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OLYMPIA — Washington has a Democratic secretary of state for the first time since 1965. Former state Sen. Steve Hobbs was sworn in Monday as Washington's 16th secretary of state by … more
OLYMPIA — The big one. The 9.0 magnitude Cascadia earthquake that experts say will change the West Coast forever. No one knows when, but scientists are pretty certain it will hit. Since … more
The outdoor recreation's contribution to the U.S. economy shrank 19%  from 2019 to 2020 and employment in that sector fell by 17.1%, according to a report conducted by the Bureau of Economic … more
OLYMPIA — This winter,  cold, snowy weather is in the forecast. Now add long road closures. Staff shortages have hit the Department of Transportation, which is down about 300 people. … more
OLYMPIA — State Sen. Steve Hobbs will be the new Washington Secretary of State. Hobbs, a Democrat from Snohomish County, will take over for Kim Wyman Nov. 22 as she begins her job in the … more
Washington state's public health system has administered more than 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this year, with those numbers continuing to increase as children ages 5 to 11 can now get … more
Tucked into President Joe Biden’s proposed nearly $2 trillion social spending  bill  is a provision to boost local media through tax incentives meant to help an industry battered by … more
Waiting in line for Black Friday deals can be a tedious process for many, but the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has another option.  The WDFW instead said people can go … more
The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) has filed a lawsuit to stop collection of a new surcharge it says adds nearly $200 to the cost of common real estate filings. The  … more
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is now approved in Washington state. This means 680,000 kids statewide are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For parents … more
The Washington State Department of Health has issued new guidelines requiring schools to offer more options to families of students who are exposed to COVID-19. The new directive says students … more
WASHINGTON — While the attention of Northwest salmon advocates has been focused on a renewed debate over the fate of the Lower Snake River dams, a Washington Democrat has quietly worked to … more
Ten days after Washington state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate for state government, K-12 and health care employees went into effect, Gov. Jay Inslee said he was “very, very … more
Washington state has recovered nearly $500,000 in stolen unemployment benefits. Washington is the first state in the nation to use its asset forfeiture power to recover the stolen funds, Attorney … more
Why are bats a Halloween staple? Why is their silhouette, slapped onto a cheap decoration, synonymous with fright? Why are they the one thing Bruce Wayne dreads? Maybe it's because we fear what … more
OLYMPIA — Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is resigning to accept a job as the senior election security lead for the Biden administration. Wyman will join the Cybersecurity and … more
More than 92% of current state employees have complied with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. As of Monday, the state has lost nearly 1,900 employees — or about 3% of it workforce — who … more
A chance to comment on proposed changes to Washington's spring bear hunting season will close Oct. 21. After that, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission will review a WDFW … more
Long-term care facilities could face critical staffing shortages this fall as Gov. Inslee's vaccine mandate takes hold Oct. 18. Robin Dale, CEO of the Washington Health Care Association, which … more
By almost any conceivable measure, this summer's lengthy and extreme drought led to historic lows in the production and quality of the region's signature cash crop. Soft white wheat, the kind … more
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