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Federal protections, combined with a white-hot housing market, have kept a lid on foreclosures in Washington. Even so, counselors who try to help homeowners avoid foreclosure say they're gearing … more
Remember last May? It's OK, nobody really does — but that's when the restaurant industry's struggle to survive the COVID-19 era, combined with patrons thirsty for something to go with their … more
Tim Eyman must pay nearly $2.9 million to cover the legal fees and costs of Attorney General Bob Ferguson's nearly four-year lawsuit against Eyman for campaign finance violations, a Thurston County … more
A Holocaust survivor rose from her seat Friday morning moments before a self-proclaimed Nazi would get seven months behind bars for defacing the Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue in Spokane with swastikas … more
State officials recommend planning early and developing alternatives for those wanting to join the crowds flocking to public camping sites as Washington's weather warms up. Shortly after COVID-19 … more
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee warned Thursday of "strong evidence" of a possible fourth COVID-19 wave in Washington, just as residents 16 years and older become eligible for … more
OLYMPIA — After an emotional debate that scrambled party lines and revealed deep divisions on how to treat substance use, the Washington Senate Thursday approved a bill to treat drug possession … more
Fans of celestial wonders and lovers of warm weather are in for a treat this weekend with clear skies, a chance to see the Lyrid meteor showers and the year's first 70-degree days. Thursday was … more
In a fresh sign of the pandemic's lingering economic impacts, thousands of jobless Washingtonians have collected their 52nd week of unemployment benefits and must now refile to keep that assistance … more
Coronavirus testing got off to a disastrous start last year, putting the nation in a position of playing catch-up to the pandemic. The delay in getting widespread testing in February, 2020, left … more
Gov. Jay Inslee has denied Pierce County's request to receive a boost in COVID-19 vaccines. Inslee sent a letter Tuesday responding to Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier's request for 55,000 … more
Standardized exams for public school kids in Washington state will be delayed until the fall, state schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced Wednesday. Reykdal said his agency made the … more
The Canada Border Services Agency last month discovered and seized a shipment of suspected cocaine worth an estimated $3.5 million in a truck crossing the U.S. border from Whatcom County. On March … 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
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
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