Latest Washington state government News

Number of Washington workers getting shots continues to grow

Oct. 26, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The latest state and city of Seattle data shows the number of government workers getting vaccinated against COVID-19 continues to increase amid mandates. According to updated figures released by the Office of Financial Management, about 275 more...

Federal judge rejects bid to stop Washington vaccine mandate

Oct. 25, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge in Eastern Washington on Monday denied a bid by firefighters, state troopers and others to halt Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state workers and emergency responders. A group of workers is suing Gov. Jay Inslee, Spokane...

BYU beats Washington State in 1st game since Rolovich fired

Oct. 23, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Tyler Allgeier ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns and BYU beat Washington State 21-19 on Saturday in Washington State's first game since head coach Nick Rolovich was fired for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Rolovich and four assistants...

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...