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Washington state law clerk applied for state Supreme Court

Nov. 8, 2019 3:21 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee has released a list of twelve applicants to replace state Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst after she announced her planned January retirement. The Olympian reports that applicant Laura Anglin has worked as a law clerk at the state high court...

Seattle, King County will sue to block $30 car tab measure

Nov. 7, 2019 4:57 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Thursday that the city will file a lawsuit to block the $30 car tab initiative passed by Washington voters in Tuesday's general election. If fully implemented, Initiative 976 would force the city to cut more than 100,000 bus hours and would hamper her program...

$30 car tab measure passes in Washington, billions to be cut

Nov. 6, 2019 9:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state voters have approved a measure cutting car tabs to $30, heartily endorsing an idea that has been around for decades in a move that will cut billions of dollars from transportation budgets and leave governments scrambling for a way to pay for road paving, light rail and other...

Affirmative action referendum losing in Washington state

Nov. 6, 2019 8:42 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than two decades after Washington voters banned affirmative action in the state, a ballot measure seeking to amend that law was losing in early returns. As of Wednesday night, Referendum 88 was being rejected by nearly 52 percent of the state's voters. It was trailing in all but...

Debra Stephens elected as new chief justice of Supreme Court

Nov. 6, 2019 6:33 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Justice Debra Stephens has been elected by her fellow members of the Washington Supreme Court to be chief justice next year. Stephens, 54, will replace current Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, who announced last month she will retire from the high court in January to focus on her health...

36 Clallam Bay inmates transferred after meal strike

Oct. 24, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

CLALLAM BAY, Wash. (AP) — A nonviolent meal strike at Clallam Bay Corrections Center earlier this month resulted in the transfer of 36 inmates to other institutions in a move an inmate support group called retaliation and the state described as a safety measure. The Peninsula Daily News reports a prison...

Board of Health approves ban on flavored vaping products

Oct. 9, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials in Washington state on Wednesday formally adopted a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over a lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people. The vote by the state Board of Health came two weeks after Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive...

Hybrid and electric car owners see $75 fee in car-tab bills

Oct. 6, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Beginning this month, hybrid-vehicle owners in Washington state will start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations they'll never use. The little-known increase is labeled "Hybrid Vehicle Transportation Electrification" on bills from the state Department of...

Inslee seeks to reduce number of wolves killed in Washington

Oct. 5, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is seeking ways to reduce the number of wolves killed by the state. Inslee sent a letter Tuesday to the Department of Fish and Wildlife saying the statewide wolf management plan does not appear to be working in the Kettle River Range area of Ferry County,...

State kills a member of Grouse Flats wolf pack

Oct. 4, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington has killed a member of the Grouse Flats wolf pack, which has repeatedly preyed on cattle in the southeastern corner of the state. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday that a wolf believed to be the breeding female of the pack was killed on...