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Local college-completion effort draws White House's attention

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:42
What does Washington state have to teach White House policy leaders about higher education?

Jason Guesser Answers 'Ice Bucket Challenge' From Michelle Dapper

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:24
Last week SWX's own Michelle Dapper challenge Washington State legend Jason Gesser to take the 'Ice Bucket Challenge' and on Sunday Gesser finally answered the challenge. Checkout the video.

Washington ferries executive placed on leave

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:05
A Washington State Ferries executive whose ticket-seller son was fired by the agency has been placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons. Operations director Steve Rodgers was administratively reassigned to his home July 3, The Kitsap Sun reported. Rodgers must remain there and be available by phone from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday while an investigation is underway ...

Washington State Parks ‘free day’ Aug. 25

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:56
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25 is a state parks ‘free day.’

Money starts to flow in for gun initiatives

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 03:30
While Washington state voters won't weigh in on two competing gun-related ballot measures for months, money is already pouring into the campaigns in advance of the November election.

Money starts to flow in for Washington gun initiatives

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 02:28
OLYMPIA, Wash. - While Washington state voters won't weigh in on two competing gun-related ballot measures for months, money is already pouring into the campaigns in advance of the November election. Initiative 594, which is proposing universal background checks for gun sales and transfers, has a significant fundraising advantage over its rival. Initiative 591 would prevent Washington state from ...

Washington State Ferries executive placed on administrative leave

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 11:58
A Washington State Ferries executive whose ticket-seller son was fired by the agency has been placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons.

Washington ferries executive placed on leave

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 05:04
(AP) — A Washington State Ferries executive whose ticket-seller son was fired by the agency has been placed on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons. Rodgers must remain there and be available by phone from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday while an investigation is underway, according to a letter signed by Cam Gilmour, the chief operating officer of the state Department of ...

"Boarding" Of Psychiatric Patients In Emergency Departments Unconstitutional In Washington State

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 02:17
The Washington State Supreme Court ruled last week that “psychiatric boarding”, whereby psychiatric patients are admitted to a hospital, but stay for prolonged periods in an emergency department--sometimes for hours or days, until psychiatric beds are available--violates the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act, and is therefore unconstitutional. While the practice may once have been considered ...

"Boarding" Of Psychiatric Patients In Emergency Departments Unconstitutional In Washington State

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 02:08
The Washington State Supreme Court ruled last week that “psychiatric boarding”, whereby psychiatric patients are admitted to a hospital, but stay for prolonged periods in an emergency department--sometimes for hours or days, until psychiatric beds are available--violates the state’s Involuntary Treatment Act, and is therefore unconstitutional. While the practice may once have been considered ...

Washington State Supreme Court: Psychiatric boarding in emergency department is unconstitutional

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 01:52
In a potentially precedent-setting ruling, the Washington State Supreme Court determined last week that psychiatric boarding — the process by which patients are admitted to a hospital, but remain in the emergency department for hours, even days, until psychiatric beds become available — is unconstitutional and violates the state's Involuntary Treatment Act.

Feds’ failed school rules inspire revolting response

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:47
The federal government’s extreme labeling of all Washington state schools as failing could lead to a revolt. Not against the schools. Against the federal government.

Too many aboard Washington ferry; 480 had to leave

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 13:39
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Seattle-bound Washington state ferry mistakenly loaded with 484 more passengers than it was rated to carry had to return to the dock and leave the overflow at the Bremerton ferry terminal late Friday afternoon as Seattle Seahawks fans tried to reach an evening preseason game.

Feds’ failed school rules inspire revolting response

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 12:49
The federal government’s extreme labeling of all Washington state schools as failing could lead to a revolt. Not against the schools. Against the federal government.

Too many on board Seattle-bound ferry, causing 480 to get off; packed with Seahawks fans

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 11:53
BREMERTON, Wash. — A Seattle-bound Washington state ferry mistakenly loaded with 484 more passengers than it was rated to carry had to return to the dock and leave the overflow at the Bremerton ferry terminal late Friday afternoon as Seattle Seahawks fans tried to reach an evening preseason game.

Washington boy, 14, shot in face by teenage friend: police

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 07:26
A 15-year-old boy in Washington state shot a 14-year-old friend in the face with a pistol taken from a gun safe in his home, leaving the younger teen in critical condition in hospital, authorities said on Friday. The Longview Police Department said the pair were home alone when they found the key to the safe and began handling the weapon that was inside. Emergency responders who found the 14 ...

Shell's Washington oil-by-rail plan gets streamlined permitting

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:18
Royal Dutch Shell Plc's (RDSa.L) proposal to move by rail up to 60,000 barrels per day of North American crude to its Washington state refinery will not have to undergo a lengthy environmental review, local planners said this week. The plan still awaits multiple permit approvals before construction can start, but the Skagit County Planning and Development Services division's decision that a full ...

Why you'll watch Sam Houston State-Eastern Washington, 2014's real season opener

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 21:31
Others pick Thursday, Aug. 28, which includes Texas A&M-South Carolina and others. The truly bold pick Aug. 27, when FBS-minted Georgia State takes on Abilene Christian. As all Eagles should, Eastern Washington slashes the lifeblood out of its opposition through a menacing air attack, led by perhaps the best player in FCS, quarterback Vernon Adams.

Washington state school officials criticize federal 'failing' status

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:17
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Superintendents from 28 Washington state school districts have begun sending letters to parents that criticize the classification of many schools in the state as failing under federal standards, education officials said on Thursday. A large number of schools in Washington's 295 districts this year will receive a failing grade under the federal No Child ...