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State workers, police and firefighter pensions lose in Senate GOP budget

GOP leaders in the state Senate have proposed saving the state about $250 million by rejecting most of the labor contracts Gov. Jay Inslee’s office negotiated with 38 employee unions. But state law gives the Legislature power only to approve labor contracts negotiated with state employees in full, or reject them entirely. Lawmakers can’t alter them, something that has irked Republicans for years.

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A new American flag flies over Purdy

Paula Canady, daughter of popular Purdy tow-truck driver Paul Fatland, who died in 2000, replaces a tattered American flag with a new 15-by-10-foot flag.
Dean J. Koepfler dkoepfler@thenewstribune.com
A new American flag flies over Purdy 1:59

A new American flag flies over Purdy

Tacoma's Cabarellos Club turns 60 1:48

Tacoma's Cabarellos Club turns 60

91 year-old golfer drives off embankment at Gig Harbor Golf Club 0:51

91 year-old golfer drives off embankment at Gig Harbor Golf Club

Couples renew vows at Tacoma’s oldest black church in celebration of strong marriages 2:04

Couples renew vows at Tacoma’s oldest black church in celebration of strong marriages