A judge’s ruling last month had thrown out out all but one claim for two of the plaintiffs. With only allegation of age discrimination left to go to trial, the parties settled in mediation this week – with neither the House clerk nor House GOP Caucus admitting wrongdoing.
State law says governments have to keep certain communications, often for years, but text messages present a quandary: how to index and store them when the messages exist on dozens or hundreds of devices rather than a central server. Tacoma is among the local governments grappling with this collision of technology and records law.
Executive Pat McCarthy decides to keep radios at the jail instead of letting around 300 deputies continue taking them home between shifts.
The new Parkland-Spanaway Sheriff's Department Precinct will open Friday in an effort to provide faster response for people living and working in the highest crime area in unincorporated Pierce County
New data from the state Department of Health and Washington State Hospital Association show the amount of free care provided to the poor is dropping after at least a decade of steady increases, and expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is a big reason.
Under new laws that took effect in June, senior centers and day spas can apply for special alcohol licenses. So far, 14 day spas have received an alcohol license that allows them to give a customer a glass of wine or beer at no charge, according to the state Liquor Control Board.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee this week formed a 50-person council to look at ways to reduce obesity in children. The Governor’s Council for the Healthiest Next Generation, which met for the first time Thursday, will deliver recommendations to the Legislature about ways to reduce childhood obesity.
Negotiators for Gov. Jay Inslee and the largest state employee union, the Washington Federation of State Employees, reach tentative accord.
State auditors say the Washington State Historical Society needs to better track its equipment and collections as well as keep closer tabs on purchases charged by employees.
Details of the preliminary finding by think tank Sightline Institute is disputed by the Washington State Investment Board, but the board is weighing a policy that would require more accounting of climate change risks in its $75 billion portfolio.
The report, compiled by Everytown for Gun Safety, was based on 81 online handgun sales for which it was able to identify a buyer at five websites over about four months this year. Background investigations found one in 10 buyers were felons, had domestic violence records or mental health issues disqualifying them from owning firearms.
The two-year agreement, which still needs to be ratified by 307 workers and funded by the Legislature, comes at a time Gov. Inslee’s labor team is negotiating with two dozen state-worker unions who are also seeking pay hikes.
Board agrees to let CEO Lynne Griffith leave next week to start leading the state ferry system.
The September collections report compiled by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council shows Washington’s tax receipts general-fund tax receipts were slightly higher than forecast in June, putting state coffers cumulatively $115 million ahead of schedule so far.
Changes would prohibit sales of adult magazines with DVDs and put magazines behind counters or in locked cases.
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