Latest Washington state government News

'Art of the steal': Trump accused of vast fraud in NY suit

Sep. 21, 2022 22:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump padded his net worth by billions of dollars and habitually misled banks and others about the value of prized assets like golf courses, hotels and his Mar-a-Lago estate, New York’s attorney general said Wednesday in a lawsuit that seeks to...

State employees likely to get 1K bonuses for COVID booster

Sep. 21, 2022 21:40 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Under a tentative deal Washington state employees would get $1,000 bonuses for receiving a COVID-19 booster shot. The agreement between the state and the Washington Federation of State Employees also includes 4% pay raises in 2023, 3% pay raises in 2024 and a $1,000...

Projections lowered in latest Washington revenue forecast

Sep. 21, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Revenue projections for Washington state's current two-year budget period increased by about $43 million more than projected at the state's last quarterly update, but a series of factors — including slowing home sales due to high interest rates — led officials to lower...

North Cascades Highway shut due to mudslides, washout

Sep. 14, 2022 23:08 PM EDT

MAZAMA, Wash. (AP) — The North Cascades Highway was impassable Wednesday after mudslides washed out part of the roadway near Mazama, Washington state Department of Transportation officials said. Washington State Patrol Trooper Jacob Kennett said on Twitter at about 7:20 p.m. that...

Corrections fined for violating tuberculosis outbreak rules

Sep. 12, 2022 23:05 PM EDT

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Corrections was fined more than $84,000 for reportedly failing to follow safety rules meant to stop the spread of disease at its Aberdeen prison. The state Department of Labor and Industries said Friday it cited and fined...

Washington Supreme Court OKs virtual life term for teen

Sep. 08, 2022 20:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — One year after saying virtual life sentences are unconstitutional for teenage killers, the Washington Supreme Court changed course Thursday in a split ruling that drew irate dissents from four justices. The 5-4 decision was a striking departure for a court that in...

Washington's COVID-19 state of emergency to end Oct. 31

Sep. 08, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the state of emergency sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic will end Oct. 31, nearly three years after the Democratic governor first issued the order. "I’m confident now that we have reached a significant...

Washington OKs killing 1 wolf in pack after cattle attacks

Sep. 02, 2022 19:11 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind has authorized the killing of one wolf because of cattle attacks in northeast Washington. The Smackout wolf pack has attacked cattle on private and public land in Stevens and Pend Oreille...

Court: Meta violated Washington state campaign finance law

Sep. 02, 2022 17:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge ruled on Friday that Facebook owner Meta repeatedly and intentionally violated Washington campaign-finance law, and must pay penalties, the Washington state Attorney General’s Office said. Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office said the penalties will be...

Dickert hopes stability can equal success at Washington St

Aug. 31, 2022 17:13 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Pat Chun’s job as the athletic director at a Power Five school calls for publicly exuding optimism. When Washington State was forced to replace its football coach midseason in 2021, some of that optimism waned. "There was a likelihood we...