OLYMPIA — After an emotional debate that scrambled party lines and revealed deep divisions on how to treat substance use, the Washington Senate Thursday approved a bill to treat drug possession as a gross misdemeanor.

YAKIMA — State officials recommend planning early and developing alternatives for those wanting to join the crowds flocking to public camping sites as Washington’s weather warms up.

OLYMPIA — A tax credit for working families in Washington passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote April 11, with lawmakers on both sides saying the exemption for low-income earners was a long time coming.

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Health on Wednesday began reaching out to residents who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine between March 23 and April 14, the day the vaccine was paused across the U.S. after federal health officials said they are investigating a possible …

Typically known as "Tax Day," this year health officials have dubbed April 15 "Vax Day" in Washington as all residents 16 and older become eligible today for COVID-19 vaccination.

KENT — The city of Kent has agreed to pay $4.4 million to the family of Giovonn Joseph-McDade to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit alleging police unnecessarily shot the unarmed 20-year-old Black man, killing him, following a brief chase and attempted traffic stop.

ROCK ISLAND — Rock Island Mayor Randy Agnew is tired of the traffic on state Route 28. He would like to see the road, which links Wenatchee to Interstate 90 at George via state Route 281 and passes by his community, widened to four lanes.

OLYMPIA — Washington’s public schools soon will be required to take new steps to curb children’s exposure to lead after passage of a bill that mandates schools fix or replace fixtures that leach the toxin into water sources. The bill exempts private schools from the requirement.

OMAK — The Associated Students of Wenatchee Valley College at Omak presents “haʔntíxʷ iʔ‿tmxʷúlaʔxʷ uł niʕ̓íp txt̓ntsis — Respect the Earth and She will Always Take Care of You” — with Dr. Jeannette Armstrong as part of the Earth Day celebration on Tuesday, April 20.

OLYMPIA — The state House of Representatives voted 91-7 on Friday to approve legislation to allow farmworkers to receive overtime pay, and to provide protections for farmers from retroactive overtime pay lawsuits.

BESSEMER, Ala. — Efforts to unionize Amazon.com warehouse workers in Alabama were defeated on Friday by a more than 2-to-1 margin in a major win for the online retailer, but the union trying to organize workers said it will challenge the results, citing election interference.

RENTON — Nearly six months after Boeing first acknowledged it might sell its local Commercial Airplanes headquarters building in Renton, it officially listed its Longacres campus for sale Tuesday — a move sure to intensify doubts about the aerospace giant’s long-term corporate presence in Wa…

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington state will receive more than $68 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bolster local COVID-19 vaccination programs, part of an effort to get vaccines to the communities hit hardest by the pandemic, according to the CDC.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington state will receive more than $68 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bolster local COVID-19 vaccination programs, part of an effort to get vaccines to the communities hit hardest by the pandemic, according to the CDC.