Latest Washington state government News

Company drops plan for $2.3B methanol plant in Washington

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A company backed by the Chinese government on Friday ended its seven-year effort to build one of the world’s largest methanol plants along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, following a series of regulatory setbacks and a long debate over its environmental...

Washington State Fair to return in-person in September

Jun. 10, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

PUYALLUP, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Fair is returning to Puyallup in September after it was canceled last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers posted on Twitter Thursday that the Washington State Fair is back, The Seattle Times reported. ...

WA panel approves sports betting; sends to governor

Jun. 10, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Gambling Commission on Thursday approved amendments to gambling compacts for 15 Native American tribes that are a major step to allowing those tribes to offer sports betting at their casinos. Commissioners voted 7-0, with two...

Washington state: People on unemployment must look for work

Jun. 10, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — State officials say people in Washington collecting unemployment benefits will again be required to actively search for work to keep those benefits, starting July 4. Gov. Jay Inslee had suspended the job-search requirement last spring during the COVID-19...

The Latest: Pot-for-shots plan stumbles in Washington state

Jun. 09, 2021 21:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE — Washington state’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start. Seeking to get more people to get the coronavirus shots, officials announced this week that the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin...

Washington state high court to consider if veto went too far

Jun. 09, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State Supreme Court justices are considering whether Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee violated the state constitution when he vetoed single sentences in the transportation budget in 2019. Lawmakers sued the Democratic governor, claiming he...

Debt collector to return $475K to Washington consumers

Jun. 09, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Denver-based collection agency must return about $475,000 it collected improperly from up to 5,000 Washington consumers after state Attorney General Bob Ferguson prevailed in a lawsuit alleging unlawful debt-collection practices. Ferguson’s office...

Dam operator fined $501K for polluting Puyallup River

Jun. 08, 2021 17:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined dam operator Electron Hydro, LLC, $501,000 for discharging discarded plastic field turf into the Puyallup River. Pieces of the artificial turf were found up to 21 miles (34 kilometers) downstream while...

Washington vaccination lottery: cash prize, tuition, flights

Jun. 03, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, with Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announcing a series of giveaways that includes lottery drawings totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets and...

Washington state to pay $3.25M in death of prisoner

Jun. 03, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Department of Corrections has agreed to pay $3.25 million to the family of a man who died at Monroe Correctional Complex after not receiving adequate medical care. A lawsuit filed by Julia Kleutsch said her husband, John Kleutsch, 57,...