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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee tours University District Gateway Bridge as span reaches final stages of construction

City officials wouldn’t give a firm opening date for the bridge Tuesday, which will stand 120 feet tall on the eastern edge of downtown and link the University District with …


Gov. Jay Inslee to speak at second ‘Pints and Politics’ event July 30

The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Community Forum will host Gov. Jay Inslee for a July 30 Town Hall in Spokane.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Western State Hospital is ‘like going into hell’

Behind tall brick walls and secure windows, hundreds of patients at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital live in conditions that fail U.S. health and safety standards, while overworked nurses and …


UPDATED: Wed., June 20, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee announces emergency state funding for nonprofit providing immigration legal services

The additional $233,000 will bring total state funding for the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project to $1.2 million this year, as federal lawmakers and the president continue to grapple with the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee pushes rural broadband access, slams Trump on net neutrality and immigration

The governor said in a wide-ranging podcast interview this week that Washington needs to continue to do more to bring high-speed internet to far-flung areas of the state. The Democrat, …


State to pay for ballot postage to boost turnout

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman said Tuesday that Washington state will pay for prepaid postage on mail-in ballots in this year’s primary and general elections …


Gov. Inslee backs proposed carbon fee initiative

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is backing a new proposed ballot initiative that would charge a fee on carbon pollution.


Interests widen in legal fight over Columbia River coal-export terminal

Six Western states and national industry groups have lined up against Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to reject permits for a massive proposed coal-export terminal on …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

Inslee, Nevada Democrats call for expanded background checks

Democrats urging more action to prevent gun violence will hold a press conference Thursday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to call for expanded background checks and a ban …


Court blocks company’s attempt to restock Atlantic salmon

An Atlantic salmon farming company cannot restock a net-pen farm while it challenges Washington state’s termination of its license to operate, a judge has ruled.


UPDATED: Fri., March 30, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Condon picks Matthew Antush as next Spokane Municipal Court judge

Matthew Antush was attending a Drug Court graduation Thursday when he received an important phone call. Antush walked out into the hallway and was instructed to call human resources to …


Washington state’s carbon tax bill dies in Legislature

Another ambitious effort to pass a carbon tax in Washington state has faltered as both Gov. Jay Inslee and the bill’s prime sponsor conceded Thursday that there weren’t enough votes …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 11:16 a.m.

Inslee appoints Judge Shelley Szambelan to Spokane County Superior Court

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday that he has selected Spokane Municipal Court Judge Michelle “Shelley” Szambelan to replace Superior Court Judge Linda Tompkins, who recently announced her retirement.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 8:53 p.m.

Washington will keep net neutrality in state if FCC won’t for the nation, Inslee says

Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials announced plans to keep net neutrality in Washington if the Federal Communications Commission decides to change the national rules.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017, 6:58 p.m.

Kalispel Tribe raises concerns about silicon smelter in letter to Gov. Inslee

The Kalispel Tribe wrote a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee opposing a proposed silicon smelter in Newport. The tribe is concerned about smelter emissions and a $300,000 state grant awarded …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

Washington should ban devices that make semi-automatic rifles fire faster, Inslee says

Gov. Jay Inslee calls for state restrictions on devices that make semi-automatic weapons into automatic weapons.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 5:55 p.m.

Spokane area retailers expected to hire about 600 temporary workers for holiday season

Washington retailers are expected to add nearly 13,000 workers this fall in preparation for the busy Christmas holiday season, including about 600 in the Spokane area.


Washington state threatens legal action if DACA repealed

Washington state’s attorney general is threatening legal action if President Donald Trump ends a program that protects young immigrants brought into the U.S. illegally as children.


Editorial: Pot-fearing AG should meet with state officials

Why is the attorney general ignoring his own task force, cherry-picking data, using outdated information and raising the specter of a federal shutdown? Possibly because he holds the outdated view …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

Sessions raises concerns over Washington’s pot legalization

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he’s disappointed with a letter from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the state’s efforts to regulate marijuana.


Coming soon: Hold the phone, get a ticket

The law will take effect sooner than intended after Inslee vetoed a section that would have the measure take effect in 2019; instead, the new law will be in place …


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

Inslee talks trade in meeting with Mexico’s president

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee’s visit to Mexico City was part of a weeklong trade mission to the country.


Gov. Jay Inslee visits Mexico as part of trade delegation

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee was in Mexico on Friday as part of a trade delegation.


Inslee signs bridge bill

With a swipe of his pen, Gov. Jay Inslee made it official on Wednesday: Southwest Washington legislators will renew conversations around how to ease traffic on the congested Interstate 5 …


Gov. Jay Inslee signs sexual assault protection order bill

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that would allow the courts to issue permanent protection orders for victims of sexual assault.


State employees can take vacation days within first 6 months

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has approved a law allowing new state employees to take vacation time within their first six months on the job.


Bill Keim: Untapped wealth could unlock McCleary case

One of the largest areas of such local funding is educator salaries. In 1987, the state paid over 99 percent of salary costs, but by 2012, that state contribution had …


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 10:54 p.m.

New Washington laws legalize industrial hemp, require inspections for marijuana edibles

Gov. Jay Inslee signs laws on marijuana edibles, lock boxes and industrial hemp.


Lawmakers’ public-records exemption isn’t justified

There is no good reason for lawmakers to carve out this exemption for themselves. Every argument they offer would apply to any other elected official.


Act locally to resist climate change rollbacks

Trump’s beliefs about climate change and carbon emissions and economic impacts are an affront to science.