Regional News

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)

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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

State high court to hear case about transit fare enforcement

The state Supreme Court will consider whether fare enforcement on public transit represents an unconstitutional incursion into passengers’ right to privacy. Lower courts… Continue reading

Lawsuit says new majority Latino district a ‘facade’

A Latino civil rights organization and others have filed a federal lawsuit that says new political maps in Washington state approved by a… Continue reading

State House passes pause to long-term care tax

Nearly three years ago, Washington became the first state in the nation to establish a defined benefit to help offset the costs of… Continue reading

King County sued over lack of protection during trafficking investigation

A woman is suing King County, contending that as a teenage runaway decades ago, sheriff’s deputies investigating a prostitution ring knew she and… Continue reading

Police rescue 2 after Bellevue home slides off foundation

Police in Bellevue rescued two people from a home that slid off its foundation. The Seattle Times reported police received a call of… Continue reading

Dismissed Kennewick fire chief sues alleging racial discrimination

A former Kennewick fire chief is suing the southeast Washington city in federal court, saying he was fired because he is Black and… Continue reading

Seattle students rally for stronger COVID-19 safety protocols at schools

About 100 Seattle students gathered outside the Seattle Public Schools district headquarters Friday seeking stronger safety protocols after increasing COVID-19 cases and safety… Continue reading

Supreme Court to hear case of praying ex-football coach from Bremerton

The Supreme Court will hear the case of a former Bremerton High School football coach who was removed from his job because he… Continue reading

Washington State Patrol troopers stand near the state seal in the rotunda of the Legislative Building, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, before Gov. Jay Inslee's scheduled State of the State address at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee will give the speech in the State Reception Room and it will be shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee calls for ‘bold’ action

Governor presents State of the State address

Washington State Patrol troopers stand near the state seal in the rotunda of the Legislative Building, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, before Gov. Jay Inslee's scheduled State of the State address at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Due to cautions against COVID-19, Inslee will give the speech in the State Reception Room and it will be shown by streaming video to lawmakers meeting remotely. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A lone worker walks on the floor of the state Senate last Thursday at the Capitol in Olympia as the room was being prepared for the start of the 2022 legislative session, which opened Monday. The new session will look much like the one a year ago: a limited number of lawmakers on site at the Capitol, and committee hearings being fully remote due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

State lawmakers set to kick off mostly remote session

Public participation virtual via live streams

A lone worker walks on the floor of the state Senate last Thursday at the Capitol in Olympia as the room was being prepared for the start of the 2022 legislative session, which opened Monday. The new session will look much like the one a year ago: a limited number of lawmakers on site at the Capitol, and committee hearings being fully remote due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)

Inslee rescinds affirmative action ban in state hiring

Gov. Jay Inslee said he will roll back a long-standing directive that restricts affirmative action in state hiring, contracting and education and announced… Continue reading

State orders 5.5 million at-home tests for public

More boosters, masks also in the works