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Washington lawmakers pushing electric car ownership

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:44
Even with gas prices hovering around $2 per gallon, Washington state lawmakers are considering a raft of bills to encourage more drivers to turn to electric cars in the name of reducing pollution. Plug-in-and-charge ...

Washington State signs 23 players, focusing on lines and DBs

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:28
Washington State coach Mike Leach signed a quarterback and three wide receivers for his Air Raid offense on Wednesday, but wanted to highlight some other players in his latest recruiting class. ''The quality of the offensive and defensive line and the defensive backs in particular,'' Leach said when asked to place an identity on his recruiting class. ''This is the best class in my opinion we've ...

Have Seattle's Pot Vending Machines Been Released Just In Time To Become Obsolete?

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 03:54
On Tuesday, ZaZZZ unveiled Washington state’s first ever medical marijuana vending machine in Seattle. The company said its pot-dispensing machines are designed to meet the needs of the growing medical ...

State lands earn $265M for schools, universities

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 03:12
A Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) report reveals that leasing and natural resource sales on state trust lands produced nearly $265 million in 2014.

Washington State Health Care Authority Utilizes CNSI Technology to Integrate Provider Payments

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 23:00
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CNSI, in partnership with the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA), announced that as of January 15, 2015, the ProviderOne Phase-II 1099 Track has been implemented, making it the first state in the nation to integrate social service and provider payments into the federally- certified Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). Utilizing ...

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Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:37
The Washington State Department of Transportation on Monday filed a $17 million lawsuit to recoup the costs of response and repair following the 2013 over-height truck collision that caused a portion of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 to collapse.

Washington state lawmaker wants to scrap daylight savings time

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 09:27
A Washington state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would scrap the twice-yearly time switches required by daylight savings time and see the West Coast state join Arizona and Hawaii in sticking to one standard time. Representative Elizabeth Scott, a Republican from Monroe, told a House committee on Tuesday that switching the clocks is inconvenient, even in the age of self-adjusting smartphones ...

Washington state lawmaker wants to scrap daylight savings time

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 09:18
A Washington state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would scrap the twice-yearly time switches required by daylight savings time and see the West Coast state join Arizona and Hawaii in sticking to one standard time. Representative Elizabeth Scott, a Republican from Monroe, told a House committee on Tuesday that switching the clocks is inconvenient, even in the age of self-adjusting smartphones ...

Fitch Rates Washington's $484MM GO Bonds 'AA+'; Outlook Stable

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 05:38
Fitch Ratings has assigned an 'AA+' rating to the following state of Washington general obligation bonds:

Washington state bill tries to force Uber, Lyft to act more like normal taxis

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 05:19
Washington state lawmakers are considering legislation to regulate smartphone-enabled car services like Uber and Lyft, which may override rules imposed last year in Seattle that dictate how the companies compete with traditional taxis.

Washington State Mentors Changes Name to Mentoring Works Washington

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 04:34
This week, the state’s leading organization for supporting and improving the quality and reach of mentoring services unveils its new name – Mentoring Works Washington. The new name and brand identity emphasize the non-profit’s growing role as the principal advocate for youth mentoring throughout Washington.

Washington State sets up third poultry quarantine amid avian flu worries

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 03:52
The state of Washington said Tuesday it has established a third poultry quarantine zone after state officials discovered that a flock of about 100 birds in Okanogan County was infected with the avian influenza virus. The Washington State Department of Agriculture adopted an emergency rule on Sunday to establish the new quarantine area, which encompasses a six-mile area in Oroville, Wash., state ...

State transportation commission to present I-405 express toll lane rates proposal

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 02:44
The Washington State Transportation Commission will discuss and take comments on its proposed rate structure for tolling new express lanes on Interstate 405 tonight at Bellevue City Hall. The lanes will open later this year between Bellevue and Lynwood.

State looks to share marijuana taxes with cities

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 11:06
Washington state legalized marijuana more than two years ago, but in much of the state, there's still no place to get the sanctioned stuff: More than 100 cities and counties have banned pot businesses, making it tough to undermine the black market.

Washington state looks to share marijuana taxes with cities - Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:08
SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state legalized marijuana more than two years ago, but in much of the state, there's still no place to get the sanctioned stuff: More than 100 cities and counties have banned pot businesses, making it tough to undermine the black market.

Washington files $17 million lawsuit for bridge collapse

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:01
A lawsuit filed Monday by the Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking at least $17 million to recover costs related to the 2013 Skagit River bridge collapse. The lawsuit, filed in Skagit County Superior Court, names several parties as responsible: William Scott, the truck driver whose oversized truck hit the bridge? the driver's employer, Mullen Trucking LP? the pilot car driver ...

Washington state looks to share marijuana taxes with cities

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 09:53
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state legalized marijuana more than two years ago, but in much of the state, there's still no place to get the sanctioned stuff: More than 100 cities and counties have banned pot businesses, making it tough to undermine the black market.

Washington state lawmakers consider statewide ridesharing rules

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:50
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Washington state considered legislation on Monday to regulate smartphone-enabled car services like Uber and Lyft, possibly overriding rules imposed in Seattle last year to manage how the companies compete with traditional taxis. In July, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced new guidelines that removed a cap on the number of drivers for ...

Washington state lawmakers consider statewide ridesharing rules

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:50
Lawmakers in Washington state considered legislation on Monday to regulate smartphone-enabled car services like Uber and Lyft, possibly overriding rules imposed in Seattle last year to manage how the companies compete with traditional taxis. In July, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced new guidelines that removed a cap on the number of drivers for transportation network companies while also ...

Washington state lawmakers consider statewide ridesharing rules

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 08:50
Lawmakers in Washington state considered legislation on Monday to regulate smartphone-enabled car services like Uber and Lyft, possibly overriding rules imposed in Seattle last year to manage how the companies compete with traditional taxis. In July, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced new guidelines that removed a cap on the number of drivers for transportation network companies while also ...