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  • Medical school high on state’s wish lists

    OLYMPIA – Some $35 million to finish the Riverpoint medical school building may flow into Spokane as the local business community’s top priority finds itself on a list of projects …


  • Brown joining King Day march

    OLYMPIA – For the first time in two decades, Sen. Lisa Brown said she won’t be in the Capitol on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Although the Legislature will be …


  • Activist Polek, 78, dies

    Jan Polek, of Spokane, a longtime activist for women’s rights, once said of society: “June Cleaver doesn’t live here anymore.” Polek, 78, died Tuesday, after living a life nearly opposite …


  • Wash. lawmakers’ ‘short session’ will be dominated by budget

    OLYMPIA – Washington legislators find themselves in familiar territory as they return to the Capitol this week. The General Fund budget they thought they had shored up through a series …


  • Brown: Budget goals out of reach

    OLYMPIA – Legislators will try to fill some of Washington’s looming budget gap next week but won’t come close to the $2 billion in cuts Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed last …


  • ‘Dreadful’ budget cuts loom

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire released a list Thursday of possible choices to slash $2 billion from the state budget, more than a fourth of that total from public schools …


  • Foes stand up to new casino

    Eighteen government and business leaders have taken a stand against the Spokane Tribe’s proposed casino in Airway Heights, according to letters sent to the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. The …


  • Some legislators opt to cut pay in solidarity

    OLYMPIA – About half of the 15 members of the Spokane-area legislative delegation have volunteered for the same 3 percent pay cut they imposed on state workers. Many who have …


  • Movie credits get rolled

    The “Twilight” movies about vampires and werewolves are set in Forks, Wash., but are mostly filmed in Oregon. “The Killing,” a cable television murder mystery series, was set in Seattle …


  • Hundreds of votes missed

    OLYMPIA – With the Legislature more than a week adjourned, the government watchdog group Washington Votes has released its annual statistics about the number of bills introduced and passed, the …


  • Money for Spokane medical school in budget

    OLYMPIA – The state’s $2.8 billion capital budget will include $35 million to start construction on a new medical school in Spokane. Legislative leaders announced Tuesday afternoon they have reached …


  • Workers’ comp gets an overhaul

    OLYMPIA – An agreement on offering settlements to injured workers could remove one of the main obstacles to the Legislature passing a budget for the next two years. Gov. Chris …


  • Senate extends tax incentive for film companies

    OLYMPIA – With signs emerging the Washington Legislature might at least make an effort to finish work by next Wednesday’s deadline, the Senate Thursday extended a tax break for movies …


  • Don’t release ‘worst of the worst,’ prison officials beg

    OLYMPIA – A legislative proposal to release some inmates a few months early as a budget-saving measure is a bad idea, Washington prison officials warned Thursday. The state already ordered …


  • No agreement on final state budgets

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature is expected to adjourn its regular session Friday afternoon without passing final budgets for general operating expenses, transportation or capital projects. It will return, but when …


  • Washington Senate approves budget

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan support to a $32.1 billion spending plan that sets the stage for negotiations with the House in the legislative equivalent of extra …


  • Special session seems likely

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature is unlikely to finish work by Easter Sunday, making a special session all but inevitable, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown said Friday. At her weekly …


  • Spin Control: Groups plan to make noise: Cut tax breaks, not spending

    OLYMPIA – When the party that’s in becomes the party that’s out, one can expect an increase of unhappy people coalescing and demonstrating against the new order. But if one …


  • Minimal levels of radiation detected in area milk during federal testing

    Consumers were told Wednesday not to worry about low levels of radiation found by federal health and safety regulators testing milk samples in Spokane. “After the disaster in Japan, many …


  • Spin Control: State’s petition process remains unchanged

    Left in the legislative ash heap last week was a bill to revise rules for initiative campaigns by charging as much as $500 to file a ballot measure and putting …


  • State’s budget shortfall might be billions worse

    OLYMPIA – Washington officials are bracing for more bad budget news next week, and the only real question seems to be “How bad?” Already expecting a $4.6 billion gap between …


  • Town hall meetings Saturday

    There’s a break in the Washington legislative action this weekend, so several Spokane-area senators and representatives will be back in their home districts to hold town hall meetings. The break …


  • Senate passes measure targeting software piracy

    OLYMPIA – The state Senate took a stand against international piracy last week. Not the kind that involves ships being raided off the coast of Somalia, but the kind that …


  • Suburan growth pushes legislative redistricting

    Spokane-area legislative boundaries could change significantly by next year to make up for population shifts from the city’s urban core to the suburbs. While much of the attention so far …


  • Senate, House leaders OK cutting $242 million by June 30; full Senate to vote today

    OLYMPIA – A budget agreement that cuts an estimated $242 million in projected state spending between now and June 30 but preserves some health and welfare programs targeted for elimination …


  • Lawmakers working on funding options for MAC

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature may find a way to keep the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the state museum in Tacoma open, despite Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal …


  • State struggling to keep up with education fund

    Washington state has to change its popular prepaid college tuition program or risk financial problems down the road, a legislative panel learned Wednesday. The Guaranteed Education Tuition Program could face …


  • Unemployment insurance changes signed into law

    OLYMPIA – Changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system that will stop tax increases for businesses and temporarily increase benefits for jobless workers were signed Friday as the first completed …


  • Unemployment insurance changes signed into law

    OLYMPIA — Changes to the state’s unemployment insurance system that will stop tax increases for businesses and temporarily increase benefits for jobless workers were signed Friday as the first completed …


  • Senate delays vote on unemployment insurance rate hike

    OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats had to delay a vote Wednesday on a plan to spare businesses from millions in higher unemployment insurance taxes after Republicans said the plan didn’t help …


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