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Gov. Jay Inslee has officially declared Juneteenth a state holiday in Washington. He signed a slate of bills on Thursday including House Bill 1016, making June 19 a paid day off for state workers … more
In a virtual Northwest Passages forum with The Spokesman-Review on Wednesday, Sen. Patty Murray laid out her vision for remedying the nation's lack of affordable child care, which she called a … more
OLYMPIA — After several years of devastating wildfires across Washington, lawmakers this year agreed to make a major investment in wildfire prevention and forest health. It was a fight … more
OLYMPIA — Open carry is now prohibited at public demonstrations and at the state capitol campus, after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday. The new law bans open carry within … more
After a disruption of more than a year, in-person visits resumed this week at Washington State Department of Corrections facilities, according to a news release from the DOC. The first official … more
All agricultural workers are now eligible for overtime pay, starting in January 2022. Gov. Inslee signed Senate Bill 5172 and four other bills into law on Tuesday at the UFCW 1439 Union Hall in … more
Washington officials who oversee the state's immunization policies in schools won't consider a requirement to mandate COVID-19 vaccines in schoolchildren until a vaccine is fully approved by the U.S. … more
OLYMPIA — The road to pass a capital gains tax in Washington is a long one. Democrats have pushed for it for years. Even before talks of a capital gains tax, the state grappled with … more
Finally! Here's the spring weather we've been waiting for: a whole week of sunshine, blue skies and a light cooling breeze to moderate temperatures that will brush up against 70 almost every … more
A black bear, estimated at more than 200 pounds, was shot and killed by Lacey police Saturday morning after police determined there was no other reasonable alternative, the department announced via … more
More Washington residents died of drug overdoses in 2020 than any other year in at least the last decade, as people, struggling with the social isolation and loss of routine stemming from the COVID … more
Tacoma police are looking for a well-dressed burglary suspect who has stolen from four banks in the north end of the city. Officer Shelbie Boyd said the suspect robbed two banks on May 6: the … more
After ending the county’s administration of the needle exchange program in March and turning it over to a non-profit agency, Grays Harbor County Commissioners learned that they are not entirely … more
A 28-year-old motorcyclist who died Tuesday after striking a semi-trailer on Interstate 5 in Lakewood has been identified as Jacob Bullimore. Troopers say Bullimore and another motorcyclist were … more
Months before Nathan Beal's ex-wife was shot in the head in her car in Browne's Addition, Andrew Bull, a homeless man, was shot in the head just a few blocks away. Prosecutor Dale Nagy argued … more
While it continues to reel from the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington's restaurant industry is worried about  legislation it fears could significantly increase the cost of takeout, which has become … more
With Gov. Jay Inslee recently changing the guidelines for outdoor professional sporting events based on COVID-19 vaccination rates, the Mariners have added sections of seating for fully-vaccinated … more
How much income tax do Washington state's biggest public companies pay? As many of us labor over our tax returns (this year's filing deadline was extended to May 17), it may be illuminating to see … more
She was a mother who happened to be an orca, whose plight resonated around the world as she clung to her dead calf, refusing to let it go. Mother orca Tahlequah, J35, brought front and center the … more
With about a month left to go in the school year, some Washington public school districts are signaling to parents that they intend to offer a fully in-person school year this fall for students in … more
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