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U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is pushing for legislation that would require government agencies to obtain a search warrant to access data to pinpoint a citizen’s location through mobile … more
The number of Washington residents who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot is getting closer to the threshold needed to largely return to pre-pandemic operations earlier than the current … more
WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan vote following weeks of haggling and delays, on Tuesday the Senate passed a roughly $250 billion bill aimed at boosting the U.S. technology sector's ability to … more
OLYMPIA — As Gov. Jay Inslee faces a lawsuit from the state Legislature over line-item vetoes he issued on climate bills last month, some lawmakers and activists worry what Inslee's veto power … more
The work to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge hit an unexpected constraint in its planning process as federal agencies indicated it couldn’t make large changes to a 10-year-old … more
Washington state’s newest relaxation of COVID-19 mask guidance may represent a return to normal, but new mandates requiring employees to prove their vaccination status before working unmasked … more
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is urging residents to use extra caution when doing yard work as part of Wildfire Awareness Month. More than 1,500 wildfires were reported in 2020, and … more
People who have not yet received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine now have more reasons why they might reconsider as Gov. Jay Inslee announced the “Shot of a Lifetime” incentives … more
Following passage of a bill designating Juneteenth a state holiday, recreationalists now won’t need to display a Discovery Pass for day-use parking at many Washington state public lands during … more
Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday that if sports fans want to root on the Cougars and Huskies this fall in-person, the best way to make that happen is to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. "It's a distinct … more
OLYMPIA — After several years of devastating wildfires across Washington, lawmakers this year agreed to make a major investment in wildfire prevention and forest health. It was a fight … more
A 7 percent tax on capital gains is now law after Gov. Jay Inslee signed the long-awaited bill on Tuesday, May 4, but there could still be a long way to go until it is implemented.The tax has been a … more
The Washington Supreme Court has declined to reconsider its ruling that effectively decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs, leaving the question of the statute's future up to state … more
The state House of Representatives passed a capital gains tax bill Wednesday, April 21, the closest the Democrats' proposal has come to final passage since it was first introduced at least six years … more
The Washington House of Representatives passed a $10.94 billion transportation budget with some bipartisan support. The vote on April 2 was 87-11. The budget pays for expanded green transportation … more
Formerly incarcerated people will immediately regain the right to vote after Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law this automatic right, marking passage for one of the first criminal justice reform bills … more
Lawmakers passed a $6.23 billion capital budget April 2 in a unanimous vote, earmarking millions of state and federal funding for investments in community projects and public works.“We’ve put … more
Firefighters from Clark County Fire District 6 saved a cat and several kittens on Wednesday after the second floor of a house caught fire in Felida.The fire, reported on Northwest 34th Avenue, … more
OLYMPIA — Seven online vaping supply companies, including one licensed in Washington, were caught violating state laws that ban the sale of those products to people under 21, Attorney General Bob … more
Despite being perilously close to extinction, monarch butterflies will not receive federal protection because 161 other species are a higher priority, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced … more
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