Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington's 5th Congressional District debated her Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas at Washington State University Wednesday night.

Burlington Mourns Mass Shooting

Sep 27, 2016
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The people of Burlington have left an array of flowers, balloons and handwritten posters outside the small-town mall that is the site of America’s latest mass shooting.

Washington’s largest labor organization has agreed to a $26,000 fine for past campaign finance violations. The attorney general’s office announced the penalty Friday against the Washington State Labor Council.

Washington state policymakers wrestled for much of the day Monday whether and how to regulate self-driving cars. Until now, major automakers and technology companies have successfully convinced Northwest states to hold off so there aren't 50 states with differing standards.

Western Washington will get a new telephone area code next year pending a vote of the state utilities commission. Idaho is rolling out a new area code as well. 

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A student-led activist group at Western Washington University posted a list of demands in February calling for a more diverse, socially just and aware campus.


The Student Assembly for Power and Liberation listed their demands through an online petition, in which the group describes itself as follows:


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Two thousand fifteen was officially the warmest year ever recorded in Washington state.

Washington State University meteorologist Nic Loyd says last year’s average temperature was 50 degrees. The yearly average is 46.1.

“The consistency of abnormal warmth throughout the year was remarkable,” Loyd says.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee used his State of the State speech to pledge accountability when government fails. The Democrat’s comments Tuesday follow the early release of more than 3,000 prison inmates because of a computer coding error.

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Washington State will continue to welcome Syrian refugees.

Washington voters appear to have given the thumbs up to another Tim Eyman tax-limiting measure. But the courts could get the final say.

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The summer may be over, but this year’s drought isn’t. Washington state officials are predicting another warmer-than-normal winter. That could mean there won’t be enough snow to head off another year of drought.


The administration of Washington Governor Jay Inslee has officially begun a rulemaking to cap greenhouse gas pollution from large industrial sources. Inslee is flexing his executive powers to bypass the state legislature, which has repeatedly chosen not to put a price on carbon.

Northwest No Longer Top National Firefighting Priority

Sep 2, 2015
Alan Barbian

The Northwest is no longer the number one firefighting priority in the nation. With cooler temperatures and precipitation this week, fire activity has tapered off some in Oregon and Washington.

North America's highest mountain has a new name. Or rather, an old one. President Obama has announced that Alaska's Mount McKinley will now be called Denali, which is what natives call the peak.

The incident command for Washington’s biggest wildfire requested a mental health team to help people in Okanogan County. A national nonprofit called Green Cross has responded to the call.

Three Firefighters Killed Battling Wildfire In Twisp

Aug 19, 2015
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Three firefighters have been killed battling a wildfire in North Central Washington.

The US military will provide 200 active duty Army troops to help fight wildfires.  The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise announced Monday the soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will begin training Wednesday and could be ready as soon as Sunday. 

It’s the first time in nine years that active duty troops have been called on to help with fire efforts.  New, large fires across the West have stretched resources unusually thin. 

Ken Frederick, a spokesman with the fire center, says fire managers are even looking overseas for help.

The Wolverine Fire in north central Washington has burned up more than 30,000 acres. Hotshot crews are now trying to save a small Lutheran religious retreat center called Holden Village near Lake Chelan.

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Members of Washington’s Congressional delegation were in Seattle Monday to push for expanded funding for an earthquake emergency warning system.

Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer toured the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington.

The fate of Washington’s 2016 presidential primary could hinge on a vote Tuesday. That’s when the state’s Presidential Primary Committee will meet to decide whether to move the primary up from May to March.

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The Obama administration set carbon dioxide limits for electric power plants Monday. The objective is to combat climate change by clamping down on power plant pollution, especially coal-fired electricity.

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The King County prosecutor says he will no longer seek the death penalty in the trial of a former Carnation woman accused of killing her family on Christmas Eve 2007.

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg explained the decision Wednesday in the state's case against Michele Anderson.

The Blue Creek Fire burning about 10 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington, has grown to more than 5,500 acres. Evacuations remain in place as about 600 firefighters try to head off the flames burning in grass, bush and timber.

Farms and fish aren’t the only ones suffering from Northwest drought conditions. So are trees and plants on Washington’s 435-acre Capitol campus.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a four-year suspension of a voter-approved class size measure. He also signed a two-year delay of a biology test graduation requirement on Tuesday. One rural school superintendent says it makes sense to hold off on these two policies.

Washington Pot Law Marks One Year

Jul 8, 2015
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Wednesday marks the first year of recreational marijuana in Washington state. Sales so far have exceeded $250 million.  And the state made more than $65 million in taxes.

Beyond the tax money, Washington state has been able to prevent youth access to marijuana. It's also stopped the product from being diverted to the black market.

That’s according to Brian Smith, with the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

“If you judge Washington by that measure, I would say that we’ve been very successful in creating the rules that govern that system,” says Smith.

Washington Senate Republicans have agreed to suspend a biology exam requirement that’s keeping nearly 2,000 high school students from graduating.

Billionaire Paul Allen wants wildlife traffickers to feel a bit more pain. Professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman wants state lawmakers to feel a bit of pain too.

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The first U.S. Open golf championship to be staged in the Northwest hasn’t even teed off. Yet the director of the U.S. Golf Association says it’s already achieved one goal. That is to stir up interest in golf in the Pacific Northwest. 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose says he’s also picked up a “good buzz” from the spectator galleries.

Accused criminals in Washington could be required to pay thousands of dollars for drug and alcohol monitoring while they await trial.