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OLYMPIA — After a monthslong debate between hospitals and nursing unions, a bill that would have required hospitals to implement nurse-to-patient ratios died this week in the … more
Thurston County plans to spend $372,000 to start designing improvements to its ballot processing center even as it holds back on improving the recently purchased Mottman Complex. The ballot … more
OLYMPIA — Fewer toxic chemicals were released into the environment in the Pacific Northwest over the last few years, according to an announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency on … more
The two Whatcom County Sheriff's Office deputies who were shot in the face while responding to a call in the Peaceful Valley neighborhood are bringing a civil lawsuit against the man who is charged … more
Washington employers will soon have to disclose the starting salary for open positions to job applicants — at the beginning of the recruiting process — if a bill that recently passed both … more
The Clark County Sheriff's office reported a two year-old died after drowning in a creek east of La Center on Saturday afternoon. A family placed a 9-1-1 call reporting their child missing … more
In an effort to help fund $16.8 billion in transportation priorities, Democrats in the Washington Legislature are eyeing yet another shift in strategy. Last week, members of the House abandoned … more
OLYMPIA — Washington's public officials are moving to cut ties between state government and Russian institutions after the invasion of Ukraine — but there may not be much to cut. In … more
He's already resigned, but Tacoma police officer Robert Hollingsworth has been placed on administrative leave by department leaders after the discovery of an online video that violates city policy. … more
OLYMPIA — Opponents of Gov. Jay Inslee's public-health restrictions to curb COVID-19 descended upon the Washington Capitol campus Saturday with flags, signs and vehicle convoys. Saturday's … more
OLYMPIA — Making, distributing or selling gun magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds is one step closer to being illegal in Washington. The state House of Representatives late … more
OLYMPIA — The Washington House late Friday voted to prohibit the sale, distribution and manufacture of firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, marking a major victory for … more
OLYMPIA — Two bills that would tweak police reform measures passed last year are now law after Gov. Jay Inslee signed them Friday. Two other, more controversial bills, dealing with the … more
Two Spokane-area men were arrested in January for alleged sex crimes against local children between 5 and 10 years old, according to the Washington State Patrol. Tony Bolen, 40, of Spokane, was … more
A 33-year-old Clallam County woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly mailing drugs to two inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women near Gig Harbor, the Clallam County Sheriff's … more
A 36-year-old convicted felon was arrested last week for allegedly  raping a woman inside a vehicle and then leaving her bound and naked outside the car late last year in Spokane Valley, … more
In a surprise move the federal agency in charge of the welfare of captive marine mammals has brought the curtain down on Lolita, the captive performing killer whale, a fixture of performances at the … more
A bipartisan group of Washington lawmakers and the state's regulating cannabis agency will have an eleventh-hour hearing on their plan to toss hemp-derived products from retail stores in this year's … more
When Don Creery punches in as a driver for Uber, he's loath to cross the bridge from Seattle to Bellevue, because when he does, the minimum pay he's guaranteed disappears. "If I get a ride … more
Most of Washington's indoor masking requirements will soon come to an end — and the state's "natural experiment" will begin. For nearly two years Washingtonians have been mandated, off and … more
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