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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: Sun., May 27, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Aquifer falling, central Washington farmers ask: Where will the water come from?

Schemes to irrigate central Washington have stalled and unraveled for more than a century. New efforts are underway to divert water from the Columbia or other sources, but uncertainty remains.


Spin Control: Somebody call the IT department

To err is human, Shakespeare said, but to really screw up takes a computer.


Proposed law would refocus efforts on treating drug addiction

Washington will get a sweeping re-write of its approach to treating opioid addiction if a bill introduced in the state legislature becomes law.


Senate votes to extend sexual assault protection orders

The Washington Senate passed a measure that seeks to protect victims of sexual assault in Washington state by removing a two-year limit protection order from the existing law.


Agency director leaving

Results Washington director to step down. Interim replacement is former Spokesman-Review reporter Rich Roesler


Proposal to ban marijuana with strong alcohol gets public hearing in Spokane

Sen. Michael Baumgartner headed a meeting of local and state legislators Thursday discussing the potential to ban sales of marijuana where strong alcoholic drinks are already outlawed. But it’s unlikely …


Shawn Vestal: Washington Legislature is OK with political dark money

Another year, another death for Andy Billig’s attempt to shine more light on dark money in state politics. This year, instead of a proposal that drew support in both houses …


Spin Control: Gov. Jay Inslee’s Twitter town hall a bust

OLYMPIA – It is impossible these days to criticize any experiment to merge politics with social media without sounding like a 21st-century Luddite, or at least some cranky octogenarian telling …


Gregoire a big winner from old pension rules

OLYMPIA – Former Gov. Chris Gregoire is benefiting from old state pension rules that ended in 1977. Gregoire receives a pension of $159,608, the most of any retiree from state …


Grading states for corruptibility

OLYMPIA – Washington is among the least “corruptible” states in the nation, while Idaho placed 40th out of 50 in a scorecard released Monday.


Washington state workers on furlough this Friday

Scores of state offices, including the eight regional offices of the Washington State Patrol, will be closed Friday for the second of 10 state furlough days. The unpaid furloughs were …


Gop Lawmakers Say Stick With Budget House Republicans Would Add Nothing In Supplemental Budget

House Republicans have a novel idea for next year’s state supplemental budget: live within the budget already set, instead of making it bigger. That approach would put GOP lawmakers on …


Commission Has First Meeting Since Getting Expanded Powers

The part-time citizen board to which state voters just gave complete control over the state’s fish and wildlife met Saturday to start gearing up for the job ahead. And a …