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Hoff, King win award from Washington Farm Bureau

September 16, 2021, 6:03am Clark County News

Think there are no farms left in Clark County? The Washington Farm Bureau doesn’t agree. Read story

Despite law, 20 Washington counties don’t offer public-option health plans

August 2, 2021, 6:02am Election

Two years ago, Washington state lawmakers passed a public-option health care bill, with the goal of making it easier and cheaper for Washington residents to buy health insurance. Read story

Crime scene tape and police cars are visible at the scene of a police shooting in downtown Vancouver in February 2019.

What new Washington police accountability laws do and don’t do

Crime scene tape and police cars are visible at the scene of a police shooting in downtown Vancouver in February 2019.

August 2, 2021, 6:00am Courts & Crime

Several new police accountability bills went into effect in Washington state this week, changing some of the ways police officers can interact with the public. Read story

Deadline coming on Washington long-term care: private or state plan?

July 27, 2021, 10:25am Health

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two years ago, Washington became the first state in the nation to establish a defined benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care. Now, workers have just a few months to decide whether they want to buy a private plan and opt out of the… Read story

Cadets LeAnne Cone, left, of the Vancouver Police Dept., and Kevin Burton-Crow, right, of the Thurston Co. Sheriff's Dept., walk past a rock at the Washington state Criminal Justice Training Commission engraved with "WSCJTC Values Professionalism, Accountability Integrity," on the way to a training exercise Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Burien, Wash. Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd's murder last year, with nearly a dozen new laws that took effect Sunday, July 25, but law enforcement officials remain uncertain about what they require in how officers might respond -- or not respond -- to certain situations, including active crime scenes and mental health crises. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington

Cadets LeAnne Cone, left, of the Vancouver Police Dept., and Kevin Burton-Crow, right, of the Thurston Co. Sheriff's Dept., walk past a rock at the Washington state Criminal Justice Training Commission engraved with "WSCJTC Values Professionalism, Accountability Integrity," on the way to a training exercise Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Burien, Wash. Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd's murder last year, with nearly a dozen new laws that took effect Sunday, July 25, but law enforcement officials remain uncertain about what they require in how officers might respond -- or not respond -- to certain situations, including active crime scenes and mental health crises. (AP Photo/Ted S.

July 26, 2021, 2:52pm Latest News

SEATTLE — Washington is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd’s murder last year, as nearly a dozen laws took effect Sunday. Read story

Washington State?s Supreme Court Building, also known as the Temple of Justice, photographed on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Olympia, Wash.

Despite Washington court ruling, warrants continue for drug possession

Washington State?s Supreme Court Building, also known as the Temple of Justice, photographed on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Olympia, Wash.

July 26, 2021, 6:02am Latest News

Months after the Washington Supreme Court deemed the state’s law criminalizing drug possession unconstitutional, thousands of people remain on parole with drug-related charges that are likely invalid. Read story

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Hundreds of new Washington laws go into effect Sunday

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July 23, 2021, 9:21am Editor's Choice

OLYMPIA — Major new policies in Washington that effect drugs penalties, climate change, taxes and other issues will go into affect on Sunday. Read story

Night Owl Cycling owners Kelly Campo and Heidi Campo run a full-service bike shop on their property in Kingston, Wash., on July 13, 2021. The Campos are in the process of building a mountain biking center on their property in Kitsap County's rural Country Woods neighborhood, but lack the necessary broadband infrastructure to realize their dreams of a mesh tracking network to track cyclists while they are on nearby trails on the property. (Matt M.

New Washington laws start to close public broadband gap — but it’s a small step

Night Owl Cycling owners Kelly Campo and Heidi Campo run a full-service bike shop on their property in Kingston, Wash., on July 13, 2021. The Campos are in the process of building a mountain biking center on their property in Kitsap County's rural Country Woods neighborhood, but lack the necessary broadband infrastructure to realize their dreams of a mesh tracking network to track cyclists while they are on nearby trails on the property. (Matt M.

July 19, 2021, 6:02am Business

During the pandemic, Shannon Beddo’s students got used to her disappearing during the middle of an online lesson. Beddo, who teaches at two co-op schools, often lost her internet connection, leaving the students without a teacher. Read story

From left: Elaine Simons, the foster mother of Jesse Sarey, Fred Thomas, the father of Leonard Thomas, and Po Leapai, the cousin of Iosia Faletogo.

3 Washington families on how new police laws could have helped their loved ones

From left: Elaine Simons, the foster mother of Jesse Sarey, Fred Thomas, the father of Leonard Thomas, and Po Leapai, the cousin of Iosia Faletogo.

May 31, 2021, 6:02am Latest News

George Floyd’s murder sparked worldwide protests against police brutality. When it came to new police accountability measures enacted in Washington state this year, the focus was on people killed closer to home.  Read story

Michael Moore, an information technology construction coordinator, is seen with an explanatory board about telecommunications services at a co-location data center inside Grays Harbor Pubic Utility District's headquarters in Aberdeen on March 4, 2021. Two bills approved by Washington's Legislature would let public utility districts offer broadband to retail customers. But there's some confusion about how the bills would interact. (Matt M.

Two bills aim to expand public broadband in Washington, but there’s a hitch

Michael Moore, an information technology construction coordinator, is seen with an explanatory board about telecommunications services at a co-location data center inside Grays Harbor Pubic Utility District's headquarters in Aberdeen on March 4, 2021. Two bills approved by Washington's Legislature would let public utility districts offer broadband to retail customers. But there's some confusion about how the bills would interact. (Matt M.

May 24, 2021, 6:03am Business

Washington state went all in on expanding public broadband this year. So much so, that the Legislature passed two different bills aimed at extending high-speed internet to people in rural areas. Read story