Democrats criticize GOP state rep for chats about spying
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other state Democrats are criticizing a conservative state representative for appearing to support spying on political opponents.
Resurrected Seattle traffic camera proposal clears House
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal to expand the use of traffic cameras in Seattle passed the state House, after earlier stalling amid controversy over how to use the footage.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Police in Washington state say they seized $1.16 million worth of narcotics in separate weekend arrests.
The Olympian reported Monday that the Thurston County narcotics...
Authorities: Suspected DUI driver kills motorcyclist
LACEY, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of driving while intoxicated with three children in the car is under arrest after crashing into a motorcycle and killing the rider overnight...
Human remains identified as missing woman
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A woman missing for nearly a year has been identified as the person whose remains were found in a wooded area in northwest Olympia.
Officials: human remains found in Olympia
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Thurston County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the remains discovered in northwest Olympia are human.
The Olympian reports a citizen on Thursday found what...
New rules would allow longer forced holds
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal to loosen detention rules in Washington's involuntary treatment act is dividing rights groups and mental health advocates in Olympia.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ruled that anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman could potentially be punished with a lifetime ban on managing or directing the...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has passed its proposal for a two-year state budget Thursday as lawmakers move next to negotiating and passing a final plan before the legislative...
$9.9B transportation budget includes salmon, ferry funds
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington House Democrats released their two-year transportation budget proposal Monday, with $9.9 billion in spending for projects including a new hybrid-electric ferry and...
Washington Supreme Court hears case on carbon cap rule
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the state Department of Ecology has the authority to cap carbon pollution from major industrial emitters,...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A proposal to expand break rights for breastfeeding mothers is advancing in the state Senate after near-unanimous approval in the House.
Legislature passes halfway mark, key deadline
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers are now more than halfway through a 105-day legislative session that has so far included debate over a public health insurance option, raising the...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has been convicted of the shooting death of his girlfriend in a fast-track trial.
The Olympian reports that a superior court jury in Olympia has...
Correction: Low-Carbon Fuels story
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a story March 12 about the Washington state House passing a low-carbon fuels standard The Associated Press reported erroneously the day of the vote. It was Tuesday, not...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A state-run school for people with developmental disabilities is losing some of its federal funding.
The Seattle Times reports that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and...
Eyman pleads not guilty in office chair theft case
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman has pleaded not guilty to stealing a $70 office chair from an Office Depot store.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee kicked off his presidential campaign with a call for making the fight against climate change the nation's "first, foremost and paramount duty," and...
Olympia plans to clear downtown homeless camp
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The city of Olympia says it will clear a downtown homeless camp next week.
The Olympian reports the city posted notices Wednesday at the unsanctioned camp saying it...
Supreme Court sets date for legislative records case hearing
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in June in a case that will determine whether state lawmakers are subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to...
Authorities arrest 22 in sting operation targeting predators
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested 22 people during an undercover sting operation targeting potential sexual predators in western Washington state.
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.
Senate committee weighs legislative records bill
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.
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 skateboard; they claimed they were shot as they re-emerged from the woods after initially fleeing the officer. Chaplin was paralyzed, and Thompson suffered an abdominal wound.
Canadian leader appears with Washington governor
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 change and green economic development initiatives, which they described as a focus of the premier's visit.
2 found dead in house fire north of Olympia
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 and said he heard explosions and saw his parents' house on fire.
South Bay Fire & rescue said the two-story home was fully ablaze when firefighters arrived.
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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 photo and asked for the public's help in tracking him down.
Dwarf event ban draws support, breadth concerns at hearing
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 telling the committee that "dwarf tossing" events — sometimes held as promotions at bars and strip clubs — contribute to a culture of mockery and bullying directed toward those with the condition.
Legislative public records subject of new bill in Washington
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.
School safety bills highlight differences between Dems, GOP
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 schools training and real-time support for struggling students, along with expanding extreme risk orders to include youth, and add mental health professionals in schools.
Heritage Financial: 4Q Earnings Snapshot
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 not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share.
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.
Gov. Inslee to talk climate with former California governor
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 who left office last week as California's longest-serving governor, signed legislation putting his state on the path toward all clean energy electricity sources by the same date.
Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst again being treated for cancer
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 Legislature in Olympia.
She intends to continue working. "I still believe in miracles," she said.
Washington Legislature begins 105-day session
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.
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 the state's troubled mental health system.
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 variety of costly issues on their plate.
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 Dhingra, D-Redmond, who chairs the Behavioral Health Subcommittee. "It's unacceptable for our jails to be our mental health hospitals."
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.
KOMO-TV reports Matthew Leupold was sentenced Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court after he pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one count of arson.
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 Superior Court on Monday with Commissioner Nathan Kortokrax finding probable cause for second-degree murder, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, and first-degree burglary while armed with a firearm.
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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 Cougars.
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 Fisheries to use excess chinook from six other hatcheries for release from Minter Creek and Tumwater Falls next May and June.
WDFW Director Kelly Susewind said several tribal co-managers have agreed to the transfer.
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 was "homicidal violence."
Warnock says he is not releasing more details about the homicide at the request of the Thurston County sheriff's office.
VerValen was found dead Saturday on Old Highway 99.
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.
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.
The Olympian reports that the victim's vehicle, a 2007 Ford Mustang, was taken from the scene.