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Washington state governor OKs bill banning for-profit jails

Apr. 14, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — One of the country’s largest for-profit, privately run immigration jails would be shut down by 2025 under a bill signed Wednesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. The measure approved by the Washington Legislature bans for-profit detention centers...

Statue of Native American leader step closer to U.S. Capitol

Apr. 14, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed a measure that starts the process of honoring the late Billy Frank Jr — a Nisqually tribal member who championed treaty rights and protecting the environment — with a statue at the U.S. Capitol. ...

Slew of police reform bills headed to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk

Apr. 14, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — As Washington lawmakers began wrapping up their work on an ambitious package of police accountability legislation in the past week, reminders of the cause were not hard to come by. In Minneapolis, prosecutors were concluding their murder case against...

Washington state prisoners released after drug law is voided

Apr. 13, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has commuted the sentences of more than a dozen drug offenders in the past few days, freeing them from prison as Washington's legal system struggles with the fallout from a court ruling that voided the state's drug possession law. In a...

Bill curbing lead in school drinking water heads to Gov.

Apr. 13, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s public and private schools will soon need to take new steps to curb children’s exposure to lead in drinking water. House Bill 1139, cleared a final hurdle in the state Senate on a 48-0 vote on Sunday, The Seattle Times reported....

The Latest: Australia has 2nd likely Astra-Zeneca clot case

Apr. 12, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australian authorities have identified a second case of a rare blot clot likely linked to the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. Officials said Tuesday the woman is in her 40s and is in a stable condition. A 44-year-old man developed the same...

Legislature approves ban on Native American school mascots

Apr. 12, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature has approved a measure to ban the use of Native American names, symbols and images as school mascots, logos and team names at most public schools in Washington. On a 90-8 vote, the House concurred with changes made in the...

3 Washington counties face tighter coronavirus restrictions

Apr. 12, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

Three counties will move back to more strict coronavirus restrictions at the end of the week because of rising cases and hospitalizations, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday. Starting Friday, Cowlitz, Pierce and Whitman counties will roll back to Phase 2 of the...

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Phases story

Apr. 11, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In a story April 10, 2021, about business organizations urging Gov. Jay Inslee to delay a decision to return some counties to more restrictive coronavirus standards, The Associated Press erroneously reported nearly 3.8 million people in the state had received one...

"Right to counsel" law advancing through Legislature

Apr. 11, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A "right to counsel" measure that is getting closer to approval by the Legislature would make Washington the first state to ensure that low-income tenants have legal representation when faced with an eviction. The bill has passed both the Senate...