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Oct. 30 is National Weatherization Day

Good luck finding a Hallmark card for that.

Got a question for Inslee? A chance to ask it Nov. 10

Gov. Jay Inslee will be answering questions from the public during a live broadcast on Washington public television stations on Nov. 10.

FEMA: No federal aid to Washington homeowners burned out by wildfires

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denies aid to individual homeowners burned out by last summer’s wildfires in Eastern Washington.

Inslee strikes down cougar hunting quota increase

Reacting to an appeal filed by eight wildlife-protection groups, Gov. Jay Inslee has struck down increases in cougar hunting quotas approved this year by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Inslee said an amendment proposed at the April commission meeting to increase cougar hunting quotas by a few animals in designated areas was done without proper advance notice to the public. The citizen panel approved the increases by a 7-1 vote.

Some counties — but not all — approved for wildfire disaster payments

OLYMPIA – The federal government will reimburse some, but maybe not all, local governments and tribes for a portion of their costs fighting this summer’s record wildfires.

Eight counties, Colville Tribe getting disaster aid for wildfires

Some counties and the Colville tribe will get disaster aid to cover part of the costs of this summer’s historic wildfires.

Editorial: I-732 promises politics-neutral carbon tax solution for Washington

A carbon tax in Washington makes a lot of sense, especially the revenue-neutral plan touted by CarbonWA, a nonpartisan, grass-roots organization that is well on its way to gathering enough signatures for a Initiative 732.

Sunday Spin: Of hot summer, ‘Twilight’ and the gov

When Gov. Jay Inslee used the ‘Twilight’ movie to illustrate how hot and dry the summer was, he overreached.

Spin Control: Inslee not up-to-speed on ‘Twilight’ setting

You can’t really link ‘Twilight’ to global climate change.

State flags going to half staff for Roseburg

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee ordered flags at state offices lowered to half staff to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Roseberg, Oregon.

No decision on Spokane Tribe casino, Inslee says

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee hasn’t made a decision yet on a request by the Spokane Tribe to open a casino near Airway Heights. And he can’t predict when he will.

Inslee: Look for ways to cut gun violence

OLYMPIA — Calling mass shootings like the one in Roseburg, Oregon, a “national scourge,” Gov. Jay Inslee said he would look for ways to reduce gun violence.

Inslee: Look for ways to cut gun violence

Gov. Jay Inslee wants to find ways to reduce gun violence but doesn’t have a specific proposal yet.

Inslee open to special session if schools plan emerges

OLYMPIA – A fourth special session of the Washington Legislature could be called for mid-November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools and their financing. Gov. Jay Inslee said he’d be willing to call one starting Nov. 19, when legislators will be in Olympia anyway for “committee days” in advance of the 2016 regular session.

Special session possible on school issues

OLYMPIA — The Legislature could hold a special session starting in mid November to deal with legal questions surrounding public schools. But Gov. Jay Inslee said he’ll only call one if a group of legislators can reach consensus on a possible fix and doesn’t want it to take up questions over charter schools.

McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse to Inslee: Happy to talk trade

OLYMPIA — U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse decline to fire back at Gov. Inslee over climate, Ex-Im Bank.

Inslee takes lawmakers to task over Ex-Im bank

OLYMPIA – Eastern Washington’s Republican members of Congress should stop being “climate deniers” and work harder to reauthorize a key financing mechanism for international trade that helps the state, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday.  The Democratic governor shot back at Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, of Spokane, and Dan Newhouse, of Yakima, who two weeks ago wrote that his efforts to reduce carbon pollution “do not align with pro-growth policies.” The letter from the two House members was sent as Inslee prepared to leave for a trade mission to South Korea and Japan, and started by saying they appreciated his efforts to boost trade.

Inslee calls McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse ‘climate deniers’

OLYMPIA — Eastern Washington’s Republican members of Congress should stop being “climate deniers” and turn their efforts reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank, Gov. Jay Inslee said today.

Charter schools Q&A: Impact of ruling will take time to sort out

After a divided state Supreme Court ruled Friday that charter schools are unconstitutional, there were many questions about the future of those schools and their students. Not all those questions have answers yet, but here are some that do. Q. Why did the court say charter schools are unconstitutional?

Earthquake, tsunami preparation advice offered by Japan

Japan will help Washington state prepare for “the big one” – a possible rupture of a geologic fault along the Pacific Coast that would cause a massive earthquake and tsunami. Gov. Jay Inslee, who is in the middle of a trade mission to Japan and South Korea, said Thursday he met with government officials in Kobe, the site of a massive quake in 1995 that killed more than 6,000 people, and visited the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution in that city. Gov. Toshizo Ido, governor of the Hyogo Prefecture, offered the area’s experts for formal or informal training to improve Washington’s disaster preparedness.