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State's unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 02:20
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent last month, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department.     The newest numbers show that July's jobless rate was down from June's 5.8 percent rate. The state also added an estimated 7,300 jobs from June to July, and June's initial repot of 9,100 jobs gained was revised up to a ...

State's unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 02:14
Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent last month, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department.

Washington State Convention Center security guard takes out public pooper with tackle

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:55
Evan Bleier SEATTLE, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A security guard in Seattle was able to take out a public pooper who dropped a deuce on a walkway near the Washington State Convention Center.

Ballmer Joins Billionaires Pushing Washington Gun Control

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:29
Former Microsoft Corp. executives Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer donated to a campaign in Washington state to fend off an effort to repeal a same-sex marriage law in 2012.

Ballmer Joins Billionaires Pushing Washington Gun Control

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:01
Fundraising for a gun-control campaign in Washington state is outpacing opponents by a ratio of 4-to-1, fueled by contributions from former Microsoft Corp. executives Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Jon Shirley. They and other supporters have given about $3.4 million to the effort to impose criminal background checks on those who buy firearms online or at gun shows. A competing gun-rights ...

Obama signs disaster declaration for wildfire-scorched Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:57
President Barack Obama on Tuesday approved federal disaster aid for wildfire-scorched Washington state, as the U.S. West Coast struggles with a near-record fire season that experts say will likely worsen in the coming weeks. The declaration allows federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in parts of Washington that were affected by wildfires between July 9 and Aug. 5 ...

State expands burn ban to include campfires

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:33
Washington State Parks announced Aug. 12 that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources bans all outdoor burning

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:42
Anyone who start or spread fires subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Campfires prohibited in all state parks to help prevent wildfires

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:36
NEW — 9:35 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014 Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. Locally, that includes Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park. The prohibition on campfires in [...]

Campfires prohibited in all state parks | Washington State Parks

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:27
Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Looks like SEIU organizing strategy may backfire -- on Washington taxpayers

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 21:27
More than a month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling likely to shake the left side of Washington politics. But this state hasn’t heard in any official way what effect Harris vs. Quinn will have – and now it looks like we’ll have to wait for a legal decision 

WSU’s new smoke forecast system gets workout - Tue, 12 Aug 2014 PST

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:54
Washington State University research scientists have devised a forecasting model that can predict air pollution. Described as the nation’s first high-resolution, Web-based air quality forecast system, it’s been getting a workout this summer as out-of-control wildfires continue sending thick smoke billowing into the Pacific Northwest sky.

Some federal disaster assistance OK'd for wildfires

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:32
Washington state will get at least part of the federal disaster assistance it had asked for to help rebuild from this summer's wildfires.

Weather Service issues wildfire warning; state burn ban in place

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 09:50
Soaring temperatures and dry conditions led Washington state officials to issue a ban on outdoor burning across the state on Monday and to warn that the fire season is going to be severe and is starting about a month earlier than normal in the region.

Otter that attacked swimmers in Washington is dead

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:20
SEATTLE (AP) — Wildlife officials in Washington state say the otter that attacked a boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in a river has been tracked down and killed.

Petersen era set to begin at Washington

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 04:25
For years, Petersen was perfectly content. Yet something about Washington - the facilities, the setting, the conference, the history - all combined to finally give Petersen the feeling he needed to make a move.

Lots of returning weapons in Washington State's offense

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 03:37
Mike Leach's Air Raid offense returns quarterback Connor Halliday and its top eight receivers, including River Cracraft, Gabe Marks, Dom Williams and Vince Mayle. Also back is running back Marcus Mason, who led the team in rushing last season.

Lots of returning weapons in Washington State's offense

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 03:22
Mike Leach's Air Raid offense returns quarterback Connor Halliday and its top eight receivers, including River Cracraft, Gabe Marks, Dom Williams and Vince Mayle. Also back is running back Marcus Mason, who led the team in rushing last season.

School Leaders Benefit From Gaming The Medicaid System

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 03:11
By DR. ROGER STARK: The Centralia Chronicle recently reported that the Centralia School District in Washington state submitted false claims to the Medicaid program at least 200 times. What does a school district have to do with Medicaid, a health insurance entitlement for children of poor families?

Washington State depending on offense

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 02:15
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Washington State rode the arm of quarterback Connor Halliday to its first bowl game in a decade last year, and Cougar fans can expect more of the same this season.