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Governor Inslee: No state-funded travel to Indiana

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:58
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee says he is imposing an administration-wide ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after the passage of a new law that critics say has the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians and others based on religious beliefs.

Wash. governor: No state-funded travel to Indiana

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 08:46
Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Monday he “will impose an administration-wide ban on state-funded travel to Indiana.” Inslee’s statement comes after Indiana’s Senate Bill 101, which protects businesses from government intervention when they follow their religious beliefs. “Indiana’s law appears to legalize private discrimination,” Inslee said in a statement. “Washington state fought against ...

Record number apply to Washington's public universities

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:46
A record number of students have applied to Washington's six public universities this year, including a growing group of applicants from low-income families who would qualify for a state scholarship through the College Bound program. The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/c46vDY ) more than 75,000 students have applied to attend university in Washington state next fall. Most of them are ...

State Senate to consider bill raising Washington's minimum wage

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 07:31
A bill to raise Washington's highest-in-the-nation state minimum wage to $12 an hour with a series of annual 50-cent increases is set to get a hearing in the state Senate.

Washington will play Fresno State in 2017

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 06:01
Washington and Fresno State announced they will play at Husky Stadium in Seattle in 2017. The game, which will be played on Sept. 16, is set to be the third, and final, nonconference game of the year for Washington. The Huskies will begin the season at Rutgers on Sept. 2, before hosting FCS Montana on Sept. 9. Fresno State has made three prior visits to Husky Stadium (1979, 2004, 2006), with a ...

Record number apply to Washington's public universities

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/31/2015 - 02:21
Those numbers include a growing group of applicants from low-income families who would qualify for a state scholarship through the College Bound program.

State’s first Karelian Bear Dog retires after 12 years of service

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 22:34
Washington State’s first Karelian bear dog, Mishka, is retiring after 12 years of service managing hundreds conflicts with bears, cougars and other dangerous wildlife.

Record year for applications to state’s universities

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 11:17
A record number of students applied to Washington’s public universities this year, including growing numbers of applicants from low-income families who qualify for a state scholarship program.

Record year for applications to state’s universities

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:37
A record number of students applied to Washington’s public universities this year, including growing numbers of applicants from low-income families who qualify for a state scholarship program.

Washington State murder suspect arrested in Taft

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 09:40
TAFT, CA - A man wanted for murder in Washington State is in no longer on the run, after a SWAT standoff in Taft yesterday.       Law enforcement in Washington contacted Taft police yesterday afternoon with information that 68-year old Robert Studer was in Taft.        Studer is suspected in the shooting death of his 42-year-old nephew on Thursday night, just south of Seattle.        Studer's ...

State Representatives propose $4.9 million for Boeing Levee/Russell Road

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 03:05
The Washington State House of Representatives released their proposed capital construction budget March 23, including $4.9 million for multi-benefit floodplain management projects in Kent through the Floodplains by Design initiative.

Low wages for aerospace workers despite tax breaks for employers

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 21:36
Many of the aerospace suppliers who benefit from Washington state’s tax breaks pay very low wages. A Seattle Times analysis shows that, outside Boeing, one third of the aerospace production workers in the state earned no more than $15 an hour.

Low wages for aerospace workers despite tax breaks for employers

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 11:37
Many of the aerospace suppliers who benefit from Washington state’s tax breaks pay very low wages. A Seattle Times analysis shows that, outside Boeing, one third of the aerospace production workers in the state earned no more than $15 an hour.

Bobo Brayton, longtime WSU baseball coach, dies - Sat, 28 Mar 2015 PST

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 04:57
Frederick Charles "Bobo" Brayton, the Washington State University baseball coach with 1,162-career victories, passed away Saturday morning in Pullman. He was 89.

Longtime Washington State baseball coach dies

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 03:43
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Chuck ''Bobo'' Brayton, the long-time Washington State baseball coach and college Hall of Famer who had 1,162 career wins, has died at the age of 89.

Washington landslide forces evacuations

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 23:35
Residents in central Washington state town of Des Moines have been evacuated from three homes because of a landslide. The homes in Des Moines are on top of a cliff, which collapsed down to a state park beach. The people living in the homes were told to grab their belongings and evacuate quickly. Vinita Nair reports.

Washington lawmakers feature education, mental health in budget

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 23:21
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Highlights from the $38.8 billion state operating budget for 2016-17 unveiled by Democratic leaders of Washington's House of Representatives:-K-12 EDUCATION: The proposed budget spends...

Guest opinion: Medical school debate misses bigger picture - Sat, 28 Mar 2015 PST

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 15:12
The Spokane medical school debate is peaking as Washington State University has successfully received the Legislature’s support, pending Gov. Jay Inslee’s signing of the bill, to change a 1917 law that would give WSU the authority to create its own independently accredited medical school on the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus. Simultaneously, the University of Washington School of Medicine is ...

Kerry orders a review of recordkeeping at State Department

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 15:04
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has ordered an internal audit of its recordkeeping, part of a top-to-bottom look at the agency's practices in the aftermath of revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email account and server during her tenure.

Washington state florist fined for refusing to service gay wedding

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 11:42
(Reuters) - A judge in Washington state on Friday fined a florist $1,000 after she refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding, officials said. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who along with the couple - Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed - sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in 2013, applauded the ruling in a statement. "My primary goal has always been to end ...