Legislative records bill stalls in Washington Senate
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill that sought to set limits on what the legislative branch needs to release under public disclosure laws has stalled.
The measure’s sponsor, Democratic Sen. ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Media representatives and open government advocates argued Wednesday against the latest effort by Washington lawmakers to set limits on what the legislative branch needs to release under public disclosure laws.
A public hearing on Senate Bill
Judge: Brothers’ lawsuit against Olympia officer to go ahead
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge says a lawsuit by two brothers against the Olympia police officer who shot them can move forward.
Officer Ryan Donald shot Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson in 2015 after confronting them for stealing beer. He said the pair attacked him with a ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — British Columbia Premier John Horgan appeared with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in the Capitol as part of a visit to the state, even as weather forced the cancellation of other events planned by the pair.
Addressing reporters in Olympia Friday, they emphasized climate ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say two people were found dead after a house fire north of Olympia.
KOMO-TV reports firefighters responded to the home early Thursday after a man called 911 ...
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Suspect arrested in hit-and-run that fatally injured boy
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of driving away after hitting and critically injuring an 11-year-old boy near Olympia.
The boy later died.
KOMO reports that 51-year-old Irven F. Jacobs Jr. was arrested Wednesday after the State Patrol released his ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposed statewide ban on risky dwarf events - including dwarf tossing and potentially also wrestling - drew support at a public hearing Thursday along with questions about its breadth.
At least five people with dwarfism showed up to the hearing, with several ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A year after Washington lawmakers tried to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act, one lawmaker is introducing a bill he says moves the Legislature toward more transparency — within limits.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers showcased a package of school safety bills Tuesday amid a broader debate over how to improve school safety and prevent mass shootings.
At the center of Democratic proposals was a pair of bills that would create safety centers dedicated to offering ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ Heritage Financial Corp. (HFWA) on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $16.5 million.
The Olympia, Washington-based company said it had profit of 45 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 47 cents per share.
The results did ...
Former lawmaker ousted amid #MeToo registers as lobbyist
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Former Democratic Rep. David Sawyer has registered as a lobbyist months after he lost his primary election following an investigation that found he violated the House’s policies on harassment, decorum and ethics.
The state’s Public Disclosure Commission
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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee met Thursday with former California Gov. Jerry Brown to discuss climate issues, including a proposal for utilities to provide carbon-free electricity by 2045 that is working its way through the Washington Legislature.
Last September, Brown, a Democrat ...
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst said Wednesday she is being treated for cancer, five years after describing the outcome of her previous bout as a miracle.
She made the announcement toward the end of her State of the Judiciary address to the Washington ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers started their 105-day legislative session Monday, tasked with writing a new two-year state budget while addressing a variety of costly issues, including addressing the state’s troubled mental health system.
Democrats increased their margins in ...
The Latest: Washington Legislature begins 105-day session
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on the 2019 Washington Legislature (all times local):
Washington lawmakers started their 105-day legislative session Monday, tasked with writing a new two-year state budget while addressing a variety of costly issues, including addressing ...
Things to watch in Washington Legislature this year
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The 105-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday, with lawmakers set to write a new two-year budget.
Unlike previous years, when satisfying a court mandate on education funding was their driving focus, lawmakers return to Olympia this year with a ...
Legislative leaders to outline plans for upcoming session
Funding schools and fixing the state’s struggling mental health system are top priorities for the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers and the governor said Thursday during panel discussions in Olympia.
“We are in a crisis when it comes to mental health in this state,” said Sen. Manka ...
Man gets over 60 years for decapitating 2 women in Tacoma
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 34-year-old Olympia man has been sentenced to more than 60 years in prison for bludgeoning two women to death, beheading them and setting fire to their home.
Bail set at $1M for man accused in deadly shooting
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bail has been set at $1 million for a Washington state man accused of shooting to death a 45-year-old man off Old Highway 99.
The Olympian reports Shane Brewer appeared in Thurston County ...
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Iowa, Washington governors make tasty bet over football game
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The governors of Iowa and Washington are making a tasty wager over which football team will win the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
The governors’ bet came ahead of Friday night’s game between the 24th ranked Iowa State Cyclones and 13th ranked Washington State ...
Washington to release chinook fry after power outage
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Up to 2.75 million fall chinook salmon fry are headed to the Minter Creek Hatchery in Pierce County in an effort to replace salmon lost during a Dec. 14 power outage at the facility.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife received approval Friday from NOAA ...
Coroner identifies man found dead after ‘homicidal violence’
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 45-year-old Olympia man who was found dead south of Tumwater.
The Olympian reports Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock says the cause of death of Loren VerValen ...
Spokane Democrats to pay campaign finance violation fines
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The attorney general’s office says the Spokane County Democratic Central Committee, its former chair and executive director and former treasurer will pay combined fines of nearly $50,000 for campaign finance violations.
The attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit in ...
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Deputies search for vehicle after body found on side of road
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing vehicle after a man was found dead off Old Highway 99.
The 45-year-old man was found dead in the 9000 block the highway at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
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Complaint filed over Shea’s use of leftover campaign funds
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican State Rep. Matt Shea’s use of leftover campaign funds for contributions to conservative groups has drawn a complaint from a Democratic watchdog.
Olympia attorney Walter Smith this month asked the Public Disclosure Commission to investigate donations of ...
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Judge halts Olympia homeless camp, but some campers can stay
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County judge has halted plans for Olympia’s first city-sanctioned homeless camp — but the dozens of campers already there can stay, at least for now.
Judge James Dixon granted a temporary restraining order sought by downtown business owners who argued the ...
Task force: Legislature should be more transparent
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A task force created after Washington lawmakers attempted to exempt themselves from the state’s Public Records Act says the Legislature should be more transparent about its workings.
The group, which includes lawmakers and news media representatives, approved several ...
Fire at Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall investigated
LACEY, Wash. (AP) — An early morning fire destroyed a Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lacey and it’s being investigated as a possible arson.
KOMO reports the fire broke out around ...
Police chase ends in woman’s suicide in school parking lot
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a 63-year-old Olympia woman died by suicide in a high school parking lot after a pursuit by sheriff’s deputies.
The Olympian reports a Thurston County Sheriff’s detective tried ...
Regulators claim marijuana store offered free samples
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators say a marijuana store in Lacey offered free samples to undercover officers and a place to try the product in an unlicensed portion of the building.
Bail set at $100K for man accused of killing father-in-law
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bail has been set at $100,000 for a Washington man now accused of second-degree murder in the death of his father-in-law.
The Olympian reports Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner ...
Olympia to clear downtown homeless camp for new project
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Olympia will start clearing away tents, pallets and trash that cover a city-owned parking lot downtown next week as they prepare for a new strategy to manage the homeless camp.
Lacey man accused of killing 2 roommates held without bail
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A 24-year-old man accused of fatally shooting two roommates in their Lacey home has been ordered held without bail.
The Olympian reports that a Thurston County court commissioner found probable ...
Police: Olympia man kills woman before shooting self
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Police say a 66-year-old man fatally shot a 67-year-old woman and a dog at an Olympia home before turning the gun on himself.
The Olympian reports Olympia police responded to the home ...
Man arrested after 2 roommates shot dead near Olympia
LACEY, Washington (AP) — Police outside Olympia are investigating a double homicide after finding two roommates dead inside a home.
Authorities in Lacey have arrested and charged another resident of the home with murder.
Police got a call Saturday afternoon about people screaming at ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against the Nisqually tribe’s jail by a man who says he was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, spent 19 days in custody and suffered a stroke.
The Olympian reports ...
Washington firefighters aiding California wildfires
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Dozens of firefighters from Washington state are being sent to help in the deadly wildfires in California.
Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz dispatched more than 100 firefighters from the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
KING-TV reports that ...
Search launched for missing man after boat runs aground
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Coast Guard is searching for an Olympia man after his sailboat was found beached near Bainbridge Island.
The Olympian reports crews have been looking for Scott Caldwell since Thursday ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a suspicious package that was mailed to the 1500 Jefferson Building on the Washington State Capitol Campus contained denture cream.
The Olympian reports the package was ...
WA state Capitol office evacuated for suspicious mail
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Four people were taken to the hospital as a precaution after a suspicious substance was found in an envelope sent to the Washington state Capitol campus.
The Olympian newspaper reports that the ...
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Police say a dangerous batch of heroin or another injectable drug might be in Olympia after four people overdosed during a 90-minute period last week.
The News Tribune reports Olympia ...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a man suspected of making repeated bomb threats to state agencies is a psychiatrist who had his medical license suspended.