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State Rep. Beth Doglio secures second place in 10th CD race

Aug. 7, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two women, both Democrats, have advanced to the general election in the the race for Washington’s 10th Congressional District. Democratic state Rep. Beth Doglio secured the second spot on the November ballot Friday, with more than 14% of the vote. Former Tacoma mayor Marilyn...

Washington Supreme Court upholds Spokane River water minimum

Aug. 7, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that a state law that put a minimum on the amount of water that must flow in the Spokane River was valid. The Center for Environmental Policy and other environmental groups sued the state Department of Ecology, arguing that the...

Sydney Freenas wears a mask as she works to process ballots from Tuesday's primary election that were mailed out to voters and then deposited in drop boxes or mailed back in, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Washington state has offered voting by mail since 2011. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Two women, both Democrats, will face off in 10th CD

Aug. 6, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The race for Washington's 10th Congressional District is certain to be between two female Democrats, but one of the two is still undetermined as ballots continue to arrive in elections offices and be counted in the state's vote-by-mail primary. With the announcement of Democratic U.S....

Inslee releases virus guidelines for nursing home visitors

Aug. 6, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Calling it a “big step forward,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced how visitors may return to nursing homes and other long term care operations — six months after the country's first known coronavirus outbreak devastated a Kirkland facility. “We have come far...

FILE - This Feb. 29, 2020 file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor, in Oxon Hill, Md.  New York’s attorney general is suing the National Rifle Association, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for personal benefit. The lawsuit filed Thursday, Aug. 6,  by Attorney General Letitia James followed an 18-month investigation into the NRA, which is a nonprofit group originally chartered in New York.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

New York attorney general seeks to dissolve NRA

Aug. 6, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over claims that top executives illegally diverted tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin arrives for continued negotiations ahead of a meeting, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Capitol negotiators still stuck, still trying on virus aid

Aug. 5, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than a week’s worth of meetings, at least some clarity is emerging in the bipartisan Washington talks on a huge COVID-19 response bill. Negotiators are still stuck, but still trying. A combative meeting Wednesday involving top Capitol Hill Democrats and the postmaster...

A person drops off a ballot for Washington state's primary election, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at a collection box at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. Voters in the state have the option of voting by mail, depositing ballots in boxes, or seeking help in person for a missing ballot or other issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Top-two primary narrows candidates for governor, other races

Aug. 5, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The governor’s race in November is set, and Democrats appear to be the top two candidates in both the lieutenant governor’s race and the 10th Congressional District following Washington’s top-two primary. Tuesday night, incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who...

Inslee: Most schools should go online-only, cancel sports

Aug. 5, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that he's strongly recommending most schools offer online-only learning for students this fall due to COVID-19, and canceling or postponing sports and all other in-person extracurricular activities. “This pandemic will continue to grow unless something...

A person drops off a ballot for Washington state's primary election Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at a collection box at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. Voters in the state have the option of voting by mail, depositing ballots in boxes, or seeking help in person for a missing ballot or other issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee, Culp advance to November ballot in governor's race

Aug. 5, 2020 1:47 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Loren Culp advanced Tuesday night through Washington's top-two primary to the November ballot. In early returns, Inslee had 52% of the vote. With nearly 17% of the vote, Culp, the police chief of Republic, had the largest...

A person drops off a ballot for Washington state's primary election Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at a collection box at the King County Administration Building in Seattle. Voters in the state have the option of voting by mail, depositing ballots in boxes, or seeking help in person for a missing ballot or other issues. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee advances in Washington gubernatorial primary

Aug. 5, 2020 1:47 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee advanced Tuesday in Washington's primary election as he seeks to become the first incumbent elected to a third term in the state in more than 40 years. Inslee was leading decisively in early returns. He’ll face a small-town police chief in the fall....