Washington

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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Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency Friday.

He says snowpack levels are at unprecedented lows, rivers are drying out and irrigation districts are cutting off water to farmers.

Mentally ill inmates continue to languish in Washington jails despite a recent federal judge’s ruling that the practice is unconstitutional.

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