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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...

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...

Oregon: Surge in out-of-state abortion patients

Aug. 26, 2022 01:12 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Planned Parenthood leaders in Oregon on Thursday said there has been a surge in the number of people traveling from out of state for abortions, including from neighboring Idaho, where most of a near-total abortion ban has taken effect. “We are definitely...

Washington to follow California in phasing out gas vehicles

Aug. 25, 2022 23:09 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said his state will follow California and prohibit the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035. The specific regulations for Washington state are yet to be created and the public will have the chance to weigh in, The Seattle Times...

Report: Benefits of dams must be replaced before breaching

Aug. 25, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the Snake River must be replaced before the dams can be breached to save endangered salmon runs, according to a final report issued Thursday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Washington U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. ...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Aug. 25, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Party labels among topics in WA secretary of state debate

Aug. 17, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs and nonpartisan Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson agreed on many things Wednesday in their first debate ahead of the November election: that more needs to be done to engage and assure voters of the safety and security of the...

Oregon triples bag limit for invasive green crabs

Aug. 13, 2022 10:17 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — New state regulations now allow recreational crabbers to catch triple the number of invasive green crabs from Oregon’s bays and inlets. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission increased the bag limit of European green crab from 10 to 35 per day. It’s part of...

Inslee issues directive outlining monkeypox virus response

Aug. 12, 2022 20:11 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has issued a directive to the Washington State Department of Health outlining additional steps to address the rise in monkeypox cases. In his Friday directive to state health officials, Inslee called the disease an “evolving...