Inslee lifts visitation ban at long-term care facilities

Starting Wednesday, a four-phase plan will allow restrictions at nursing homes to gradually be relaxed.


What is state’s vaccination rate? That’s a good question

An audit didn’t find an answer but revealed schools don’t exclude students lacking immunization records.


Inslee’s bid for third term derails plans for other Democrats

He tells supporters he wants to ensure Washington remains a “progressive beacon” for the nation.


To the end, lawmakers struggle to cross the finish line

A disagreement among Democrats on lifting school levy cap threatened to force a special session.

Details emerging on Democrats’ $52.4 billion budget deal

Higher taxes on banks, businesses and high tech giants will help balance the two-year spending plan.

Dummies used by carpool violators could lead to a $200 fine

Lawmakers want to target serial offenders with a new penalty and much higher fines for tickets.

What tax raising idea will win out in March budget madness?

Democrats, who control the House and Senate, are set to release spending plans and revenue packages.

Mark your calendar: State is moving its presidential primary

A new law advances election to early March. Voters must pick a party to participate.

Study digs into future of Discover Pass, other access fees

Eliminating the state parks pass in favor of a vehicle licensing fee is one possibility being studied.

The people want education money spent on counseling, advising

A follow-up survey is open now to see how the public would divvy up dollars for education.

Folks are chattering but Gov. Inslee stays mum on 2020 plans

Many think the two-term Democratic governor has his political eye on challenging Trump for president.

Families feel betrayed after wrongful death bill falls short

Rejection of proposed changes in the law angered and shocked parents who lost adult children.

Idea: End Discover Pass, impose mandatory license-plate fee

That’s just one suggestion in a report on how to cover the cost of managing state recreation areas.

Study mulls costs of building ferries out of state

A new study tackles a nagging question of whether it’s cheaper for Washington State Ferries to have vessels built at shipyards in other… Continue reading

Bill would increase penalty for car prowls

Washington law enforcement officers want the state’s help in combating increasingly skilled prowlers who are breaking into cars and stealing the contents at… Continue reading

7 arrested at Olympia homeless camp

Police arrested seven people Tuesday evening in downtown Olympia after they refused to take down a homeless camp. The Olympian reported that the… Continue reading

Olympia council bans homeless camping

The Olympia City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night to ban camping on public property. The ban will take effect on Feb. 8.… Continue reading

Olympia rally marks anniversary of Corrie’s death

A rally in Olympia over the weekend marked the 10th anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death in the Gaza Strip. The Olympian reported about… Continue reading

23-year sentence for Olympia homeless homicide

A 21-year-old man was sentenced Monday in Olympia to 23 years in prison for his role in a stabbing death at a homeless… Continue reading

Pilings removed from Puget Sound near Olympia

The last evidence of lumber yards and plywood mills that once lined the Budd Inlet shoreline near Olympia is being removed as workers… Continue reading