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OLYMPIA — Washington state is on the cusp of leaving pandemic-era restrictions in the dust and reopening fully, Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week.

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OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a pair of broadband bills into law last week, and local leaders believe the bills can go a long way toward achieving the goal of bringing high-speed and more a…

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OLYMPIA — Pacific County and most other counties will remain in Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan for at least two more weeks, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday.

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OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law an automatic right for tenants to have an attorney, though it came with a catch — Inslee sent back two parts of the bill regarding landlord rental ass…

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Washington state is rolling out a new early warning system for earthquakes and the Washington Emergency Management Division is hosting a free webinar to detail the new technology.

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Senate Democrats passed cap-and-trade and low-carbon fuels bills Thursday evening, moving to reduce global greenhouse emissions by 0.1% by 2030.

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OLYMPIA — Formerly incarcerated people will immediately regain the right to vote after Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law this automatic right, marking passage for one of the first criminal justi…

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OLYMPIA — Early childhood care and education in the state would see sweeping reform through the expansion of affordable child health and learning services, if a bill in the state Legislature w…

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PACIFIC COUNTY — New cases of covid-19 continued to fall in Pacific County over the past week, while a tweak in the state’s reopening plan almost ensures that the county is going to stay in Ph…

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Democrats on the Washington House Environment Committee endorsed a bill Thursday creating an environmental justice council to advise at least seven state agencies, rejecting a bid by Republica…

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OLYMPIA — Connecting people considering suicide with immediate help is the aim of a proposed law that funds a 988 emergency number with a new tax on phone lines.

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OLYMPIA — The College Bound Scholarship for Washington students is being reworked to reach more students across the state.

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Tax collections are rising, giving Washington lawmakers billions of dollars more to spend, as the economy recovers from the COVID lockdown faster than expected, the state's chief economist, St…

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SOUTH BEND — With covid-19 vaccines slated to become more widely available in the coming days and weeks, the Pacific County Health and Human Services Department is gearing up to unveil a new s…

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OLYMPIA — Last week contained a bundle of good news on the reopening front for Pacific County and the state as a whole, and a return to a pre-pandemic “normal” is closer to becoming a reality …

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OLYMPIA — A tax on capital gains, the sale of assets like stocks and bonds, passed the Senate by a single vote March 6.

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OLYMPIA — As the end of an emergency eviction moratorium looms over thousands of Washington renters, a bill requiring landlords to have just cause for evicting a tenant passed the House of Rep…

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OLYMPIA — Outrage over deaths of citizens in police custody sparked efforts by lawmakers to address racial equity, hiring and training, and the use of force within law enforcement. Now, nearin…

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LONG BEACH — Home price gains in Pacific County far outpaced the Washington state median as 2020 ended, even as houses here remain a bargain.

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A case spawned by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's opposition to removing river gravel to protect farmland went to an appeals court Tuesday, one of two lawsuits alleging Inslee uses his veto pen t…

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An ongoing La Nina enhances chances that late winter and early spring in Washington will be cool and wet, the federal Climate Prediction Center forecasted Thursday.

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OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee defended his plan to phase in the opening of businesses by region, saying he knows it goes too slow for some people.

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OLYMPIA — State lawmakers continued their busy schedule of committee hearings on a wide range of issues this week, as they approach the first cut-off deadline for legislative action just ten d…

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OLYMPIA — Now in its third week of the 105-day 2021 session, the Washington State legislature continues to operate under the pandemic-related restrictions ordered by Gov. Jay Inslee. Public pa…

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OLYMPIA — Relief for renters, schools, public health agencies and small businesses is rushing through the state Legislature, with the hope relief can reach people by the end of February.

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Training for Navy SEALs in state parks was approved by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in a 4-3 vote Jan. 28.