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Sen. Schoesler concerned by Capitol closure

OLYMPIA — Sen. Mark Schoesler is frustrated by the complete closure of the Legislative Building and other Capitol campus buildings to the public during the 2021 legislative... — Updated 1/20/2021

Pasco to purchase parcel for new fire station

PASCO – The City Council has approved of the purchase of 2.125 acres of land for development of a future fire station. During a meeting Jan. 19, the council agreed to a purchase contract to spend $255,000 for the acreage at... — Updated 1/20/2021

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Whitman County opposes newest phased-in plan

COLFAX — Whitman County commissioners are sending a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee asking him to reverse his recent virus-related reopening plan, "Healthy Washington-Roadmap to... — Updated 1/20/2021

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Four lawmakers file bill to create 51st state

SPOKANE VALLEY - Four Republican lawmakers have signed onto a new bill designed to encourage splitting Washington into two separate states. Reps. Bob McCaslin and Rob Chase, both... — Updated 1/20/2021

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but it’s not enough for some parents and educators. They expressed frustration and claim the... — Updated 1/20/2021

Seattle man charged with trespassing on Governor's Mansion grounds

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Patrol has arrested a Seattle man in connection with trespassing onto the Governor’s Mansion grounds Jan. 6. Damon Huseman, 26, was arrested for second-degree assault, felony harassment and... — Updated 1/20/2021

Governor's virus proclamations extended indefinitely

OLYMPIA – Following a state Senate vote, Gov. Jay Inslee’s coronavirus-related orders will remain intact indefinitely. Senate Concurrent Resolution 8402 passed the Senate along a partyline vote, 28-19, with the House... — Updated 1/14/2021

Parents, educators worry Inslee schools budget falls short

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed budget for the upcoming biennium calls for $570 million in new education spending, but many parents and educators have expressed frustration that the governor’s budget does not... — Updated 1/14/2021

Use of police force elicits emotional testimony

OLYMPIA — A proposed ban on the use of chokeholds, unleashed K-9 dogs and other use-of-force tactics by law enforcement is just the beginning of an effort by several state lawmakers to address alleged police violence. If... — Updated 1/14/2021

Newhouse votes to impeach Trump

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eastern Washington's two Republican congressional representatives were on opposite sides of the House vote to impreach President Donald Trump for a second time. Fourth Congressional District Rep. Dan Newhouse... — Updated 1/13/2021

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Chiawana girl graduates early to play hoops for OSU

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University has signed a high school girls basketball player to its roster for this spring. Talia von Oelhoffen, a 5-foot-11 guard, will graduate... — Updated 1/20/2021

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Minimum wage and salary threshold increase

OLYMPIA - As of Jan. 1, low-wage earners and some salaried employees are being paid more for their efforts on the job. Across Eastern Washington and some areas west of the... — Updated 1/5/2021

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Gov. Inslee, 'tear down this wall'

Protests are nothing new in Olympia. Each year, thousands of protesters converge on legislative sessions to rally for special causes, object to government activities and generally... — Updated 1/13/2021

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