Doors start to open on an elevator in Everett on Thursday. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Doors start to open on an elevator in Everett on Thursday. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Elevator inspection backlog violates Washington state law

The Department of Labor and Industries says the backlog was caused by a building boom.

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Animal rights groups oppose the effort. The matter is likely to end up in federal court.

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Kenmore Air, Lake Union neighbors clash over crowded waters

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Microsoft takes fight for ‘dreamers’ to the US Supreme Court

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Police want to know who shot bald eagle found dead in Oregon

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Seattle man accused of spying described as ‘honest and caring’

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Lynden policeman dies after being struck by car

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