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Washington state man sentenced for online threats against Missouri officer

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:00
A Washington state man who pleaded guilty to making online death threats will not face additional prison time for menacing Facebook posts directed at a Missouri police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, of the Seattle suburb of Kirkland was sentenced to time served, or about two months, in a plea deal with the federal ...

Presidential hopeful Jindal's Louisiana budget doesn't fund primary

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:57
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - State officials in Louisiana are scrambling to find the money to stage a primary election next year after Governor Bobby Jindal, a potential presidential candidate, did not provide funding in his annual budget. Jindal's spending plan, unveiled earlier this month, would impose steep spending cuts to close a projected $1.6 billion shortfall brought on by ...

Spokesman: Washington state auditor's office hit with federal subpoena, turning over documents

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:16
The office of Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley is turning over documents in response to a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Fish and Wildlife’s first bear dog retiring in Kennewick

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 03:02
Washington state’s first Karelian bear dog, used to manage bears and other wildlife in the state, is retiring today following a ceremony in Kennewick. Click to Continue »

Stolen vehicle driven to State Patrol office in Bellevue

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 02:07
BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Troopers arrested a 36-year-old man who they say drove a stolen car into their parking lot at a district office.

U.S. State Dept. Archives fewer emails than previously disclosed

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 01:24
By Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department does not automatically archive the emails of its assistant secretaries of state, U.S. officials said on Thursday, contradicting the agency's prior public statement. Assistant secretaries, who include the top diplomats for regions such as Europe, the Middle East and East Asia, are not among the group of senior officials whose ...

Washington drivers are reminded to remove studded tires by March 31

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 00:57
Under state law, driving with studded tires after March 31 is a traffic infraction and could result in a $124 ticket.

Legislature can’t delay on child prostitution

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 18:23
Washington state legislators still have a chance this session to save children forced into sex trafficking.

State commission approves tolls for I-405 express lanes between Bellevue, Lynnwood

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 11:44
KIRKLAND, Wash. — The Washington State Transportation Commission approved Interstate 405 express lane tolls Wednesday night that will range from a minimum of 75 cents to a maximum of $10. The express toll lanes will open later this year on the north end of I-405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood. Highlights of the commission’s toll rate […]

Washington state unemployment holds steady at 6.3 percent

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:46
Washington's unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent in February, the state Employment Security Department reported on Wednesday. Employment increased by 94,700 jobs from February 2014 to February 2015, with 83,400 of those jobs in the private sector and the rest in government, the agency said. Washington's revised unemployment rate for January was also 6.3 percent, down from the initial 6 ...

Washington state mulls steep tax, other restrictions on e-cigarettes

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 05:55
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state lawmakers are considering imposing a steep tax and other restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes, legislation the bill's sponsor said on Wednesday would be the toughest in the nation. The bill is the latest effort by lawmakers across the country to address concerns over the health impacts of e-cigarettes, also known as vapor cigarettes ...

Communities receive state medals for Oso mudslide response

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 04:13
Before a packed audience at a joint session of the Washington state Legislature, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday awarded the state Medal of Valor to Oso and surrounding communities for their work responding to last year's mudslide that killed 43 people.

Washington state unemployment holds steady at 6.3 percent

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 03:59
Washington's unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent in February, the state Employment Security Department reported on Wednesday

State unemployment rate holds steady at 6.3 percent

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 01:31
Washington state's unemployment rate held steady at 6.3 percent in February.

IGC Expands Facilities Build-Out To Washington State

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 21:05
Bethesda, MD -- India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE-MKT: IGC) announces it is expanding its facilities build-out to Washington State as part of the Company's strategy for the legal cannabis industry....

State: No record of Clinton signing separation statement

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 02:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Tuesday it had no record showing that Hillary Rodham Clinton signed any official statement attesting that she had turned over all unclassified documents related to official business when she left her post as secretary of state in 2013.

Republicans seek State Department documents on Clinton emails

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:47
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans on Tuesday asked the State Department to hand over numerous documents related to Hillary Clinton's use of private email while she was secretary of state. Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential contender and Republicans' top target in the run-up to the 2016 election, has come under scrutiny for using a personal email address to conduct ...

Republicans seek State Department documents on Clinton emails

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:47
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans on Tuesday asked the State Department to hand over numerous documents related to Hillary Clinton's use of private email while she was secretary of state. Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential contender and Republicans' top target in the run-up to the 2016 election, has come under scrutiny for using a personal email address to conduct ...

State Dept unclassified computer network back online

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 01:17
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says portions of its unclassified computer network that it shut down last week are back online. That follows the completion of security upgrades in response to attempted hacking attacks.

SPEEA: While Securing $8.7 Billion in Tax Breaks, Boeing Worked 16 Efforts Sending Jobs out of State

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 00:16
As The Boeing Company pressed and secured from Washington state lawmakers the largest corporate tax break in U.S. history in November 2013, corporate leaders had 16 different effor