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The futures of hydropower, salmon and orcas in the Pacific Northwest are at stake in the first assessment in 20 years of the environmental effects of dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.Federal … more
Washington's campaign finance watchdog on Thursday rejected a settlement that its own staff had negotiated with Facebook over charges the social media giant has repeatedly violated state campaign … more
OLYMPIA — By one vote, a House committee on Thursday approved a bill to require public school districts to teach comprehensive sexual health education to K-12 students beginning with the 2022-23 … more
Gov. Jay Inslee has reconvened negotiations between Seattle-based Swedish Health Services and its labor union, his office announced Wednesday. By stepping into the rancor, Inslee hopes to settle a … more
OLYMPIA — The Senate called for another $1 billion in spending in the state's primary budget Thursday, approving increases for homelessness, environment and health care costs. On a bipartisan … more
Washington State Patrol has identified the driver involved in a single-vehicle crash Monday on southbound Interstate 5 as a 20-year-old Washougal man. Adrian J. Calzada-Gonzales was killed in the … more
-Testing for the novel coronavirus is now available in Washington state at the public health lab in Shoreline, shortening the turnaround time for results. Previously, tests had to be sent to the … more
Amazon’s next step in its disruption of the grocery store business is rolling out in Seattle.Amazon Go Grocery, the online retailer’s first checkout-free grocery store, is slated to open Tuesday … more
State lawmakers have overwhelmingly thrown their support behind a bill that would keep defendants from justifying violent assaults based on gender identity or sexual orientation, as the “Nikki … more
After dire warnings about the devastation of Initiative 976, dramatic pain may not be felt in Washington state transportation plans after all. At least not yet. State lawmakers this week … more
More than half of Washington community-college students had trouble paying rent or had to move in with friends or relatives in the past year, according to a new report on food and housing insecurity … more
Calling "illegal" the decision to close and sell the National Archives at Seattle, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has told federal officials that his office is prepared to sue if the move is not … more
Standing onstage with a large American flag draped behind him, state Rep. Matt Shea spoke candidly to a small congregation of supporters in Northeast Washington. It was early July 2013, and Shea's … more
The Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office now allows employees to bring their infants to work. The office is the first county agency to offer the "Infants in the Workplace" program for … more
The FBI has arrested at least two people described by the agency as "violent extremists," believed to have ties to the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen, after an investigation that included threats mailed … more
Look up toward the sky and wave hello to Earth's new mini moon -- even if you can't see it. Our planet temporarily gained an additional, natural moon when a small asteroid was pulled into Earth's … more
An emergency bill to legalize sports wagering within Washington state's Native American tribal casinos is now effectively one step from a full Senate vote on sending it to the governor's … more
OLYMPIA — Washington House and Senate Democrats on Monday each released separate supplemental state budget plans that attempt to address homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. The … more
LYNNWOOD — The backpacks Robert Smiley carries into homeless camps are full of food, toothpaste, flashlights and cards with his personal number. Smiley himself was homeless for 22 years, in … more
A new Seattle city auditor's report says that city officials could be doing more to address the problem of trash generated by unsanctioned homeless encampments. As complaints about trash and … more
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