her fight against impaired driving after her sister, Stacy Gammons-Ankerfelt, died in an accident in 2012.   Now, she wants a new law that lowers the blood alcohol … more
Washington state might have an official nickname if a bill that passed a Senate committee becomes law, but it’s not really “new.” You’ve seen it on everything from … more
Allisone McClanahan suffered from severe chronic pain and fibromyalgia. To ease her pain, the 26-year-old took a pain pill from a friend she thought contained oxycodone. Instead, she died of a drug … more
The war against the use of illegal fentanyl will get some extra help in the future from drug sniffing dogs trained to detect the substance. That’s the intent of House Bill 1635, introduced … more
The Running Start program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college level credits, will expand to include sophomores, if a proposal in the state Legislature is … more
State Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, criticized his Democratic colleagues on the state Senate Law and Justice Committee on Friday for rejecting Republican attempts to reform what he called a … more
Students should spend more time in school and less time on break so they retain the learning they acquire during the school year. That’s the opinion of Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, … more
A marine biotoxin that causes diarrhetic shellfish poison (DSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in shellfish in Budd Inlet in Thurston County. As a result, the Washington State Department of … more
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