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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
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'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
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
Nowadays, the government needs more than gasoline taxes to fund its vast mission to expand, replace and preserve transportation routes in Washington state. Legislators have drawn up a menu of 33 … more
An multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Hadar illness has prompted a public health alert for about 211,406 pounds of raw ground turkey. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and … more
WASHINGTON —  The Supreme Court, citing religious liberty, has lifted another of California’s COVID-19 restrictions, holding the state may not prevent people from gathering in homes … more
Just five days before all Washington adults will become eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, counties across the state risk falling back to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee's reopening plan, but business … more
The Washington state House of Representatives voted 91-7 on Friday to approve legislation to allow farmworkers to receive overtime pay, and to provide protections for farmers from retroactive … more
Thurston County Board of Commissioners have unanimously approved a "scattered-site management" plan that will provide support to three homeless encampments in Olympia for the next year. Half that … more
OLYMPIA — Juneteenth is one step closer to becoming a paid state holiday in Washington, after a bill passage in the state Senate on Friday. Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1865, the day … more
Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday relaxed requirements for counties to remain in Phase 3 of the state's COVID-19 reopening plan, but Yakima County still fails to meet those standards and is expected to be … more
Two major climate bills championed by Gov. Jay Inslee passed the state Senate late Thursday, bringing Democrats one step closer to a long sought cap-and-trade program and a low-carbon fuel … more
Washington may soon become the first state in the country to ensure that low-income tenants have legal representation when faced with an eviction, an idea lawmakers see as a way to head off a feared … more
On a bright and early weekend morning, Annie Lai got into a car in Seattle with her friends and headed east. Their destination, 142 miles away: Yakima. More specifically: a COVID-19 vaccine dose in … more
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