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New state ferries chief named as WSDOT outlines plan for reliability

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:05
The incoming head of Washington State Ferries emphasized the positive in an interview with KIRO 7, hours after being named to the position. The Washington State Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson selected Lynne Griffith, CEO of Pierce Transit, to be the next assistant secretary for the ferries division. Recent problems at WSF include the ...

Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:42
By Jeff Mason and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, who will set out a broad long-term strategy to defeat the Islamic State in a speech to Americans on Wednesday evening, is prepared to authorize air strikes against the group in Syria, U.S. Pursuing the Islamist radicals inside Syria would complement an expanded military campaign to back government forces in Iraq ...

Washington state teenagers arrested in school shooting threats

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 03:15
Friends of a Washington state man accused of threatening a shooting rampage at his former high school have been arrested on charges of intimidating witnesses who brought the alleged plot to the attention of police, officials said on Wednesday. Matthew Smiley, 18, was charged on Monday with felony harassment and ordered held on $2 million bail for making multiple threats to "shoot up" his former ...

Leach looking for better focus from Washington St

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:47
Washington State coach Mike Leach thinks the Cougars' 0-2 start this season is partially tied to a lack of focus during games. ''I think we need to make sure we're sharper on their focus,'' Leach said. We don't play very well.'' Washington State (0-2) hosts Portland State (1-1) of the FCS on Saturday in the team's first game of the season in Pullman. Leach hinted that the Cougars likely won't be ...

Washington state names new head of state ferries

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 02:23
Washington state officials on Wednesday named a new head of the state ferry system, which is emerging from a tough summer. Lynne Griffith, currently the chief executive officer of Pierce Transit, will ...

Washington state names new head of state ferry division; first woman appointed to position

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 01:58
Washington state officials on Wednesday named a new head of the state ferry system, which is emerging from a tough summer.

State names Pierce Transit leader as new ferries chief

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 23:48
The Washington State Department of Transportation has named Lynne Griffith, CEO of Pierce Transit, to lead the state ferries system.

Officials: No threat of Islamic State attack in US

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 23:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group doesn't pose an immediate threat of an attack in the United States, senior U.S. officials testified Wednesday, but warned that the danger from the militants is spreading beyond the Middle East to Europe and other parts of the world.

Today in MSU History: State Beats the Eventual Rose Bowl Champs

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 22:01
Mississippi State knocks off the Washington Huskies, who went on to win the Rose Bowl in 1977. In 1977, Mississippi State was coming off a 9-2 season where their only losses came at Tuscaloosa and at Gainesville.  There was a lot of hype in Starkville, and after a 17-15 win in the opener against North Texas State, Bob Tyler and the 16th-ranked Bulldogs headed to Seattle to play the Washington ...

Washington man sentenced to 20 years in meth case

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:41
A Washington state man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison on drug and weapons charges.

Obama to seek arms, training for Syrian opposition

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 08:28
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress to quickly authorize the arming and training of Syrian opposition forces but will press forward without a formal sign-off from lawmakers on a broader military and political effort to combat Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, administration officials said Tuesday.

Washington State football players arrested over weekend

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 06:49
Three Washington State football players were arrested early Sunday morning, according to Pullman police. According to Pullman police reports, three WSU football players were arrested early Sunday morning. Pullman police will not release the name of the 17 year-old because he is a minor.

Clippers owner, wife give $250K to gun initiative

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 03:07
Former Microsoft CEO and new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, have donated another $250,000 to a campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales in Washington state. ...

Affinor Growers Partners With Herbal Analytics for Cannabis Quality Control in Washington State

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 00:07
Affinor Growers has signed an agreement with Herbal Analytics, a Washington State testing laboratory, to provide quality control for cannabis products . Herbal Analytics has the staff, instrumentation, ...

Affinor Growers Partners With Herbal Analytics for Cannabis Quality Control in Washington State

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 23:56
Affinor Growers has signed an agreement with Herbal Analytics, a Washington State testing laboratory, to provide quality control for cannabis products . Herbal Analytics has the...

Not Enough Weed To Go Around In Washington Pot Industry

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 21:51
It’s been two months since retail marijuana stores opened in Washington state. Already, the state said sales have exceeded $10 million. But the supply of pot has also been tight, meaning some retail stores in the state can’t be open as often as they’d like.

Va. lawmaker stabbed by so calls for national mental health system reform

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 17:41
Elsewhere, the Washington state Supreme Court will allow psychiatric hospitals more time to find beds for patients with mental illnesses, and Connecticut plans to overhaul children's mental health care.

What do I do with my front license plate when there’s no place to put it?

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 14:32
Don’t put your front license plate on the dash. (seattlepi.com file photo) Q: I’m relatively new to Washington State. I know Washington DOL requires both a front and rear license plate on vehicles. However, my vehicle was purchased when I lived out of state and it doesn’t have any place on the front to mount a license plate. Am I still required to figure out a way to do so? Should I put the ...

Obama to broaden US effort to combat militants

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 11:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will go on the offensive against the Islamic State group with a broader counterterror mission than he previously has been willing to embrace, U.S. officials said Monday. The new plan, however, still won't commit U.S. troops to a ground war against the brutal insurgency and will rely heavily for now on allies to pitch in for what could be an extended ...