Latest Washington state government News

The Latest: Washington state to give Pfizer boosters to some

Sep. 24, 2021 23:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington state Department of Health says it will immediately start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain people after recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other groups. State health...

Washington to start offering COVID booster shots immediately

Sep. 24, 2021 22:31 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health said Friday it will immediately start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain people. The move comes after recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,...

Washington justices vacate 46-year sentence for teen killer

Sep. 23, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a 46-year sentence for a man who killed his friend’s little sister when he was 17, finding the punishment focused more on retribution than rehabilitation. Timothy Haag of Longview was initially...

Eviction protections in Washington state extended to Oct. 31

Sep. 23, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday the state’s eviction protections will remain in place through the end of October because counties aren’t getting federal and state COVID-19 relief funds intended for rental assistance out fast enough ahead of the current...

4th murder hornet nest destroyed in northwestern Washington

Sep. 23, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Another nest built by Asian giant hornets north of Seattle close to the Canada border has been destroyed, according to state officials. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Thursday on social media that the latest nest eradication of...

Washington governor asks feds for medical staffing help

Sep. 20, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee has asked the federal government for assistance staffing hospitals and long-term care facilities in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “In Washington State, our hospitals are currently at or beyond capacity, and...

2021 a record-breaking drought year in parts of Washington

Sep. 20, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — This has been a record-breaking year of drought in much of Eastern Washington, state officials say. In April, a huge volume of snow in the Cascade Range measured in at 132 percent of normal statewide, raising hopes of an abundant water year, the...

Biden slammed for challenging nuclear workplace health law

Sep. 16, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state are upset the Biden administration is challenging a law making it easier for workers who become ill at a former nuclear weapons production site to be compensated. The Supreme Court will likely decide in the next few...

Staffing shortages cause canceled ferry sailings

Sep. 16, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) — Staffing shortages at Washington State Ferries resulted in 51 canceled sailings on the Anacortes/San Juan Islands route between Sept. 9 and Sept. 13. A lack of Coast Guard-documented crew meant several ferries had to be taken out of service...

Clark County to pay $1.4M to settle termination lawsuit

Sep. 16, 2021 08:12 AM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Clark County Council has agreed to pay Don Benton and two other former county employees $1.4 million less than four months after a jury awarded the trio $693,998 in a wrongful termination lawsuit. The county announced Wednesday that the...