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Washington state high court to consider if veto went too far

Jun. 09, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State Supreme Court justices are considering whether Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee violated the state constitution when he vetoed single sentences in the transportation budget in 2019. Lawmakers sued the Democratic governor, claiming he...

Court: YouTube channel not consider media under records law

May. 27, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington man with a YouTube channel does not qualify as a member of the media under the state’s public records law, meaning he is not entitled to certain records that are available to news organizations but otherwise exempt from release to the general public, the...

Sheriff's office: ex-boyfriend shot while breaking into home

May. 24, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Thurston County Sheriff's office said a 32-year-old Olympia man was shot while breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s house. Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, deputies responded to a shooting on Cooper Estates Ln NW, KOMO-TV reported. The sheriff’s...

The Latest: Philippine president eases lockdown in capital

May. 13, 2021 23:15 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has eased a coronavirus lockdown in the bustling capital and adjacent provinces to fight economic recession and hunger but still barred public gatherings this month, when many Roman Catholic summer religious festivals are held. ...

New Washington state law makes drug possession a misdemeanor

May. 13, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The jeans were from American Eagle, via Goodwill, and they were too short for their new owner, 6-foot Shannon Bowman. So Bowman stitched a couple inches of denim onto the bottom of the legs and put them on for the first time two days after her...

Security fencing removed from Washington Capitol campus

May. 04, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The security fencing around buildings on Washington state’s Capitol campus was removed Tuesday, four months after the barriers went up during national unrest tied to the presidential election. The Olympian reports enhanced security measures have...

2 men found with injuries after mall shooting near Seattle

May. 01, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two men suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a shooting at a shopping mall near Seattle on Saturday in what police described as apparently isolated violence. The Tukwila Police Department wrote on Twitter that the shooting at the Westfield...

Gov. Jay Inslee signs ban on Native American school mascots

Apr. 26, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill to ban the use of Native American names, symbols and images as school mascots, logos and team names at most public schools in Washington. Inslee signed the measure Monday afternoon in Olympia, Washington, and the...

Washington's pandemic session: Remote work, weighty topics

Apr. 26, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers had no shortage of weighty topics they tackled this session while having to conduct their work amid a pandemic that meant most meetings and votes were done remotely. By the time they concluded their 105-day session Sunday...

Legislature OKs plan to overhaul state's approach to drugs

Apr. 24, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Legislature on Saturday approved an overhaul of the state's approach to drug possession, after the Washington Supreme Court struck down its previous law as unconstitutional — a ruling that left no prohibition on having small amounts of drugs, even for...