SEATTLE — Boeing Commercial Airplanes chief engineer John Hamilton, who was appointed in March to lead its response to the deadly 737 MAX crashes and testified before Congress alongside CEO Dennis Muilenburg, is retiring, the company informed employees this week.

OLYMPIA — Top House members of both parties were informed Wednesday of the results of a four-month investigation of Rep. Matt Shea, but it may be next week — at the earliest — before the public sees some version of that report.

OLYMPIA — Congressman Denny Heck, who has represented the Washington 10th Congressional District that includes Olympia and parts of Pierce County since 2013, announced Wednesday he intends to retire from Congress at the end of his term in 2020.

BELLINGHAM — Canada’s controversial and much delayed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, which will nearly triple the capacity of crude oil and refined products that can be transported between Alberta and British Columbia, officially got underway this week.

SEATTLE — Just as the crucial holiday shopping season gets underway, Nordstrom finds itself under fire by animal-rights activists for being one of the declining number of retailers that still sell animal fur.

SPOKANE — Washington potato growers could double what they earn from this year’s crop because of shortages in Idaho, the Upper Midwest and Canada caused by bad weather in October that forced some producers to leave their spuds in the field.

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Investment Board, which oversees $141.8 billion for 17 state retirement plans, can move forward with a lawsuit that seeks to recover millions of dollars from a soured investment in a Brazilian conglomerate that was discovered to be engaged in an international b…

CYPRESS ISLAND — Cooke Aquaculture has reached a settlement to pay $2.75 million in legal fees and to fund Puget Sound restoration projects, putting an end to a Clean Water Act lawsuit that followed the 2017 collapse of one of the fish-farming company’s net-pen structures.

PULLMAN — Washington State University last week received its first elk for a state-funded research program investigating elk hoof disease.

SEATTLE — A voter-approved measure to slash car-tab taxes is on hold while Seattle and others argue their legal case against the initiative, a King County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday.

SEATTLE — Paul Allen intended to give away the majority of the $20 billion-plus fortune he accumulated as Microsoft co-founder, technology investor, real estate magnate and NFL and NBA team owner.

BELLINGHAM — Agents from the Bellingham Air and Marine Branch of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection last week used helicopters to pursue a man suspected of illegally flying his airplane into the U.S. and landing before taking off again and fleeing into Canada.

SPOKANE — A map created with geotagged Twitter data by food site thedaringkitchen.com has identified the most reviled Thanksgiving food from sea to shining sea, and the Evergreen State residents might be fans of apples, but think again when it comes to cranberries.

SEATTLE — In advance of next year's short legislative session, a state work group will recommend that lawmakers pump at least $5.6 billion — through 2024 — to help schools hire nurses, psychologists and other professionals who support students' social and emotional needs.

OLYMPIA — Voters unconvinced by Seattle’s claims that it will be devastated by car-tab tax cuts got affirmation Friday from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

SEATTLE — In 2012, Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) received a report that a 4-year-old girl said she saw a man in her previous foster home expose himself. About a year later, the state placed two more girls there.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Stressing again the physical and sexual violence Native women have suffered for decades, members of a Senate committee unanimously passed legislation created to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing indigenous women.

SPOKANE — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ nonprofit will donate $5 million to Catholic Charities of Eastern Washington to help fund its latest housing project for homeless families, it announced last week.

OLYMPIA — Washington may see a slowing economy in the next few years, but a recession does not appear to be on the horizon, the state’s economist told legislative leaders this week.