Gregoire: Special session for budget approval

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is acknowledging that a special legislative session will be needed to pass a state budget, but insists that lawmakers have a deal before midnight Thursday.

Gregoire said Wednesday that at this point, it's logistically and procedurally impossible to pass a budget before the regular 60-day session ends on Thursday. But she said she doesn't want a long, drawn-out extended session and wants a plan in place before she officially calls for a special session.

Gregoire says she'll meet with leadership from both parties either later Wednesday or Thursday to see where they are at.