OLYMPIA — With the 60-day Washington state legislative session more than half over, one bill related to immigration has been sent to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. Both the House and Senate have given final approval to the measure, which would expand college financial aid to include students who were brought to the state illegally as children.
SEATTLE — Washington state is dealing with a glut of would-be legal marijuana growers by cutting back on the number of licenses it issues and the maximum size of pot farms — a decision that upset some applicants who have been working to secure leases or build out warehouses with dreams of larger operations.
SPOKANE — Richard “Doc” Hastings, a Pasco businessman and former state legislator who became his Central Washington district’s longest-serving member of Congress, is calling it quits at the end of this year.
PORTLAND — Federal prosecutors in Portland say it looked at first like an unremarkable rollover crash involving a tractor-trailer rig on U.S. Highway 97 in north-central Oregon. That all changed when tow truck company employees called Sherman County sheriff’s officers to say they’d found bundles of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine hidden in the pallets of bell peppers.
OLYMPIA — If the locations of historical Native American burial grounds are publicly known, those sites are vulnerable to looting. But if the sites are kept secret, they’re vulnerable to damage by unwitting developers building over them.
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to “join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.”