Regional News

Heavy rains bring flooding, evacuations, school closures across Western Washington

Heavy rainfall and high winds in Washington on Monday caused flooding and mudslides that forced evacuations and closed schools and part of Interstate… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee lets state eviction moratorium expire

After more than 18 months of pandemic-driven eviction limits, Gov. Jay Inslee said he will allow the latest version of the state’s eviction… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee, front, talks to reporters in Olympia earlier this month as Secretary of Health Umair Shah looks on. Inslee announced Thursday that 94 percent of state workers complied with a state mandate to either get the COVID-19 vaccine or be approved for an exemption. (Rachel La Corte/The Associated Press)

Inslee: 94 percent of state employees comply with vaccine mandate

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday applauded numbers showing that some 94 percent of state employees are… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee, front, talks to reporters in Olympia earlier this month as Secretary of Health Umair Shah looks on. Inslee announced Thursday that 94 percent of state workers complied with a state mandate to either get the COVID-19 vaccine or be approved for an exemption. (Rachel La Corte/The Associated Press)

Federal judge rejects bid to stop vaccine mandate

A federal judge in Eastern Washington on Monday denied a bid by firefighters, state troopers and others to halt Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate… Continue reading

Fallen shipping containers bobbing along Vancouver Island

Maritime workers are waiting for calmer weather before they can retrieve some 35 containers that have been drifting near the Strait of Juan… Continue reading

Tens of thousands without power in Pacific Northwest

Two killed by falling tree in Seattle metro area

House facility access limited to vaccinated through January

Lawmakers and legislative employees at the Washington state House must prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to access House facilities through early… Continue reading

Contractors begin taking out Nelson Dam on Naches River

The city of Yakima was set to begin taking out the Nelson Dam on Monday following nearly three months of preparation and years… Continue reading

State payroll tax to fund long-term care program coming soon

A mandatory payroll tax to fund a new long-term care program will start coming out of most workers’ paychecks across the state in… Continue reading

88 percent of state health care workers fully vaccinated, survey finds

Most of Washington’s health care workers have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, with a week left before the state’s immunization deadline. As of Monday… Continue reading

State Department of Fish and Wildlife eases fire restrictions

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has lifted fire restrictions, including the temporary ban on target shooting, on the state lands it manages.… Continue reading

State ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect Friday

A ban on single-use plastic bags that was originally scheduled to begin on the first of this year will go into effect today… Continue reading

State worker vaccination increases ahead of mandate deadline

As a crucial deadline for Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate approaches, state data shows vaccination numbers for workers subject to the requirement… Continue reading

State workers seek exemptions to vaccine mandate

Nearly 4,800 state workers are seeking an exemption to Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, about 8 percent of the approximately 60,000 employees… Continue reading

State troopers, others sue over vaccine mandate

State troopers, prison correctional officers, ferry workers and other public sector employees have filed a lawsuit to try to overturn Gov. Jay Inslee’s… Continue reading

Federal rule protects Southern Resident orcas down coast

A federal rule that went into effect July 30 expands protected habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orcas down the… Continue reading

State ferry fares to increase 2.5 percent in October

Ferry fares in Washington state will increase 2.5 percent in October. The Washington State Transportation Commission approved the increase for walk-on passengers and… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Ugo Amadi carries the 12 flag out to cheering fans before playing a mock game as part of an NFL football training camp at Lumen Field in Seattle, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times via AP)

SEAHAWKS: Seattle scrimmages in front of 15,000 fans

As Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks walked to the line of scrimmage to run out the… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Ugo Amadi carries the 12 flag out to cheering fans before playing a mock game as part of an NFL football training camp at Lumen Field in Seattle, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times via AP)

Private or state plan? Deadline coming on state long-term care insurance

Two years ago, Washington became the first state in the nation to establish a defined benefit to help offset the costs of long-term… Continue reading