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Mike Lowry (1939-2017)

Mike Lowry, a Democrat who served in Congress for a decade before ultimately being elected governor in 1992, died Monday following complications from a stroke, according to a news release issued by his family. He was 78.

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen announces retirement

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has announced he isn’t running for re-election, telling the Senate that his four decades in state service has been a “rare privilege and a great honor.”

Gregoire backs easier business licenses, taxes

OLYMPIA – Small businesses would have a single place to obtain state and local licenses and to pay state and local business and occupation taxes under proposals announced Thursday by Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. The state will also expand job training for veterans, minorities and women, all groups that have higher-than-average unemployment rates, she said.

Partnership law foes submit signatures

OLYMPIA – Sponsors of a campaign to overturn the state’s domestic partnership law turned in their petition signatures Saturday and said they believe they have enough to force a public vote. The expanded “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law was scheduled to take effect today, but is now delayed until the signatures can be counted, a process that could take up to a month.

Fish-Wildlife Commission chair still learning despite multiple degrees

NASELLE, Wash. – Meet Miranda Wecker, environmental lawyer, spartina eradication expert, enthusiastic mountain biker and skier – and new chair of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Six weeks into her position as leader of the group that sets policy for the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wecker talked about commission politics, the struggles over spring chinook and other issues.

Bills take stricter stance on abuse by teachers

OLYMPIA – Little-known fact: Washington law now says that if a school employee kills or sexually abuses a child, the person must immediately be fired. But if the victim is an adult – even a 19-year-old, as in one recent rape allegation – the mandatory-firing law doesn't apply.