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Tacoma liquid gas plant gets OK from state pollution board

Nov. 23, 2021 18:04 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state energy utility’s liquified natural gas facility in Tacoma, Washington, has cleared another legal hurdle — this time getting a green light from the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board. The News Tribune reports the...

Florist who refused same-sex wedding job settles with couple

Nov. 18, 2021 22:14 PM EST

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in Washington state who was in an eight-year legal battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court will retire after settling with the same-sex couple whose wedding job she refused. Barronelle Stutzman of Richland, Washington, announced the...

Washington seeks over $38 billion from opioid distributors

Nov. 15, 2021 12:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — After rejecting a half-billion-dollar settlement, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday took the state's case against the nation's three biggest drug distributors to trial, saying they must be held accountable for their role in the nation's opioid epidemic. ...

Company halts work program instead of upping detainee pay

Nov. 05, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Brazilian Jose Soares has been locked up in one of the United States' largest immigration detention centers for the past two years, passing much of his time cleaning bathrooms and buffing floors at a rate of $1 a day. But last week, a federal jury ruled...

GEO ordered to pay $23.2M in detainee minimum wage cases

Nov. 02, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A private prison company has been ordered to pay more than $23 million over lawsuits that accused it of running its for-profit immigration lockup in Washington state on the backs of detainees. U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan on Tuesday ordered GEO Group...

Jury: GEO Group owes immigrant detainees $17M in back pay

Oct. 30, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury has determined that The GEO Group must pay nearly $17.3 million to immigration detainees who were paid $1 a day to perform tasks such as cooking and cleaning at the company's for-profit detention center in Washington state. Friday's...

Federal jury: Immigrant detainees are owed minimum wage

Oct. 27, 2021 18:47 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury has determined that The GEO Group must pay minimum wage — rather than $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its for-profit detention center in Washington state. The verdict came Wednesday in...

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 AG: Facebook gave false info in campaign suit

Oct. 13, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says a Facebook representative provided false testimony in a lawsuit that accuses the company of violating state campaign finance laws. The Seattle Times reports that in court filings the Democratic attorney...

Washington Supreme Court unanimously OKs tax on big banks

Sep. 30, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously upheld a new tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state’s regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax — a tax added on top of other taxes —...