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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 the … 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 suit, … 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 who … 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 we … 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
Fresh flowers adorned the now 6-month-old memorial along the Willapa Hills Trail for Zachary Rager, a Centralia teen who jumped from a railroad trestle bridge and drowned in the Chehalis River in … more
Say goodbye to those flimsy plastic bags. Washington state’s new ban on single-use plastic bags went into effect on Friday, Oct. 1. The new law in most cases forbids food service businesses, … more
OLYMPIA — Thousands of state workers, health care workers, teachers and others are hoping to stay employed without getting vaccinated against COVID-19. But many could soon find themselves on … more
Plastic bags are about to be out. Now shoppers have to choose: bring your own or pay extra. Single-use plastics are the "most littered" in Washington, which prompted a new state law banning the … more
A group of 23 state senators — including two moderate Democrats — formally asked Gov. Jay Inslee to use emergency powers to suspend an incoming .58 percent payroll tax aimed at funding … more
OLYMPIA – Thousands of state employees, including hundreds of state troopers and prison guards, are seeking exemptions from Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccination mandate. The deadline for full … more
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