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Vucinich’s glove rescues Cougars

PULLMAN – In the college baseball hierarchy, the weekend series, whether they be league games or not, are the glamour contests. The mid-week games? They’re usually a place to test …


Washington State off to impressive start

The start itself is impressive, but how Washington State University began the 2010 baseball season is even more so. The Cougars returned from Lubbock, Texas, with a 6-0 record, their …


Medical Lake leaders object

Medical Lake city officials said Friday they want the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women and no other prison. If state officials close Pine Lodge as suggested by Gov. Chris …


U.S. 195 reopens after early-morning collision

U.S. Highway 195 has reopened between Spangle and Plaza in south Spokane County after a tanker-truck collision kept it closed for much of the day, according to the Washington State …


Gregoire outlines plan to ‘be ready for a new economy’

OLYMPIA – Calling it “our time to show courage,” Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday urged Washington lawmakers to back her plan to create 20,000 jobs, boost unemployment benefits and use …


Washington gets $28M in federal foreclosure aid

OLYMPIA — Washington will receive $28 million in federal home foreclosure aid.


Record apple crop projected

WENATCHEE, Wash. — This year’s apple crop in Washington is estimated at a record 113 million boxes.


Goodwill to become electronics recycler

Starting Jan. 1, Washington residents will no longer need to pay a recycler to take old computers and TVs off their hands. Instead, a new state e-waste reduction law that …


Washington poised to ratchet up graduation standards

At the urging of major employers and state officials, the Washington State Board of Education is about to adopt tough new high school graduation requirements. But students might not notice …


Coaches predict improvement

Gonzaga’s first trip to the NCAA tournament completed the grand slam for area Division I women’s basketball teams. The Bulldogs finally joined Idaho (1985), Eastern Washington (1987) and Washington State …


Backup Safety Devices Planned For Cargo Trucks

The Legislature on Tuesday sent the governor a measure pushed by the family of a 3-year-old boy killed when a commercial truck backed over him. The proposal would require rear …


Super Internet Waiting Online Washington Legislature Mulls Funding Next-Generation Network For $3 Million

What’s faster than a speeding bullet - 622 million bits per second, to be exact - and able to download the contents of the Library of Congress twice a day? …


Not So Fast, Ewu Tells Legislators Delay Higher Ed Changes Until 1999, Board Asks

Eastern Washington University is calling on lawmakers to wait until 1999 before making permanent changes to higher education in Spokane. Eastern’s board of trustees voted unanimously Wednesday to fight a …


Senate Oks Soda Break

By a vote of 35-11, the Senate on Saturday approved a bill to cut the soda pop tax. SB6602 allows businesses that sell soda pop to credit against their business …


Legislative Calendar

Here’s a tentative list of selected committee hearings for next week. Hearings on some bills are contingent upon them passing their house of origin and being referred to committee. Agriculture: …


Bill Would Cuff Mentally Ill Offenders Senate Oks Measure Seeking To Protect Public From Those With A Violent History

The Senate on Saturday passed a measure intended to better protect the public from violent mentally ill offenders, six months after a retired Seattle firefighter was slain. Voting 48-0, the …


Gay Marriage Ban Quickly Becomes Law Bill Passed, Vetoed And Overridden In Five Hours Of Political Maneuvering As Democrats Join To Keep Measure Off The Ballot

House Speaker Clyde Ballard, R-Wenatchee, top left, Majority Leader Barbara Lisk, R-Zillah, top right, and speaker’s attorney Alan Hayward, right, choreograph proceedings for the gay marriage bill Friday on the …


House Revives A Golden Oldie: Dirty Lyrics Bill But Legislation Not Expected To Survive Senate Scrutiny

An old proposal to punish merchants who sell minors tapes or CDs deemed to contain dirty lyrics is back, despite unsuccessful efforts at passage stretching back to the Gardner administration. …


Same-Sex Marriage Ban Takes Center Stage Lawmakers Expected To Bypass Locke, Send Referendum To A Statewide Vote

Today is Gay and Lesbian Lobbying Day at the Legislature, and the folks who walk the marbled corridors this year will have their work cut out for them. As lawmakers …


Lawmakers Aim To Stop Second Chance

A Spokane Valley legislator wants to shut out Second Chance. Rep. Mark Sterk co-sponsored a bill Wednesday that would prohibit state business “of any kind whatsoever” with the operator of …


Gop Nearly Has Votes To Pass Highway Plan Democrats, Led By Locke, Say Bill Is ‘Credit Card Spending’

Republicans took their “tax-free” $2.4 billion highway plan for a test drive on Monday. There were plenty of potholes. Openly hostile Democrats followed the lead of Gov. Gary Locke in …


Bill Would Hang Up Dinner-Hour Calls Hearing Becomes Broad Discussion Of Rights And Roles Of Citizens

A legislative hearing Thursday on a bill to further restrict telemarketers’ hours turned into a broad discussion of the rights and roles of citizens. The bill would prohibit unsolicited commercial …


Students May Gain Seat With Trustees

Three decades after anti-war protesters burned flags on campus, university students may soon get an equal vote. The House Higher Education Committee Thursday considered a bill to add a student …


Rural Counties Feel Needs Not Met By Gma House Bill Let Small Counties Out Of Land-Use Planning

For some small Washington counties, being bound to the Growth Management Act is like being stuck in a bad marriage without the option of divorce. The act, while good for …


Victims’ Relatives Urge Stiffer Terms For Violence

His eyes welling up with tears of anger and despair, the father of a 12-year-old Stanwood baby sitter who was raped and beaten to death demanded Thursday that lawmakers do …


Legislative Week Ahead

Here’s a tentative list of legislative hearings on selected topics this week. Schedules are subject to change on short notice; consult the Legislature’s Web site or the list of committee …


Legislative Week

Legislative action scheduled for this week includes: Monday 10 a.m., House Hearing Room D, John L. O’Brien Bldg., House Trade and Economic Development Committee public hearing on SB 5762, allowing …


Legislative Action

Legislative action scheduled for this week includes: Monday 1:30 p.m., Senate Hearing Room 3, John A. Cherberg Bldg., Senate Higher Education Committee public hearing on SB5106, creating the Washington advanced …


Legislative Action

Legislative action scheduled for this week includes: Monday through Wednesday Both houses will be in daylong sessions, and into the evening Wednesday, to meet the deadline for bills to pass …


Seattle Couple Wants To Revamp State School System Initiative 642 Would Put Parents, Teachers In Charge

Jim and Fawn Spady wrote an initiative that would revamp public schools.