Latest Washington state government News

Washington justices reject challenges to 3 strikes law

Aug. 15, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington's Supreme Court has unanimously rejected three challenges brought against the state's three strikes law. The law requires automatic sentences of life in prison without parole the third time someone is convicted of a "most serious offense." The court has repeatedly upheld...

Washington state city settles lawsuit with former official

Aug. 14, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A city in Washington state has settled a lawsuit stemming from the removal of an administrator who faced allegations of enriching himself through his position. The Yakima Herald reported Tuesday that the Wapato City Council has finalized an agreement regarding Juan Orozco that was...

Inmate escapes minimum-security prison in Washington state

Aug. 12, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities are searching for a man who broke out of a minimum-security prison in Washington state. The Seattle Times reports 60-year-old Mark David Vannausdle escaped the Olympic Corrections Center near Forks on Sunday. The state Department of Corrections says the search effort is focused...

Seattle City Council member Lorena González announces AG run

Aug. 8, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Seattle City Council member Lorena González on Thursday announced she's running for attorney general, the latest candidate in a growing Democratic field seeking to succeed incumbent Attorney General Bob Ferguson if he runs for governor. In video announcing her campaign,...

Republican Sen. Phil Fortunato is running for governor

Aug. 6, 2019 12:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Sen. Phil Fortunato has announced his bid for governor. The Seattle Times reports that Fortunato plans to make a formal announcement in Seattle Wednesday. He's the first prominent Republican to announce for the 2020 contest. Fortunato, 65, was elected to the Senate in 2017...

Seattle Seafair patrols arrest 54 for boating and drinking

Aug. 6, 2019 12:30 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state authorities say they made 54 arrests for suspicion of Boating Under the Influence during an annual Seattle celebration. KING-TV reported the arrests were made on Lake Washington during the city's Seafair Weekend Festival that ran from Friday to Sunday. The Seafair summer...

Connecticut urges Washington follow state's lead in gun laws

Aug. 5, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut politicians and gun control advocates on Monday urged the U.S. Senate to return immediately to Washington, D.C., and follow the state's lead in passing stricter gun laws, including some with bipartisan support. Frustrated by news of more mass shootings since the 2012...

Presidential campaign keeps Washington governor out of state

Aug. 5, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has spent more than half his days traveling out of state on the campaign trail in the five months since declaring his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination. The Seattle Times and Northwest News Network report that between March 1 and the end...

Correction: Hepatitis A Outbreak story

Aug. 1, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a story July 30 about a Hepatitis A outbreak, The Associated Press reported erroneously that there were 10 cases in Spokane County. There are nine. A corrected version of the story is below: Hepatitis A outbreak declared in Washington with 13 cases State officials have declared an...

The Latest: Democrats close debate by focusing on Trump

Aug. 1, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Democratic presidential candidates are closing their second primary debate by focusing on President Donald Trump. After taking on each other for more than two hours, all 10 candidates have mentioned the...