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Washington National Guard members walk in formation away from the Legislative Building, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Members of the Guard and Washington State Patrol troopers have been in place all week on the campus providing security against possible protests connected with the inauguration of President Joe Biden and the departure of former President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

At least $1.6 million spent on Washington Capitol security

Jan. 20, 2021 6:37 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — At least $1.6 million has been spent by the state and the Washington State Patrol over the past two weeks in costs related to security at the state Capitol, and that number is expected to climb, officials said Wednesday. At a news conference following the inauguration of President Joe...

Hospital association: 'Concerns' about Inslee vaccine plan

Jan. 20, 2021 11:28 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — While the state struggles to bolster its vaccination distribution efforts, the Washington Department of Health on Tuesday began reporting its most updated vaccination numbers on its online COVID-19 data dashboard. The dashboard, launched months ago, updates Washingtonians every day on the...

Washington state nixes methanol plant meant to supply China

Jan. 19, 2021 7:59 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state denied a key permit for a large proposed methanol plant Tuesday, saying the project that aims to send the chemical to China to be used in everything from fabrics and contact lenses to iPhones and medical equipment would pump out too much pollution. A...

A man holds up a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, to reach out a tree branches at the Wangfujing shopping district in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

Jan. 18, 2021 11:37 PM EST

BEIJING — China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans. The country reported a total of 118 newly confirmed cases Tuesday — most of them in Jilin province, the Hebei region just outside Beijing and Heilongjiang province...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee outlined a plan to set up vaccination sites statewide with help from the National Guard and others as part of an overall goal to vaccinate 45,000 people a day against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington governor wants to vaccinate 45K people a day

Jan. 18, 2021 8:36 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced a plan to set up vaccination sites statewide with help from the National Guard and others as part of an overall goal to vaccinate 45,000 people a day. Inslee said while the goal is currently higher than the current allotment of vaccine...

Time running out for Northwest salmon species, report says

Jan. 18, 2021 1:30 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington report has found one of the state's iconic fish is facing a threat to its existence as a result of climate change. The 2020 State of Salmon in Watersheds report by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found the state's salmon are “teetering on the brink...

Culp drops election fraud suit after sanction threats

Jan. 15, 2021 6:08 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Losing Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp has withdrawn his lawsuit against Secretary of State Kim Wyman that alleged widespread election irregularities and fraud. Culp’s lawsuit, filed last month in King County Superior Court, tried to cast doubt on his 545,000-vote loss...

FILE - In this June 16, 2020, file photo, orchard worker Francisco Hernandez reaches to pull honey crisp apples off a tree during a thinning of the trees at an orchard in Yakima, Wash. The agriculture industry is asking Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to move migrant farmworkers and food factory workers closer to the front of the line for the coronavirus vaccine because they perform work that cannot be delayed or performed remotely. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Ag industry wants farmworkers prioritized for vaccinations

Jan. 15, 2021 4:45 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The agriculture industry is asking Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to move migrant farmworkers and food factory workers closer to the front of the line for the coronavirus vaccine because they perform work that cannot be delayed or performed remotely. A letter sent Thursday to Inslee...

Washington National Guard members activated for inauguration

Jan. 15, 2021 2:12 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly 400 members of the Washington state National Guard have been activated to support the presidential inauguration day in the nation's Capitol next week. In a tweet Thursday, the National Guard said they will “support our federal partners in a number of different roles as...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee takes the oath of office for his third term as Governor, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, during a ceremony at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee: Washington state must work toward a 'new normal'

Jan. 13, 2021 5:04 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a videotaped speech to a mostly remote meeting of the Washington Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday told lawmakers that following the challenges of 2020, the state must move to a “new normal” that addresses a multitude of issues, including equity, affordable...