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New routes announced this week by Twin Transit will allow local residents to connect with Intercity Transit in Tumwater, meaning travelers will be able to reach Olympia, Lacey, Aberdeen and beyond, … more
Washington's unemployment agency was "wholly unprepared" to prevent or even detect a massive criminal fraud scheme that stole more than $640 million amid a surge in jobless claims last year, a new … more
OLYMPIA — Nearly two months after the Washington Supreme Court invalidated their felony drug-possession convictions, 15 people are being released from prison by a stroke of Gov. Jay Inslee's … more
Washington lawmakers are divided over an education bill that would eliminate a standardized assessment for student teachers that critics say is inequitable and unnecessary. While the Senate passed … more
A push from Southwest Washington's lawmakers to establish more oversight on Gov. Jay Inslee's emergency powers has failed to pick up much traction in the current legislative session, and the effort … more
Thurston County reported 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Tuesday. With the added cases, the county has now recorded 8,128 total cases with 76 deaths. Since the first case was … more
Olympia will require large grocery stores to pay their employees $4 more per hour in hazard pay beginning next month. The ordinance, which city council passed on Tuesday by a 6-0 vote, is intended … more
Washington state is pausing the administration of Johnson & Johnson vaccines as federal health agencies review six cases in which women developed rare blood clots after receiving the one-dose … more
Washington's public schools soon will be required to take new steps to curb children's exposure to lead after passage of a bill that mandates schools fix or replace fixtures that leach the toxin into … more
OLYMPIA — Pierce, Cowlitz and Whitman counties must tighten COVID-19 restrictions amid rising cases, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday. Those three counties will roll back to the second phase … more
A 15-year-old Vancouver boy died of starvation and neglect, according to the county medical examiner. Vancouver police have been investigating the circumstances since the boy died at a local … more
Bail has been set at $100,000 for a Toledo man who allegedly spat and flung his own blood at deputies who arrested him for allegedly causing more than $15,000 in damage to a family member’s … more
A Tacoma man is facing assault charges for allegedly brandishing a firearm on northbound Interstate 5 between Winlock and Napavine Sunday.  Washington State Patrol troopers received a … more
Southwest Washington’s Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler and several Republicans from western states have aligned themselves with Lewis County and the timber industry in pressuring the … more
Cowlitz, Pierce and Whitman counties were demoted Monday to Phase 2 status in the state’s reopening plan due to heightened COVID-19 activity. And while Lewis County maintained its Phase 3 … more
Ahead of warmer weather forecasted for next week, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is warning residents to make sure their campfires and burn piles are fully extinguished … more
If you’ve ever strolled through Alexander Park in Chehalis and marveled at the towering trees, one person you have to thank is Justin Hofmeister. Running his family business, Hofmeister Tree … more
A 28-year-old Olympia woman was injured in a rollover collision on U.S. Highway 12 near Mox Chehalis Road in Grays Harbor County after she reportedly swerved to avoid a deer just before 2 a.m. on … more
A bill that would declare Washington a Purple Heart State, a ceremonial designation to honor members of the armed services who have been killed or wounded in action, unanimously passed in the state … more
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