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The Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility about 16 miles east of Ellensburg in central Washington is part of Puget Sound Energy&rsquo;s clean energy portfolio.

Controversial clean energy law takes effect in Washington

The Wild Horse Wind and Solar Facility about 16 miles east of Ellensburg in central Washington is part of Puget Sound Energy&rsquo;s clean energy portfolio.

March 29, 2024, 4:42pm Editor's Choice

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed a hotly contested bill to quicken Puget Sound Energy’s transition away from natural gas, leaving in place a provision that critics argued would unfairly benefit the utility’s investors at the expense of ratepayers. Read story

Workers cut away an old expansion joint on Interstate 5 in Seattle, during 2022.

Inslee signs final transportation budget, warns of tough sledding

Workers cut away an old expansion joint on Interstate 5 in Seattle, during 2022.

March 29, 2024, 2:34pm Latest News

As Gov. Jay Inslee prepared to sign the last transportation spending plan of his 12-year tenure Thursday, he described the bumpy road ahead for lawmakers and his successor. Read story

Gov. Jay Inslee points to the work his homeless encampment initiative has done to clear encampments and transition people into housing. Inslee released his budget proposals surrounding housing and homelessness programs at the site of a former encampment in Seattle.

Housing and homelessness in Washington, by the numbers

Gov. Jay Inslee points to the work his homeless encampment initiative has done to clear encampments and transition people into housing. Inslee released his budget proposals surrounding housing and homelessness programs at the site of a former encampment in Seattle.

March 29, 2024, 6:02am Northwest

In recent years, Washington lawmakers have changed zoning laws, poured money into new housing, created homelessness prevention programs, moved people out of encampments and boosted behavioral health support. Read story

Brad Benton, Candidate for state Senate, Contributed photo (Contributed photo)

Republican Brad Benton cites personal freedoms, taxes in run for Washington’s 18th District Senate seat

Brad Benton, Candidate for state Senate, Contributed photo (Contributed photo)

March 28, 2024, 7:15pm Clark County News

Clark County native Brad Benton announced Wednesday he’s running as a Republican for Washington’s 18th District Senate seat currently held by Republican Ann Rivers. Read story

Gov. Inslee signs slate of climate and environment bills into law

March 28, 2024, 6:11pm Latest News

During the last bill-signing tour of his career at the helm of Washington, outgoing Gov. Jay Inslee signed a wide slate of climate and environmental bills into law Thursday afternoon. Read story

FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, a pharmacist holds a package of EpiPen epinephrine auto-injectors, a Mylan product, in Sacramento, Calif. Mylan N.V. reports financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

New WA law caps the cost of inhalers and EpiPens

FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo, a pharmacist holds a package of EpiPen epinephrine auto-injectors, a Mylan product, in Sacramento, Calif. Mylan N.V. reports financial results on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018.

March 28, 2024, 7:56am Health

A bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday will limit the cost of some lifesaving medicines, according to an announcement from Rep. Dave Zpaul, D-Oak Harbor, the bill’s sponsor. Read story

CCTV, Surveillance security camera with the traffic light and sign against a blue sky

New Washington law will allow traffic cameras on more city streets and county roads

CCTV, Surveillance security camera with the traffic light and sign against a blue sky

March 28, 2024, 6:05am Latest News

Drivers in Washington state may soon face better odds of getting caught on camera if they run a red light, speed through a work zone on a city street or fail to stop at a crosswalk. Read story

A selection of books that deal with LGBTQ+ issues is seen here at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Calls to ban books at public libraries have been increasing nationwide, including in Washington where the number of titles challenged state has skyrocketed from 10 in 2017 to 42 in 2021, according to the ALA.

WA passes bill to protect libraries, as other states target them

A selection of books that deal with LGBTQ+ issues is seen here at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Calls to ban books at public libraries have been increasing nationwide, including in Washington where the number of titles challenged state has skyrocketed from 10 in 2017 to 42 in 2021, according to the ALA.

March 27, 2024, 8:17am Latest News

Washington has passed legislation intended to safeguard its public libraries, after a small city in the southeastern corner of the state nearly became the first community in the nation to shutter its library over the book battles that have engulfed schools, libraries, cities and states across the country. Read story

Semi-automatic pistols  on display at a gun shop.

Another explosive year for gun bills in Washington Legislature

Semi-automatic pistols  on display at a gun shop.

March 25, 2024, 6:05am Editor's Choice

Democratic state lawmakers used this year’s legislative session to bolster Washington’s bonafides in reducing the threat of and harm from gun violence in communities. Read story

Extended foster care for young adults up to 21 set to expand in WA

March 25, 2024, 6:00am Latest News

When Daniel Lugo left extended foster care and graduated college, he lost financial support from the state and entered homelessness. Like many college graduates, he didn’t have a job lined up. For Lugo, that meant he was applying for jobs while living in his car. Read story