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Bill could disarm ‘extreme risk’ gun owners

OLYMPIA — Washington state judges could temporarily take away guns from people whom family members or police consider at extreme risk of violence under a bill filed Wednesday.

Seattle police apologize for arresting man for carrying a golf club

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has ordered a review of an officer’s conduct in the arrest last summer of a 70-year-old man for carrying a golf club on a Capitol Hill street, as well as a racially charged exchange on social media.

Oregon senator: Rural counties ‘robbed’ of timber payments

In 2014 Umatilla County lost out on more than $860,000 because Congress did not reauthorize the federal law that reimburses counties for a lack of timber harvest revenue from national forests.

Bill revisits idea of splitting state

OLYMPIA – Eastern and Western Washington are so different they should be two separate states, says a new bill that would set up a way to split them apart.

State worker raises remain caught up in budget debate

The state may have already negotiated pay raises with about two dozen employee unions, but Republican leaders in the Legislature are casting more and more doubt on whether state workers will ever see that money.

Senate bill calls for end to Seattle tunnel project

SEATTLE — Two state senators say it’s time to scrap the stalled Seattle tunnel project and bury Bertha, the broken-down $80 million state-of-the-art drilling machine, so the transportation department can find alternatives to fix or replace the viaduct that carries traffic along the city’s waterfront.

Whitman president slated for February job talk at Evergreen

A series of public forums featuring the four finalists vying for the top post at The Evergreen State College in Olympia will begin this week, and continue through mid-February.

Quarantine on Tri-City poultry, eggs lifted

Tri-Citians can share and transport eggs, poultry and waterfowl from backyard businesses after the end of a three-week quarantine.

Eastern Oregon moves into new phase of wolf plan

Eastern Oregon’s wolf population reached a key milestone in 2014 that not only gives ranchers more leeway to protect their livestock, but could lead to removing the predators from the state Endangered Species List entirely.

Bill would broaden smartphones ban for drivers

OLYMPIA — When the Legislature passed a bill aimed at discouraging distracted driving, it was 2007, the year the iPhone came out.

Richland, West Richland rank high in best Washington cities for young adult job seekers

Being home to Hanford, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and a regional medical care hub helps make the Tri-Cities a hopping place for young adult job seekers, according to financial website Nerd Wallet.

State House weighs big minimum wage hike

OLYMPIA — The country’s highest state minimum wage would rise to $12 an hour in the next four years under a proposal debated in a crowded Washington state House committee hearing Monday afternoon.

Bill aims to aid dock owners on Columbia

KENNEWICK — A new bill filed by state Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, seeks to offer some relief to dock owners along the Columbia River. But a state agency said it might cause headaches for local governments.

Bill targets seclusion, restraint of special ed students

Heidi Stuber says she knows her 9-year-old autistic son can get out of hand. On rare occasions, he’s hit and bitten people when the wrong approach is used to de-escalate a tense moment.

Email snafu hits public comment period for Corps project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lost about 28,000 public comments about a controversial oil-shipping dock at a Whatcom County refinery after they were marked as “malicious spam” by an email security system.

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