Dennis Willard, of Bellevue, Wash., carries a sign that reads "Where Is She" as he marches in support of missing and murdered indigenous women during a rally to mark Indigenous Peoples' Day in downtown Seattle, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. The observance of the day was made official by the Seattle City Council in 2014, and it takes place annually on the federal holiday of Columbus Day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington Legislature OKs missing Indigenous women alert

The system will be similar to so-called “silver alerts” that are in place for missing vulnerable adults.

  • Mar 8, 2022
Dennis Willard, of Bellevue, Wash., carries a sign that reads "Where Is She" as he marches in support of missing and murdered indigenous women during a rally to mark Indigenous Peoples' Day in downtown Seattle, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019. The observance of the day was made official by the Seattle City Council in 2014, and it takes place annually on the federal holiday of Columbus Day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Sarah Augustine

Washington state redistricting commission chair resigns

Sarah Augustine lashed out at officials for refusing to defend the legislative maps from a legal challenge.

  • Mar 8, 2022
Sarah Augustine

Election offices, government meetings will be gun-free zones

A bill heading to governor will prohibit the “open carry” of firearms in certain civic settings.

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 27, 2017, file photo, a semi-automatic hand gun is displayed with a 10 shot magazine, left, and a 15 shot magazine, right, at a gun store in Elk Grove, Calif. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The panel's majority ruled Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that the law banning magazines holding more than 10 bullets violates the constitutional right to bear firearms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Lawmakers OK limit on sale of high-capacity ammo magazines

The measure passed the state House 55-42 in a vote late Friday night. The governor is expected to sign it.

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 27, 2017, file photo, a semi-automatic hand gun is displayed with a 10 shot magazine, left, and a 15 shot magazine, right, at a gun store in Elk Grove, Calif. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out California's ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. The panel's majority ruled Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, that the law banning magazines holding more than 10 bullets violates the constitutional right to bear firearms. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
People hold signs as they stand near parked semi-trucks during a protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other issues, Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The trucks were part of a local convoy that traveled to Olympia for the protest. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Demonstrators rally in Olympia against state COVID-19 mandates

GOP Rep. Robert Sutherland of Granite Falls told the crowd he was denied entrance to the statehouse because he refused to get tested.

People hold signs as they stand near parked semi-trucks during a protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and other issues, Saturday, March 5, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The trucks were part of a local convoy that traveled to Olympia for the protest. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Inslee signs laws that fine-tune last year’s policing reform

Lawmakers retooled a law that police said stops them from assisting people in crisis and protecting the public.

FILE - A person walks near the Legislative Building, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington's redistricting commission failed to meet its deadline and on Tuesday, Nov. 16, kicked the job of creating new political maps to the state Supreme Court. The bipartisan commission had a deadline of 11:59 p.m. Monday to approve new boundaries for congressional and legislative districts following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - In this March 9, 1995 file photo, trainer Marcia Hinton pets Lolita, a captive orca whale, during a performance at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami. The new owners of the Miami Seaquarium will no longer stage shows with its aging orca Lolita under an agreement with federal regulators. MS Leisure, a subsidiary of The Dolphin Company, said in a news release it completed acquisition of the Seaquarium on Thursday, March 3, 2022.    (Nuri Vallbona/Miami Herald via AP, File)

Miami Seaquarium ending shows with aging Puget Sound orca

The new owners will no longer stage shows with the orca under an agreement with federal regulators.

  • Mar 4, 2022
FILE - In this March 9, 1995 file photo, trainer Marcia Hinton pets Lolita, a captive orca whale, during a performance at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami. The new owners of the Miami Seaquarium will no longer stage shows with its aging orca Lolita under an agreement with federal regulators. MS Leisure, a subsidiary of The Dolphin Company, said in a news release it completed acquisition of the Seaquarium on Thursday, March 3, 2022.    (Nuri Vallbona/Miami Herald via AP, File)
Vibal Vidal, a recovery nurse at Swedish Edmonds, pickets outside the hospital Tuesday morning. (Joey Thompson / The Herald)

Bill to set minimum hospital staffing dies in state Senate

Hospitals opposed a bill limiting the number of patients per nurse. It died in a committee this week.

Vibal Vidal, a recovery nurse at Swedish Edmonds, pickets outside the hospital Tuesday morning. (Joey Thompson / The Herald)
Mike Kreidler is sworn in as insurance commissioner, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, during a ceremony at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State insurance commissioner accused of mistreating staff

One staffer filed a formal complaint, saying Mike Kreidler bullied him and antagonized other employees.

  • Mar 3, 2022
Mike Kreidler is sworn in as insurance commissioner, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, during a ceremony at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A trailer with the words "Freedom! No Mandate" on its back window travels with a trucker caravan heading toward Washington D.C. to protest COVID-19 mandates on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, near Needles, Calif. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

“Freedom Convoy” leaves Spokane for Washington, D.C.

They want an end to mask mandates, which are already ending in the state and across the country.

  • Mar 3, 2022
A trailer with the words "Freedom! No Mandate" on its back window travels with a trucker caravan heading toward Washington D.C. to protest COVID-19 mandates on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, near Needles, Calif. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
FILE - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks to reporters, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, during a news conference in Seattle. A trade group that represents some of the biggest U.S. food companies has agreed to pay $9 million for violations of Washington campaign finance laws, after the state Supreme Court upheld a penalty twice that much. Ferguson, who sued the group in 2013, announced it was dropping its appeal and would instead settle the case for $9 million, including $3 million in donations to two charities that fight hunger. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)

Trade group settles state’s GMO-labeling case for $9 million

$3 million goes to charities that fight hunger, and $6 million to the state’s Transparency Account.

  • Mar 2, 2022
FILE - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks to reporters, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, during a news conference in Seattle. A trade group that represents some of the biggest U.S. food companies has agreed to pay $9 million for violations of Washington campaign finance laws, after the state Supreme Court upheld a penalty twice that much. Ferguson, who sued the group in 2013, announced it was dropping its appeal and would instead settle the case for $9 million, including $3 million in donations to two charities that fight hunger. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren,File)
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, a female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island, Wash., as seen from a federally permitted research vessel. The National Marine Fisheries Service has finalized rules to expand the Southern Resident orca's critical habitat from the Canadian border down to Point Sur, Calif., adding 15,910 square miles, (41,207 square kilometers) of foraging areas, river mouths and migratory pathways. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

New calf born to endangered southern resident orcas

The Center for Whale Research also reported the loss of two other pregnancies in the endangered whales.

  • Mar 2, 2022
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, a female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island, Wash., as seen from a federally permitted research vessel. The National Marine Fisheries Service has finalized rules to expand the Southern Resident orca's critical habitat from the Canadian border down to Point Sur, Calif., adding 15,910 square miles, (41,207 square kilometers) of foraging areas, river mouths and migratory pathways. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
FILE - Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson looks on during a news conference in Seattle on Dec. 17, 2019. Ferguson rejected a half-billion-dollar settlement offer, and now he's taking the state's case against the nation's three biggest drug distributors to trial Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. He says they must be held accountable for their role in the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Judge overturns state’s capital gains tax on high-profit stocks

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said his office would appeal to the state Supreme Court.

  • Mar 2, 2022
FILE - Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson looks on during a news conference in Seattle on Dec. 17, 2019. Ferguson rejected a half-billion-dollar settlement offer, and now he's taking the state's case against the nation's three biggest drug distributors to trial Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. He says they must be held accountable for their role in the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 12/14/2021

AG seeks refund for low-income Providence, Swedish patients

Some patients are legally entitled to free hospital care or discounts. Here’s a rundown of who is eligible.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 12/14/2021
Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

Washington Congresswoman DelBene tests positive for COVID-19

Her district encompasses eastern King, parts of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties.

Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

Inslee directs agencies to cut ties with Russian companies

The governor also urged private companies in the state to consider cutting ties with Russia.

  • Mar 1, 2022
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

Cued by CDC, Inslee moves up end of mask mandate to March 12

Washington, Oregon and California together will lift mask requirements in most, but not all, settings.

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks to students at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022. (Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP)
Meseret Haile displays a photo of her son Leoul outside her apartment in Bellevue. Leoul, who has special needs, is in a facility in Kansas because Washington doesn't have adequate
facilities. (Dan DeLong/InvestigateWest)

Why Washington ships special-needs students out of state

There are few programs here to help them. Disability advocates accuse lawmakers of shortchanging special education.

  • Feb 27, 2022
Meseret Haile displays a photo of her son Leoul outside her apartment in Bellevue. Leoul, who has special needs, is in a facility in Kansas because Washington doesn't have adequate
facilities. (Dan DeLong/InvestigateWest)
Marko Liias

After losing temper, Sen. Liias apologizes to Oregon governor

The Everett Democrat said Gov. Kate Brown “is living in fantasyland” in response to her criticism of a proposed tax on exported fuel.

Marko Liias
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 12/14/2021

AG sues Providence for alleged failure to provide charity care

Hospitals in Washington, including ones in Everett and Edmonds, are the targets of a lawsuit by the state attorney general.

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 12/14/2021