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Washington State News Wire - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:50
Washington state at 5 p.m. The Seattle bureau can be reached at (800) 552-7694 or (206) 682-1812. The photo supervisor is at (206) 682-4801 or (800) 552-7694. For questions on stories from Olympia, call (360) 753-7222. For questions on Spokane-area stories, call Correspondent Nicholas Geranios at (800) ...

State lawmakers debate whether new taxes are needed

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:16
Leaders of Washington state's Legislature are going to spend the next several months debating whether to raise taxes, or create new ones, in order to answer the Supreme Court's demand to put more money into public schools.

Washington kids suffer limb weakness from virus outbreak

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:56
Two Washington state children were among dozens nationwide who developed weak or paralyzed limbs amid an outbreak of a rare respiratory virus, EV-68, last year.

Washington kids suffer limb weakness from virus outbreak

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 04:33
Two Washington state children were among dozens nationwide who developed weak or paralyzed limbs amid an outbreak of a rare respiratory virus, EV-68, last year.

Bird flu prompts emergency quarantine of poultry in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 03:05
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state agriculture officials said on Thursday they have imposed an emergency eight-month quarantine on poultry and eggs in two counties in the southeastern part of the state to contain an outbreak of highly contagious bird flu. The quarantine restricts the movement of eggs, poultry or poultry products out of the quarantine zone, which makes up roughly 20 miles (32 ...

State lawmakers: Education not only priority of 2015 session

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 02:26
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Leaders of the Washington state Legislature say education is not the only priority for the 2015 session. Lawmakers at The Associated Press legislative forum in Olympia on Thursday say they do need to answer the Supreme Court’s demand to fix the way the state pays for public education. But they also […]

Washington's preschool program has good results, low participation

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 21:15
Washington state's preschool program is boosting achievement in math and reading in elementary school, but the state lags behind most of the country in signing children up, according to two recent reports.

Washington state teenager pleads guilty to murder of World War Two veteran

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:51
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state teenager changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday in the murder of a World War Two veteran he beat up with an accomplice in 2013 during what he said was a drug deal, Spokane area media reported. Kenan Adams-Kinard, 17, pleaded guilty in Spokane County Superior Court to first-degree murder in the death of 88-year-old Delbert "Shorty" Belton, as a part of a ...

Washington state teenager pleads guilty to murder of World War Two veteran: media

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 17:51
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Washington state teenager changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday in the murder of a World War Two veteran he beat up with an accomplice in 2013 during what he said was a drug deal, Spokane area media reported. Kenan Adams-Kinard, 17, pleaded guilty in Spokane County Superior Court to first-degree murder in the death of 88-year-old Delbert "Shorty" Belton, as a part of a ...

Former prosecutor, state employee named to liquor, pot board

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 05:19
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee nominated a former Kitsap County prosecutor and a veteran state employee Wednesday to the three-member board that oversees the state's liquor and marijuana industries. Russ Hauge, ...

Washington state school district cancels classes after reports of gunman

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 04:09
© REUTERS/David Ryder Diana Nielsen (L) comforts her daughter, Bailey Frisbie, 13, after reuniting with her at Spartan Recreation Center in Shoreline, Washington, January 7, 2015. A Washington state school district near Seattle placed all of its schools on lockdown on Wednesday after reports of an armed man on the campus of an elementary school, the King County Sheriff's Office said.

Washington state school district cancels classes after reports of gunman

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:58
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A lockdown was lifted at a Washington state school district near Seattle on Wednesday but authorities canceled classes and were sending students home after reports of an armed man on the campus of an elementary school, the King County Sheriff said. Police searched all schools in the Shoreline School District and were continuing to canvas a swath of the city of Shoreline, a ...

Washington state school district on lockdown over reports of gunman

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 02:18
SEATTLE, Jan 7 (Reuters) - A Washington state school district near Seattle placed all of its schools on lockdown on Wednesday after reports of an armed man on the campus of an elementary school, the King County Sheriff's Office said.

Price of Legal Pot Plunges 40% in Washington as Shortages Ease

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 23:57
Shortages that plagued the start of Washington state’s legal marijuana market have eased, sending prices in recreational-pot stores down as much as 40 percent.

Washington state education funding 101 | Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:17
The 2015 Legislative Session could be one of the most challenging in decades. The reason? Education funding.

Washington state education funding 101 | Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:15
The 2015 Legislative Session could be one of the most challenging in decades. The reason? Education funding.

Washington landslide: Rescue workers search rubble for as many as 176 missing people

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 07:22
Rescue workers searched through mucky rubble on Tuesday with hopes dwindling of finding any more survivors from among scores of people still missing from a devastating weekend mudslide in Washington state that killed at least 14.        

Rockslide on interstate injures two in rain-pelted Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 05:38
SEATTLE (Reuters) - A boulder toppled onto an interstate highway on Tuesday in the mountains east of Seattle, striking two semi-trailer trucks and a car and injuring two people as Washington state grappled with landslides and flooding, officials said. More than eight inches of rain in the previous 24 hours saturated soil and caused the boulder and other rocks to fall down a slope onto Interstate ...

Ohio State only thing on Adolphus Washington's mind

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 03:26
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Adolphus Washington wasn’t following his own stock, so he needed a teammate to tell him it was on the rise. The Ohio State defensive tackle wasn’t familiar with the process of getting feedback from the NFL draft advisory board, so he had a reporter offer up some details. And while Washington was certainly aware by the time the Allstate Sugar Bowl rolled around what a breakout ...

Rain brings mudslides to western Washington

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 02:02
Frances Burns SEATTLE, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Parts of western Washington State remained under a flood warning Tuesday after a mudslide left one Hoquiam neighborhood almost cut off.