Legislature begins special session on property taxes

OLYMPIA – State legislators convened in special session this morning and began working to restore a cap on the size of property tax hikes levied… Continue reading

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has ordered three of the Boeing Co.’s single-aisle 737s and two extended-range… Continue reading

Arlington OKs bets against house

Blackjack, Spanish 21 and Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em could soon be coming to Arlington. Beginning New Year’s Day, the previously outlawed card games… Continue reading

Our Towns: Central County

Everett: City ready to lobby for UW campus The Everett City Council this week extended until the end of June a professional services contract with… Continue reading

Northwest briefly: House fire leaves family of 7 homeless

A family of seven was displaced when a fire broke out in their home Thursday. Firefighters from Whatcom County Fire Districts No. 8, 7 and… Continue reading

Lawmakers set strategic course for Washington State Ferries

Legislation requiring the Department of Transportation to better plan for repairing, rebuilding and replacing its fleet of ferries has cleared the House of… Continue reading

Evergreen State College riot: five people enter pleas

Five people arrested in a Feb. 15 disturbance outside a hip-hop performance at The Evergreen State College pleaded not guilty Thursday to various… Continue reading

Lawmakers OK higher fees for UW, other state groups

To fee or not to fee, that was the question Monday in the House of Representatives. Democratic lawmakers did, in the end, pass… Continue reading

Day-care unionizing bill dies at Senate’s deadline

Directors and employees at many of the state’s licensed child day-care centers won’t be gaining the power to organize into unions this year.… Continue reading

Northwest Briefly: Monkey that bit three people is euthanized

The Spokane Regional Health District says a macaque monkey that bit three people after escaping from its owner’s home has been euthanized. Spokeswoman… Continue reading

The Legion knows about deployments

Eva Wallace knows she was lucky. Her husband didn’t go to war. When his service in the U.S. Coast Guard took him away, it was… Continue reading

Gov. Chris Gregoire signs law mandating cuts in greenhouse gasses

A measure that directs Washington state to come up with plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions was signed into law Thursday by Gov.… Continue reading

Northwest Briefly: Fleeing driver crashes, then tries carjacking

Police say a driver fleeing an officer caused a crash and then attempted to carjack two cars before he was stunned with a… Continue reading

Northwest Briefly: Charles Johnson seeks another high court term

Justice Charles Johnson, the senior member of the Washington state Supreme Court, on Monday announced his bid for a fourth six-year term. Johnson… Continue reading

Lakewood names new school superintendent

When Lakewood School Superintendent Larry Francois accepted a job with the Northshore School District earlier this month, the Lakewood School Board didn’t feel… Continue reading

Northwest briefly: Man charged with assaulting girlfriend’s baby

A 6-month-old girl faces death or severe brain damage from injuries police say were caused by her mother’s boyfriend. The brain injury suffered… Continue reading

Northwest Briefly: Public records committee calls for changes

Washington’s Sunshine Committee is sending its first pair of recommendations to the Legislature. The panel of open-government experts said the public should know… Continue reading

Northwest briefly: Lawmaker fined for failing to disclose stock

State Rep. Dennis Flannigan was fined by the Public Disclosure Commission for not disclosing that he owned stock in three companies. The commission… Continue reading

State says it won’t have money for a new Mukilteo ferry terminal until 2015

Mukilteo city leaders met with state officials this week to discuss the importance of building a new ferry terminal and alleviating traffic in Old Town… Continue reading

Rep. Liias’ bill encounters unexpected foe

A bill intended to create a new consumer protection Web site faces unexpected opposition from the state Attorney General’s Office. The bill would… Continue reading