SEATTLE — Ostrom Mushroom Farms, a major producer in the Pacific Northwest, will pay a $3.4 million fine for gender discrimination and other unfair and discriminatory practices, resolving a lawsuit filed last year by the Washington Attorney General’s Office.

SPOKANE — The Idaho State Board of Education voted on Thursday to approve the University of Idaho’s $550 million purchase of the for-profit University of Phoenix that would merge the state institution with a school built on offering online degrees.

SPOKANE — Olympia-based Washington State Employees Credit Union has completed its merger with State Highway Credit Union.

LOS ANGELES — Almost 40% of forest area burned by wildfire in the western United States and southwestern Canada in the last 40 years can be attributed to carbon emissions associated with the world’s 88 largest fossil fuel producers and cement manufacturers, according to new research that see…

ENTIAT — With few retail businesses in the small town of Entiat, the local chamber of commerce started the Entiat Valley Makers Market three years ago, with the help of a grant from the Chelan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee, to encourage local tourism.

Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair, the largest airline in Europe, on Tuesday announced an order for up to 300 Boeing 737 Max 10s, adding to growing sales momentum — despite Max production faltering last month because of supply chain quality problems.

NCW — The North Cascades Highway, or Highway 20, will reopen for the season at 10 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.

SEATTLE — Fearing a flood of evictions after the end of key pandemic protections, Washington state lawmakers attempted to stem the tide with hundreds of millions of dollars in assistance and an array of new renter protections. So far, it appears those efforts have worked. But experts wonder:…

SEATTLE — An Auburn man and prominent member of the Proud Boys far-right extremist group, who led a pro-Trump mob to the U.S. Capitol just before it was breached Jan. 6, 2021, has been convicted of a rare count of seditious conspiracy and other federal charges.

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday he will not run for an unprecedented fourth term, setting up a wide-open 2024 gubernatorial race that will have ripple effects all down the ballot.

SEATTLE — Washington state lawmakers wrestled with and ultimately passed a bill recently that is intended to ease a persistent crisis — the state is failing to provide required mental health services for people detained in jail and awaiting trial.

SPOKANE — Democrats in the state House of Representatives were stunned Sunday when, at the eleventh hour, the chamber failed to pass a controversial drug possession bill before the conclusion of the session.

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a suite of five bills Thursday to shore up access to abortion in Washington, a ceremonial flourish demonstrating how blue states are reacting as the demise of Roe v. Wade approaches its anniversary.

SEATTLE — Washington lawmakers budgeted about $2 billion to boost the adoption of electric bikes, cars and heat pumps, build solar power projects, turn cow poop into energy, and fund other efforts related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The spending will reach just about every corner o…

SEATTLE — Washington’s health care system has been struggling financially, faced with ongoing pandemic burnout and inflation-related challenges. Attempting to combat those trends, state lawmakers closed this year’s legislative session with moves aimed at building up the health care workforce…

The Washington Legislature is sending a new battery stewardship law to Gov. Jay Inslee this week that will require battery manufacturers to take more responsibility for their environmental impact.