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Inslee targets top polluters with billion-dollar cap-and-trade plan

Declaring it “time for polluters to pay their fair share,” Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing a sweeping new cap-and-trade system that would cut carbon emissions while generating $1 billion a year for schools, transportation projects and other programs.

Quake warnings could go public in 2 years

An earthquake early-warning system could be available to the public in as little as two years once enough funding is secured, a top federal scientist said this week.

State: Keep those old license plates

The Washington state law that requires vehicle owners to buy new license plates after seven years is being rescinded in favor of letting owners keep their plates for as long as they want.
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Court: No pay for Amazon warehouse security checks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don’t have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts.

Powerball winners to quit jobs

OLYMPIA — A suburban Seattle couple who claimed a $90 million Powerball jackpot say they both will quit their jobs at Boeing and then travel, take care of their family and buy a new car.

Workers rally to demand higher minimum wage

OLYMPIA — While diners took cellphone photos through restaurant windows, some 150 people Thursday evening threaded through the parking lot of an Olive Garden, calling for an increase to the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Medical examiner: Actress died of blunt injuries

SEATTLE — A Seattle-area medical examiner says actress Misty Upham, known for her roles in “August: Osage County” and “Django Unchained,” died of blunt-force injuries to her head and torso.

Inslee backs EPA plan to cut emissions

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee says he strongly backs an Obama administration proposal to reduce emissions from the nation’s power plants.

E-Cycle program hits 250 million pounds

MOUNT VERNON — The state’s electronics recycling program reached a milestone in November, when the program passed the 250 million-pound mark for TVs, computers and other electronics collected since 2009.

Yakima County dispersing Human Services department

YAKIMA — Next month, Yakima County will begin dissolving the Department of Human Services and moving all but one of its programs to outside organizations, Yakima County Commissioner Kevin Bouchey said Monday.

Students swell Seattle’s Ferguson trial protests

SEATTLE — About 1,300 high school students who walked out of classes Tuesday helped swell the ranks of Seattle demonstrators protesting the grand jury decision in Missouri not to indict a Ferguson police officer who fatally shot a black teenager.

Heron Bluff Trail connects paths around Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE — After a decade of fund raising and advocating, months of waiting for construction and a tense city council meeting with upset neighbors opposed to a trail, the Heron Bluff Trail is finally complete.

Second lawsuit planned over Hanford vapors

RICHLAND — A second group has announced its intention to file a lawsuit over the exposure of some Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers to harmful vapors.