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The state of Washington will petition to join a lawsuit that challenges President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. Governor Jay Inslee announced the legal move Monday.

 

The Seattle Catholic Archdiocese has agreed to a $1.3 million settlement with a man who says he was sexually abused at a school near Tacoma.

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The victim of a high school shooting outside Spokane was memorialized over the weekend. At the same time, his friends and neighbors remembered him at a big event that is important to the small community of Freeman, Washington. 

In 2016, the state of Washington made it legal for people to pick up dead deer and elk on the road and take them home. Roadkill salvage has turned out to be a popular thing to do—and it's coming soon to Oregon.

Russian hackers attempted to penetrate Washington and Oregon’s voter registration systems last year. Top elections officials in both states received that confirmation Friday from the Department of Homeland Security.

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A proposal to bring cell service to a section of Mount Rainier has generated a big public response. National Parks staff are sorting through nearly a thousand written comments both for and against the idea.

Fire Season Winding Down With First Day Of Fall

Sep 22, 2017

With the first day of fall, fire season seems to be winding down, but hundreds of crews are still at work in Oregon, Washington and Idaho shoring up fire lines.

More than a quarter-million immigrants in Washington state are eligible for citizenship. But fewer than one-in-ten apply each year.

People who buy individual health insurance in Washington state can expect another round of rate hikes next year.

“I’d say double-digit [increases] are almost a certainty,” state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said in an interview Thursday on TVW’s “Inside Olympia” program.

Competition for your garbage is increasingly fierce. It's become an important, if mostly hidden, industry in the Columbia River Gorge.

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U.S. Senator Patty Murray of Washington is blaming Republican leadership for putting a freeze on her bipartisan health care plan. That comes as the GOP have announced their latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

The Washington Democrat had been working on a bill to stabilize the insurance market with GOP Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Geologists for the state of Oregon are warning of the risk of major landslides in parts of the Columbia River Gorge that were hit by wildfires this year.

A new report released Thursday focuses on areas of the Gorge that are highly susceptible to landslides—which also happen to overlap with some of the areas hit by this year’s wildfires.

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The credit reporting agency Equifax doesn’t have to notify the estimated 1.7 million Oregonians who may have been impacted by the company’s massive data breach.

AG Ferguson Suing NW Detention Center Operator

Sep 20, 2017
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Washington state's Attorney General is suing the nation's second-largest private prison operator.

The lawsuit claims GEO Group is violating the state's minimum wage law.

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Despite its stunning natural beauty, lots of problems lurk beneath the surface of Puget Sound. The state agency in charge of coordinating its cleanup meets this week to finalize its latest “State of the Sound” report. 

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Attacks Sanctuary Cities In Portland

Sep 19, 2017
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke with federal employees and law enforcement officials in Portland Tuesday, where he delivered an attack on sanctuary policies that protect immigrants from deportation.

The suspect in a shooting that left one student dead and three injured at Freeman High School outside of Spokane, Washington, last week quietly pleaded not guilty on Friday.

But the plea was mostly procedural. 




Washington state residents could eventually get a third option to designate gender on their birth certificates. That new option would be "non-binary."

In a sign that the wildfire threat is receding, hundreds of Washington National Guard soldiers are being demobilized and sent home over the next 48 hours. They were activated to help fight wildfires earlier this month.

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A group that advocates for public employees has filed an ethics complaint against northeast Washington Representative Joel Kretz.

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Washington state officials announced their plan Monday for how to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act.

New details about a proposal to shrink the size and loosen protections for Oregon’s Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument are being greeted with anger and dismay by opponents.

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Washington state officials announced their plan Monday for how to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Obama-era rule that replaces the federal No Child Left Behind act.

To meet the new requirements, Washington will put less emphasis on test results.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in Portland Tuesday. He plans to speak to local law enforcement agencies about immigration and sanctuary cities.

Sessions has been critical of Portland and the state of Oregon for not freely sharing all types of immigration information with federal agents.

Washington is the only state with legal marijuana that doesn’t allow home grows. There have been unsuccessful efforts to change that in recent years. Now the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board is taking public comment on the issue through October 11.

A Washington state board has invalidated two key permits for a $1.8 billion methanol project proposed in Kalama, Washington

In denying the permits, Washington’s Shorelines Hearings Board sided with Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, three environmental groups that appealed the permits in June.

Sarah Dudas doesn't mind shucking an oyster or a clam in the name of science.

But sit down with her and a plate of oysters on the half-shell or a bucket of steamed Manila clams, and she'll probably point out a bivalve's gonads or remark on its fertility.

Supporters of a so-called “cap and invest” proposal are laying the groundwork for the Oregon Legislature to take on the issue next year.

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Starting next week, Cowlitz County jail will become the first corrections facility in the state of Washington to use body scanners on inmates.

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