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'3 strikes' sentencing reform leaves out Washington inmates

May. 21, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A small group of inmates, disproportionately black, are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life — left out of the latest in a multi-year wave of reforms easing tough-on-crime "three strikes" laws around the U.S. At least 24 states including Washington passed such laws...

Tariffs have varying fallout in trade-heavy Washington state

May. 20, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Workers at a $1.7 billion polysilicon plant in central Washington believe President Donald Trump's trade war with China may be their best chance for staying employed. Unable to compete with Chinese factories aided by government subsidies and high tariffs, REC Silicon is shutting down the...

Gov. declares drought for nearly half of Washington state

May. 20, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded a drought emergency to nearly half the state because of worsened, poor water supply conditions and warmer and drier weather predicted throughout the summer. The governor declared drought for the Methow, Okanogan and Upper Yakima basins in April....

'Hippie' island off Seattle sees shift in low vaccine rate

May. 20, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — Sarah Day is a school nurse with "street cred" when it comes to the polarizing issue of vaccines on an idyllic island in Washington state known for its rural beauty, counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates. Since she began communal living on Vashon Island more than...

2020 hopeful Bennet proposes $1 trillion climate change fund

May. 20, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Monday he wants to commit $1 trillion for underwriting research and projects to address climate change, set aside about one-third of U.S. lands and ocean territory for conservation and reach net-zero U.S. emissions by midcentury. His...

$15 minimum wage becomes part of 2020 presidential landscape

May. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour. That near-unanimity reflects the success of an unorthodox campaign by the...

A look at efforts to make legal pot foster social justice

May. 19, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Questions about marijuana and social justice have played a prominent role this year in several U.S. states' debates about pot legalization. But other states and cities where recreational or medical marijuana already is legal have also endeavored to make up for the consequences and racial...

2020 hopeful Inslee says $9T climate plan will boost economy

May. 16, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of a warming...

Montana Gov. Bullock joins 2020 Democratic presidential race

May. 14, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, distinguishing himself among nearly two dozen candidates as the field's only statewide elected official to win a state that President Donald Trump carried in 2016. The 53-year-old...

Ocasio-Cortez: No 'middle ground' on fighting climate change

May. 13, 2019 11:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders rallied support for the Green New Deal on Monday night, with the New York congresswoman saying there should be "no middle ground" when it comes to climate change and the Vermont senator calling for a political revolution. Sanders, who...