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Bomb squad called to Ocean Shores hotel after 'sparkler bomb' scare

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 09:40
The Washington State Patrol bomb squad was called to a hotel in Ocean Shores after a sparkler bomb scare Saturday morning.   The incident happened at the Shilo Inn.   According to police, a guest found two suspected explosive devices on the back bumper of his vehicle. He moved the devices next to a trash can and notified hotel staff.   A maintenance worker placed a bucket over the devices and ...

Washington Healthplanfinder special enrollment opportunity for same-sex marriages

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 07/06/2014 - 06:19
OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Healthplanfinder today announced a limited special enrollment period for Washington state residents whose same-sex domestic partnerships were recently converted to marriages on June 30. The 60-day enrollment window provides these couples with a unique opportunity to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan before the next open enrollment period that starts on Nov. 15, 2014 ...

Oil train records show what Oregon tried to hide

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 04:18
(AP) — When Oregon officials at last released oil train routing information after a month-long public records battle, they still decided to redact some information. The records were provided to the U.S. Department of Transportation after the agency issued an emergency order requiring railroads to notify state officials about the volume, frequency and county-by-county routes of trains carrying 1 ...

Oil train records show what Oregon tried to hide

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 07/05/2014 - 04:02
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — When Oregon officials at last released oil train routing information after a month-long public records battle, they still decided to redact some information. But officials in neighboring Washington state had no such qualms.

Washington trying to avoid empty shelves when pot goes on sale

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 21:41
In an attempt to avoid an embarrassing situation of having no marijuana on store shelves, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will begin issuing final licenses to retail marijuana shops via email at 1 a.m. Monday morning.

State-wide count of homeless people shows steep jump from 2013

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:17
The number of people living outdoors in Washington state rose 25 percent over last year, according to a new report by the state Department of Commerce.

State trying to avoid empty shelves when pot goes on sale

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 11:09
In an attempt to avoid an embarrassing situation of having no marijuana on store shelves, the Washington State Liquor Control Board will begin issuing final licenses to retail marijuana shops via email at 1 a.m. Monday morning.

State prison inmates no longer will be disciplined for 'self-harm' - Thu, 03 Jul 2014 PST

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 02:44
Beginning Friday, inmates in Washington state prisons will no longer be disciplined for hurting themselves or attempting suicide, a news release from the state Department of Corrections said. Attempts at self-harm in the past have resulted in inmates losing good–conduct time. In cases where offenders lost good-conduct time only for attempting to hurt themselves, that time will be restored, the ...

Washington state announces Obamacare sign-up period for newly married same-sex couples

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 02:35
Washington state officials announced Thursday they will offer a 60-day special enrollment period on its Obamacare exchange for same-sex domestic partners whose unions were converted to marriages at the end of last month. Because the batch of conversions emanating from a 2012 same-sex marriage law are considered qualifying life events, ...

State's first licensed pot producer selling his business

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:35
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The man who received Washington's first license to produce legally grown marijuana said he wants to sell his business--even before the first pot is sold. With legal recreational marijuana sales scheduled to begin in the state on Tuesday, Sean Green said he's not selling his business, Kouchlock Productions, because he's in financial trouble. He feels, rather, it's time to step ...

State Sen. LeAnna Washington wants a Philly jury

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 15:31
Washington doesn’t want her public corruption trial held in Montco.

State Sen. Washington wants trial in Philly, not Montco

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:08
State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington, who is facing trial on political corruption charges, wants her case transferred out of Montgomery County and into Philadelphia.

Guest: Obama’s regulatory cap-and-trade does not work for Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:10
Washington state would be penalized under the EPA’s proposed rules to cut carbon-dioxide emissions, writes guest columnist Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Municipal League ratings: A big boost for some Senate candidates

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:59
A bipartisan group of five Washington State Senate incumbents and challengers have received a major boost in just-published candidate ratings by the Municipal League of King County. State Sen. Pam Roach, longest serving Republican in the State Senate, gets a so-so “Good” rating from the Municipal League. Roach is known for conflicts with legislative staff. But the Muny League gave equal ratings ...

For Sale: Washington State's First Legal Pot Business

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:29
The first licensed legal marijuana business in Washington state is for sale to the highest bidder—and the bidding has begun.

For Sale: Washington State's First Legal Pot Business

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:16
The first licensed legal marijuana business in Washington state is for sale to the highest bidder—and the bidding has begun.

For Sale: Washington State's First Legal Pot Business

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 06:13
The first licensed legal marijuana business in Washington state is for sale to the highest bidder—and the bidding has begun.

For Sale: Washington State's First Legal Pot License

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 05:33
The first legal marijuana license in Washington state is for sale to the highest bidder—and the bidding has begun.

Washington's friends rally for the state senator

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 18:55
As her criminal trial approaches and a civil lawsuit begins, State Sen. LeAnna Washington is getting a little help from her friends, in the form of a legal-defense fund.

Washington's friends rally for the state senator

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:47
As her criminal trial approaches and a civil lawsuit begins, State Sen. LeAnna Washington is getting a little help from her friends, in the form of a legal-defense fund.