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State Supreme Court overturns ruling on felon pistol license

The Washington State Supreme Court has overturned a lower court order that would have allowed a man convicted of juvenile felonies to get a concealed pistol license.


Washington state electors challenge fine for anti-Trump bid

Three Democratic electors from Washington state who joined a longshot effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency in 2016 are challenging the $1,000 fines they received for breaking their pledge …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018

Here’s why the Arlene’s Flowers case is back in the state Supreme Court’s hands

The Arlene’s Flowers case is back before the state Supreme Court, nearly two years after justices unanimously ruled that the Richland flower shop’s owner broke the law when she refused …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 1, 2018

State is liable for children’s safety with foster parents, Washington Supreme Court rules

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state is responsible for protecting children from abusive foster parents.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018

Washington Supreme Court tosses out state’s death penalty

Washington state’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the death penalty, as applied, violates its Constitution.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018

Justices: Teachers not required to report own child’s abuse

Teachers in Washington are supposed to tell authorities when they believe a student has suffered abuse or neglect, but the state’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday the requirement doesn’t necessarily apply …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017

Is it enough? Washington state Supreme Court hears school funding case

The Washington state Supreme Court is set to hear argument on whether the state has met its constitutional requirement to fully fund K-12 education.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017

Washington seeks Supreme Court review of culvert ruling

Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by a federal appeals court that state officials say will require it to pay billions of …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Court: Juvenile sex crimes can be basis of civil commitment

Civil commitment of offenders who have been designated as sexually violent predators can be indefinitely extended for those whose crimes occurred when they were juveniles, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously …


Family of murdered Spokane Valley woman can sue killer’s psychiatrist for medical negligence

The Washington Supreme Court says the family of a Spokane woman who was murdered with her son can pursue a lawsuit over whether the killer’s psychiatrist should have done more …


Hundreds rushed to get building permits in Spokane County before court ruling on water rights took effect

Spokane County saw a huge increase in building permit applications following a Washington state Supreme Court decision tightening rules on new water rights earlier this month.


Washington Supreme Court water-rights ruling will affect building permits for rural property owners

Spokane County officials say a recent water-rights decision by the state Supreme Court will have “dramatic impacts” on property owners looking for building permits in rural areas.


Supreme Court says state not bound by statute of limitations

The state of Washington was not bound by a statute of limitations in filing an antitrust lawsuit against more than 20 foreign electronics manufacturers for alleged price-fixing, the state Supreme …


Western State CEO ordered to admit patient or go to jail

A Pierce County court commissioner on Friday ordered the new CEO of Western State Hospital to admit a patient to that facility or go to jail.


State superintendent: May be time to close schools

Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction says it may be time to consider shutting down the state’s K-12 public schools until the Legislature makes progress toward fully paying for education.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 23, 2015

State charter association asks court to review ruling

The Washington State Charter Schools Association filed a motion asking the Washington State Supreme Court to review its charter school ruling, Friday.


State attorney general asks high court to reconsider charter school ruling

Attorney General Bob Ferguson asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to reconsider its ruling that Washington’s new charter school law is unconstitutional. “Regardless of one’s feelings about charter schools, …


Public support for embattled charter schools key, McMorris Rodgers says at Pride Prep visit

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers visited one of Spokane’s charter schools, Pride Prep, in a show of support Monday. “We need to say ‘yes’ to charter schools,” she said. “We …


Supreme Court will decide if Envision Spokane’s 2013 initiative will be placed on ballot

More than two years after the Community Bill of Rights was blocked from the ballot by a Superior Court judge, the Washington state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case …


Senate Republicans play the ‘crisis’ card over court ruling

With a significant part of the state in flames and entire towns being evacuated, this is no time to throw the word “crisis” around lightly. So it must be noted …


Washington Supreme Court rejects Robert Yates’ petition to overturn sentence

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday again rejected an effort by serial killer Robert Yates to overturn his convictions and death sentence. Yates contended he received ineffective counsel during his …


Spin Control: GOP’s budget metaphor oversqueezed

OLYMPIA – It’s time for someone to give Senate Republican budget writers a new metaphor for hyperbolic parsimony. Looking at the state’s less-than-cheery prospects of matching income to outgo last …


State Supreme Court upholds estate tax change

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld legislative changes to the state’s estate tax law that saved the state millions of dollars in refunds.


Spokane County Superior Court Judge Price among finalists for high court position

On Friday afternoon in the courtroom once presided over by his uncle, Ralph Foley, Spokane County Superior Court Judge Michael Price was deciding whether to reinstate a man’s driver’s license …


Washington Justice Debra Stephens courts re-election

The timing of judicial elections has been unkind to Washington state Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens. The Spokane native’s first race came in 2008, just as her daughter, Lindsey, prepared …


Mistrial declared in rehearing of 2004 double-homicide case

A jury deadlocked in the case of a man being retried on murder and manslaughter charges in the 2004 death of his pregnant girlfriend and unborn child. Spokane Superior Court …


Court: State can regulate waterways

In a case involving a Dayton rancher, the Washington state Supreme Court has upheld state officials’ authority to regulate cow pies in streams. The case involved Joseph Lemire, who grazes …


Court can, technically, get many in a lather

It was the squirt of lotion heard ’round the world. Or at least heard ’round the Washington state Supreme Court chambers.


Supermajority for taxes in Legislature unconstitutional

OLYMPIA — Requiring the Legislature to approve tax increases by a super-majority violates the state Constitution if it’s done by an initiative, Washington’s highest court said this morning.


High court sides with Providence nurses on OT for missed breaks

OLYMPIA – Some 1,200 nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center are entitled to overtime pay when their duties prevent them from taking a rest breaks during their shifts, the …