Latest Washington state government News

Republican senator to enter WA secretary of state race

Dec. 01, 2021 18:07 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican state Sen. Keith Wagoner says he plans to challenge newly appointed Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs in next year’s election. Hobbs was sworn into office Nov. 22 following his appointment by Gov. Jay Inslee to replace Kim...

COVID vaccine verification digital record offered in WA

Nov. 30, 2021 17:54 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state has started offering residents a digital record of their coronavirus vaccinations that can be used to access businesses and other places where vaccine proof is required. The Washington State Department of Health said the state...

Woman missing since Thursday rescued near Blewett Pass

Nov. 24, 2021 15:20 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane Valley woman who was missing since Thursday was found injured in her vehicle near Blewett Pass Monday night, sheriff's officials said. KREM-TV reports according to the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office a Silver Alert was in effect for...

Lawsuit filed over WA House's COVID-19 session plan

Nov. 24, 2021 15:17 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A handful of Republican state lawmakers and others are suing Democratic leaders and a House official over a plan that allows a limited number of lawmakers vaccinated for COVID-19 on the chamber floor during the upcoming legislative session. The new...

State flood damage inspectors headed to northwest Washington

Nov. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — State flood inspectors are in northwest Washington’s Whatcom County this week to formally assess the level of damage and dollar impact from severe flooding after days of rain fueled by an atmospheric river last week in the region. The Whatcom...

Steve Hobbs sworn in as Washington's 16th secretary of state

Nov. 22, 2021 16:19 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Steve Hobbs was sworn in Monday as Washington's 16th secretary of state, the first person of color to head the office and the first Democrat to hold the position in 56 years. Hobbs, who is of Japanese descent, is leaving his Senate seat...

Wolf killed in Washington state for preying on cattle

Nov. 22, 2021 14:03 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Monday that an adult male wolf was killed in Columbia County, drawing criticism from wildlife advocates who contend endangered wolves should not be slain for preying on livestock. The wolf...

State lawmaker ill with COVID in El Salvador now in Florida

Nov. 19, 2021 22:20 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — State Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale who was sickened with COVID-19 in El Salvador is now in stable condition at a Florida hospital after a medevac flight, according to a former state lawmaker. Luanne Van Werven, who served with Ericksen in the...

I-90 near Snoqualmie Pass closed in both directions

Nov. 18, 2021 22:33 PM EST

NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — Washington state transportation officials have closed Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass in both directions because of collisions in snowy weather. Washington Department of Transportation officials said on Twitter at about 6 p.m. Thursday that...

Florist who refused same-sex wedding job settles with couple

Nov. 18, 2021 22:14 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in Washington state who was in an eight-year legal battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court will retire after settling with the same-sex couple whose wedding job she refused. Barronelle Stutzman of Richland, Washington, announced the...