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Washington faces threat of more 'atmospheric rivers,' floods

Nov. 25, 2021 14:29 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A week and a half after damaging floods in Washington state, forecasters warned that multiple “atmospheric rivers” threaten to once again drench the Pacific Northwest beginning Thanksgiving Day. More moisture from atmospheric rivers — huge plumes...

1 WA county's flood losses could hit $50M; more rain coming

Nov. 24, 2021 12:47 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Damages from flooding last week in northwest Washington’s Whatcom County could reach as high as $50 million, officials said, as forecasters warn that multiple “atmospheric rivers” may drench the Pacific Northwest in the coming days. The...

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...

State flood damage inspectors headed to northwest Washington

Nov. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — State flood inspectors are in northwest Washington’s Whatcom County this week to formally assess the level of damage and dollar impact from severe flooding after days of rain fueled by an atmospheric river last week in the region. The Whatcom...

Steve Hobbs sworn in as Washington's 16th secretary of state

Nov. 22, 2021 16:19 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Steve Hobbs was sworn in Monday as Washington's 16th secretary of state, the first person of color to head the office and the first Democrat to hold the position in 56 years. Hobbs, who is of Japanese descent, is leaving his Senate seat...

InvestigateWest: Airport debate example of united activists

Nov. 22, 2021 15:06 PM EST

When Seattle’s first commercial airport opened in 1928, Georgetown had been a vibrant community for more than half a century. “We were here before the airport was. They forget that,” says Rosario-Maria Medina, a community activist in the South Seattle neighborhood...

Washington gets another positive state revenue forecast

Nov. 19, 2021 14:54 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As Washington lawmakers prepare for a new legislative session to craft and pass a supplemental budget, they'll have more money to work with thanks to a steady increase of state revenues over the past year. Updated numbers by the Economic and...

Republican answers 'call of duty' with Biden election job

Nov. 19, 2021 12:15 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's Secretary of State Kim Wyman is the last statewide-elected Republican on the West Coast and as she readies for a new election security job in the Biden administration she says she'll approach it with her core philosophy: "Party politics aren’t as...

Governor seeks federal aid for Washington state flood damage

Nov. 18, 2021 20:21 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — With floodwaters receding in parts of Washington state — even as it rained again Thursday — damage assessments are beginning and Gov. Jay Inslee is promising he’ll aggressively seek federal money. In a visit to Whatcom County on Wednesday,...

Inslee won't add to Biden’s COVID vaccine mandate

Nov. 18, 2021 18:53 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says he won’t pursue additional sweeping mandates to strengthen a federal COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers at large employers. President Joe Biden has ordered that companies with 100 or more workers require COVID shots...