State prosecutors struggle with human trafficking cases

U.S. 05/26/19, 11:55

Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven't come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases.States need to add resources into support trafficking victims, educate the public and train ...

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

U.S. 05/25/19, 09:47

Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest.White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years.The neo-Nazi group ...

Washington joins West Coast bloc of sanctuary states

U.S. 05/22/19, 21:47

Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people's immigration status. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates in the nation. California and Oregon have similar laws. The ...

A first: Washington Mystics top WNBA preseason poll

Basketball 05/22/19, 12:10

The Washington Mystics sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll for the first time.The runner-up from last season's WNBA Finals received five first-place votes from the 14-person national media panel Wednesday. It's the first time in the four-year history of the poll that Washington is No. 1."It's nice when ...

Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

U.S. 05/21/19, 17:34

Gov. Jay Inslee, the Democrat from Washington, signed a bill into law on Tuesday that allows the composting of human bodies as an alternative to burials and cremations. It allows licensed facilities to offer "natural organic reduction," which turns a body, mixed with substances such as wood chips and straw, into ...

Inslee OKs funding to study removal of Snake River dams

Enviroment 05/21/19, 16:51

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that provides $750,000 to study how to best help impacted communities if the four federal dams on the Snake River are breached.The four dams are blamed for reducing salmon numbers on the Snake and Columbia river systems.Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic presidential ...

‘3 strikes’ sentencing reform leaves out Washington inmates

U.S. 05/21/19, 00:13

A small group of inmates, disproportionately black, are set to stay in Washington state prisons for life — left out of the latest in a multi-year wave of reforms easing tough-on-crime "three strikes" laws around the U.S.At least 24 states including Washington passed such laws during the 1990s, embracing tough-on-crime ...

Impossible Foods debuts meatless sausage at Little Caesars

U.S. 05/20/19, 09:42

Plant-based burger maker Impossible Foods is debuting its second product — meatless sausage crumbles — on Little Caesars pizza.Little Caesars will start testing the Impossible Supreme Pizza on Monday at 58 restaurants in Fort Myers, Florida; Yakima, Washington; and Albuquerque, New Mexico. The $12 pizza also comes with mushrooms, caramelized ...

Vaccine rates rise on long-wary ‘hippie’ island near Seattle

News 05/20/19, 00:27

Sarah Day is a school nurse with "street cred" when it comes to the polarizing issue of vaccines on an idyllic island in Washington state known for its rural beauty, counterculture lifestyle and low immunization rates.Since she began communal living on Vashon Island more than 20 years ago, the registered ...

2020 hopeful Inslee says $9T climate plan will boost economy

Politics 05/16/19, 17:08

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is pitching a $9 trillion-plus climate action plan that he touts as an economic renaissance and scientific necessity, putting the Washington governor at the forefront of White House hopefuls pushing for sweeping action to combat the causes and effects of a warming planet. Inslee compares his ...

Washington now 1st state with long-term care program

Health 05/13/19, 18:31

Washington is the first state in the nation to establish a program to help offset the costs of long-term care, under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.Starting in 2025, the program promises a benefit for those who pay into the program, with a lifetime maximum of $36,500 ...

Inslee signs bill setting state on path to ‘public option’

Health 05/13/19, 18:29

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill putting the state on track to create the first 'public option' health insurance in the US, using a hybrid system that will see private insurers offer state-defined plans.The measure signed Monday directs state health care authorities to hire one or more private ...

Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in US

U.S. 05/12/19, 10:53

Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option. A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a ...

Seattle’s Felix Hernandez gets 2,500th career strikeout

Sports 05/11/19, 13:23

Seattle's Félix Hernández became the 36th major league pitcher with 2,500 career strikeouts, getting it in the second inning Saturday against the Boston Red Sox.The 33-year-old right-hander fanned rookie Michael Chavis looking with a 92 mph fastball for the milestone.Hernández is the fourth active pitcher to reach the mark — ...

Washington state limits exemptions for measles vaccine

Science 05/10/19, 15:27

Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending a day care center or school under a measure signed Friday by Gov. Jay Inslee.The state saw more than 70 ...

Psychiatric hospital staff struggle with assault, chickenpox

Health 05/10/19, 13:11

While Washington's lawmakers and governor celebrated their efforts to fix the state's ailing mental health system, workers at the state's largest psychiatric hospital struggled with a new assault, sewage flooding, excessive overtime and the spread of chickenpox that sent dozens of workers home without pay.On Sunday, a mental health therapist ...

Inslee signs health bills, including hospital measure

Health 05/09/19, 19:37

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed a group of bills hoped to improve the state's troubled behavioral health system, including measures for a new teaching hospital in Seattle.The teaching hospital measure, sponsored by longtime former Democratic House speaker Frank Chopp, directs University of Washington officials to plan a new ...

State official supports delisting wolves in all Washington

Enviroment 05/09/19, 12:35

Wolves should be removed from the federal endangered species list throughout Washington state, Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind wrote in a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released this week."This is the right direction for wolf conservation and management in our state long-term," Susewind wrote in ...

Inslee signs mandate for carbon-free electricity by 2045

Enviroment 05/07/19, 18:21

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who is seeking a path to the White House on the message of climate change, signed a measure Tuesday that makes his state the fourth in the nation that has established a mandate to provide carbon-free electricity by a targeted date.The measure was among several environmental ...

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