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Published July 9th, 2014 - 8:11PM
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.
Published July 9th, 2014 - 11:35AM
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.
Published July 7th, 2014 - 6:04PM
Few candidates expected but a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Denny Heck and his Independent challenger Jennifer Ferguson are expected.
Published July 7th, 2014 - 2:29PM
Two Tacoma stores and one in Lacey are the first locally to win licenses to sell marijuana at retail.
Published July 5th, 2014 - 10:38AM
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.
Published July 4th, 2014 - 12:00AM
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.
Published July 2nd, 2014 - 11:52AM
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.
Published July 1st, 2014 - 3:29PM
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.
Published July 1st, 2014 - 6:51AM
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.
Published June 30th, 2014 - 7:23PM
The state says Washington’s population grew by almost 100,000 last year to nearly 7 million.
Published June 30th, 2014 - 2:59PM
Members of Congress want a federal heritage designation for Washington’s saltwater shoreline.
Published June 29th, 2014 - 1:00PM
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.
Published June 29th, 2014 - 12:54PM
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.
Published June 29th, 2014 - 8:29AM
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.
Published June 28th, 2014 - 5:00PM
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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