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Certain sports in Washington are subject to new safety guidelines after a massive COVID-19 outbreak at four high school wrestling tournaments led to hundreds of cases of the virus. On Friday, Dec. … more
Razor clam enthusiasts can head to coastal beaches to ring in the new year as shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed the next round of digging can … more
OLYMPIA — A new year sometimes means new laws go into effect in Washington, and this one will include changes to taxes, school names and the way you order takeout. Most laws go into effect … more
OLYMPIA — Collection of the state's new long-term care tax that had been set to go into effect in the new year will be delayed until after the legislative session. Gov. Jay Inslee, along … more
Certain sports in Washington are subject to new safety guidelines after a massive COVID-19 outbreak at four high school wrestling tournaments led to some 200 cases of the virus. On Friday, Dec. … more
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled an "unusually large" budget proposal of almost $62 billion Thursday that would continue focus on helping the state recover from the COVID-19 … more
Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Thursday announced 26 tentatively scheduled razor clam digs in January and February. WDFW also confirmed that the … more
Beginning Jan. 1, restaurants and other food service establishments will no longer be able to automatically provide single-use items made of plastic unless they are requested by customers. The new … more
Washington residents hoping to get into the holiday spirit by selecting a fresh Christmas tree should plan on doing so sooner rather than later this year, and also expect to pay more for it than … more
The Washington State Supreme Court has declined to adopt a different redistricting plan after the commission designated to draw new maps ostensibly missed the deadline to finish its work. In a … more
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has announced a digital tool that allows people to show proof when needed that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Called WA Verify, the … more
An online petition urging Washington State wildlife commissioners to reinstate the spring black bear hunt is gaining traction online, but it's unlikely to affect any change. "I wonder if it is too … more
The nursing shortage is a pressing reality for hospitals across Washington. A recent survey from the Washington State Hospital Association, which included responses from 80 hospitals that have 85% … more
Support for Washington state's long-term care benefit program is divisive, but 51% of Washington residents support the program, according to an AARP poll published this fall. A third of residents … more
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 the … 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
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