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Senate Minority Caucus Chair Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, and Senate Deputy Minority Floor Leader Nikki Torres, R-Pasco, sit with colleagues while providing the Republicans&rsquo; response to Gov. Jay Inslee&rsquo;s State of the State address on the second day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

Redistricting map meant to fix ‘systematic racism’ ousts 1st Latina senator in Central WA

Senate Minority Caucus Chair Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, and Senate Deputy Minority Floor Leader Nikki Torres, R-Pasco, sit with colleagues while providing the Republicans&rsquo; response to Gov. Jay Inslee&rsquo;s State of the State address on the second day of the legislative session at the Washington state Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash.

March 18, 2024, 7:49am Latest News

An order issued Friday by a U.S. District Court judge in Seattle will unseat one of the most productive freshman lawmakers in the Washington Legislature. Read story

Chum swim up Twanoh Creek looking for spawning grounds Friday morning in Skokomish, Washington on Nov. 3, 2023.

Removing Washington salmon barriers surges to $1M a day, but results are murky

Chum swim up Twanoh Creek looking for spawning grounds Friday morning in Skokomish, Washington on Nov. 3, 2023.

March 18, 2024, 6:03am Latest News

The coho salmon has already conquered the Ballard Locks fish ladder, swum 17 miles through urban Seattle waterways and powered through a tunnel under nine lanes of Interstate 405. Read story

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, center, listens as Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, right, speaks to the crowd during the 2024 Legislature Outlook at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Friday morning.

Key health takeaways from WA’s 2024 legislative session

Sen. Annette Cleveland, D-Vancouver, center, listens as Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, right, speaks to the crowd during the 2024 Legislature Outlook at the Hilton Vancouver Washington on Friday morning.

March 18, 2024, 6:00am Health

Health care affordability, workforce shortages and access to care remained top of mind for lawmakers during this year’s legislative session — and while several politicians and health care leaders say there’s still work to be done, they feel important gains were made in all three categories. Read story

Council for the Homeless outreach team members Magellan Rankin, left, and Brian Starbuck offer supplies to a man at an encampment near Interstate 205 while conducting the Point-in-Time Count Thursday morning.

Bill to hold WA cities accountable for affordable housing could return

Council for the Homeless outreach team members Magellan Rankin, left, and Brian Starbuck offer supplies to a man at an encampment near Interstate 205 while conducting the Point-in-Time Count Thursday morning.

March 17, 2024, 6:00am Latest News

OLYMPIA -- first-time bill designed to hold Washington cities accountable in building more affordable housing and emergency shelter made swift progress this session before dying in the Senate. But some lawmakers and proponents are hopeful it has the momentum it needs to make it to the finish line in next… Read story

Circulation Director Rachel Rose said the letter carriers did their best, and in some cases even delivered papers with missing addresses to the mailboxes of known subscribers.

From the Newsroom: Addresser loses its grip

Circulation Director Rachel Rose said the letter carriers did their best, and in some cases even delivered papers with missing addresses to the mailboxes of known subscribers.

March 16, 2024, 6:10am Clark County News

Let’s start this column with an apology to print subscribers who didn’t receive last Saturday’s edition, or received it late. We had one of those kinds of problems that crops up now and again when you manufacture things. Read story

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

How child care fared in this year’s Washington state legislative session

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia.

March 15, 2024, 8:12pm Northwest

Washington lawmakers this year funneled more money and support toward the state’s struggling child care system, looking to give providers a boost and expand access to day care and pre-K programs for families. Read story

Firefighter memorial, public land housing bills signed into law Wednesday

March 15, 2024, 8:16am Latest News

Two bills requested by the Department of Natural Resources, House Bill 2003 and House Bill 2091, were signed into law Wednesday, according to a Wednesday announcement from the Washington Department of Natural Resources. Read story

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a signing ceremony in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Inslee closed out the final day of his last legislative session, Thursday, March 7, 2024, as Washington state governor by describing it as a banner year in the state&rsquo;s fight against climate change.

The 2024 legislative session wrapped last week; now, Inslee considers signing 300 bills into law

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a signing ceremony in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2024. Inslee closed out the final day of his last legislative session, Thursday, March 7, 2024, as Washington state governor by describing it as a banner year in the state&rsquo;s fight against climate change.

March 14, 2024, 7:40am Latest News

During the past two months, state legislators in Olympia passed a stack of 359 bills that Gov. Jay Inslee has been working through signing into law this week. Read story

State Sen. Karen Keiser, seen here in the Senate chambers on Jan. 12, 2024, will retire later this year.

Longtime Washington state senator is leaving, but not right away

State Sen. Karen Keiser, seen here in the Senate chambers on Jan. 12, 2024, will retire later this year.

March 13, 2024, 6:49pm Northwest

Veteran state Sen. Karen Keiser bade farewell to her colleagues in the final hours of the 2024 legislative session. Read story

Washington funds genetic testing for backlog of unidentified remains

March 13, 2024, 5:48pm Latest News

The Legislature has approved $500,000 to fund genetic genealogy and DNA testing for the backlog of unidentified remains in Washington. Read story