The Legislative (left) and Insurance buildings are show at dusk at the Capitol in Olympia on Dec. 4. Once covered by as many as 30 reporters, the decline in the size of newspaper newsrooms has resulted in a smaller number of statehouse reporters. About six regularly cover the state government from Olympia bureaus. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

The Legislative (left) and Insurance buildings are show at dusk at the Capitol in Olympia on Dec. 4. Once covered by as many as 30 reporters, the decline in the size of newspaper newsrooms has resulted in a smaller number of statehouse reporters. About six regularly cover the state government from Olympia bureaus. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

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