Latest Washington state government News

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. ...

Deadline arrives for unvaccinated Washington state workers

Oct. 18, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Monday is the final day for thousands of workers in Washington who want to keep their jobs to prove they’ve been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Washington’s vaccine mandate, issued by Gov. Jay Inslee in August, is believed to be among the...

Borghi leads Washington State over Stanford 34-31

Oct. 16, 2021 23:43 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Max Borghi scored on a 2-yard run with 1:30 left in the game as Washington State came back to beat Stanford 34-31 on Saturday in what was possibly the last game for WSU coach Nick Rolovich because of his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccination. The...

Interstate 5 rest areas close north of Seattle due to trash

Oct. 16, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed five rest areas north of Seattle along Interstate 5 because of excessive trash, vandalism and a staffing shortage. Rest areas closed Friday in both directions at Smokey Point between Marysville...

20 federal health care workers to help with COVID in Spokane

Oct. 16, 2021 08:31 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Providence Health Care in Spokane announced Friday it has requested federal resources to help address an increasing number of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Providence said it requested the resources through the Washington State Department of Health...

Vaccine proof or negative test soon required at large events

Oct. 14, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Starting Nov. 15, people in Washington state will need to either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test in order to attend large events, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday. The new order — which Inslee's staff said is modeled...

Washington's COVID-19 cases down across all age groups

Oct. 13, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health says COVID-19 cases are down across all age groups, including school-age children. The Seattle Times reports the encouraging trend, revealed Wednesday, comes several weeks after the state passed a peak of...