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Washington State Enduring Record Wildfire Season

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 22:08
The wildfire season in Washington state has been one of the most destructive on record, charring 550 square miles of wilderness and destroying hundreds of homes and structures, the state Department... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Brigham Young tops list of WA's out-of-state college choices

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 20:15
Recently, we wrote about the large number of Washington state students who go out of state for a college education. Of all the western states, Washington loses the most college-bound students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, a federally-run data clearinghouse.

AP-Washington News Coverage,ADVISORY

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:16
Washington state at 4:45 p.m. The Seattle bureau can be reached at (800) 552-7694 or (206) 682-1812. The photo supervisor is at (206) 682-4801 or (800) 552-7694. For questions on stories from Olympia, call (360) 753-7222. For questions on Spokane-area stories, call Correspondent Nicholas Geranios at (800) ...

Study says a medical school feasible in Spokane

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:57
Washington State University is well-positioned to develop an accredited medical school in the near future with a relatively modest investment from the state, according to a study commissioned by the university that was released Thursday.

Study says a medical school feasible in Spokane

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:40
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Washington State University is well-positioned to develop an accredited medical school in the near future with a relatively modest investment from the state, according to a study commissioned by the university that was released Thursday. The study found there is a "significant and growing ...

Washington's Supreme Court holds state in contempt over education

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 06:19
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state's Supreme Court on Thursday found the legislature in contempt for failing to uphold a court order to come up with a plan to boost its education budget by billions of dollars over the next five years. State lawmakers are not meeting a "paramount duty ... to make ample provisions for the education of all children residing within its ...

Washington State needs to use its running game if it wants to win games

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:46
Washington State's running backs have accounted for just 14 percent of the Cougars' offense in two games.

Washington Supreme Court holds state in contempt

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:14
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress on fixing the way the state pays for public education, but it is holding off on punishments until after the 2015 legislative session, according to an order issued Thursday.

Washington Supreme Court holds state in contempt

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 02:03
The Washington Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress on fixing the way the state pays...

Washington state enduring record wildfire season, official says

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:58
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The wildfire season in Washington state has been one of the most destructive on record, charring 550 square miles of wilderness and destroying hundreds of homes and structures, the state Department of Natural Resources said on Thursday. The assessment came as Washington Governor Jay Inslee renewed a request for the federal government to offer assistance ...

State Supreme Court holds Washington in contempt over school funding

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:29
The Washington Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress on fixing the way the state pays for public education.

State Supreme Court says Washington legislature is in contempt on school funding - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 PST

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 01:11
SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress on fixing the way the state pays for public education, but it ...

Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 00:48
The Washington state Supreme Court is holding the Legislature in contempt for not making enough progress toward fully funding public education but, for now, won't issue sanctions. In an order Thursday in the landmark McCleary school-funding case, the court said it won't issue any sanctions until at least the close of the 2015 legislative session. After that, action could be swift. "On the date ...

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men: Rutgers Edition

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 20:06
With Penn State taking on the Scarlet Knights Saturday, we went straight to the source for the inside scoop on Rutgers. Rutgers, like Penn State, stands atop the Big Ten East with an early 2-0 record. Unlike Penn State, one of those wins came at the expense of a nominal Power Conference team, beating Washington State in Pullman.

Arizona vs. Nevada: Rich Rodriguez, Austin Hill, Jared Tevis and Anu Solomon preview the Wolfpack

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:23
Most Arizona fans probably wrote off this Nevada Wolfpack game as an easy win for the Wildcats, but after a shocking win over Washington State last week, the team from Reno has caught the attention of some people. Also, Arizona played Nevada just two years ago, and should have lost that game. No, I was surprised that Washington State, they're so explosive offensively and their quarterback is ...

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 ...