Latest Washington state government News

Washington AG opens inquiry into NRA's financial affairs

Jul. 12, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for Washington D.C. has issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association and its related charitable foundation as part of an investigation into allegations of financial misconduct inside the powerful gun lobbying organization. The subpoenas add to a host of...

Premera Blue Cross pays states $10 million over data breach

Jul. 11, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Premera Blue Cross, the largest health insurer in the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to pay $10 million to 30 states following an investigation into a data breach that exposed confidential information on more than 10 million people across the country. The settlement , negotiated with the...

Washington state sues Navy over expanded flights on island

Jul. 9, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state sued the Navy on Tuesday over its expansion of jet operations on an island north of Seattle, saying officials failed to adequately consider the effect that additional noisy flights would have on people or wildlife. "The Navy has an important job, and it's critical that their...

The Latest: Barr won't recuse himself from NY Epstein case

Jul. 9, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 11:27 a.m. Attorney General William Barr has consulted with Justice Department ethics officials and will not recuse himself from overseeing the case of billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein by federal...

German tourists run over, killed at Washington swimming hole

Jun. 26, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

WASHOUGAL, Wash. (AP) — Two German tourists visiting family in nearby Portland, Oregon, were run over and killed by a local man as they sunbathed by a swimming hole, police in Washington state said Wednesday. Police arrested David E. Croswell, 71, of Washougal, Washington, and held him on suspicion of...

Official blasts complacency before fatal 2017 train crash

Jun. 24, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board has published its final report Monday on a deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state in 2017, with the agency's vice chairman blasting what he described as a "Titanic-like complacency" among those charged with ensuring train operations were safe....

Free or not? Washingtonians have say on fate of '80s kingpin

Jun. 22, 2019 12:49 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before it became a tranquil middle-class neighborhood scattered with pride flags, the area around 7th Street and Orleans Place near Gallaudet University in northeast Washington was a 24/7 open-air drug market that police generally avoided. And Rayful Edmond was the undisputed boss....

High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding cake

Jun. 17, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings. The justices handed bakers in the Portland, Oregon, area a small victory by throwing out a...

North Dakota: Feds should stop Washington state's rail rules

Jun. 15, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota plans to ask the Trump administration to intervene in a dispute over Washington state's new safety restrictions on oil shipped by rail. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told The Bismarck Tribune he plans to petition the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety...

Washington Supreme Court weighing legislative records case

Jun. 11, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Supreme Court justices had pointed questions Tuesday for lawyers representing the Legislature and a media coalition who argued that lawmakers have been violating the law by not releasing emails, daily schedules and written reports of sexual harassment investigations. The...