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The use of the potent opioid Fentanyl contributed to a significant rise in Washington overdose deaths during the first half of 2020, according to state data released Friday. The state reported 835 … more
A narrowly divided Washington Supreme Court on Thursday threw out several legal challenges filed by a conservative think tank against state employee unions alleging violations of campaign finance … more
Three state representatives rebuked ethics complaints filed against them last week by the Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance that claimed the lawmakers made "offensively inappropriate comments" … more
Gov. Jay Inslee has named Karen Johnson director of the state's new Office of Equity. The office, created within the governor's office, was established by the Legislature and signed into law by … more
A capital gains excise tax moved one step closer to approval Feb. 17 despite opposition from Republican lawmakers who call the law an unnecessary income tax and warn it will result in a court … more
A new baby has been born to the L pod family of southern resident killer whales, scientists reported. Ken Balcomb, founding director of the Center for Whale Research, confirmed the birth … more
Canada won't require coronavirus testing for residents of Point Roberts traveling through Canada for any essential services, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday. The Consulate General of Canada … more
Washington will soon have an earthquake warning system that alerts residents before shaking even occurs. ShakeAlert could give residents and state agencies "critical" seconds to prepare for an … more
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the already-fragile child care industry hard. There's bipartisan agreement at the state and national level about that, along with acknowledgment that intervention is … more
As Washington school districts wrangle with massive enrollment drops during the pandemic, new statewide data shows that nearly 6,000 children transferred to a type of school that has faced criticism … more
The Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance has filed ethics complaints against three Republican state lawmakers, claiming their questioning in public hearings was "discriminatory," and offensive … more
Walking 6 miles through nearly a foot of snow to get to her first COVID-19 vaccine appointment was nothing, compared to what 90-year-old Fran Goldman went through to get it. "I have been calling … more
QFC will close two Seattle locations it describes as "underperforming," saying the decision was fueled in part by a recent city requirement that large grocery stores give workers an extra $4 an hour … more
Every spring, a small group of about a dozen gray whales pauses along an epic migration from calving lagoons in Baja California to their feeding grounds in the Artic. They travel more than 170 miles … more
Snow may be melting outside, but seasonal workers are being recruited now for the Washington State Parks spring and summer seasons. Each summer, State Parks employs 400 park aides and 45 senior … more
A Yakima County sheriff's deputy was treated for exposure to fentanyl as he was responding to a call in Toppenish early Sunday. Deputies were called to the parking lot of Legends Casino, 580 Fort … more
On Christmas Eve last year, Washington State Auditor Pat McCarthy's office issued a dire warning that state agency computer systems and data make "attractive targets for cyberattacks." The … more
Tim Eyman has spent years vilifying Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, calling him a "fascist," complaining of persecution and saying the campaign finance lawsuit Ferguson brought against him … more
A Washington State Trooper's 2018 death has been reclassified as occurring in the line of duty after an investigation determined the cause of her fatal cancer was exposure to toxic chemicals during … more
Washington lawmakers are discussing a bill that would end the automatic disqualification of people with certain criminal convictions from working with vulnerable populations in health care or home … more
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