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Stevens Pleads No Contest to DUI In U.S. Soccer Van

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens has pleaded no contest to driving drunk in a Southern California beach town. Prosecutors say Stevens entered pleas Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of…

Free 'Make Music Day' festival coming in June

NEW YORK (AP) -- A free annual festival celebrating music and music-making is coming to New York and more than 20 other U.S. cities. Make Music Day, now in its ninth year, is celebrated on the first day of summer,…

Inslee calls for legislative action

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- In a brief Earth Day address delivered from the state Capitol grounds, Gov. Jay Inslee said the Legislature's impending special session should be used to advance an environment-friendly agenda. On Wednesday, Inslee said the extended lawmaking…

Oregon Liquor Board Makes Marijuana Budget Request

From the Oregon Liquor Control Commission: PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is requesting that the Legislature establish a 2015-2017 budget for the recreational marijuana program that calls for $10.5 million in costs to operate the program approved…

Income Tax For Education?

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state Treasurer Jim McIntire is proposing an income tax to pay for education. The Seattle Times reports McIntire made the proposal at a news conference on Monday, saying he hoped it would be a conversation…

Sunnyside Teen Missing Found

************UPDATE************** The missing juvenile has been located by Yakima County Sheriff's detectives at a residence in Prosser. She is unharmed and indications are that the report of her being held against her will are unsubstantiated. _______________________________________________ The Yakima County Sheriff's…

Class Size Initiative Could be Revised

SEATTLE (AP) -- Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says the Legislature can find some of the money it needs to answer the Washington Supreme Court's McCleary decision by transferring local level dollars into the state general fund. Dorn made…

Proposed Pay Raises for State Lawmakers

State lawmakers could see an 11% pay raise over the next two years. The Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials wants to boost legislator's annual salaries to $46,839 and the governor's salary to $173,617 by September 2016. (Click…

Snow expected in the Cascade Mountains

SEATTLE (AP) -- The National Weather Service in Seattle says a strong cold front is expected to bring a considerable snowfall to the Cascade Mountains this weekend. Meteorologist Doug McDonnell on Friday said the storm could bring 1 to 2…

Walla Walla VA Wait Times Longer Than Average

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The majority of Veterans Administration medical facilities in Washington state are meeting time goals for scheduling doctor visits, but centers in Walla Walla, Vancouver and Chehalis have yet to hit their targets. At the VA hospital…

Kamiakin student wins national high school essay contest

Savannah Forbes, Kamiakin High School student, was named the winner of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's (NRMCA's) National High School Essay Contest. She won $2,000 and received a free trip to Orlando, Florida. Savannah, who studies interior design at…

Gov. Inslee Rescinds Travel Ban to Indiana

Gov. Jay Inslee announcing today he's rescinded the ban on state-funded travel to Indiana.This morning, he issued the following notice to his cabinet agencies:As noted in the memo, "Governor Mike Pence signed legislation amending the law and remedying the most…

Robber's Roost Jerky Recalls Beef & Pork Jerky Product

Robber's Roost Jerky of Ellensburg is recalling about 4 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked beef and pork pepper stick jerky. The product may be contaminated with listeria. It was produced on March 24th and bears the establishment number 19962M inside the…

Drought Proposal For Farmers

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- State water managers are looking to lease water from farmers to keep streams from running dry in the upper Yakima River Basin. The Department of Ecology is offering to pay willing hay farmers and other growers…

Update- Child Has Been Found, Father in Custody

Update- Seattle Police report they have found the child, and the father is in custody. SEATTLE -- Police have issued an Amber Alert for a toddler who was kidnapped Tuesday afternoon in Seattle.Police say 24-year-old Daniel Lopez-Andino snatched his son,…

Inslee Imposes State Funded Travel Ban to Indiana

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee says he is imposing an administration-wide ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after the passage of a new law that critics say has the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians…

State House Democrats Release Budget Proposal

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- House Democrats have released a budget plan that proposes a new capital gains tax that would be dedicated to education costs. Under the plan released Friday, the state tax on the sale of stocks, bonds and…