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New state budget forecast offers $1B worth of good news for Washington leaders

Leaders of the Senate and House budget-writing panels can expect members of both parties to have suggestions on how to spend the windfall.

  • Sep 28, 2023
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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Friday, April 22, 2022, at an event with President Joe Biden at Green River College in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tests positive for COVID-19 for 3rd time

Inslee’s office said in a statement Thursday that he was experiencing very mild symptoms, including a cough.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Friday, April 22, 2022, at an event with President Joe Biden at Green River College in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Trainer Marcia Henton feeds Lolita the killer whale, also known as Tokitae and Toki, inside her stadium tank at the Miami Seaquarium on Saturday, July 8, 2023, in Miami, Fla. After officials announced plans to move Lolita from the Seaquarium, trainers and veterinarians are now working to prepare her for the move. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS)

Ashes of orca Tokitae finally home after her death last month in Miami

Her ashes will be scattered in a private ceremony by members of the Lummi Nation.

  • Sep 22, 2023
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Trainer Marcia Henton feeds Lolita the killer whale, also known as Tokitae and Toki, inside her stadium tank at the Miami Seaquarium on Saturday, July 8, 2023, in Miami, Fla. After officials announced plans to move Lolita from the Seaquarium, trainers and veterinarians are now working to prepare her for the move. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS)
A Coast Guard cutter searches for a crashed chartered floatplane near Mutiny Bay Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on September 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Wife of pilot killed in Whidbey Island floatplane crash files lawsuit

This is the lawsuit filed against companies associated with the aircraft’s operations and manufacturing.

A Coast Guard cutter searches for a crashed chartered floatplane near Mutiny Bay Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on September 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Seattle City Council OKs law to prosecute for having and using drugs such as fentanyl in public

The council voted to approve the measure by a 6-3 vote on Tuesday, aligning the city’s code with a new state law.

  • Sep 21, 2023
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WA Supreme Court says state isn’t responsible for 100% of school construction costs

Wahkiakum School District argued the state’s duty to amply fund education extended to capital projects. One justice scolded the state, saying the current system is unfair to small districts.

  • Sep 8, 2023
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An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/U.S. Navy)

Judge orders new Growler jet study on Whidbey Island

The Navy must redo an environmental study on the impact of expanded EA-18G Growler operations.

An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/U.S. Navy)
Scott Giard, Coast Guard spokesperson, addresses the media regarding the search for a crashed chartered floatplane Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on August 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

NTSB probe of Whidbey floatplane crash points to likely cause, fix

Documents released Friday reveal new details about the deadly floatplane crash that happened a year ago near Whidbey Island.

Scott Giard, Coast Guard spokesperson, addresses the media regarding the search for a crashed chartered floatplane Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on August 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson arrives on April 27, 2023, at the University of Washington's Hans Rosling Center for Population Health in Seattle. Attorney General Ferguson launched an exploratory campaign for governor on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, one day after incumbent Jay Inslee announced he would not run again. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

State attorney general asks feds to add Everett to Operation Overdrive

Bob Ferguson requested that the federal government include the city to an initiative aimed at identifying and dismantling drug networks.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson arrives on April 27, 2023, at the University of Washington's Hans Rosling Center for Population Health in Seattle. Attorney General Ferguson launched an exploratory campaign for governor on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, one day after incumbent Jay Inslee announced he would not run again. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
FILE - Bruce Harrell speaks on Oct. 28, 2021, in Seattle during the second of two debates before the November election for the office of mayor. Harrell, now Seattle's mayor, says the police department's low staffing in its sexual assault unit that has led to a backlog of dozens of stalled cases is "unacceptable." Harrell made his comments following a report by The Seattle Times and KUOW of an internal memo that showed the unit had stopped investigating most new sexual assault cases involving adults this year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool, File)

Seattle mayor proposes drug measure to align with state law, adding $27M for treatment

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell is offering a proposal that would align the city’s code with new state law.

  • Aug 1, 2023
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FILE - Bruce Harrell speaks on Oct. 28, 2021, in Seattle during the second of two debates before the November election for the office of mayor. Harrell, now Seattle's mayor, says the police department's low staffing in its sexual assault unit that has led to a backlog of dozens of stalled cases is "unacceptable." Harrell made his comments following a report by The Seattle Times and KUOW of an internal memo that showed the unit had stopped investigating most new sexual assault cases involving adults this year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool, File)
Murphy’s Lala speaks to a crowd at Arlington’s first-ever Pride celebration telling them to “pay them no mind” in response to the Pride protestors on Saturday, June 4, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

AG’s office presses Arlington for weapons-free zone at Pride event

Event organizers say the precaution is warranted under the terms of a 2021 state law.

Murphy’s Lala speaks to a crowd at Arlington’s first-ever Pride celebration telling them to “pay them no mind” in response to the Pride protestors on Saturday, June 4, 2022. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Nick Brown poses for a photo outside the U.S. Courthouse Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Ex-US attorney to face state senator in Washington AG race

Nick Brown announced Wednesday he’s running to be Washington’s next attorney general.

U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Nick Brown poses for a photo outside the U.S. Courthouse Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
FILE - Then-Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., speaks on Nov. 6, 2018, at a Republican party election night gathering in Issaquah, Wash. Reichert filed campaign paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission on Friday, June 30, 2023, to run as a Republican candidate. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Former sheriff who nabbed ‘Green River Killer’ to run for Washington governor

Former King County Sheriff and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, 72, is running as a Republican candidate.

FILE - Then-Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash., speaks on Nov. 6, 2018, at a Republican party election night gathering in Issaquah, Wash. Reichert filed campaign paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission on Friday, June 30, 2023, to run as a Republican candidate. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Debris from the Titan submersible, recovered from the ocean floor near the wreck of the Titanic, is unloaded from the ship Horizon Arctic at the Canadian Coast Guard pier in St. John's, Newfoundland, Wednesday, June 28, 2023. (Paul Daly/The Canadian Press via AP)

Presumed human remains found in wreckage of OceanGate submersible

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has likely recovered human remains from the wreckage of the Titan submersible.

Debris from the Titan submersible, recovered from the ocean floor near the wreck of the Titanic, is unloaded from the ship Horizon Arctic at the Canadian Coast Guard pier in St. John's, Newfoundland, Wednesday, June 28, 2023. (Paul Daly/The Canadian Press via AP)
A pod of transient orcas, known as T124As, surfacing near Tacoma. (Craig Craker/Orca Network)

Apparent new orca calf spotted in endangered pod near British Columbia

The baby looks to be more than three weeks old and would be the first new calf in the pod since 2021.

A pod of transient orcas, known as T124As, surfacing near Tacoma. (Craig Craker/Orca Network)
U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Nick Brown poses for a photo outside the U.S. Courthouse Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Western WA’s top federal prosecutor announces resignation

Nick Brown announced Tuesday he is stepping down as a U.S. attorney.

  • Jun 20, 2023
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U.S. Attorney for Western Washington Nick Brown poses for a photo outside the U.S. Courthouse Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A demonstration of the ZA2000 powertrain during an event for Alaska Airlines and ZeroAvia to discuss their new collaboration in Everett, Washington on Monday, May 1, 2023. ZeroAvia is developing a hydrogen electric propulsion system for aircraft. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

WA wins e-fuel and hydrogen power pledges at Paris Air Show

Gov. Inslee announced state support for the development and expansion of two clean energy company facilities in Washington.

A demonstration of the ZA2000 powertrain during an event for Alaska Airlines and ZeroAvia to discuss their new collaboration in Everett, Washington on Monday, May 1, 2023. ZeroAvia is developing a hydrogen electric propulsion system for aircraft. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
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2 dead, 3 hurt in shooting at campground near Gorge music fest

Two people were killed and three were injured in a shooting near a Washington state campground area hosting people attending… Continue reading

  • Jun 18, 2023
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Washington state to pay $3.1M to settle lawsuit

The state is set to pay $3 million to settle a lawsuit over alleged severe neglect at an adult family home.

  • Jun 7, 2023
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FILE - Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, poses for a photo in Issaquah, Wash., Oct. 24, 2016. Sen. Mullet launched a campaign for governor on Thursday, June 1, 2023 joining a growing field of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Gov. Jay Inslee. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

Washington state Sen. Mark Mullet announces governor run

He joins a growing field of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Gov. Jay Inslee.

  • Jun 1, 2023
FILE - Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, poses for a photo in Issaquah, Wash., Oct. 24, 2016. Sen. Mullet launched a campaign for governor on Thursday, June 1, 2023 joining a growing field of candidates seeking to replace outgoing Gov. Jay Inslee. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)