OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Supreme Court justices had pointed questions Tuesday for lawyers representing the Legislature and a media coalition who argued that lawmakers have been violating...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit by media organizations over whether Washington state lawmakers are subject to the Public Records Act (all times local):
Records fight before Washington state Supreme Court
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A push by media groups to gain access to the records of state lawmakers is before Washington's highest court.
The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Tuesday in a...
Correction: Washington-Overtime Rules story
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a story dated June 5, 2019, The Associated Press erroneously stated the current minimum wage in Washington state was $12.50. The minimum wage is $12.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state mushroom farm plans to close and lay off workers this summer.
The Olympian reported Tuesday that Ostrom's Mushroom Farm in Olympia will lay off 239...
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say two men who hadn't returned from a day hike in Mount Rainier National Park have been found.
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say search and rescue deputies are looking for two men who didn't return from a day hike in Mount Rainier National Park.
Man found guilty in 2017 murder of Spanaway man
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A jury has found a 34-year-old man guilty of murder and nine other charges in fatal shooting of a Spanaway man in 2017.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Supreme Court says the "faithless electors" who defied both a pledge they had made and the will of Washington voters by casting their Electoral College votes for...
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for causing a car accident that killed a 16-year-old Oregon girl.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republicans in the Washington state House of Representatives will conduct a review of the actions of a controversial state representative who reportedly suggested spying on...
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...
- The Spokesman-ReviewHigh court to decide if secret legislative records are a ‘black hole’ or a needed balanceJune 12, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewHigh court to decide if secret legislative records are a ‘black hole’ or a needed balanceJune 12, 2019
- The Spokesman-ReviewCourt to hear arguments on whether lawmakers can deny public records requestsJune 11, 2019
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.