Democratic Rep. Adam Smith has three opponents from across the political spectrum trying to unseat him as he runs for a 10th term in Congress. They face an uphill climb.
BNSF Railways filed a second report on oil-by-rail shipments in Washington, which are required by a federal Department of Transportation order. The number of trains hauling at least 1 million gallons during the week of June 5-11 was lower than for the preceding week – both for busy routes through Adams and Klickitat counties in Eastern Washington and for routes through Thurston and Pierce counties.
Few candidates expected but a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Denny Heck and his Independent challenger Jennifer Ferguson are expected.
Two Tacoma stores and one in Lacey are the first locally to win licenses to sell marijuana at retail.
Three candidates are vying to represent the right-leaning 2nd Legislative District, which straddles the Pierce and Thurston county line and includes Graham, Orting, Yelm, Eatonville and other communities near Mt. Rainier.
A survey by a state-paid consultant found the vast majority of workers earn less pay than private and public sector peers, but also that the state’s medical benefits are still better.
The Tacoma City Council seeks volunteers to write pro and con statements for the fall voters’ guide for a dozen proposed city charter review amendments. Applications are due Monday, July 7.
Attorney General, governor’s lawyers and SEIU 775 are reviewing decision in Harris v. Quinn to see if home care workers can refuse to pay dues or representation fees in the Evergreen State.
Owners of Ralph’s Thriftway had sued in 2007 to block state Pharmacy Commission rules requiring the dispensing of emergency contraceptives. Washington’s attorney general says the court ruled on federal issues that don’t have impact on the Stormans family’s claims, which are pending in the federal Ninth Circuirt Court of Appeals.
The state says Washington’s population grew by almost 100,000 last year to nearly 7 million.
Members of Congress want a federal heritage designation for Washington’s saltwater shoreline.
Following the strangulation of man on a Seattle escalator last year, the state Department of Labor (L&I) and Industries is considering a rule change that would require a certain type of automatic stop switch on all escalators. Right now, older escalators aren’t required to have the safety device known as a comb-impact switch.
The state Military Department released rail companies’ reports on the transport of volatile Bakken crude oil by rail last week, which show more than two trains a day pass through Pierce and Thurston counties.
Following an escalator collapse in Bellevue in December 2012, state officials established new rules governing elevator and escalator maintenance companies. They also began issuing new fines for escalator and elevator owners who don't promptly address problems found by state inspectors. But nearly a year after the new regulations took effect, roughly one quarter of the 503 escalators inspected by the state still have outstanding problems that have no record of ever being fixed, a News Tribune analysis has found.
Sea-Tac Airport has more escalators than any other location monitored by the state. It also has the most accidents, according to the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).
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