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Progress reported on state budget process

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders seemed to concur Friday that they are closing in on an agreement on the 2015-17 state budget, something that has eluded them …


State preparing for military base downsizing

OLYMPIA – State officials are preparing to blunt the effects of losing as many as 11,000 Army jobs – along with the experience and economic benefits that come with them …


Spokane Tribe casino opponents take case to state

Opponents of a proposed Spokane Tribe project that includes a new casino on the West Plains started new attacks Tuesday to persuade Gov. Jay Inslee to block the plan, claiming …


Spokane Tribe’s casino proposal gets key federal approval

The Spokane Tribe has won approval from a key government agency in its drive to build a casino, hotel and stores near Airway Heights. The U.S. Department of the Interior …


Spokane Tribe casino decision expected shortly

After more than two years of waiting, the Spokane Tribe – and the city and county that share its name – may know soon whether it will get the federal …


Inslee mum on status of state budget talks

OLYMPIA – Silence descended over spending talks Wednesday, as Gov. Jay Inslee deflected most questions about progress in talks to break a legislative stalemate over the 2015-17 operating budget. “The …


Washington leaders warn of another bad wildfire season

OLYMPIA – With Washington in a drought and facing another difficult fire season, Gov. Jay Inslee and Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark held their annual exercise that emphasizes fire preparedness and …


Embattled state auditor’s hiring of associate triggers state investigation

OLYMPIA – The attorney general’s office will investigate embattled State Auditor Troy Kelley’s hiring of a longtime business associate to see if any Washington laws were broken. Attorney General Bob …


Washington state budget negotiators still wrestling with budget spending level

OLYMPIA – Legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee met twice Thursday trying to settle a key point in budget negotiations that have dragged into a second special session. But after …


Special session, round two, begins in Olympia today

OLYMPIA – The Legislature will go into double-overtime in an effort to reach a deal on how to spend some $38 billion on state programs, agencies and salaries over the …


Tykes to get new trikes, thanks to governor giving away raise

The children in Jennifer Gonzalez’s preschool class at Windsor Elementary next fall probably won’t care, but they will owe their new tricycles in large part to a citizens commission that …


Gov. Inslee declares drought emergency throughout Washington state

OLYMPIA – Washington has a statewide drought emergency that will likely lead some farmers to go without water for their crops and some small water districts to look at reductions …


Drought emergency for all of Washington

OLYMPIA — Washington has a statewide drought emergency that will likely lead to some farmers going without water for their crops and some small water districts looking at reductions for …


Spin Control: Eight rules for political candidates

OLYMPIA – It’s the weekend between Bloomsday and the Lilac Parade, and that can only mean one thing. Well, two things if you count the fact that half the people …


Inslee signs bills to ease liquor laws, ban powdered alcohol

OLYMPIA –With several strokes of the governor’s pen, Washington’s liquor laws were loosened up Thursday, allowing bars to offer small samples of beer and wine, grocery stores to sell large …


Rep. Fagan officially resigns her seat

OLYMPIA – Rep. Susan Fagan delivered a letter to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee officially resigning her 9th District seat as of today. Fagan, R-Pullman, announced her resignation Wednesday in the …


Inslee signs Sheena Henderson Law as victim’s family looks on

OLYMPIA – The family and friends of a Spokane woman killed by her estranged husband in a murder-suicide last summer watched Tuesday as the bill they hope will prevent similar …


Spin Control: Washington legislators left much to do upon their return

OLYMPIA – There will be some well-deserved grousing for the next couple of days about the Legislature and the things it didn’t do. Chief among them, of course, is not …


Washington Legislature wraps up – for now

OLYMPIA – A few hours before the gavel came down on the regular session, Gov. Jay Inslee signed one of the most-discussed laws, one that brings medical marijuana under much …


Inslee calls special session starting Wednesday; budget negotiations to resume sooner

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will go into overtime to handle key issues, including the $38 billion budget needed to keep the state running for two years starting July 1. …


Inslee issues Earth Day wishlist

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee didn’t send out cards for Earth Day, but he did send a message to the Legislature that he wants more than just an operating budget …


Gov. Inslee requires study before raising speed limit

OLYMPIA – Legislation that could raise highway speed limits to 75 mph in some parts of Washington was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill, which will …


Spin Control: Ousting state auditor Troy Kelley may be difficult

OLYMPIA – The chorus for Troy Kelley to resign as state auditor after he was indicted on federal charges Thursday grew louder as last week drew to a close, but …


Worsening drought prompts emergency declaration from Inslee

OLYMPIA – Nearly half of Washington is expected to face hardships due to worsening drought and snowpack conditions, and state officials say they are on the lookout for problems across …


Inslee again calls on Auditor Troy Kelley to resign

OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday repeated his call for embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley to resign immediately following his indictment by a federal grand jury. Inslee spokesman …


Jury indicts state auditor on fraud, tax charges

A federal grand jury indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley Thursday on charges of fraud, lying to federal investigators, filing false tax returns and “corrupt interference with Internal Revenue laws.” The …


Parties offer dueling education plans at 11th hour

OLYMPIA – Democrats and Republicans unveiled different plans Wednesday to pump more state money into public schools just as the Legislature is supposed to be wrapping up this year’s session. …


Inslee signs bill allowing WSU med school; funding still in flux

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Wednesday that allows Washington State University to launch a new medical school in Spokane. But after he was surrounded by supportive legislators …


Inslee demands answers from state auditor

OLYMPIA – State Auditor Troy Kelley, who turned down a request to appear before a legislative committee Wednesday, got a new request for information from elsewhere in the Capitol. Gov. …


Sen. Maria Cantwell promotes oil train safety bill

With trains rumbling on the BNSF viaduct behind her and flanked by uniformed Spokane firefighters, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, called for greater federal oversight and stricter regulations for the …