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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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In this undated photo provided by the Utah Attorney General's Office, catalytic converters are shown after being seized in a recent investigation. Utah lawmakers are considering a crackdown on theft of the emission control devices from cars that are stolen for the precious metals found inside. (Utah Attorney General's Office via AP)
Bill to reduce catalytic converter thefts introduced in state

Scrap dealers who knowingly purchase or receive the stolen parts would face misdemeanor charges.

In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a grizzly bear just north of the National Elk Refuge in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf they roam in the northern Rocky Mountains but scientists say they need continued protections, They have also concluded that no other areas of the country would be suitable for the fearsome animals. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, released its first assessment in nearly a decade on the status of grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. (Joe Lieb/USFWS via AP)
Montana seeks to lift protections for bears around Glacier

Grizzly bear attacks on livestock and periodic maulings of humans have increased in the area.

FILE - Seattle city councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks during a protest against family separation at the border and other immigration-related issues on Aug. 1, 2019, outside ICE headquarters in Seattle. Henry Bridger II, a former supporter of Sawant, is leading an effort to recall her, and ballots are due Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 in Seattle's Third District. The results could further shift power in the Northwest's largest city and deal another setback to leftist activists who saw business-friendly candidates win a council seat and the mayor's office in the November 2021 general election. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Socialist Kshama Sawant faces recall vote in Seattle

The councilmember’s critics say that her brash antics are incompatible with good governance.

William Talbott II pleads his innocence before a judge sentences him to life with out parole at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Everett, Wash. A Snohomish County judge sentenced William Talbott II to life in prison without parole, for murdering a young Canadian couple in 1987. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Cold-case murder conviction reversed due to juror’s bias

William Talbott, the world’s first convicted forensic genealogy defendant, was accused of killing a young Canadian couple in 1987.

State officials confirm first 3 cases of omicron variant

The cases were found in Thurston, Pierce and King counties, according to the state Department of Health.

Approved Legislative District Map (Washington State Redistricting Commission)
State Supreme Court declines to draw new redistricting plan

Many Snohomish County voters are now a big step closer to having new representation in the state Legislature.

The WA Cares law is designed to give individuals access to a lifetime benefit amount that, should they need it, they can use on a wide range of long-term services and supports. (Washington State Department of Social and Health Services)
Potential delay of new long-term care payroll tax considered

One concern lawmakers have about the WA Cares fund is its lack of portability for those who move out of state.

This Feb. 1, 2017 photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the Western gray wolf Snake River pack seen by a remote camera in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area. (ODFW via AP)
Oregon officials ask public help to find killers of 8 wolves

All five members of the Catherine Pack, plus three other wolves from other packs, were poisoned.

The Wahluke Warrior image represents the strong relationship between the school district and the Wanapum Indians of Priest Rapids. (Wahluke School District)
Yakama Nation approves Mattawa school’s use of Warrior image

The Wahluke School District has a mandate to ensure the use of the image remains respectful.

People ride one person to a double chair lift on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Warm weather delays ski season at Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass is pushing back its opening day of Dec. 3, saying colder temps and snow are needed.

COVID vaccine verification digital record offered in Washington

WA Verify generates a QR code that can be scanned to show that a person is fully vaccinated.

Tonya Isabell, left, speaks Thursday, June 18, 2020, during a vigil for her cousin Charleena Lyles, pictured at right, on the third anniversary of her death, in Seattle. Lyles was shot and killed by Seattle police. Also in attendance at the vigil were family members of nearly two dozen people killed by police across the country who traveled to Seattle to urge police reform, an issue renewed by protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle to pay $3.5M to settle police wrongful-death suit

Police killed Charleena Lyles at her home in 2017, after she called 911 to report a burglary.