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Juneteenth becomes official state holiday in WA in 2022

Jun. 18, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Joe Biden this week signed legislation establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery – a move lawmakers made for Washington state earlier this year. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee last month signed a measure making Juneteenth...

Illinois joins states with vaccine incentive lotteries

Jun. 17, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is joining the group of states offering millions of dollars in cash prizes and scholarships to encourage residents to get vaccinated, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Thursday. Illinois will offer $7 million in cash prizes and $3 million in...

Nevada to offer $5M in cash prizes to boost vaccine effort

Jun. 17, 2021 22:01 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A new kind of jackpot is coming to Nevada, the governor said Thursday, but only for state residents who have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday announced a broad effort to encourage reluctant or forgetful...

The Latest: Nevada to disburse $5 million in vaccine effort

Jun. 17, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS — Nevada is distributing $5 million in cash prizes to residents who have been vaccinated as part of an effort to encourage more people to get shots. Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday that the new “Vax Nevada Days” initiative provided skeptics one more...

Judge dismisses Washington state governor recall petition

Jun. 17, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials have said a petition that was filed last month to recall Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic was dismissed this week. The governor's office said Wednesday that a judge ruled to dismiss...

Mistrial halts case on minimum wage for immigrant detainees

Jun. 17, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A trial over whether the GEO Group must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its for-profit detention center in Washington state has ended with a hung jury. U.S. District...

New vaccine lottery announced for military in Washington

Jun. 17, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive lottery for the state’s military, family members and veterans because the federal government wasn’t sharing individual vaccine status of those groups with the state and there were...

State transportation panel recommends ferry fare increase

Jun. 16, 2021 08:05 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Transportation Commission has recommended an across-the-board fare increase to cover the costs of Washington State Ferries for the next two years. Fares for vehicles and walk-ons would rise 2.5% on Oct. 1 and another 2.5% on Oct. 1, 2022,...

Jury deciding if immigration detainees must get minimum wage

Jun. 15, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury is deciding whether one of the nation's biggest private prison companies must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its jail in Washington state. Democratic...

King County: COVID mask mandate to end June 29

Jun. 15, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials said Tuesday that 70% of eligible people in Washington state's most populous county have received either the one-dose Johnson and Johnson COIVD vaccine or both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. That means 70% of people 16 and older...