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State Senate, House release supplemental budget plans

House and Senate Democrats on Monday released their separate supplemental state budget proposals and will soon… Continue reading

Metallurgist gets 2.5 years for faking tests on sub parts

A metallurgist working in Tacoma was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and a $50,000 fine after she spent decades faking the… Continue reading

Report says new nuclear reactor is risky

A new type of nuclear reactor that would provide carbon-free energy to at least four states in the Western U.S. poses financial risks for utilities… Continue reading

King County ending vaccine requirements at bars, restaurants

Businesses will be free to impose their own vaccination requirements

Washington revenue projections see $2.7 billion increase

As Washington lawmakers prepare to release their supplemental budget proposals, they received news Wednesday that state… Continue reading

Justices reject 4th recall petition against Snohomish County sheriff

The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a lower court’s ruling that rejected a fourth recall petition against Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney.… Continue reading

State Senate OKs ban on sales of high-capacity gun ammunition

The state Senate has voted to ban the manufacture, distribution and sale of firearm magazines that hold more than 10… Continue reading

State House quadruples number of lawmakers allowed on floor

Executive Rules Committee approved the update

Customers and employees are guided out of a Fred Meyer grocery store after a fatal shooting at the business on Wellsian Way in Richland, Wash., Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Jennifer King/The News Tribune via AP)
Customers and employees are guided out of a Fred Meyer grocery store after a fatal shooting at the business on Wellsian Way in Richland, Wash., Monday, Feb. 7, 2022. (Jennifer King/The News Tribune via AP)

Yakima newspaper cuts print editions to three per week

The Yakima Herald-Republic will reduce its print publication schedule to three days a week starting April 1, managers of the central Washington newspaper… Continue reading

State Senate doubles number of senators allowed on floor

As COVID-19 cases continue to drop across the state, the state Senate will double the number of senators allowed on the chamber floor… Continue reading

Deal seeks to revive last aluminum smelter in Pacific Northwest

A complex deal is taking shape to revive the Pacific Northwest’s last remaining aluminum smelter. Alcoa idled its Intalco Works smelter near Ferndale… Continue reading

State insurance commissioner adopts credit scoring ban

Others say move hurts those with good scores

Lawsuit accuses COVID-19 testing company of faking results

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against an Illinois-based COVID-19 testing company, accusing it of improperly handling tests and… Continue reading

Deputy seeking robbery suspect mistakenly kills off-duty officer

A sheriff’s deputy who responded to a call about a robbery suspect at a home mistakenly shot and killed the homeowner — an… Continue reading

Lynnwood police Officer Denis Molloy works in his vehicle in November. Molloy, of the Lynnwood Police Department’s community health and safety section, says navigating recent police reforms in Washington State has been challenging. (Gene Johnson/The Associated Press)

Police reform bill backfired on people in crisis

Legislators say they are working on a fix

Lynnwood police Officer Denis Molloy works in his vehicle in November. Molloy, of the Lynnwood Police Department’s community health and safety section, says navigating recent police reforms in Washington State has been challenging. (Gene Johnson/The Associated Press)

Earthquake warning app MyShake available

Created by seismologists and engineers in California

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, speaks on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday at the Capitol in Olympia during debate on a measure that would delay implementation of a long-term care program and the payroll tax that pays for it. The Senate passed the measure, which was passed by the House last week, and Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the measure on Friday. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

State approves pause to long-term care program and tax

The state Legislature on Wednesday fast-tracked a delay of the implementation of a long-term care program — and the payroll tax that pays… Continue reading

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, speaks on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday at the Capitol in Olympia during debate on a measure that would delay implementation of a long-term care program and the payroll tax that pays for it. The Senate passed the measure, which was passed by the House last week, and Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the measure on Friday. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

Three flu-related deaths amid moderate flu activity, state reports

Three people have died in Washington after testing positive for influenza amid flu activity that has risen to moderate levels in the state,… Continue reading

Sheriff: driver who killed cyclist caught smoking heroin

A driver charged with striking and killing a cyclist riding on the shoulder of Central Valley Road was smoking heroin in the vehicle… Continue reading