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The financial responsibility for an oil spill will fall on those who own the facilities and vessels that produce and transport oil under proposed House Bill 1691. “The goal is to minimize … more
For a large portion of Washingtonians, the use of cosmetic products is a part of their everyday routine, but some of those same household products often contain harmful chemicals that cause a variety … more
OLYMPIA — A House panel has voted to delay the long-term care tax until 2023. On a 31-2 vote, a House committee approved a bill Thursday to delay the implementation of the tax. On a 23-10 … more
OLYMPIA — The Legislature must act this session on climate change, housing and transportation, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. In his annual State of the State address, Inslee again pushed the … more
An effort by state regulators to rein in sale of intoxicating cannabis that can be produced with materials outside their authority has some major business interests crying foul. The Washington … more
A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife employee has been accused of poaching. The Ferry County prosecutor accused Brock Hoenes, the director for WDFW's north-central region, with unlawful … more
OLYMPIA — The Washington Legislature will open its 2022 session Monday. It will be mostly virtual — the second year the COVID-19 pandemic has forced lawmakers to convene behind their … more
OLYMPIA — Almost two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and Washington is still in a state of emergency — though most restrictions have eased — and Gov. Jay Inslee intends to keep it … more
OLYMPIA — One year after rioters attacked the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and breached the gate at the governor's mansion in Olympia, Gov. Jay Inslee wants to make spreading election … more
WASHINGTON — A year after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol and clashed with police in a deadly attempt to overturn an election, Northwest lawmakers reflect a … more
Booster doses for 12 to 15 year-olds will likely be approved by two federal agencies by the end of the week. The Food and Drug Administration recommended that kids and teens in this age group … more
OLYMPIA — For the second year in a row, the Washington Legislature will be mostly virtual. As the number of COVID-19 cases spikes across the state, the state House and Senate have both … more
In the early morning on Friday, 12 elk were freezing to death in the Kettle River south of Barstow, in Ferry County. Six of the animals didn't survive the day. But the other six did, thanks to … more
After a two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, Cascade Bicycle Club has announced a full calendar of 2022 events and rides, including the return of Seattle to Portland. The 206-mile Seattle … more
OLYMPIA — A new year sometimes means new laws go into effect in Washington, and this one will include changes to taxes, school names and the way you order takeout. Most laws go into effect … more
Almost nine years, more than two terms and one global public health crisis after he was first elected, Gov. Jay Inslee says he doesn't have time to think about his legacy. As the pandemic rages, … more
OLYMPIA — One year after two big climate bills — cap-and-trade and low carbon fuels — passed during the final hours of the legislative session, the fight over climate policy is far … more
Health officials in Washington are worried the state's nearly fully hospitals could be hit even harder because of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The occupancy rate in intensive care units … more
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled an "unusually large" budget proposal of almost $62 billion Thursday that would continue focus on helping the state recover from the COVID-19 … more
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed budget includes a continued effort to study replacing the benefits of the lower Snake River Dams, if the federal government decides to remove … more
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