Washington

Ingrid Taylar

A wild collection of sail and paddle-powered boats has assembled in Port Townsend, Washington for the inaugural Race to Alaska. The 750-mile adventure race from Puget Sound to Ketchikan begins at dawn Thursday. Among the 33 teams entered is a 6-person outrigger canoe. Mackenzie Punter is with that Victoria-based crew, named Team Soggy Beavers.

Dan Perry

Earlier this year, Pierce County offered free U.S. Open tickets to some Washington state lawmakers.

The county is hosting the golf championship at Chambers Bay Golf Course later this month.

Many have scoffed at the idea state lawmakers could go to the U.S. Open for free, especially before they reach a budget deal.

Each ticket is worth more than double the amount lawmakers are allowed to accept in gifts.

A former police officer from Pasco, Washington, has been charged with a homicide from nearly three decades ago.

Preparations for a state government shutdown are underway because Washington lawmakers haven’t agreed on a budget for the next two years.

To raise or not to raise taxes? That is the question that’s pushing Washington lawmakers into a second 30-day special session.

The U.S. Department of Justice is having Pasco, Washington, police officers and residents meet for coffee and a conversation Wednesday following the police shooting of a farmworker there earlier in February.

Washington lawmakers will have to return for a second 30-day special session. The first overtime session ends Thursday and the House and Senate still don’t have a budget deal.

Burke Museum

Washington State finally has its first dinosaur fossil. Scientists at the Burke Museum in Seattle say they’ve unearthed an 80-million year old thigh bone from a beach in the San Juan Islands. 

State workers at more than 80 workplaces around Washington walked off the job Wednesday. They want lawmakers to fund pay raises promised in contracts.

Budget negotiations have stalled in Olympia and there’s still no funding to increase pay for state workers.

The nearly five percent raise would be their first in more than seven years.

Meanwhile, lawmakers are poised to get a raise twice that size later this year.

Steve Hoffman, a shop steward at North Seattle Community College, says that’s not fair.

Marijuana sales and a recovering housing market should help boost Washington tax collections by more than $300 million over the next two years.

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