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Washington state can’t tell if housing tax exemption working

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — It’s hard to tell whether a tax exemption used to build more than $4 billion in multifamily housing projects across Washington over the past four years is working as intended as a prime motivator to drive development, both affordable and market rate. A 2019 legislative audit of...

Man killed in road rage shooting confrontation near Tacoma

Jan. 16, 2020 6:23 PM EST

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A 48-year-old man from DuPont died in a road rage shooting near Tacoma Wednesday evening after he and a 42-year-old man exited their vehicles with guns, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department. Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Williams was driving a...

House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, second from right, is sworn in by former Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, second from left, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, on the first day of the 2020 session of the Washington legislature at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington lawmakers convene 60-day legislative session

Jan. 13, 2020 5:29 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's first female speaker of the House was sworn in Monday as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to convene their 60-day legislative session. Democratic Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma is also the first gay lawmaker to take the role presiding over the chamber. She succeeds...

FILE - This April 22, 2019 file photo shows the Washington state seal protected by ropes in the rotunda of the Legislative Building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The 60-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, with lawmakers set to make adjustments to the state budget as well as tackle several policy issues, including how to address homelessness in the state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Homelessness among issues to watch in Washington Legislature

Jan. 12, 2020 10:58 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The 60-day legislative session in Washington state begins Monday, with lawmakers set to adjust the state budget and tackle several policy issues, including how to address homelessness in the state. About 10,000 people in the state are without shelter, and more than 11,000 live in...

Marysville pays $85,000 over immigrant's detention

Jan. 10, 2020 3:19 PM EST

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) — The city of Marysville has agreed to pay $85,000 to a Mexican immigrant who was twice held in custody on the basis of immigration detainers, despite court orders that he be released from jail. The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project sued on behalf of Enrique Ahumada Meza. Ahumada...

From left, House Speaker Designate Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, D-Spokane, House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, and Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, take part in the AP Legislative Preview, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Lawmakers: Inslee's homelessness plan unlikely to pass

Jan. 9, 2020 5:26 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Top lawmakers said Thursday that Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to use hundreds of millions of dollars from the state's emergency budget reserve to combat Washington's homelessness crisis was unlikely to pass the Legislature. Last month Inslee said he wants to spend more than $300 million...

A man drives through a flooded roadway, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, near Littlerock, Wash. A storm that has brought record rainfall to the Northwest has prompted flood warnings, disrupted train traffic, closed roads and caused some power outages. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Landslide stops Amtrak service between Seattle, Portland

Jan. 7, 2020 11:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Amtrak officials say a landslide blocking the tracks has temporarily stopped train service between Seattle and Portland. The slide was reported Tuesday on the tracks between Tacoma and Lacey, Washington. Amtrak said it would provide alternate bus transportation for passengers between...

Rob Dean, former editor of Santa Fe New Mexican, dies at 65

Jan. 6, 2020 12:15 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rob Dean, a former editor who led the Santa Fe New Mexican for more than two decades, has died. The paper announced that Dean died Sunday unexpectedly at his Santa Fe home. He was 65. The cause of death has not been determined. Born and raised in Harlowton, Montana, served as metro...

Failed rezoning for psychiatric hospital challenged in court

Dec. 31, 2019 1:47 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A property owner from Washington state has taken the city of Tacoma to court after City Council votes no on rezone allowing the development of a second psychiatric hospital in the city. The News Tribune reports that Tacoma Life Properties LLC that owns the property filed a land-use...

A Washington state Dept. of Corrections officer salutes Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 during the memorial service for Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy Cooper Dyson in Tacoma, Wash. Dyson died on December 21, 2019, after his patrol car crashed into a building while he was on his way to back up two fellow officers who were responding to an urgent domestic violence call. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Deputy's memorial service held in Tacoma

Dec. 30, 2019 6:28 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A public memorial service was held Monday for fallen Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Cooper Dyson in the Tacoma Dome. KOMO-TV reports the service was preceded by a street procession that began at 11 a.m. at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The 25-year-old died in a car crash while...