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To address wealth gap, Wash. to consider $4K ‘baby bonds’

Dec. 03, 2022 10:15 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Jennifer Bereskin dropped out of high school when she was 17. Her family was homeless, and she needed to get a job to buy food and afford bus fare. Couch surfing with friends in Everett, Lynnwood and Seattle, her dreams of college were put aside. “I was merely...

7 die from flu in Washington state, activity 'very high'

Dec. 01, 2022 23:59 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Flu activity in the state is now considered very high, according to the Washington State Department of Health. State health officials on Thursday reported over 1,200 new flu cases from Nov. 13-19, which was more than double the case count of previous weeks, KING 5...

Pennsylvania campaign wildcard Fetterman turns to governing

Nov. 28, 2022 09:20 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When John Fetterman goes to Washington in January as one of the Senate's new members, he'll bring along an irreverent style from Pennsylvania that extends from his own personal dress code — super casual — to hanging marijuana flags outside his current office in the...

Washington sheriff's trial delayed, lawyers say he has flu

Nov. 22, 2022 20:27 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Jury selection in a case accusing a Washington county sheriff of crimes after his confrontation with a Black newspaper carrier has been delayed. A judge ordered Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer to take a PCR COVID-19 test Monday after he took two rapid tests,...

Court: Long sentence for Black man who killed at 17 stands

Nov. 22, 2022 15:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court has declined to reconsider an opinion that upheld a Black man's virtual life sentence for shootings he committed at age 17, despite criticism that the ruling betrayed racial bias. The court upheld the 61-year sentence for Tonelli Anderson...

D.C. Attorney General sues Washington Commanders in civil court for cheating fans out of ticket money

Nov. 17, 2022 15:53 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. Attorney General sues Washington Commanders in civil court for cheating fans out of ticket money.

Rolovich sues Washington St over firing for refusing vaccine

Nov. 15, 2022 15:29 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich has sued the university and Gov. Jay Inslee after he was fired last year for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The lawsuit, filed last week in Whitman County Superior Court, names the university,...

Washington won't renew leases for Puget Sound fish farms

Nov. 14, 2022 18:55 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Department of Natural Resources said Monday it will not renew a fish-farming company’s last remaining leases on net pens in Puget Sound. Department officials said Cooke Aquaculture has until Dec. 14 to finish steelhead farming and start...

Democratic wins in Washington state buoy party hopes

Nov. 12, 2022 21:42 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Democrats won a second key House race in Washington state Saturday — an open seat in a conservative region that long evaded the party. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, an auto-shop owner who describes herself as an independent-minded Democrat, pulled off a victory against...

Democrat Hobbs wins Washington secretary of state race

Nov. 12, 2022 20:41 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Democrat Steve Hobbs has prevailed in the race for secretary of state, the first time a member of his party has been elected as Washington’s chief elections officer in six decades. Hobbs, who currently holds the office, defeated nonpartisan Pierce County Auditor...