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Containing the Coronavirus

In King County, Washington, the public health department is relying on temporary staff hired for measles and hepatitis A outbreaks to help investigate a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Containing the Coronavirus

In King County, Washington, the public health department is relying on temporary staff hired for measles and hepatitis A outbreaks to help investigate a confirmed case of coronavirus.

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Washington State May Ban Firearms from the State Capitol

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A Few Companies Are Experimenting with Four-Day Workweeks. One State Lawmaker Wants to Follow

In Washington, a state lawmaker wants to start a discussion about shifting to a 32-hour workweek.

More States Considering a Cap on Insulin Costs

A new bill in Washington is similar to legislation passed in Colorado last year.

How Slowing Down Helps the Washington State CIO Move Faster

This is part of a series of interviews conducted during the 2019 National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ Annual Conference.

In Two Blue States, Voters Back Democrats, But Show a Wariness Toward Taxes

In Colorado and Washington, residents this fall voted to either constrain state tax revenues or cut fees, even as Democratic lawmakers argue the money is needed to support education and transportation programs.

In a Booming State, Lawmakers Face a Looming Transportation Cut

“My focus is going to be about doing the best job of spreading the pain,” said one Washington state lawmaker, describing what lies ahead in an upcoming legislative session.

Local Governments Offer Tips on Deep Frying a Thanksgiving Turkey Without Burning the House Down

Every year, people run into problems frying turkeys. Fire departments and other local officials have suggestions on how to prevent serious mishaps.

With West Coast States Blocking Coal Export Projects, Proponents Keep Pushing

Environmental and public health concerns have doomed some proposals. But the volatile economics of sending coal overseas calls into question how much it can help struggling mines.

A State Braces for Major Transportation Funding Cuts As Ballot Measure Nears Passage

Seattle area officials are vowing to sue over the Washington state initiative, which seeks to limit vehicle registration fees to $30 and impose new restrictions on taxes.

Washington State Law On Behavioral Care Balances Parental Rights, Teens’ Autonomy

Washington is one of many states that carved out exceptions to the rights of parents to know about or consent to certain types of care their minor children receive.

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Noise Pollution Hurts Wildlife, But States Have Trouble Turning Down the Volume

Increasingly, research shows that human-caused noise can be harmful to many species. But very little regulation exists in the United States to limit the increasing encroachment of noise on the environment.

Climate Readiness Plan: Just (Let the Rivers) Go With the Flow

Washington is one of the rare states to have its own state-funded buyout and restoration program, one that is set up to remove development from flood-prone areas on an ongoing basis.

Union Agrees to $3.2 Million Settlement in Dispute Over Fees

The pending settlement comes in a legal dispute between home care workers and a public sector labor union in Washington state.

Busy Shipping River at a Standstill Until a Broken Barge Lock is Fixed

Thousands of tons of cargo are stuck on barges, as the closure on the Columbia River is expected to last until the end of the month.

A Ticket to Ride: Will Busing the Homeless Help or Just Move People Along?

In King County, Washington, a local lawmaker wants to spend $1 million to offer free bus tickets to homeless people to help them reunite with family.

Union Organizing Emails May Be Subject to Disclosure After State High Court Ruling

A group often at odds with government labor unions says the case sets an important precedent for when correspondence about union activities is public record.

When a Cougar Comes to Town

There have been reports of a big cat lurking in Washington’s capital city. A state agency is looking into the sightings.

Voters in One State to Decide on Allowing Affirmative Action

Washington in the 1990s restricted the practice by state government. That could soon change, depending on the results of an upcoming referendum.