Here’s how the state will spend $2.2B in federal pandemic aid

Lawmakers plan to use the money to fight COVID, aid renters and reopen shuttered schools and businesses.

Bill seeks to ban Native American mascots at state’s schools

“The racism is not intentional, but really it does have to stop,” says a Spokane high school student.

  • Feb 7, 2021
Friday, April 5, 2019.   Aerial view of the Ice Harbor Dam, looking east up the Snake River.  The Dam’s power units are now being renovated. (Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/TNS)

GOP congressman pitches $34B plan to breach Snake River dams

Mike Simpson might have launched a concept that will forever alter life on the Columbia and Snake rivers.

  • Feb 7, 2021
Friday, April 5, 2019.   Aerial view of the Ice Harbor Dam, looking east up the Snake River.  The Dam’s power units are now being renovated. (Steve Ringman/Seattle Times/TNS)

6th Seattle officer investigated over presence at Capitol siege

The officer self-reported being there, the police department said on its blog Friday.

  • Feb 6, 2021
Hollie Jordan surveys her father's service station that was destroyed by wildfire, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Malden, Wash. "This was filled with work and life and memories and it's all gone," said Jordan. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)

Disaster-relief aid for wildfires approved for state counties

The Biden Administration approved the request for nine counties and two native tribes.

  • Feb 5, 2021
Hollie Jordan surveys her father's service station that was destroyed by wildfire, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Malden, Wash. "This was filled with work and life and memories and it's all gone," said Jordan. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)

Washington man charged with entering Capitol during siege

Jeffrey Grace of Battle Ground faces up to one year in prison if convicted.

  • Feb 5, 2021
Alicia Ramos gets her first shot of the Modern COVID-19 vaccine from Pharmacy Director Jeremy Thompson at QFC on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 in Edmonds, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Inslee: We have vaccine capacity, we just need the doses

Despite continued frustration from those seeking a shot, the state is making progress, he said.

Alicia Ramos gets her first shot of the Modern COVID-19 vaccine from Pharmacy Director Jeremy Thompson at QFC on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021 in Edmonds, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
FILE  - In this Sept. 30, 2020, file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX jet, piloted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson, prepares to land at Boeing Field following a test flight in Seattle. Boeing says the pandemic will reduce demand for new planes for the next decade, long after experts expect a vaccine for COVID-19. The company updated its forecast of the airplane market on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. It remains upbeat about long-term prospects driven by increasing air travel in Asia. Boeing, which along with Europe’s Airbus dominates the aircraft-building industry, has seen orders and deliveries of new planes crumble this year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Boeing to outsource IT work to Dell, eliminate 600 jobs

Affected employees must find new work within the company, apply to work for Dell or be laid off.

  • Feb 4, 2021
FILE  - In this Sept. 30, 2020, file photo, a Boeing 737 MAX jet, piloted by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) chief Steve Dickson, prepares to land at Boeing Field following a test flight in Seattle. Boeing says the pandemic will reduce demand for new planes for the next decade, long after experts expect a vaccine for COVID-19. The company updated its forecast of the airplane market on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. It remains upbeat about long-term prospects driven by increasing air travel in Asia. Boeing, which along with Europe’s Airbus dominates the aircraft-building industry, has seen orders and deliveries of new planes crumble this year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Grocery industry suing Seattle over new hazard-pay law

The law applies to grocers with over 500 employees worldwide and stores larger than 10,000 square feet in the city.

  • Feb 4, 2021

Pay freeze for Inslee, lawmakers this year; pay hike in 2022

A citizen panel approved a 1.75% increase for executives, legislators and justices 17 months from now.

Proud Boys member who was at U.S. Capitol arrested in Auburn

Ethan Nordean, also known as Rufio Panman, is charged with obstructing or impeding an official proceeding.

  • Feb 3, 2021
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during his news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Amazon said Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, that Bezos is stepping down as CEO later in the year, a role he's had since he founded the company nearly 30 years ago. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Jeff Bezos will step down as Amazon CEO

Bezos, the company’s founder, will become exectuive chairman. Andy Jassy will replace him as CEO.

  • Feb 3, 2021
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos speaks during his news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Amazon said Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, that Bezos is stepping down as CEO later in the year, a role he's had since he founded the company nearly 30 years ago. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

State House approves $2.2B for COVID relief; heads to Senate

The bill allocates federal money to fight the pandemic, help schools open, aid renters and assist businesses.

LuLaRoe to pay $4.75M to settle pyramid scheme lawsuit

Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the company and its executives two years ago.

  • Feb 2, 2021

Former Seahawks lineman pleads not guilty to assault

The alleged attack against the woman dislocated her arm among other injuries last month.

Washington state Auditor Pat McCarthy speaks during an online news conference about a massive data breach which exposed the personal information of 1.6 million state residents. (TVW) 20210201

Massive hack: Info of 1.6 million who sought unemployment

It involved third-party software used by the state auditor’s office to transmit files.

  • Feb 1, 2021
Washington state Auditor Pat McCarthy speaks during an online news conference about a massive data breach which exposed the personal information of 1.6 million state residents. (TVW) 20210201

10 arrested after activists try to occupy Olympia hotel

Advocates for the homeless tried to occupy the Red Lion hotel.

  • Feb 1, 2021

Girl, 16, arrested after other 16-year-old fatally stabbed

The victim was hospitalized in Bremerton before an airlift to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

  • Feb 1, 2021

Opponents appeal gravel mine expansion near Anacortes

The permit allows Lake Erie Gravel Pit to expand its operations from 17.7 acres to 53.5 acres.

People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.  Some hospitals around the U.S. are facing complaints about favoritism and line-jumping after their board members and donors received COVID-19 vaccinations or offers for the prized inoculations.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Playing favorites? Hospital boards, donors get COVID shots

Hospital board members, trustees and donors around the country got early access to the scarce drug.

People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021.  Some hospitals around the U.S. are facing complaints about favoritism and line-jumping after their board members and donors received COVID-19 vaccinations or offers for the prized inoculations.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)