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Report: Seattle police illegally ignored COVID mask rules

A civilian oversight board says some Seattle police officers routinely — and illegally — ignored state and city mask mandates during the height… Continue reading

Man accused of killing police officer plans to plead guilty

A lawyer for a man accused of fatally shooting an Everett police officer in late March said he plans to plead guilty to… Continue reading

Alaska Airlines: Masks now optional on flights

Alaska Airlines has said that masks will be optional on their flights after a federal judge in Florida voided the national COVID-19-related mask… Continue reading

Fire that destroyed businesses on San Juan Island was arson

Officials with the Town of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island said a fire that burned through a block of businesses last… Continue reading

Firm to pay $22.5 million to settle vaping suit

E-cigarette giant Juul Labs will pay Washington state $22.5 million and has agreed to a variety… Continue reading

State Board of Health won’t require COVID vaccine for students

Provision only in two states in nation

Employers in Washington state soon will have to list salaries in job postings

Job postings in Washington state starting in January will have to show some dollar signs. Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law legislation… Continue reading

Inslee signs law intended to reduce hazing incidents

After Washington State University freshman Sam Martinez died from alcohol poisoning after a fraternity event in 2019, his parents became determined to prevent… Continue reading

King County settles jail beating lawsuit with $3M

King County will pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by an incarcerated man who was severely beaten in 2018 by another… Continue reading

Spokane to pay $1M to family of man deputy shot and killed

The family of a man with mental health issues who was shot and killed by a Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy will receive $1… Continue reading

Gray whale found dead on Camano Island

A dead gray whale has been found on the west side of Camano Island. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries West Coast… Continue reading

Inslee signs $64.1 billion supplemental budget

A $64.1 billion supplemental state budget that spends on statewide programs ranging from homelessness and behavioral health to the ongoing COVID-19 response has… Continue reading

Memorial conducted in Everett for officer killed in line of duty

A procession and memorial service was held for Everett police officer Dan Rocha, who was fatally shot while confronting a suspect in a… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee signs $17 billion transportation package

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a nearly $17 billion, 16-year transportation revenue package that will pay for a variety of projects across the… Continue reading

Poulsbo to pay $2 million to settle police killing lawsuit

The city of Poulsbo and its police department will pay $2 million to settle a civil-rights lawsuit filed by the… Continue reading

Seattle to return nearly 300 artifacts to Upper Skagit Tribe

Hundreds of historic artifacts will soon be returned to the Upper Skagit Tribe from the city of Seattle. The city… Continue reading

Rep. Steve Tharinger, Sen. Kevin Van De Wege and Rep. Mike Chapman
Rep. Steve Tharinger, Sen. Kevin Van De Wege and Rep. Mike Chapman

State lawmakers reach agreement on $64 billion supplemental budget

Priorities include social support, homelessness

House passes bill allowing unionization for staff in 2024

The state House has approved a measure that will allow legislative staff to begin collective bargaining in 2024. The Spokesman-Review reported that the… Continue reading

Man pleads not guilty in death of officer killed by deputy

A Yakima man who was being chased when a deputy mistakenly shot and killed off-duty police officer Donald Sahota has pleaded not… Continue reading