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School employees start to enroll in new statewide health insurance program

The statewide health insurance program for school employees that work more than 630 hours in a school year opened for enrollment this month.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019

As feds loom, states hit Facebook, Google with new probes

Two bipartisan groups of state attorneys general are launching separate antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google, adding to regulatory scrutiny of two of the world’s largest and most ubiquitous tech …


States’ follow-through mixed on sexual misconduct policy

The #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct has prompted many state legislatures to reconsider their internal policies and state laws on the issue.


Thousands in St. Louis likely to see wage drop with new law

Thousands of workers in St. Louis will likely see smaller paychecks starting Monday, when a new Missouri law takes effect barring local government from enacting minimum wages different than the …


Editorial: Voter motivation is key to better turnout

Getting getting people to actually vote remains a tough nut to crack. This should give pause to any plans to alter election logistics to encourage participation.


Teen sentenced in connection with officer shooting

A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to over seven years in connection with the shooting of a Mount Vernon officer in December.


Vickie L. Raines: State shirking duty to finance indigent public defense

It is time for the state of Washington to step up to the responsibility the U.S. Supreme Court gave it and fund counties for this service.


State prep volleyball tournaments at a glance

Washington state volleyball At a glance


Six North Idaho prep volleyball teams head to state

The Lake City volleyball team has had some nice feats under first-year coach Jenna Leggat. The Timberwolves won the 5A Inland Empire League championship and followed it up with a …


Washington’s 6th District draws five challengers to succeed Rep. Kevin Parker

Five candidates have filed to succeed Kevin Parker, a popular Republican lawmaker who announced in May he would not seek his fifth term in the House of Representatives. The field …


St. George’s Madison Ward, Marika Morelan finish 1-2; Deer Park boys win 1A title

As Madison Ward crested the top of the hill before hitting the final downhill stretch, she emerged from a fog the finish line was in sight.


Sandpoint girls after third straight state cross country title

When a cross country team runs as a pack, not one runner is more important than another.


Hardwood Classic matchups released

Mike Arte got his wish Sunday. It has nothing to do with the Gonzaga Prep girls basketball team’s quarterfinal opponent when the Bullpups return to action Thursday at the Hardwood …


Gonzaga Prep faces Curtis of Tacoma Saturday in regional round of state girls basketball

It might be the most lopsided matchup in the regional round of state girls basketball games this weekend. Curtis of Tacoma (20-7) takes on defending State 4A champ Gonzaga Prep …


Bad break for NC

TACOMA – A year ago, the North Central wrestling team seemingly caught every break on its way to a State 3A championship. The Indians couldn’t have suffered a worse break …


Fear the Beards

TACOMA – The Beard brothers put on a clinic on Saturday at Mat Classic XXVII. They shut down two talented opponents with airtight defense.


Central Valley’s Blake Beard seeks third consecutive title

Blake Beard is a two-time state champion on the brink of doing something no other Central Valley wrestler has – win a third consecutive title. Some defending state champs could …


4A/3A Cross Country: North Central, Tanner Anderson win another

PASCO – History will show that the North Central boys cross country team captured a record-tying ninth straight State 3A championship Saturday. The complete story it won’t tell, though, is …


2A/1A cross country: Medical Lake boys, Lakeside girls win 1A titles; Chad Stevens wins 2A boys title

PASCO – At the start of the season, Gene Blankenship predicted his Medical Lake boys cross country team would defend its State 1A championship. Considering the talent he had back, …


Gonzaga Prep eliminated from AA American Legion state tourney

Montesano limited Gonzaga Prep to two hits in a 3-1 victory at the AA American Legion state tournament Monday in Anacortes, eliminating GP. Brock Bayley (0-1) took the loss, allowing …


Colton tops ACH, wins 4th straight 1B softball title

It started innocently enough in May of 2009. When his Colton Wildcats on their first State 1B softball title, coach Brad Nilson got a tattoo on his right bicep to …


Connell thwarts Colville again in 1A softball

The Colville Indians came heartbreakingly close to their first state fastpitch championship Saturday.


1B/2B/1A track results

Friday’s results from the WIAA 1B, 2B, 1A state track and field championships at Eastern Washington University.


State ignoring own report on Pine Lodge issue

OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in …


West, Brown Learn To Get Along Sort Of Spokane Lawmakers Score Victories By Working With, As Well As Against, Each Other

The low-level buzz, usually constant in the Washington Senate, abruptly stopped as Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, shouted her disgust. It was the last day of the 1998 session and a …


Legislators Don’t Want Teens In Statehouse Bill To Let 19-Year-Olds Run For Office Dies In Committee

Rep. Larry Watson was awed Wednesday that lawmakers would rather dole out liquor licenses than let 19-year-olds run for the Legislature. “Not all 19-year-olds have purple hair and earrings in …


Simpson Pulls Back Abortion Bill House Speaker Felt Pressure On Contraceptives-Consent Issue

Speaker Mike Simpson proposed the bill. File/The Spokesman-Review


Changes Unlikely In Care Regulations Boarding-Home Ombudsman Claims Safety, Health Rules Not Enforced

Kary Hyre has displayed color photographs of bruised and battered boarding-home residents, and laid out what he calls a glaring lack of enforcement of safety and health rules in the …


Senate Faces Little Controversy In State Budget Gop Leaders Anticipate A Final Vote On Wednesday

The state Senate is tied in knots over transportation funding but is finding less controversy over the state budget, typically the toughest issue of any legislative session. A fairly simple …


Adams Joins School Chief Race

Former lawmaker and veteran educator Richard Adams launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination for state schools superintendent on Monday, promising to lead an initiative broadening the sales tax base …