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News >  Spokane

Cutbacks curtail campsite comforts

OLYMPIA – You’re still welcome to hike, picnic and camp at dozens of Department of Natural Resources sites across the state. But brace yourself for a primitive experience. The road may be closed or the picnic table gone, and in many cases, you’ll have to hike in past a closed gate.
News >  Spokane

Reaching out beyond the wall

For more than 22 years, people have been leaving keepsakes and notes at the state’s Vietnam War memorial, a dark green rock wall engraved with the names of the Washingtonians who died in the war from 1963 through 1975.

News >  Spokane

High court suspends Eugster from law for 18 months

A divided state Supreme Court has ruled 6-3 that Steve Eugster should be suspended from practicing law for 18 months. Three of the justices called for a harsher penalty, saying that Eugster had violated numerous ethical rules in his handling of the case of an elderly Colville woman.
News >  Spokane

State to hike rates on low-income health care plan

OLYMPIA _ State health officials said Monday that they’ve found a way to skirt one of the Legislature’s most heart-rending budget dilemmas: how to yank health coverage from tens of thousands of people. Instead of trying to decide whose coverage to cut, the state Health Care Authority will instead sharply increase the rates for the state-subsidized insurance.

WA avoids cutting thousands off health care

State officials say they've found a way to avoid kicking people off state-subsidized health coverage. The move, due to state budget woes, was one of the most controversial decisions made by lawmakers earlier this year.
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Gay-rights group vows to publicize names of petition signers

Some R-71 opponents have put up a Web site – www.whosigned.org – where they intend to post the names of all 120,577 signers. "We think that it will help neighbors talk to each other," said Brian Murphy, 45, a Seattle man who helped put up the site. Referendum 71 organizers say the tactic is way over the line. "It's intimidation, there's no question about it," said Gary Randall, president of the Faith and Freedom Network, one of the groups backing the measure.
News >  Washington Voices

Eye on Olympia: Farms win ‘buy local’ backing

OLYMPIA – The next time you’re buying apples, potatoes or cherries, the state wants you to buy locally. “Next time you shop, look for Washington products or ask your grocer for them,” Gov. Chris Gregoire says in a commercial on the state-backed Heart of Washington Web site. “It’s a delicious way to help support our local farmers.”
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Gregoire signs ‘everything but marriage’ law

In a victory for same-sex partners – and a starting gun for social conservatives intent on a repeal – Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday signed into law a bill granting domestic partners most of the rights of spouses.
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Wash. state Rep. Don Cox stepping down

State Rep. Don Cox, pulled out of retirement in January to serve out the term of another lawmaker who died of cancer, says he won't run for re-election this fall.
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Same-sex marriage foes file referendum today

Saying that new "everything but marriage" legislation sets the stage for same-sex marriage, social conservatives plan to file a voter referendum today to overturn the bill.

Gregoire intends to call special session

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday that she intends to call Washington lawmakers back into a special session to finish up budget-related bills left undone when midnight struck Sunday night, ending the 105-day legislative session.
News >  Business

Income tax plan dead

Washington Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, says changing the state's tax system is the right thing to do, but this is not the year to do it.
News >  Spokane

Lawmakers reach budget-cutting deal

After days of last-minute, late-night negotiations, Democratic budget writers in Olympia greed Wednesday on a state budget with about $4 billion in cuts to schools, higher education, social services, health care and other state services.
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New Washington law: Breastfeeding is a civil right

Breastfeeding in public places will soon be considered a civil right in Washington, where lawmakers and Gov. Chris Gregoire just added breastfeeding to the things protected by the state's anti-discrimination law.