| Feb 28, 2012
| 6:01 PM
Lawmakers in Olympia have been cutting budgets for the past four years, and both K-12 and higher education have taken big hits. But Democratic leaders in in the state Senate are now saying enough is enough.
The Senate Democrats' state budget blueprint,...
| Feb 29, 2012
| 4:17 PM
Washington gained about 53,000 jobs in 2011 and the good news has continued into 2012, according to statistics from the state's Employee Security Department. January unemployment fell to an adjusted, estimated rate of 8.3 percent.
| Mar 2, 2012
| 6:30 PM
The Washington Legislature passed and sent the governor bills to increase prison sentences for the crime of vehicular homicide by DUI and to establish a statewide “Blue Alert” emergency system, similar to Amber Alerts, when someone kills a cop...
| Jul 30, 2012
| 12:43 PM
A lawsuit was filed Monday in Pierce County Superior Court on behalf of three teenage girls against Backpage.com. The lawsuit contends the girls were advertised and sold as prostitutes for the website’s “escort” service.
Two of the...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 4:18 AM
Just before midnight Thursday, Gov. Christine Gregoire called for a special legislative session to deal with the state's $1 billion budget shortfall after lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a deficit-cutting bill during their 60-day regular...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 5:42 AM
The Washington State Legislature passed two bills Thursday night designed to fight Medicaid fraud.
Data indicates that fraud accounts for three and 10 percent of Medicaid expenditures. The fraud recovery rate is currently sitting at less than one percent...
| Mar 9, 2012
| 6:28 PM
When you are dealing with billions of dollars, there are a lot of things that people can disagree on. But you can boil the recent state budget impasse down to two big items -- items that many are calling gimmicks. They will clearly be the focus when the...
| Mar 13, 2012
| 2:42 PM
Washington state agencies have saved $1.7 million since November by cutting down on their cell phone use, Gov. Christine Gregoire's office announced Monday.
In November, Gregoire directed state agencies to cut down on unused and unnecessary cell phones....
| Mar 16, 2012
| 7:11 PM
A driver with prior DUI arrests and a revoked license was taken into custody early Friday after she crashed her vehicle into a parked car, with her infant son on board, and her blood alcohol level registered more than three times the legal limit, police...
| Mar 20, 2012
| 6:51 PM
When it comes to improving public education, Republicans generally call for reforms and Democrats generally call for more money. This means charter schools, which are basically a reform, are more often something that Republicans push.
However, more and...
| Mar 21, 2012
| 9:46 PM
The state of Washington on Wednesday appealed a federal judge’s decision that pharmacists and pharmacies in the state can deny the sale of the morning-after pill, also known as Plan B, because of religious objections.
Legal Voice and Planned...
| Apr 23, 2012
| 6:19 PM
Gov. Christine Gregoire signed a $1 billion jobs bill Monday that aims to put 18,000 people in the construction industry back to work. The bill is part of the bipartisan budget deal that was recently approved by the Legislature.
Gregoire chose to sign...