Latest Washington state government News

Coast Guard responds to small oil spill near San Juan Island

Aug. 14, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to a diesel spill off the west coast of Washington state's San Juan Island after a 49-foot (15-meter) fishing vessel sank with an estimated 2,600 gallons (9,854 liters) of fuel on board. A Good Samaritan rescued all five crew...

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...

Former Washington St coach files wrongful termination claim

Aug. 10, 2022 14:45 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich has filed a claim against the university seeking $25 million for wrongful termination after he was fired last year for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The claim was filed on Rolovich’s behalf...

GOP Rep who voted to impeach advances in Washington primary

Aug. 05, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse, who voted to impeach Donald Trump, advanced Friday to the general election following days of vote counts in Washington state's primary, but fellow Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler saw her advantage against an opponent endorsed by Trump...

Washington voters weigh in on dozens of state primary races

Aug. 03, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington voters on Tuesday were deciding the top two candidates in races for the U.S. Senate, Congress and the secretary of state's office. A key match is the 8th Congressional District race, where incumbent Democratic Rep. Kim Schrier easily advanced with...

Murray, Smiley advance in Washington Senate primary

Aug. 03, 2022 00:39 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray advanced Tuesday to the fall election in her quest for a sixth term after the longtime incumbent highlighted her support for abortion rights in the run up to Washington’s primary election. Murray will face Republican Tiffany...

Washington primary includes U.S. Senate, House races

Aug. 01, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington voters will winnow the field of candidates in dozens of races in the state’s primary Tuesday. Washington is a vote-by-mail state, and ballots were sent to nearly 4.8 million registered voters weeks ago. Voters must have their ballots postmarked...

Ferry in Washington state damaged after crash into terminal

Jul. 28, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say an automobile and passenger ferry crashed into a dock Thursday in Seattle, damaging the vessel. Washington State Ferries tweeted that no injuries were reported but passengers said some vehicles were damaged. The state agency said the Cathlamet ferry,...

Doctor's license suspended following sexual assault arrest

Jul. 27, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Department of Health this week suspended the license of a doctor on the Olympic Peninsula after he was arrested on charges of rape and taking indecent liberties with patients. Court documents say Josiah Hill is accused of sexually...

GOP challengers vie for chance to unseat Rep. Kim Schrier

Jul. 26, 2022 19:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Three Republican challengers are mounting energetic campaigns to unseat Democratic U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier in Washington's 8th Congressional District, a key target of GOP efforts to retake control of the House. Washington’s 8th District includes wealthy Seattle...