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Washington and Idaho added tens of thousands of people over the last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday. This added up to a small population increase in Washington … more
State Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, released a statement on Wednesday, Dec. 14, criticizing Gov. Jay Inslee’s operating budget proposal.  In Wilson’s view, Inslee’s budget … more
The Washington state Department of Commerce and Washington state Arts Commission recently announced that the latest round of Working Washington Grants have resulted in the allocation of $75 million … more
Data breaches in the state of Washington are at a historic high, with 4.5 million breach notices being sent to Washington residents in 2022. The Washington state attorney general issued a data breach … more
Two Republican state Senators pre-filed three bills ahead of the 2023 legislative session to reverse what they consider “criminal-friendly” laws recently passed by Democrats in the … more
At an event in Tukwila on Monday, Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced they will jointly request two gun regulation bills they refer to as “common-sense public safety … more
State initiative promoter Tim Eyman will still have to pay $2.9 million in civil penalties after a campaign finance ruling against him was upheld by a Washington appeals court last week.   … more
According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), no northern giant hornets — once called murder hornets by The New York Times — were seen in Washington in 2022. This … more
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson will request legislation for a statewide ban on the purchase or transfer of assault-style semiautomatic rifles as part of the latest push … more
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has decommissioned its Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) website. As of Dec. 1, those who visit will be … more
When the state budget forecasters look at the economy, they see the uncertainty of the present moment: rising inflation and interest rates, global fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, … more
The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife are evaluating options to restore and manage grizzly bears in the North Cascades of Washington.   Since 1997, the North Cascades have … more
BELLEVUE — Despite what many thought would be a closer-than-normal race, 30-year incumbent Sen. Patty Murray easily defeated her Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley, giving her a sixth term. … more
With 27 years of work in the opioid addiction field, Caleb Banta-Green said he didn't think it could get as bad as today's big rise in fentanyl use. Fentanyl is killing people from accidental … more
Washington's 10 remaining COVID-19 emergency orders will be lifted by Oct. 31, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday. "We've come a long way the past two years in developing the tools that allow us … more
Who will be moving on to the general election in the secretary of state's race remained unclear Tuesday night. Democrat and incumbent Steve Hobbs will move forward, having received 41.2% of the … more
Sen. Patty Murray will defend her seat in November against a former triage nurse and veterans advocate from Pasco who has the backing of the national Republican Party. Tiffany Smiley, 41, … more
Last week, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Harris Jewelers, a national jewelry outlet, would provide over $1.5 million in debt relief and refunds to over 1,000 service … more
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Hospital Association is asking the state for help in addressing "unprecedented" capacity issues at hospitals. Many hospitals statewide, including most on the … more
For the top two candidates for one of Washington's U.S. Senate seats, bolstering the economy and handling record-high inflation are top priorities. But five-term Sen. Patty Murray and political … more
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