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UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:41 p.m.

Washington state Legislature passes paid family leave measure

The Washington Legislature has approved a paid family leave program that offers workers paid time off for the birth or adoption of a child or the serious medical condition of …


UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

A surprising number of men in Washington aren’t registering for the draft. That’s a felony.

Federal officials say nearly 1 out of 6 young men in Washington state are committing a felony, and they might not even know it.


UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 9:26 p.m.

Two decades ago, Washington state GOP repealed and replaced health care and it didn’t end well

Republicans in the state of Washington didn’t wait long in the spring of 1995 to fulfill their pledge to roll back a sweeping law expanding health coverage in the state.


UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Wildfire forces evacuations at Washington state tourism spot

A wildfire that started at an old log-storage site has prompted evacuation orders for 168 homes and cabins at a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination, officials said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sat., May 20, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

Inslee talks trade in meeting with Mexico’s president

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee’s visit to Mexico City was part of a weeklong trade mission to the country.


Gov. Jay Inslee visits Mexico as part of trade delegation

Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee was in Mexico on Friday as part of a trade delegation.


Spike in road fatalities sparks Washington state phone ban

Washington state lawmakers just took a big step to change that with a new law signed earlier this week by Gov. Jay Inslee that bans holding a phone or other …


Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Liquor laws, May 11, 1934


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

U.S.: Nuclear waste mislabeled at Washington state site

A shipment of nuclear waste from a commercial power plant located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state was improperly labeled when it was trucked to a commercial disposal …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

House passes bill that seeks compliance with REAL ID

The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would create a two-tiered licensing system that seeks to bring Washington state in line with federal identification requirements, but further negotiations with …


Werschkul/Hlebain: Boost in caregivers’ pay would spark economy

If Spokane County’s home care workers received an increase to $15 per hour, it would provide an influx of more than $4.8 million dollars into the county’s economy.


UPDATED: Wed., March 22, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

“Real ID” deadline looms: Proposed fix would leave Washington with two-tiered license

When federal identification standards take effect for air travel in January, Washington residents, like others across the country, will need an enhanced driver’s license or a passport to board a …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 2:49 p.m.

A big thing marijuana opponents warned you about is definitely not happening

A state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students in Washington state finds that marijuana legalization there has had no effect on youngsters’ propensity to use the drug.


How a school bomb-scare case sparked a media-vs.-FBI fight

The 2007 bust of a Washington state hacker put an end to bomb scares and saved graduation at the Lacey, Wash., high school but would also raise a troubling question …


Charles Krauthammer: Attorneys general fill in for Congress

Congress has allowed itself to become an increasingly subordinate branch. Hence the state attorneys general rise to check the president and his functionaries. This is good.


Maintain support for transgender protections

Government cannot mandate acceptance, but it should support and defend equal treatment with thoughtful rules and guidelines. Washington state has a proud legacy of doing just that.


Feds should refrain from marijuana crackdown

Sessions isn’t alone in believing marijuana to be especially pernicious, but scientific research and common sense don’t back him up


Move up Washington’s presidential primary

Holding the vote earlier would boost participation and relevance. Candidates would have to study up on Northwest issues such as the Hanford cleanup, dams, Pacific Rim trade, forest health and …


Jane Nelson-Low and Mary Lou Johnson: Clean up state tax code to help working families

Washington has the


TPP’s demise hits close to home

Promising new economic opportunities have been buried. That’s especially painful for Washington, the most trade-dependent state in the union.


Young child latest to die because of flu in Washington state

A young child in Pierce County is the latest to die because of the flu.


$8.2 million settlement approved in SeaTac minimum wage case

A federal judge has approved an $8.2 million court settlement to resolve the claims of thousands of workers who said they were paid less than $15 per hour after the …


Just Want Privacy files initiative to overturn Washington’s rule governing use of restrooms by transgender people

The political committee Just Want Privacy is taking another stab at putting an initiative before voters that would cancel a state rule allowing transgender people to use restrooms and other …


Freshman Chanelle Molina leads Washington State women over No. 9 UCLA

Freshman Chanelle Molina could feel the confidence growing as Washington State hung with No. 9 UCLA on Friday night.


Flynn, Hawkinson lead Washington State past Washington 79-74

Malachi Flynn scored eight of his 16 points in the final 2:13 and Washington State rallied in the closing moments for a 79-74 win over Washington on Sunday night.


WSU and UW hope to continue winning streaks in Pac-12 opener

Well one of the Pac-12 Northwest’s precocious freshman point guards is going to begin his first season’s second chapter with a big win.


Lacey family ‘starting from scratch’ after Christmas Day house fire

Clothing and furniture can be replaced. But Kristen Doig of Lacey is learning that it’s the little things – items like a set of keepsake “Baby’s First Christmas” ornaments and …


Washington minimum wage to increase to $11 on New Year’s Day

Washington state’s minimum wage will increase to $11 an hour on Sunday, the first of a multistep increase approved by voters last month.


Women’s basketball: No. 9 Washington uses 26-0 run to scorch WSU in Pac-12 opener

Natalie Romeo made five 3-pointers in the first half and finished with a season-high 25 points, and No. 9 Washington used a 26-0 run in the first half to race …


Doctor: Officer shot in Washington state gradually improving

A Washington state police officer who was shot in the head while responding to a call last week is making incremental improvements, but it’s too soon to say what his …