LAKE ROOSEVELT — Concerns about a new fee for commercial fishing guides have been mostly resolved after a meeting between guides and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area staff on Feb. 3.

OLYMPIA — Washington students and workers with hairstyles like afros and dreadlocks couldn’t be required to cut or change their hair under a bill that passed the state House on a bipartisan vote Wednesday.

WAPATO — The city of Wapato had a year of upheaval in 2019, getting hit with almost a dozen lawsuits, eight findings of egregious mismanagement in a state auditor’s report, and the launching of a criminal investigation into city affairs.

OLYMPIA — Fewer businesses will be asked to foot the bill for higher education programs after Gov. Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6492 on Monday.

KENNEWICK — A fraudster who stole $740,000 from Benton County concocted an elaborate scheme with very detailed knowledge of a contractor working on county projects.

OLYMPIA — Four weeks into the 2020 legislative session, it’s impossible to say what new laws will be created to address major issues like the environment, homelessness or taxes. It is possible to predict with some certainty some bills that won’t become law.

OLYMPIA — House Democrats remain divided about what action, if any, to take regarding Republican Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, and allegations from independent investigators that some of his actions outside the Capitol could be considered "domestic terrorism."

OLYMPIA — People may be allowed to grow up to six of their own cannabis plants and up to 15 plants per household if the Legislature passes House Bill 1131 or its companion, Senate Bill 5155.

SEATTLE — Mitsubishi’s SpaceJet regional aircraft, now in development and configured specifically for the U.S. market, will be delayed again as costs mount with a fiscal-year loss projected at $2.5 billion.

NORTH BEND — The Washington State Patrol Fire Training Academy near North Bend has been chosen as a new quarantine site for people returning to the United States from the Chinese province at the center of the new coronavirus outbreak.

OLYMPIA — Advisory votes that give voters a chance to let lawmakers know their opinions on legislation to increase taxes may be removed from future ballots.

OTHELLO — Registration for the 2020 Othello Crane Festival opened on Saturday. Wildlife viewing and geology tours sell out quickly, and people are urged to register early for the three-day event, which runs from March 20-22.

SPOKANE — Eastern Washington wheat growers face an uncertain future even with returning market stability following recent trade agreements with China, Mexico and Canada, an agriculture economist said Wednesday.

OLYMPIA — The death penalty would no longer be a sentencing option in Washington state if lawmakers enact a bill passed by the Senate on Friday.