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Two years after Russian invasion, fate of U.S. aid for Ukraine lies with House Republicans

WASHINGTON – Saturday marked a grim anniversary for the people of Ukraine, two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion of their country and a decade after the Kremlin invaded and eventually annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, kicking off a bloody imperial project founded on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s belief that Ukraine never should have become its own country.
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Primer on the primary: Presidential primary ballots went out this week. Here’s how they’re unique in Washington state

The state has mailed combined Republican and Democratic primary ballots to 4.8 million registered voters in all of Washington’s 39 counties. Voters have until March 12 to cast their ballots and weigh in on their chosen party’s nominee for president. Voters must declare a party and select only one candidate, or else their votes won’t be counted.

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Once curbed in Seattle, tiny apartments poised for big boost from Legislature

Feb. 23—With around 200 square feet of their own private space, tenants at The Kärsti apartments in Ballard make a trade-off from the typical studio apartment, swapping larger sleeping areas and private kitchens for communal living and cheaper rent. As Washington residents face sky-high housing costs and a shortage of places to live, state lawmakers hope to encourage more small apartments like ...
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Bill that would make financial education a high school graduation requirement in Washington passes out of committee

If passed, House Bill 1915 would add financial education to the current list of state-mandated high school graduation requirements. It would not change the total number of credits students need to get their diplomas – 24 – but rather embed a half-credit’s worth of instruction into that existing credit or before the 2027-28 school year.
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WA Cares, if it survives, could benefit people who retire elsewhere

Feb. 21—OLYMPIA — State legislators are advancing a proposal that would let Washingtonians access benefits through the state's new long-term care insurance program, WA Cares Fund, even if they left the state for a new job or to retire. But the proposals are moving forward as WA Cares faces questions over its survival. A petition-backed initiative to the Legislature would make optional a ...
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Washington lawmakers released drafts of their 2024 budget proposals on Monday. What could be in store for Spokane County?

In Spokane County, current budget proposals stem from sending millions of dollars to help with recovery from the Gray and Oregon Road fires to building a bike path along Sunset Highway. Lawmakers have until the beginning of March to finalize their supplemental budget proposals. Both the House and Senate will have a chance to amend the other chamber’s budget proposals before they come together to submit one set of proposals on behalf of the entire Legislature.
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Bill that would regulate hospital mergers in Washington passes Senate, may join other legislation protecting abortion access

Democratic lawmakers in Olympia are pushing for legislation to ensure hospital mergers don’t limit patient access to abortions, gender-affirming care or medically-assisted death. The bill was partially inspired by concerns over access to abortion and gender-affirming care in hospitals with religious affiliations, especially in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2022 overturn of Roe v. Wade.