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Computer error freed 3,200 inmates early since 2002

A computer programming error allowed some 3,200 inmates out of prison before their sentences were up.

3,200 inmates released early by computer error

OLYMPIA — Some 3,200 inmates were released from state prisons because of a computer error.

Inslee wants teacher raises, tax changes in 2016 budget

Gov. Jay Inslee released his 2016 budget proposal, which would raise teacher salaries and close four tax loopholes.

Inslee opens budget talks with call for teacher raises

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2016 spending plans would give teachers a raise but needs four tax exemptions to be closed.

Impeachment pending, Washington Auditor Kelley returns to office

State Auditor Troy Kelley ends his voluntary leave of absence, returns to work in the face of an impeachment resolution.

Inslee wants state to trade pollution credits with Canada, buy more electric cars

Carbon pollution credits and more state vehicles that run on batteries could be in Washington state’s future, Gov. Jay Inslee said from Paris.

Updated: Kelley back in office to fight impeachment threat

Facing an impeachment resolution for an extended unpaid leave, State Auditor Troy Kelley returned to work Tuesday.

Inslee wants state to trade pollution credits with Canada, buy more electic cars

Carbon pollution credits and more state vehicles that run on batteries could be in Washington state’s future, Gov. Jay Inslee said from Paris.

Shuffling the deck in the gov’s office

OLYMPIA — Longtime Inslee aide Joby Shimomura stepping down, top communications guy David Postman moving up to chief of staff.

Spin Control: Fighting over initiatives is premature

New initiatives have interesting ideas, but aren’t serious yet.

Sunday Spin: Initiatives as tactics

OLYMPIA – Initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman and his detractors squared off recently in the Capitol, where the ingenuity of their latest ideas was overshadowed by doubts about their earnestness.

War of words over Syrian refugees

Gov. Jay Inslee tells lawmakers security to screen Syrian refugees is strong.

Sue Lani Madsen: As Syrian refugee crisis brews, remember ISIS doesn’t play by the rules

As we mull whether to accept Syrian refugees, it’s worth keeping in mind that we have rules for war, and ISIS doesn’t play by the rules.

GOP lawmakers want ‘pause’ on Syrian refugees

Washington shouldn’t accept Syrian refugees until the federal government convinces them it’s safe, a group of Republican state lawmakers said.

Washington storms prompt emergency declaration

Storm casualties and damage bring emergency declaration from Inslee.

Storm damage prompts state of emergency

Storm casualties and damage bring emergency declaration.

Editorial: Blocking refugees because of Paris attack wrong

Syrian passport found near terrorist becoming an excuse for halting refugee processing.

Federal screening of refugees strong, Inslee says

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is confident federal screening of refugees will protect state.

Refugee screening strong enough to protect nation — Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee is confident federal screening of refugees will protect state.

Planned Parenthood in Washington doesn’t sell fetal tissue, state investigation says

Allegations that Planned Parenthood might be selling fetal tissue or performing illegal “partial birth” abortions aren’t true, Attorney General Bob Ferguson tells legislators.