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Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery

Dec. 13, 2018 5:47 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban. "We are undertaking a...

Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon

Dec. 12, 2018 2:26 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that a bill approved by the House Tuesday changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to...

West Virginia's Manchin gains key role on energy panel

Dec. 11, 2018 6:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia's Joe Manchin will become the Democrats' top member on the Senate energy committee, giving the coal-state lawmaker a prominent position to shape policy. Manchin's prospective ascension to the top Democratic spot on the energy panel had sparked the ire of some...

Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions

Dec. 7, 2018 7:19 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that feast on imperiled salmon in the Columbia River has cleared the U.S. Senate. State wildlife managers say rebounding numbers of sea lions are eating more salmon than ever and their appetites are undermining billions of dollars of...

Gov. Jay Inslee raises money for possible White House bid

Dec. 7, 2018 12:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's new political action committee has reported $112,500 in donations as the Democrat gears up for a possible presidential run. The Seattle Times reports that Inslee's early donations include support from longtime environmental donors, including Martha Wyckoff, a...

Rhode Island governor becomes chair of Democratic group

Dec. 1, 2018 10:43 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Weeks after an election that boosted its membership, the Democratic Governors Association selected Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo as its new chairwoman on Saturday. She was elected by her peers during the group's annual meeting in New Orleans, taking over for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee....

Washington governor praises soldier killed in Afghanistan

Nov. 27, 2018 3:11 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A soldier from Washington state who was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend gave his life in service of the United States, Gov. Jay Inslee said. Army Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, died Saturday during combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Defense Department officials...

Group finalizes endangered orcas proposals with ban on tours

Nov. 16, 2018 6:26 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas is calling for a temporary ban on boat tours as part of a slate of recommendations to Gov. Jay Inslee ahead of the next legislative session. The group wants to suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on the orcas for...

NRA sues to block new Washington gun-control measure

Nov. 15, 2018 8:01 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Gun rights groups including the National Rifle Association on Thursday sued to block a new, voter-approved gun control measure from taking effect in Washington state. Initiative 1639 passed last week with 60 percent of the vote. It bars the sale of semi-automatic rifles to people under 21...

Democrats knock holes in Republican wall of state control

Nov. 7, 2018 5:43 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Republican wall that has stood in state capitols for much of the past decade now has a few holes in it. Democrats flipped control of seven gubernatorial offices, marking their greatest gains in several decades, and picked up hundreds of state legislative seats in Tuesday's...