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Washington state auditor says federal probe may be linked to a past business

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 06:37
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state auditor Troy Kelley, whose home was searched last week by U.S. Treasury Department agents, said on Monday he was aware federal investigators had questions about his former company's finances but was puzzled as to what they might be trying to uncover. Kelley returned to work in Olympia on Monday following a pre-planned vacation last week ...

State auditor says he's cooperating with federal investigators - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 PST

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 02:57
Washington state auditor Troy Kelley returned to work Monday following a week where his home was raided by federal agents and his office turned over records that were subpoenaed by ...

Washington auditor returns to work, says he's cooperating with federal investigation

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 01:32
Washington state auditor Troy Kelley says he has fully cooperated with federal officials on questions related to financial activities at a business he previously owned.

State auditor says he's cooperating with investigation

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 01:13
Washington state auditor Troy Kelley says he has fully cooperated with federal officials on questions related to financial activities at a business he previously owned, but said all of his actions over the years have been "lawful and appropriate."

Justices frown on state censorship of license plates

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 00:54
The Sons of Confederate Veterans are challenging Texas' refusal to issue a specialty license plate. / AP WASHINGTON - State programs that allow special interest groups to design license plates could be jeopardized based on Supreme Court justices' complaints Monday about Texas' denial of a plate commemorating Confederate veterans.

Golden State Warriors aim for perfect homestand, host Washington Wizards

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 23:32
The NBA-best Golden State Warriors look to close out a perfect homestand Monday versus the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena.

What's wrong with the Washington State data center?

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:01
Facility sits mostly empty after more than two years.

Battle flag at center of Supreme Court free speech case

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 12:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas commemorates the Confederacy in many ways, from an annual celebration of Confederate Heroes Day each January to monuments on the grounds of the state Capitol in Austin. Among the memorials is one that has stood for more than a century, bearing an image of the Confederate battle flag etched in marble.

Deep scars but hope of renewal a year after deadly Washington state mudslide

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 09:12
By Eric M. Johnson OSO, Wash. (Reuters) - A year after a mudslide sent a wall of debris onto the fields around Don Young's house in the shadow of the Cascade Mountains in Washington state, killing many of his neighbors, grass is finally sprouting again. "You don't want to keep re-living the damn thing, you know?" Even as the land recovers, many of those affected by the mudslide say their nerves ...

Advance the bill to restore Washington’s No Child Left Behind waiver

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 03/22/2015 - 17:37
The state House should pass a bill that will restore Washington schools’ control over about $40 million in federal funding for low-income students. The Senate has already acted.

Subpoena seeks info on part-time Washington auditor employee

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 10:39
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The office of Washington state auditor Troy Kelley released late Friday a Department of Justice subpoena that sought documents related to a part-time employee at the agency who was a longtime business associate of the elected official.

Governor urges state auditor to explain federal investigation - Fri, 20 Mar 2015 PST

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 07:12
A spokesman for Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday the governor is very concerned about an apparent federal investigation into the state auditor, and is encouraging him to work ...

Wash. state to test ways to send food stamp recipients to work

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 05:16
Washington state received a $22 million grant from the federal government to fund job programs. The grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will allow the state to expand job training for food stamp recipients. The job programs will target the homeless, veterans and single parents with childcare obligations, and those for whom English is a second language. “This is a huge grant for us. We ...

State rail regulators: Fine BNSF for not reporting leaks immediately

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:41
Washington state regulators have recommended BNSF Railway be fined up to $700,000 for failing to properly report more than a dozen hazardous materials spills in recent months despite the fact… Click to Continue »

BNSF Railway faces fines in Washington state over hazardous spills

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:30
Washington state regulators have recommended BNSF Railway be fined $700,000 for not properly disclosing that its trains had spilled crude oil and other hazardous materials on 14 occasions over four months, officials said on Friday. BNSF rail cars leaked hazardous material in 16 separate incidents between November and March but in only two cases were the spills reported to state officials ...

BNSF Railway faces fines in Washington state over hazardous spills

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:25
Washington state regulators have recommended BNSF Railway be fined $700,000 for not properly disclosing that its trains had spilled crude oil and other hazardous materials on 14 occasions over four months, officials said on Friday. BNSF rail cars leaked hazardous material in 16 separate incidents between November and March but in only two cases were the spills reported to state officials ...

Washington governor concerned about apparent auditor probe

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:39
A spokesman for Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday the governor is very concerned about an apparent federal investigation into the state auditor, and is encouraging him to work with authorities after federal Treasury agents searched his home and the Justice Department subpoenaed documents from his office. In a written statement, Inslee spokesman David Postman said that the governor ...

U.S. federal authorities search Washington state auditor's home

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 03:20
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Department agents have searched the home of Washington state auditor Troy Kelley, and his office has turned over documents subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice, officials said on Friday without disclosing what was sought. Kelley's office said it had turned over documents to the Justice Department by a Thursday deadline. Emily ...

Washington governor concerned about apparent auditor probe

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 02:37
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A spokesman for Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday the governor is very concerned about an apparent federal investigation into the state auditor, and is encouraging him to work with authorities after federal Treasury agents searched his home and the Justice Department subpoenaed documents from ...

Legal Recreational Pot: Who's Next?

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 03/21/2015 - 01:39
Alaska, Washington state and Colorado are currently the only U.S. states with a legal recreational marijuana market. While Washington, D.C. has also legalized recreational marijuana use, the district still ...