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A dozen or so counter protesters included Aquila Krause, shown here speaking with a Washington State Patrol officer near the Temple of Justice at the Capitol.
Under a sea of umbrellas, hundreds of pro-life activists held roses and signs on the steps of the Capitol Legislative Building in Olympia on Monday, Jan. 22.  Republican lawmakers spoke to the crowd at the annual March For Life calling for a halt to several abortion and contraception bills. “We...

Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee members from left, Senators Karen Keiser, Patty Kuderer, Annette Cleveland, and Ann Rivers.
Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that could raise the legal age to purchase any nicotine product from 18 to 21 years old. SB 6048, sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer, D-Redmond, was heard on Monday, Jan. 22 by request of Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “No bill in...
A bill to be introduced this session would eliminate the death penalty in Washington State and require people convicted of first degree murder to serve life sentences without the possibility of parole. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested Senate bill 6052 after Senate bills...

Photo by Taylor McAvoy of the WNPA Olympia News Bureau Gun rights supporters gathered on the steps of the Capitol building for a rally on Jan. 12.
Olympia - About 100 gun rights supporters rallied on the steps of the Capitol building in Olympia on Friday, Jan. 12. Most held signs and many carried pistols, rifles or knives. “This is the safest day to be at the capitol,” Senator Phil Fortunato, R-Enumclaw said. A long list of speakers,...
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee expressed a defiant attitude toward U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced on Thursday the rescinding of Obama-era guidelines that assisted the legalization of non-medical marijuana in Washington, seven other states and the District of Columbia....
Kennewick  – The Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers (WAWGG) unveiled a new identity during their annual meeting held at the 2017 Convention and Trade Show in Kennewick. The organization rebranded as the Washington Winegrowers Association or Washington Winegrowers for short. The change is...
OLYMPIA, Feb. 22 — Talk of levy lids, caps, cliffs and equalization can get confusing, fast. Here’s some shorthand to help understand these funding sources at the heart of Washington state’s education budgets. Currently school districts may raise up to 28 percent of their Maintenance and Operating...
OLYMPIA, Feb. 22 — Students remain the primary focus in each basic education budget proposal now before the Legislature. Students in special programs would receive extra funding, but with varying approaches in each of those funding plans. In the Senate Republican education budget, for example,...
OLYMPIA, Feb. 22 — West Valley School District Supt. Gene Sementi, like other Washington educators, is waiting as legislators wrestle to find a solution to fund basic education this session. He is pleased to see budget proposals on the table from the House Democrats, Senate Republicans and Gov. Jay...

Wolves like this one pose a deadly problem for Washington livestock owners and state wildlife managers because they frequently share the same territory with farm animals. — Photo courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
OLYMPIA — In a surprising turn, a state panel discussing studies of lethal means to control wolves preying on farm animals and invading humans’ territory, found that non-lethal control is a more effective option. Wildlife experts and members of the public came together at a Washington Fish and...

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