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Washington florist rejects settlement offer after court rules she can’t refuse service to gay weddings

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:51
A florist rejected a settlement offer from Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Friday, days after a state judge ruled that her "relationship with Jesus? was not enough to justify her refusal to provide flower arrangements for the wedding of a same-sex couple.

Washington florist rejects settlement offer after court rules she can’t refuse service to gay weddings

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:51
A florist rejected a settlement offer from Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Friday, days after a state judge ruled that her "relationship with Jesus? was not enough to justify her refusal to provide flower arrangements for the wedding of a same-sex couple.

Washington florist rejects settlement offer after court rules she can’t refuse service to gay weddings

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 06:51
A florist rejected a settlement offer from Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Friday, days after a state judge ruled that her "relationship with Jesus? was not enough to justify her refusal to provide flower arrangements for the wedding of a same-sex couple.

Washington state House panel recommends bill making mugshots public

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 04:57
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state lawmakers have advanced out of a House committee a proposal that would make jail booking photos public.The House Public Safety Committee passed the measure by an 8-1 vote Friday morning. It would require Washington state jails to...

Washington State can view spill-response plans for pipeline that B.C. cannot

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 21:08
Documents available in U.S. include specific response times, valve locations and evacuation zone maps

Family of Mexican farm worker slain in Washington state seeks new autopsy

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:05
By Eric M. Johnson KENNEWICK, Wash. (Reuters) - The family of a Mexican farm worker killed by police in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks has asked for an independent autopsy into his death, county officials said on Thursday. The family's request comes amid ongoing protests over the Feb. 10 death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, a small city of about 68,000 residents that is ...

Washington ACLU sues state hospital district over abortion services

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:34
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the state's third-largest public hospital district, accusing it of failing to comply with an abortion rights law. The lawsuit alleges that Skagit Regional Health, which operates a large hospital and several clinics in Skagit County about 100 miles north of Seattle ...

Judge to florist who refused same-sex wedding: You broke the law

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 04:49
A Washington state judge has ruled in favor of a same-sex couple whose longtime florist, citing her Christian beliefs, refused to provide flowers for their wedding. A step towards progress, or just another skirmish in the so-called wedding-cake war?

Obama picks State's Psaki to head White House communications

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:24
WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki will become President Barack Obama's new communications director, filling a key slot as Obama embarks on the final two years of his presidency, White House officials said Thursday.

Washington state judge rules against florist who refused gay wedding

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 14:46
(Reuters) - A judge in Washington state on Wednesday ruled that a florist who refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple's wedding violated state anti-discrimination law, court records show. Florist Barronelle Stutzman was sued by both the state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, in 2013. The pair were longtime customers of Stutzman's ...

Washington state protests spread over police shooting of Mexican man

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:27
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Protests over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Mexican immigrant in southeastern Washington spread to the state's largest city, Seattle, on Wednesday, with demonstrators renewing calls for change in policing tactics in the United States. About two dozen people attended the rally in downtown Seattle, some 200 miles (320 km) northwest of the largely ...

Washington's WHL teams seek labor-law exemption

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:46
While Washington's four teams in the Western Hockey League are under investigation for child labor practices, the state Legislature is considering a league request to exempt amateur athletes from state labor laws. In a hearing before the Washington state Senate's Commerce and Labor Committee Wednesday, officials from the state's WHL teams and the league office said the Seattle Thunderbirds ...

Washington's WHL teams investigated for child labour violations, ask Legislature for exemptions

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:46
While Washington's four teams in the Western Hockey League are under investigation for child labour practices, the state Legislature is considering a league request to exempt amateur athletes from state labour laws. In a hearing before the Washington state Senate's Commerce and Labor Committee Wednesday, officials from the state's WHL teams and the league office said the Seattle Thunderbirds ...

Washington's WHL teams investigated for child labour violations, ask Legislature for exemptions

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:46
While Washington's four teams in the Western Hockey League are under investigation for child labour practices, the state Legislature is considering a league request to exempt amateur athletes from state labour laws. In a hearing before the Washington state Senate's Commerce and Labor Committee Wednesday, officials from the state's WHL teams and the league office said the Seattle Thunderbirds ...

Judge: Washington florist who refused gay wedding broke law

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:12
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge: Washington Florist Who Refused Gay Wedding Broke Law

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 09:06
Judge: Washington state florist who refused to do flowers for gay wedding broke state law

Washington state protests spread over police shooting of Mexican man

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 07:43
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - A big rally was planned in Seattle on Wednesday over the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Mexican immigrant who ran from officers in Washington state after throwing rocks at them, and whose death has prompted calls for a federal probe. The Feb. 10 slaying of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, a city of about 68,000 people, half of whom are Hispanic, in ...

Washington state quake shows early warning system is slow

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:44
SEATTLE (AP) — A magnitude-4.3 earthquake that rumbled under Washington state's Cascade Range early Wednesday was "not a great advertisement" for an early warning system undergoing tests, an official said.

Washington state quake shows early warning system is slow

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:44
A magnitude-4.3 earthquake that rumbled under Washington state's Cascade Range early Wednesday was "not a great advertisement" for an early warning system undergoing tests, an official said. ...

Washington state man dies while surfing in Puerto Rico

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 02:27
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A 28-year-old tourist from Washington state died while surfing along Puerto Rico's west coast, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.