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Court: State can nix public pension increases

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:50
The Washington state Supreme Court says the Legislature has the right to repeal pension increases paid to state employees that were approved during the stock market boom of the late 1990s.

Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum.

Washington police ask citizen journalists to not help bad guys get away from crime scenes

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:13
Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing. The "TweetSmart" campaign began in late July by a coalition of nine agencies, including the Washington state patrol and the Seattle police, and aims to raise awareness about social media's potential impact on law enforcement. Police ...

Obama weighs strategy against Islamic State

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:08
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is grappling with how to bridge the gap between its increasingly dire assessment of the threat posed by the Islamic State group and the limited, defensive air campaign it has so far undertaken, which military officials acknowledge will not blunt the group's momentum.

Catching Up With The Cougar Camp

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:55
SWX's John Collett spent the day in Pullman on Tuesday to catch up with the Washington State University football team as it continues its fall camp this week with the season quickly approaching.

Guest: Washington state needs another medical school

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 08:20
Washington state does not have enough doctors. It needs to establish a new medical school, according to guest columnists Henry Mroch and Jeremy Graham.

Man wanted on 59 counts of sexual misconduct with children possibly spotted in Raymond

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:49
RAYMOND, Wash. - Washington State Patrol detectives are still searching for a former Minnesota minister who is wanted on 59 counts of sexual molestation of children, and believe he may have been spotted in Raymond, WA. A witness told police they saw 52-year-old Victor Barnard leaving a McDonald's on Highway 101 in Raymond on Wednesday driving a dark blue Audi 2-door with tinted windows and a ...

Washington Gets Dust Storm in Western Weather Swap

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:45
Arizona gets floods and Washington state gets a dust storm in Western weather swap

Washington's unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:49
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent last month. Numbers released Wednesday by the state's Employment Security Department show that July's jobless rate was down from June's 5.8 percent rate. The state also added an estimated 7,300 jobs from June to July.

Washington State Parks announce ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 04:08
Special day honors birthday of National Park Service

Washington State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 02:22
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced that Aug. 25 is a state parks ‘free day.’ Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks.

State's unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 02:20
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent last month, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department.     The newest numbers show that July's jobless rate was down from June's 5.8 percent rate. The state also added an estimated 7,300 jobs from June to July, and June's initial repot of 9,100 jobs gained was revised up to a ...

State's unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 02:14
Washington state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent last month, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department.

Washington State Convention Center security guard takes out public pooper with tackle

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:55
Evan Bleier SEATTLE, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A security guard in Seattle was able to take out a public pooper who dropped a deuce on a walkway near the Washington State Convention Center.

Ballmer Joins Billionaires Pushing Washington Gun Control

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:29
Former Microsoft Corp. executives Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer donated to a campaign in Washington state to fend off an effort to repeal a same-sex marriage law in 2012.

Ballmer Joins Billionaires Pushing Washington Gun Control

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:01
Fundraising for a gun-control campaign in Washington state is outpacing opponents by a ratio of 4-to-1, fueled by contributions from former Microsoft Corp. executives Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Jon Shirley. They and other supporters have given about $3.4 million to the effort to impose criminal background checks on those who buy firearms online or at gun shows. A competing gun-rights ...

Obama signs disaster declaration for wildfire-scorched Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 06:57
President Barack Obama on Tuesday approved federal disaster aid for wildfire-scorched Washington state, as the U.S. West Coast struggles with a near-record fire season that experts say will likely worsen in the coming weeks. The declaration allows federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in parts of Washington that were affected by wildfires between July 9 and Aug. 5 ...

State expands burn ban to include campfires

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 05:33
Washington State Parks announced Aug. 12 that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources bans all outdoor burning

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:42
Anyone who start or spread fires subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Campfires prohibited in all state parks to help prevent wildfires

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 01:36
NEW — 9:35 a.m. Aug. 12, 2014 Washington State Parks announced today that campfires in all state parks will be prohibited until further notice to help prevent human-caused wildfires during the hot, dry season on both sides of the Cascade Mountains. Locally, that includes Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park. The prohibition on campfires in [...]