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Washington State fans supporting team after Rolovich move

Oct. 23, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Joe Trull was disappointed that Nick Rolovich did not get a chance to coach a full season at Washington State. Standing outside Martin Stadium before the Cougars' game against BYU, Trull, 55, of Port Orchard, Washington, also said Rolovich's...

Report: COVID-19 cases dropping rapidly in Washington

Oct. 21, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — COVID-19 transmission in Washington is rapidly decreasing, according to the newest modeling report from the state Department of Health. While cases, hospital admissions and deaths remain high, trends are moving in the right direction, DOH’s most recent...

Washington St hosts BYU in 1st game since Rolovich's firing

Oct. 21, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — After months of dealing with uncertainty, Washington State finally has clarity about who will lead the program. Nick Rolovich and four assistants are gone, fired when they failed to comply with the governor’s mandate that all state employees be...

Farmer fined $304K over alleged water theft during drought

Oct. 21, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A farm in southeastern Washington has been fined $304,000 by the Washington state Department of Ecology for irrigating 250 acres (101 hectares) without rights to the water. Frank Tiegs LLC in Franklin County has 30 days to appeal the decision to...

Rolovich lawyer calls coach's firing 'unjust and unlawful'

Oct. 20, 2021 20:03 PM EDT

Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich's termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Brian Fahling also said in a statement that Rolovich intends to take legal...

House facility access limited to vaccinated through January

Oct. 20, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Lawmakers and legislative employees at the Washington state House must prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access House facilities through early January, under a rule adopted by a House committee late last month. The policy...

1,887 WA workers fired, leave jobs due to vaccine mandate

Oct. 19, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 1,800 Washington state workers have been fired, resigned or retired due to the state's COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to data released Tuesday. The latest numbers released by the governor’s Office of Financial Management show...

Washington St coach says focus remains on supporting players

Oct. 19, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

Washington State acting head coach Jake Dickert said Tuesday that his immediate focus in his new role is providing support and stability for players who were left hurting and shocked after Nick Rolovich and other coaches were fired for refusing to comply with the state's vaccine mandate. ...

Washington sheriff charged over confrontation with Black man

Oct. 19, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state attorney general on Tuesday filed two misdemeanor criminal charges against a county sheriff stemming from his confrontation with a Black newspaper carrier in January. Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer faces one count of false...

Washington State coach Rolovich fired for refusing vaccine

Oct. 18, 2021 23:02 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State fired football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants on Monday for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, making him the first major college coach to lose his job over vaccination status. ...