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OLYMPIA — The Washington redistricting commission is being sued over claims it violated the state's Open Public Meetings Act. The lawsuit from the Washington Coalition for Open Government … more
Washington residents hoping to get into the holiday spirit by selecting a fresh Christmas tree should plan on doing so sooner rather than later this year, and also expect to pay more for it than … more
Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Thursday, Dec. 9 announced 26 tentatively scheduled razor clam digs in January and February. WDFW also confirmed … more
The nursing shortage is a pressing reality for hospitals across Washington. A recent survey from the Washington State Hospital Association, which included responses from 80 hospitals that have 85% … more
Support for Washington state's long-term care benefit program is divisive, but 51% of Washington residents support the program, according to an AARP poll published this fall. A third of residents … more
OLYMPIA — State health officials won't be lifting pandemic-related mandates anytime soon, but Gov. Jay Inslee hinted Thursday at what the end might look like. The biggest things Inslee is … more
OLYMPIA — The big one. The 9.0 magnitude Cascadia earthquake that experts say will change the West Coast forever. No one knows when, but scientists are pretty certain it will hit. Since the … more
(The Center Square) – Officials in Washington state this week destroyed some 13,000 pounds of marijuana plants in Touchet, a rural area southeast of Yakima. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board … more
The outdoor recreation's contribution to the U.S. economy shrank 19%  from 2019 to 2020 and employment in that sector fell by 17.1%, according to a report conducted by the Bureau of Economic … more
Washington state's public health system has administered more than 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this year, with those numbers continuing to increase as children ages 5 to 11 can now get … more
OLYMPIA — State Sen. Steve Hobbs will be the new Washington Secretary of State. Hobbs, a Democrat from Snohomish County, will take over for Kim Wyman Nov. 22 as she begins her job in the … more
OLYMPIA — This winter,  cold, snowy weather is in the forecast. Now add long road closures. Staff shortages have hit the Department of Transportation, which is down about 300 people. … more
Homicide detectives arrested a Spokane man who said he rescued his teen daughter from sex trafficking in Seattle and later killed her boyfriend in Airway Heights last year, according to court … more
WASHINGTON — While the attention of Northwest salmon advocates has been focused on a renewed debate over the fate of the Lower Snake River dams, a Washington Democrat has quietly worked to … more
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing poultry providers for allegedly taking part in an illegal plot to inflate their prices. Ferguson's office has filed a lawsuit over what he … more
Why are bats a Halloween staple? Why is their silhouette, slapped onto a cheap decoration, synonymous with fright? Why are they the one thing Bruce Wayne dreads? Maybe it's because we fear what we … more
OLYMPIA — Secretary of State Kim Wyman could be leaving Washington soon for a position in the Department of Homeland Security. CNN is reporting the Biden administration is expected to name … more
More than 140,000 children in the United States have lost a parent or grandparent to COVID-19. In Washington, researchers estimate 1,428 children have suffered such a loss. The findings are part … more
Board members of the Eatonville School District have decided they will not fire staff members who fail to provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, defying Gov. Jay Inslee’s … more
OLYMPIA — More than 92% of current state employees have complied with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. As of Monday, the state has lost nearly 1,900 employees — or about 3% of it … more
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