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States, business sort out what new CDC mask guidance means

May. 14, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

More than a dozen states quickly embraced new federal guidelines that say fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or out in most cases. But other states and cities and some major businesses hesitated amid doubts about whether the approach is safe or even workable. ...

Inslee, Murray, Cantwell oppose Simpson plan to remove dams

May. 14, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's top Democrats have come out against a proposal from U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River and replace their benefits as part of a huge infrastructure bill being crafted by the Biden administration. ...

The Latest: Philippine president eases lockdown in capital

May. 13, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has eased a coronavirus lockdown in the bustling capital and adjacent provinces to fight economic recession and hunger but still barred public gatherings this month, when many Roman Catholic summer religious festivals are held. ...

Washington governor: State on track to fully reopen June 30

May. 13, 2021 21:25 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is on track to fully reopen its economy by June 30, and a full reopening could happen even sooner if 70% or more of residents ages 16 and older have gotten at least one dose of vaccine by then, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. And Inslee...

Washington schools to open full time in fall, masks required

May. 13, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington authorities said Thursday all schools in the state must provide full-time, in-person education for students for the 2021-22 school year and that students and staff will still be required to wear masks. The Washington state Department of...

New Washington state law makes drug possession a misdemeanor

May. 13, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The jeans were from American Eagle, via Goodwill, and they were too short for their new owner, 6-foot Shannon Bowman. So Bowman stitched a couple inches of denim onto the bottom of the legs and put them on for the first time two days after her...

Juneteenth to be a state holiday in Washington state in 2022

May. 13, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed a measure making Juneteenth a legal state paid holiday, starting in 2022. Juneteenth — also known as Emancipation Day and Freedom Day — commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned...

Open carry of weapons now prohibited at rallies, Capitol

May. 12, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Openly carrying guns and other weapons are now prohibited at the Washington state Capitol and public protests statewide, under a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The new law, which had an emergency clause and took effect...

Washington governor signs agriculture worker overtime bill

May. 11, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Agricultural workers in Washington state would become eligible for overtime pay under a bill signed Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, drawing praise from President Joe Biden. Senate Bill 5172 creates a phased-in path toward full overtime pay...

New law offers prison alternatives for mentally ill

May. 11, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure that will soon offer an alternative to prison for people with a serious mental illness who commit a crime. The Northwest News Network reported that under the new law signed Monday by Inslee, judges...