Lots to do in 60 days as state lawmakers open their session

Democrats have a two-vote majority in the House (50-48) and a one-vote edge in the Senate (25-24).

Police shooting inquests halted in King County

Monday’s action puts on hold five pending inquests currently under way.

  • Jan 8, 2018

State Sen. Doug Ericksen says rumors about EPA job are false

He says he has considered offers from the Trump administration but will continue representing his district.

  • Jan 8, 2018

Spokane Tribe’s new casino opens Monday evening

The $40 million casino is in Airway Heights. The tribe first proposed it in 2006.

  • Jan 8, 2018

Q&A: New Oregon law says you can pump your own gas — sometimes

Oregon is still one of only two states that places restrictions on self-service gas.

  • Jan 8, 2018

Tacoma police: Man dead after shootout with officers

Witnesses saw the man emerge from a burning home late Sunday night and crawl across the lawn with a gun.

  • Jan 8, 2018

Law enforcement agencies are split over selling seized guns

Since 2010, nearly 6,000 firearms used in crimes were then sold by Washington police agencies.

  • Jan 8, 2018

Landslide near Yakima might be a few more weeks away

Authorities reiterated Sunday that no one can predict when the Rattlesnake Ridge landslide will occur.

  • Jan 8, 2018

State lawmakers seek task force to protect timber areas

The marbled murrelet is listed as threatened; habitat protection has meant less logging.

  • Jan 7, 2018

State lawmakers begin new session with old problems to solve

On the 2018 Olympia agenda: construction budget, water policy and clearing up car-tab chaos.

Key player in oxycodone distribution ring gets 7 years

Court documents say the conspirators used stolen DEA registration numbers to create phony prescriptions.

  • Jan 7, 2018

How to contact your state lawmakers — and other fun facts

The 2018 session of the Washington Legislature in Olympia runs from Jan. 8 to March 8.

Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy

The Justice Department is ditching its hands-off approach to states that have legalized marijuana.

  • Jan 6, 2018

Residents evacuate ahead of predicted landslide near Yakima

A Washington Department of Transportation spokeswoman said the slide is moving about 1.4 feet each week.

  • Jan 6, 2018

About 70 expected to lose jobs when stores close in Chehalis

The Chehalis Sears and Kmart locations are expected to close in early April.

  • Jan 6, 2018

Prosecutors drop charges against 4 members of Polish band

Rape and kidnapping charges against all four members of a Polish death metal band were dropped… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2018

State’s construction budget still tied up over water dispute

About $4 billion in new school construction and other projects throughout the state remain on hold six… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2018

Salmon farm sues after state cancels its lease

Cooke Aquaculture Pacific contends the state had no basis for terminating the lease.

  • Jan 5, 2018

FBI: Border Patrol agent duped girls into making nude photos

He was arrested this week at the Sumas Border Patrol station.

  • Jan 5, 2018

Charges dropped against all 4 members of band Decapitated

The Polish band members have been detained since a woman claimed that she was gang-raped in Spokane.

  • Jan 5, 2018