Watch Gov. Jay Inslee’s Tuesday news conference here

He is expected to talk about county variances and small-business grants.

Gov. Jay Inslee is to hold a news conference Tuesday at 11 a.m. to talk about a plan for additional county variances and announce emergency small-business grants. This feed is from TVW.

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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, endangered orcas from the J pod swim in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen from a federal research vessel that has been tracking the whales. A new study from federal researchers provides the most detailed look yet at what the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas eat. Scientists with the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center spent years collecting fecal samples from the whales as well as scales from the fish they devoured. They say their data reaffirm the central importance of Chinook salmon to the whales. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Study: Chinook salmon are key to Northwest orcas all year

Researchers demonstrated that the while the whales sometimes eat other species, they depend most on Chinook.

Woman charged in shooting death over theft of political sign

Angela Conijn is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Kamran Cohee of Arlington.

A view of the courtyard leading to the main entrance of the new Stanwood High building on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020 in Stanwood, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Law gives Washington high school seniors leeway to graduate

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill that can waive some requirements for students who were on track before the pandemic.

A Marysville Pilchuck football player sports a spear on his helmet as the Tomahawks took on Snohomish in the Wesco 3A Championship Friday evening at Quil Ceda Stadium on November 1, 2019. School district leaders may soon need to consider dropping Marysville Pilchuck High School’s mascot, the Tomahawks. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Should Marysville Pilchuck High drop the name ‘Tomahawks’?

A state bill would ban Native American mascots and symbols from schools — unless there is tribal permission.

Avalanche strikes Cascades backcountry, no injuries reported

The 800-foot-wide, 15-foot-deep slide struck at Source Lake in Alpental Valley on Sunday or Monday.

High snowpack in Washington’s mountains after February storms

That’s good news for agricultural and other interests that rely on spring melt off.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee speaks with special ed Pre-K teacher Michelle Ling in her classroom at Phantom Lake Elementary School in Bellevue, Wash. Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)
Governor: Educators are now eligible for coronavirus vaccine

“This should give educators more confidence,” Jay Inslee said. Other frontline workers could soon be next.

The Whidbey Scenic Isle Way runs through Greenbank, with water views. (Sherrye Wyatt)
The Cascade Loop is designated a National Scenic Byway

The loop goes through Whidbey, Everett, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, Winthrop and other destinations.

More contagious Brazilian virus variant emerges in Oregon

It can potentially be contracted by someone who was already infected or who has been vaccinated.

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