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Inslee, Brown meet to revive I-5 bridge replacement

Nov. 18, 2019 6:01 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed an agreement Monday to work together to replace the Interstate 5 Bridge that connects their two states. The Columbian reports that the governors’ action reinvigorates a goal to replace the twin spans, which opened...

Oregon, Washington governors to talk Interstate Bridge

Nov. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The governors of Oregon and Washington will meet Monday in Vancouver to show their commitment to restarting the long-discussed project to replace the Interstate Bridge. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Govs. Kate Brown and Jay Inslee have both expressed interest in reviving the...

Gov. declares emergency for I-5 overpass damage in Chehalis

Nov. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed a state of emergency related to an estimated $1 million in damage to an Interstate 5 overpass in Chehalis. Inslee made the declaration Friday, saying an over-sized load caused the damage on Oct. 5. He says it’s imperative that the...

Marijuana, hemp cross-pollination a budding conflict

Nov. 14, 2019 3:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Outdoor marijuana growers are reporting an increase in cross-pollination from hemp farms, a development that could mean marijuana cultivators might lose upwards of tens of thousands of dollars if their plants become unmarketable as flower products. As the marijuana and hemp industries...

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

Nov. 12, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to keep one of the world's biggest methanol refineries from being built along the Columbia River in Washington state. Plans for the $2 billion refinery, shipping terminal and pipeline project in the small city of Kalama are already stalled after a state...

Rai advocates push for Northwest bullet train

Nov. 12, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Last week's vote in Washington state to roll back car registration fees has scrambled transportation budgets. But Pacific Northwest rail advocates are undeterred in pursuing their vision of a bullet train connection between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. Microsoft hosted a high-power meeting of state...

Washington state law clerk applied for state Supreme Court

Nov. 8, 2019 3:21 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has released a list of twelve applicants to replace state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst after she announced her planned January retirement. The Olympian reports that applicant Laura Anglin has worked as a law clerk at the state high court...

Seattle, King County will sue to block $30 car tab measure

Nov. 7, 2019 4:57 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Thursday that the city will file a lawsuit to block the $30 car tab initiative passed by Washington voters in Tuesday's general election. If fully implemented, Initiative 976 would force the city to cut more than 100,000 bus hours and would hamper her program...

$30 car tab measure passes in Washington, billions to be cut

Nov. 6, 2019 9:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state voters have approved a measure cutting car tabs to $30, heartily endorsing an idea that has been around for decades in a move that will cut billions of dollars from transportation budgets and leave governments scrambling for a way to pay for road paving, light rail and other...

Affirmative action referendum losing in Washington state

Nov. 6, 2019 8:42 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than two decades after Washington voters banned affirmative action in the state, a ballot measure seeking to amend that law was losing in early returns. As of Wednesday night, Referendum 88 was being rejected by nearly 52 percent of the state's voters. It was trailing in all but...