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35 trooper cadets graduate from patrol academy

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Nearly three dozen state troopers were sworn in at a ceremony at the Capitol…. …read more

Appointee resigns after Senate opposition

OLYMPIA, Wash (AP) — Former state Rep. Geoff Simpson has resigned from the state Gambling Commission after receiving opposition to his gubernatorial appointment from members of the Senate over a 2008 domestic-violence arrest…. …read more

House passes bill allowing Tesla to expand

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A bill that would allow electric car manufacturer Tesla to open additional stores in Washington state is headed to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk…. …read more

Starbucks cup identifies rape suspect in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A discarded Starbucks cup helped lead police to a rape suspect in Olympia…. …read more

Legislature OKs misdemeanor arrest bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A measure that has passed the Legislature would allow law enforcement officers to make arrests in misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases even if they weren’t the officer who saw the alleged crime…. …read more

Washington issues first legal pot business license

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state issued its first legal marijuana business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state’s ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years…. …read more

Olympia college told to crush prized training car

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Chrysler has told the automotive program at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia that it must destroy one of its prized cars, a pre-production 1992 Dodge Viper…. …read more

Dr. Kathy Lofy named Wash. state health officer

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health says Dr. Kathy Lofy has been selected as the state health officer…. …read more

State waterfall bill heads to governor's desk

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington would have an official state waterfall under a measure heading to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk…. …read more

Senate: No tax breaks for pot production

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has unanimously passed a measure that would exclude producers of marijuana and marijuana-infused products from qualifying for agriculture tax breaks…. …read more

Senate passes bill to boost jobs for veterans

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill that would give Washington state business owners a tax break for hiring unemployed military veterans…. …read more

Wash. to issue first pot-growing license Wednesday

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is set to issue its first legal marijuana business license…. …read more

Wash. justice misses arguments due to health issue

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington Supreme Court spokeswoman says “unexpected health concerns” will likely keep Justice James Johnson off the bench for the remainder of the court’s winter term…. …read more

Lawmakers consider bill to bolster Wash. tourism

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — After eliminating the state tourism office in 2011, Washington lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow those in the private sector to pick up the slack…. …read more

Washington State Archives running out of room

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a few days, the bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee enabling undocumented students to receive state financial aid will be delivered to the Washington State Archives for safekeeping…. …read more

Number of homeless students growing in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State education officials say the number of homeless students has gone up for the sixth year in a row in Washington state…. …read more

Wash. Senate passes supplemental budget

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate has passed a supplemental budget that adds some money for education…. …read more

Bill puts death penalty reprieve in spotlight

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Senate panel is weighing a measure that would prohibit a future Washington state governor from issuing a death penalty reprieve until after receiving a recommendation from a state Clemency and Pardons Board…. …read more

Bill would gradually lower liquor taxes

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican and Democrat lawmakers are introducing a measure on Wednesday that would gradually lower liquor taxes…. …read more

Hunters have until March 31 to apply for multiple-season permits


OLYMPIA – Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their name in a drawing for a 2014 multiple-season permit, which can greatly increase their opportunities for success in the field. In mid-April, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will randomly draw names for 8,500 multiple-season deer permits and 1,000 multiple-season…

Wash. bus driver attacked after confrontation

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A transit bus driver in Olympia, Wash., was beaten by a passenger after the driver told the passenger to leave the bus because the man was reportedly swearing and harassing other riders…. …read more

Death of 2-year-old Olympia girl suspicious

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Thurston County detectives are investigating the death of a 2-year-old Olympia girl as suspicious…. …read more

Senate plan includes money for immigrant aid bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Senate’s majority caucus has proposed a supplementary budget that highlights increased funding for a soon-to-be signed measure expanding college financial aid to include students who were brought to the state illegally as children…. …read more

Reward offered in wolf killing case

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A conservation group is offering a $7,500 reward for help solving the case of an endangered gray wolf found shot to death on Feb. 9 in Stevens County…. …read more

Nisqually tribe opens jail at Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Nisqually Tribe is dedicating a $20 million public safety complex Friday at Olympia that includes a 288-inmate jail…. …read more