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Washington state House weighs minimum wage hike

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 08:57
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's minimum wage, already the highest statewide wage in the country, would get a boost to $12 an hour over the next four years if lawmakers pass a bill under consideration by the state House.The House Labor Committee listened to arguments for and against the bill in a crowded hearing Monday afternoon and is scheduled to make a recommendation on the bill ...

Washington state officials unaware at first of November oil spill

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:05
State and federal officials are investigating an oil spill from a railroad tank car at Washington state’s largest refinery last November, but key agencies were kept in the dark about… Click to Continue »

Missing hiker found dead in Washington state's Olympic National Park

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 05:47
A 60-year-old Washington state hiker reported missing on Christmas Eve has been found dead in steep, densely forested terrain of the Olympic National Park, a park official said on Monday. Search crews backed by dog teams recovered the body of James Thomas Griffin on Sunday about a third of a mile and nearly 1,000 vertical feet above the Boulder Creek hiking trail in the Olympic peninsula's Elwha ...

Washington state mother accused of slashing throats of her three children

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 04:41
A Washington state mother is facing attempted murder charges after she slashed the throats of her 6-month-old twins and their toddler older sibling, all of whom were expected to survive, Olympia police said on Monday. The mother, 28-year-old Christina Booth, told police in an emergency call on Sunday that her twins and 2-year-old were crying and she could not get them to calm down, Olympia ...

Police think Washington mother accused of stabbing 3 small children may have been overwhelmed

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:22
A Washington state woman accused of stabbing her three small children may have been overwhelmed by the demands of caring for a 2-year-old toddler and 6-month-old twins while her soldier husband was frequently deployed, police said Monday.

Police: Mother accused of stabbing 3 kids was stressed

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:03
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman accused of stabbing her three small children may have been overwhelmed by the demands of caring for a 2-year-old toddler and 6-month-old twins while her soldier husband was frequently deployed, police said Monday.

Washington Physicians Want to Improve Patient Access to Care, Address Physician Shortages and Fund Mental/Behavioral ...

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 02:00
OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Washington state is facing critical issues of access to medical care, including a looming physician shortage, questions of payment and insurance coverage, and mental and behavioral health issues. The Washington State Medical...

Washington School Choice Week Starts Today with 128 Events Across the State

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 20:00
School Choice Week starts today in Washington and across America. Throughout the Week, which runs until January 31, there will be 128 school choice events across the Evergreen Stat

Cougars Rally Late to Post 73-68 Victory Over Colorado

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 15:16
Washington State overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to post a 73-68 Pac-12 Conference victory over the University of Colorado at Beasley Coliseum Sunday. The Cougars (13-6, 4-4 Pac-12) scored 25 points off of 27 turnovers, made 20 steals and sank 33-of-39 free throw attempts to post its third-straight win. Colorado shot 50 percent from the floor and held Washington State to a season-low 25 ...

WSU women rally to beat Colorado

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:56
Lia Galdeira scored 27 points to help host Washington State beat Colorado 73-68. The Cougars won despite shooting 25.7 percent from the field.

WSU women rally to beat Colorado

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:42
Lia Galdeira scored 27 points to help host Washington State beat Colorado 73-68. The Cougars won despite shooting 25.7 percent from the field.

Washington High's Shareef Miller commits to Penn State

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 07:00
George Washington High's Shareef Miller, a hard-charging defensive end with a quick first step, committed Sunday to play at Penn State while on an official visit to State College.

Booker, Colorado snap 4-game skid, beat WSU 90-58

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 12:27
Colorado rebounded from a last-second loss to Washington on Thursday night by jumping to an early double-digit lead and never letting Washington State into the game in the Buffaloes' next time out. Askia Booker scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures, and Colorado snapped a four-game skid by routing Washington State 90-58 on Saturday night. ''It's a lot better feeling today than ...

Booker, Colorado snap 4-game skid, beat WSU 90-58

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 12:24
BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado rebounded from a last-second loss to Washington on Thursday night by jumping to an early double-digit lead and never letting Washington State into the game in the Buffaloes' next time out. Askia Booker scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures, and Colorado snapped a four-game skid by routing Washington State 90-58 on Saturday night.

Bay Bridge supplier failed to reveal rods’ failure in Washington

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 06:14
The supplier of steel rods that cracked on the Bay Bridge in 2013, a construction failure that cost toll payers $45 million, never told Caltrans that nearly identical rods it made for a Washington state bridge had suffered a similar fate in 2009, The Chronicle has learned. Less than six months after the ill-fated batch of rods arrived in California in 2008, six high-strength rods that Dyson Corp ...

Washington-Utah Preview

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 05:08
Washington's two-game trip to the Rocky Mountains began with a weak offensive effort against one of the worst teams in the Pac-12.

Oregon focus of effort to expand background checks for guns

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 02:05
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales to go through universal background checks.

Oregon is now focus of campaign to expand background checks to include private gun sales

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 23:50
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg is hoping to make Oregon its next prize in a campaign to require gun sales ...

Washington granted REAL ID deadline extension

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 03:54
(AP) — The federal government on Friday granted Washington state a temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards that require proof of legal U.S. residency for holders who want to use them to access certain areas of federal buildings and eventually board a commercial flight. State officials have proposed a plan to the Legislature that ...

Washington granted REAL ID deadline extension

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 02:06
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The federal government on Friday granted Washington state a temporary extension from the enforcement of federal requirements for state driver's licenses and ID cards that require proof of legal U.S. residency for holders who want to use them to access certain areas of federal buildings ...