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How Washington state made its abortion laws Trump-proof

In 1991, activists rallied behind a law protecting abortion access in Washington. Their goal? To limit the reach of attacks on Roe v. Wade in an abortion-hostile political climate marked by Reagan-era influence and the rise of evangelical voters. That could have major ramifications under a conservative Supreme Court.

Plastic bag ban discussed in Burlington

Wearing her signature plastic bag scarf, self-proclaimed “Bag Lady” Carol Sullivan encouraged Burlington residents to support a plastic bag ban Monday at the Burlington Public Library.

Habitat loss means Washington sage grouse in trouble

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Derek Stinson considers the sage grouse a “flagship” species for the shrub-steppe, much like the spotted owl is for the state’s troubled old-growth forests. Wildfires and other threats loom large as Leingang and others fight to save not only sage grouse in Washington, but the unique shrub-steppe habitat that is home to 350 different species of plants and animals.

WSU still searching for space

Lass than a week from the first day of classes at Washington State University, 145 sophomores, juniors and seniors on WSU’s housing waitlist are still waiting for on-campus accommodations.

100 years ago near Metaline Falls: Club explores Gardner Cave

A group called the Spokane Research Club went on an excursion to Gardner’s Cave near Metaline Falls, “the miniature Mammoth Cave.” It was, said the Spokane Daily Chronicle, “one of the most scenic and attractive of the natural wonders” in the state. It was discovered years earlier by Ed Gardner.

Democrat Kim Schrier advances in Washington’s 8th District

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

An open congressional seat in Washington state officially has its November matchup: Democrat Kim Schrier has advanced to the general election to face Republican Dino Rossi in the race for the 8th Congressional District.

Tensions swell over school salaries in Yakima Valley

Now that a nearly $1 billion court-approved funding package is being distributed to school districts in the Yakima Valley and the rest of the state, disputes are breaking out over how much should go to pay raises and how much should be spent on programs and services.