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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
When Nikkole Hughes started working as a staffer for the House of Representatives in 2014, she was "pretty oblique" about what she was getting herself into. She needed health insurance and a paid … more
Young adults will be able to access a fund years from now to give them a boost if lawmakers pass a bill aimed at narrowing the gap between the rich and poor. Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, … more
Families will need to wait a bit longer to find out how much learning has been lost at their child's school during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the numbers, when they finally come out, will … more
Washington marijuana users won’t face losing their job over a positive drug test if a proposal under consideration in the state Legislature wins approval. SB 5517 would update the Washington … more
Washington state last year saw 1,300 complaints from consumers who said they noticed at-home coronavirus tests being sold at prices at nearly triple what they cost in a local pharmacy, according to … more
Despite the repetitive nature of things being "unprecedented" for hospitals and the health care system during a nearly two-year long pandemic, many hospital and health care administrators statewide … more
OLYMPIA — Lawmakers will consider multiple proposals this session to restrict access to guns in Washington. A Senate committee on Monday heard proposals involving gun rights, including one … more
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