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Washington state bill would scrap delayed Seattle tunnel project

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:57
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Two Washington state lawmakers have introduced a bill to scrap a $3.1 billion roadway overhaul and expressway tunnel excavation in Seattle, branding the project a failure beset by cost overruns, construction mishaps and delays. The project to replace an aging waterfront freeway in downtown Seattle has been stalled since December 2013, when the world's ...

Latest 51st State Proposal Would Split Washington In 2

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 05:18
One western Washington man has a proposal to divide the state in two to accommodate the differing values between east and west.

State Democrats oppose national education standards

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:36
Leaders of the Washington state Democratic Party passed a resolution this past weekend condemning the national education standards known as the Common Core.

The Snow Doctrine: How cold-state pols prove their mettle in winter-wimpy Washington

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:12
In Washington, snow days are not for everyone — and they’re certainly not for people who work for cold-weather state politicians. Because if your boss is from the Northeast or the upper Plains or Alaska, you’re getting to work no matter what, even if it’s on sled or snowshoe.

Education funding in Washington state: A history lesson and Constitutional mandate | 2015 Session

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 03:05
According to Article IX of the Washington State Constitution, the state’s “paramount duty” is to provide an “ample” and “uniform” education for all children.

Opportunity Washington Launches in Olympia

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 01:00
Leading state business organizations today launched “Opportunity Washington: Priorities for Shared Prosperity,” a roadmap for spreading opportunity and shared prosperity to individ

Key Democratic committee condemns Common Core

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 21:11
The governing body of the Washington State Democratic Party voted to condemn the educational benchmarks known as the Common Core at a party meeting in Olympia on Saturday, saying private and corporate interests pushed the reading and math standards without evidence they will impr

Washington Beer Alliance descending upon Olympia today

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:46
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Today is day 15 of the 2015 regular session of the Washington State Legislature. It is also the Washington Beer Alliance’s hill climb day. Members of the state’s beer industry are in Olympia visiting with elected officials today, voicing their opinions, and drumming-up support for the issues...

Washington Beer Alliance descending upon Olympia today

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:46
Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Story by Kendall Jones, via Washington Beer Blog. Today is day 15 of the 2015 regular session of the Washington State Legislature. It is also the Washington Beer Alliance’s hill climb day. Members of the state’s beer industry are in Olympia visiting with elected officials today, voicing their opinions, and drumming-up support for the issues...

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 »

Washington state officials unaware at first of November oil spill

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 07:00
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.