Latest Jay Inslee News

USC faces Washington St in first game under Donte Williams

Sep. 16, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

Southern California is wounded. It's smarting after losing at home to Stanford, watching any College Football Playoff hopes evaporate, and finally dismissing Clay Helton as head coach after years of conjecture about his job security. The tonic for the Trojans could be a...

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...

As COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise, religious exemptions grow

Sep. 15, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

An estimated 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions. And in Arkansas, a hospital has been swamped...

Woman breaches security at WA governor's residence

Sep. 15, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was able to enter the secure grounds of the governor’s residence Wednesday morning before being stopped by the Washington State Patrol. The Northwest News Network reports Gov. Jay Inslee and First Lady Trudi Inslee were...

State workers seek exemptions to Washington vaccine mandate

Sep. 14, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly 4,800 state workers are seeking an exemption to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, about 8% of the approximately 60,000 employees subject to the requirement. The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that the requests for a...

Latest: Australia's capital extends lockdown until Oct. 15

Sep. 13, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s capital city of Canberra will remain locked down for a second month after the local government reported 22 new coronavirus infections. The Australian Capital Territory locked down Aug. 12 after a single case linked to a Sydney...

Washington hospital execs: little capacity to help Idaho

Sep. 13, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington is facing its own COVID-19 crisis and has little capacity to help neighboring Idaho deal with an overwhelming surge of cases driven by unvaccinated people, state hospital executives and doctors said Monday. Taya Briley, executive vice...

WA State troopers, other workers sue over vaccine mandate

Sep. 13, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state troopers, prison correctional officers, ferry workers and other public sector employees have filed a lawsuit to try to overturn Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The Northwest News Network reports the lawsuit filed by...

Health officials: Masks required for large outdoor events

Sep. 13, 2021 09:09 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As of Monday, anyone attending an outdoor event with 500 or more people in Washington state is required to wear a face-covering, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the mandate last week, KING5 reported. ...

Washington employees union ratifies vaccine deal with state

Sep. 11, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Members of Washington state’s largest labor union have approved a tentative agreement with the state over Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The Washington Federation of State Employees approved the agreement Thursday night, with more than...