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Today in History

Apr. 17, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 17, the 107th day of 2021. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1970, Apollo 13 astronauts James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise and Jack Swigert...

Inslee signs measure addressing health provider PPE costs

Apr. 16, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health benefit plans would have to reimburse health care providers a set amount for personal protective equipment for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic under a measure signed Friday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Some providers in the state,...

Inslee warns of 4th COVID-19 wave in Washington state

Apr. 15, 2021 22:25 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday warned that Washington state was on the cusp of a fourth COVID-19 wave with case numbers and hospitalizations rising. He urged people to get vaccinated and to socialize and conduct business outside as much as...

Legislature approves expansion of low-income tax credit

Apr. 15, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill that would expand a tax credit for low-income workers and families that would start paying out benefits for the first time in 2023 was approved by the Washington Legislature Thursday. The House, on a 93-3 vote, concurred with changes made in...

Seattle teachers OK deal for older students in classroom

Apr. 15, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A decision approved by Seattle’s teachers means at least 10,000 middle- and high-school students can return to class for the first time in more than a year due to COVID-19 restrictoins. The Seattle Times reports that after months of negotiations, the...

Washington state governor OKs bill banning for-profit jails

Apr. 14, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — One of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails would be shut down by 2025 under a bill signed Wednesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure approved by the Washington Legislature bans for-profit detention centers...

Statue of Native American leader step closer to U.S. Capitol

Apr. 14, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a measure that starts the process of honoring the late Billy Frank Jr — a Nisqually tribal member who championed treaty rights and protecting the environment — with a statue at the U.S. Capitol. ...

Slew of police reform bills headed to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk

Apr. 14, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — As Washington lawmakers began wrapping up their work on an ambitious package of police accountability legislation in the past week, reminders of the cause were not hard to come by. In Minneapolis, prosecutors were concluding their murder case against...

Washington state prisoners released after drug law is voided

Apr. 13, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has commuted the sentences of more than a dozen drug offenders in the past few days, freeing them from prison as Washington's legal system struggles with the fallout from a court ruling that voided the state's drug possession law. In a...

Bill curbing lead in school drinking water heads to Gov.

Apr. 13, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s public and private schools will soon need to take new steps to curb children’s exposure to lead in drinking water. House Bill 1139, cleared a final hurdle in the state Senate on a 48-0 vote on Sunday, The Seattle Times reported....