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Company drops plan for $2.3B methanol plant in Washington

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A company backed by the Chinese government on Friday ended its seven-year effort to build one of the world’s largest methanol plants along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, following a series of regulatory setbacks and a long debate over its environmental...

Winner of first $250K in state vaccine lottery claims prize

Jun. 10, 2021 21:42 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The first winner in Washington state’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery has claimed his $250,000 prize. The man identified by Washington State Lottery officials Thursday as Lance R. did not want to be further identified, KING-TV reported. ...

Washington State Fair to return in-person in September

Jun. 10, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Fair is returning to Puyallup in September after it was canceled last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers posted on Twitter Thursday that the Washington State Fair is back, The Seattle Times reported. ...

WA panel approves sports betting; sends to governor

Jun. 10, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Gambling Commission on Thursday approved amendments to gambling compacts for 15 Native American tribes that are a major step to allowing those tribes to offer sports betting at their casinos. Commissioners voted 7-0, with two...

Washington state: People on unemployment must look for work

Jun. 10, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — State officials say people in Washington collecting unemployment benefits will again be required to actively search for work to keep those benefits, starting July 4. Gov. Jay Inslee had suspended the job-search requirement last spring during the COVID-19...

Washington's 'joints for jabs' vaccine program falling flat

Jun. 09, 2021 21:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — It was designed as an innovative way to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, but Washington’s new “joints for jabs” program is off to a rough start. Officials announced Monday that the state's nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting...

Gov. names Feek as Employment Security Department head

Jun. 09, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday named Cami Feek as commissioner of the state’s Employment Security Department, which last year temporarily suspended unemployment benefits payments after discovering that criminals had used stolen Social Security numbers and other...

Washington state high court to consider if veto went too far

Jun. 09, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State Supreme Court justices are considering whether Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee violated the state constitution when he vetoed single sentences in the transportation budget in 2019. Lawmakers sued the Democratic governor, claiming he...

The Latest: Hawaii's eviction moratorium extended 60 days

Jun. 07, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor is extending for two more months an eviction moratorium that he implemented during the coronavirus pandemic, but says he doesn’t expect to keep it longer than that. The existing emergency order instituting a pause on evictions was due...

Washington: Marijuana stores can offer joints for vaccines

Jun. 07, 2021 18:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Licensed marijuana stores in Washington state can offer free joints to promote on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinics, officials said Monday. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board is calling the effort the “Joints for Jabs” program. The board says licensed...