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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Washington spends thousands on special flights for prisoners, report says

Washington state’s corrections department has been shuttling prisoners back to the state on airplanes routinely used by Gov. Jay Inslee. The King Air trips have cost taxpayers tens of thousands …


Women arrested, accused of scalding 5-year-old niece

Authorities say a 27-year-old woman was arrested after investigators determined she abused and scalded her 5-year-old niece.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Trump protesters gather at Washington Capitol in Olympia

While Donald Trump was sworn in at the U.S. Capitol, protesters gathered on the steps of the Washington Capitol.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, 5:41 p.m.

Women’s March on Olympia expected to draw thousands to Capitol

As hundreds of thousands of women across the United States gather Saturday to march for equality, Olympia won’t be left out. An estimated 2,500 women are expected to gather at …


With an eye on veterans, Olympia cannabis activist welcomes Hempfest outpost

Seattle Hempfest organizers are opening an outpost in downtown Olympia with a little help from one of the state’s most visible cannabis activists. Olympia Hempfest Central will have a grand …


Protester disputes story of troopers barricaded in restroom

A protester said Sunday that Washington State Patrol troopers weren’t blocked from leaving the Heritage Park bathroom Saturday night, but that the troopers closed the door of the men’s bathroom …


100 years ago in Spokane: City official excited about University of Idaho research pointing to cheaper gas

From our archive, 100 years ago The possibility of making gas – the kind used in gas lamps – from wood instead of coal had local officials optimistic about cheaper …


Olympia mother sentenced to prison for cutting daughters’ throats

In the early hours of Jan. 25, 2015, Christina Booth called 911 and reported that her babies wouldn’t stop crying, and they needed medical attention.


Olympia adopts ‘sanctuary city’ resolution in response to presidential election

Olympia has been officially declared as a sanctuary city that will serve all residents regardless of immigration status.


Olympia City Council bans smoking, vaping in parks

Smoking and vaping at all Olympia public parks will be prohibited starting in 2018.


Police escort train after removing protesters from downtown Olympia tracks

A team of police officers and city of Olympia staff cleared a dayslong protest camp from the railroad tracks in downtown Olympia early Friday morning, allowing a train carrying ceramic …


GOP senator to propose bill criminalizing “illegal protests”

A Republican state senator who campaigned for President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he plans to propose a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would take a firm stand against …


Olympia voters reject income tax measure

Voters in Olympia have rejected an income tax on the city’s highest earners.


Olympia to vote on income tax for high earners

Washington voters have rejected personal income tax-related measures at the statewide ballot several times over the past eight decades. Now voters in the state capital will decide whether to approve …


Award-winning poet Lucia Perillo dies at 58 in Olympia

Lucia Perillo, an award-winning poet who wielded a fine-edged wit, unflinchingly dissecting mortality in verses that drew upon her suffering from multiple sclerosis, died Oct. 16 at her home in …


Court rules income tax measure can appear on ballot

The Court of Appeals has ruled that a ballot measure to create an income tax for some city of Olympia residents should appear on the November ballot.


Olympia hospital hit with lawsuit for child rape allegations

An Olympia hospital is facing a lawsuit over allegations of negligence for allowing a nursing assistant to engage in an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old psychiatric patient.


Judge rules Olympia income tax measure invalid

A superior court judge has ruled that a ballot measure that would create an income tax for some city of Olympia residents was invalid and would not appear on the …


Attack on interracial couple in Olympia was unprovoked, police say

Police said a man who told police he was part of a white supremacist group stabbed an interracial couple outside a bar in Olympia in a case that has garnered …


11-year-old girl injured after fall while ziplining

OLYMPIA – An 11-year-old girl was injured after falling 20 to 30 feet while ziplining at the Westwood Baptist Church in west Olympia. The Olympian reports that the girl fell …


Olympia to challenge income tax initiative

The Olympia City Council will challenge a proposed initiative that would create a city income tax in Washington state.


Four shot in apparent robbery south of Olympia, police say

Authorities say at least four men were shot in an apparent armed robbery in Tumwater, just south of Olympia.


Driver arrested after pedestrian shot in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Olympia Police say a 46-year-old driver has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a pedestrian during an altercation at an intersection.


Sen. Andy Hill announces his lung cancer has returned

Sen. Andy Hill, the key budget writer for Senate Republicans in Washington state, says he is battling a recurrence of lung cancer.


Agencies practice for active threat at Capitol Campus in Olympia

Washington State Patrol officials say they need to be prepared for a worst-case scenario on the Capitol Campus, including active shooters and bombings. That concern brought about 200 first responders …


Men shot by Olympia police join first anniversary protest

One year after Andre Thompson and Bryson Chaplin were shot by an Olympia police officer, protesters took to the streets again.


Olympia to consider local income tax to send kids to college

The Olympia City Council is drafting an ordinance that would tax all city households to create a fund to send kids to college. The proposal would go before voters in …


UPDATED: Fri., May 6, 2016, 1:02 p.m.

Indicted Washington auditor fires key staffers

Indicted Washington Auditor Troy Kelley has fired two staffers and ordered another to stop working, just a week after his federal fraud trial ended with a hung jury.


Olympia’s richest households could face new, controversial tax

Olympia is entering uncharted legal territory with a proposal to tax the city’s wealthiest households and create a college fund for local high school grads.


Washington Capitol soon to be home to 30,000 honeybees

About 30,000 European honeybees will arrive at the Washington state Capitol next week.