Author: Associated Press

WA Democratic lawmakers decry pause of Pierce County

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is receiving criticism from lawmakers in his own party over his shifting economic reopening plan, with a group of Pierce County Democrats threatening the possibility of a special legislative session following the…

Western Washington University to require COVID-19 vaccines

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Western Washington University in Bellingham will require students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when in-person classes start again this fall. University President Sabah Randhawa made the announcement Wednesday, The Bellingham Herald reported. Randhawa said…

Washington health officials see hopeful COVID signs

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington health officials say they are seeing signs of hope in the COVID-19 case and hospitalization data and also now expect more consistent vaccine allocations from the federal government. On Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said all of…

Oregon State University to require COVID-19 vaccines

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University has announced that it will require COVID-19 vaccinations before the fall term. The university in Corvallis said Tuesday students and employees who study and work onsite at the university’s locations must be vaccinated.…

Washington prisons to resume in-person visits

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In-person visits will soon resume at Washington state correctional facilities, the state Department of Corrections announced Monday. The state suspended all visitations at correctional facilities on March 13, 2020 due to COVID-19, so it’s been over…

Fake COVID-19 testing site appears in Edmonds

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) — Two fraudulent COVID-19 testing sites appeared north of Seattle in downtown Edmonds Tuesday and local police are warning people to be alert. Edmonds police Sgt. Josh McClure said one phony testing site was in front of…

Lawsuit filed to block new Washington capital gains tax

SEATTLE (AP) — A lawsuit was filed Wednesday that seeks to block the new capital gains tax on high-profit stocks, bonds and other assets that the Washington Legislature approved this week. KUOW reports the conservative Freedom Foundation filed the lawsuit on behalf…

Washington state judge blocks some virus rules on farms

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state judge has blocked some coronavirus-related restrictions on farms and orchards meant to protect farmworkers. Yakima County Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson issued an injunction last week that stops the state from enforcing a…

Gov. Inslee: WA has entered 4th surge of COVID-19

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that Washington state has entered its fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Inslee pointed to data showing rising cases, hospitalizations and the spread of virus variants, including the more contagious variant…

Eyman ordered to pay $2.9M for Washington AG's legal costs

SEATTLE (AP) — Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman must pay almost $2.9 million to cover the legal fees and costs of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s long-running lawsuit against Eyman for campaign finance violations, a Thurston County Superior Court judge…

WA Senate OKs bill to reinstate drug possession penalties

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate on Thursday approved a bill that would reinstate criminal penalties for drug possession. The Seattle Times reports that lawmakers approved Senate Bill 5476, in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down…