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Construction of newest Washington state ferry begins

Construction is beginning on Washington’s newest state ferry, the Suquamish.

Lead testing at Washington schools inconsistent

For about $5 per student in Washington’s public schools, every parent could know if the drinking water in their child’s school was free of lead.

Spokane schools testing water for lead

Spokane Public Schools is testing the water in all of its buildings in the wake of high lead levels discovered at several Tacoma schools, as the state looks at ways to reduce the metal in the environment.

Spokane schools test water, state agencies look to cut lead risks

The Spokane Public School District is testing the water in all of its buildings in the wake of high lead levels discovered at several Tacoma schools. The state agencies, meanwhile, are launching a coordinated effort with local health departments, schools and utilities to reduce the risk of lead poisoning from drinking water and other sources.

Executive order signed for support for former prisoners

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an executive order to give those who have completed their prison terms more support once they’re back in their community. The order, signed Tuesday, directs several agencies with efforts related to reducing recidivism for recent prisoners.

Gov. Inslee vetoes parts of bill to aid psychiatric hospital

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed several sections of a bill aimed at improving operations at Western State Hospital, a state-run psychiatric facility.

Inslee signs budget but vetoes cuts to funds for performance audits

With some line-item vetoes, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the supplemental operating and capital budgets.

Spin Control: Washington lawmakers, Inslee get poor report card for 2016 session

Lobbyists give the 2016 session a low grade. Campaign finance trial delayed. Bees coming to Capitol campus.

Not everyone is dying to meet a governor

Grandson of longtime state legislator needed time to warm to Gov. Jay Inslee.

Inslee visits Sikh temple in wake of vandalism

Governor Jay Inslee traveled to Spokane on Wednesday to celebrate vaisakhi, the holiest Sikh festival.

Lobbyists gave Inslee, Legislature poor grades in poll

Lobbyists asked to grade the 2016 legislative session turn in some low marks.

Western State Hospital CEO ousted, replacement named

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee fired the head of Western State Hospital, the controversial mental health care facility from which two dangerous patients escaped last week.

Western State Hospital chief fired in wake of escapes

Ron Adler, chief executive officer of Western State Hospital, is being replaced, Gov. Jay Inslee said.

Spin Control: Charter school celebrations are premature

OLYMPIA – Fans of Washington’s public charter schools had reason to celebrate in the last week after the Legislature’s plan to keep them afloat with lottery money became law by running out the clock on Gov. Jay Inslee. Opponents of the alternative schools probably didn’t celebrate, but likely nodded in agreement, when some of their members announced a few days later they would challenge that law.

Too soon to declare winner in charter school fight

Fans of Washington’s public charter schools had reason to celebrate in the last week after the Legislature’s plan to keep them afloat with lottery money became law. Opponents probably didn’t celebrate, but likely nodded in agreement, when some of their members announced a few days later they’d challenge that law.

Editorial: Editorial Roundup: Take care with controlled burns

The success of this program hinges on DNR conducting its due diligence and working with weather forecasters to avoid smoke drifting into cities.

Washington state employees banned from government-related travel to Mississippi

Washington workers banned from most government travel to Mississippi

Inslee issues travel ban to Mississippi

Washington employees were banned from most government-related travel to Mississippi.

New Washington laws could prevent suicides, keep people warm during power outages

New laws cover suicide attempts, old school buildings, wood stoves in

Inslee signs bill to aid homeless students

TACOMA – In an effort address the rising numbers of homeless public school students in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure on Friday that aims to help reduce obstacles to their success in and out of class. House Bill 1682, signed at McCarver Elementary School, will create grant programs to add liaisons for the homeless in schools, as well as provide homeless students with rental assistance, transportation help, case management, emergency shelter and more.