Washington State

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.

Some Washington Residents Push for a New State

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Sniff, Sit, Play: Using Dogs to Detect Invasive Species

Puddles, a 2-year-old Jack Russell mix, is helping Fish and Wildlife officials in Washington state prevent the spread of invasive species of mussels.

The Best—and Worst—States to Live In

Washington ranks first in U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best States" rankings, while Louisiana took last place for the third consecutive year.

Washington State Tightens Gun Regulations

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Many Officers Hired by New Police Departments After Misconduct Probes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Developments in local and federal investigations into officials across the country … A bill banning sanctuary cities passes the Florida House … Federal judge says it is legal to sell fireworks on tribal land.

With 'Human Composting' Legislation, Washington State Could Offer Alternatives to Burials

After passing the legislature last week, a bill that provides alternatives to cremation and traditional burials is headed to the governor.

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Washington State Moves to Tighten Vaccine Exemptions

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Surprise Medical Billing: Some States Ahead of Feds

Nine states have laws to stop unexpected, out-of-network medical bills.

Transportation Officials Seek Flexible Federal Infrastructure Funding

Some states and localities have struggled to curb congestion because of the limited funding available for pedestrian, bicycle and transit infrastructure.

A Netflix Model for Hepatitis C: One Price, Unlimited Meds

Louisiana and Washington state are both trying to eliminate the infectious disease in their states.

How a Health Department Is Working to Contain a Measles Outbreak

When a case is suspected, public health employees launch an exhaustive investigative process that one official called "real gumshoe work."

Logging, Money Battles Delay Wildfire Prevention Work

While the U.S. Forest Service is trying to work with states on projects to lower fire damage, more money is needed to comply with President Trump's "active management" mandate for public lands.

Got the Big City Blues? This Mayor Thinks His Town Can Help.

Mayor David Condon describes Spokane as a possible refuge for those who’ve grown weary living in the Seattle’s of the world.

Microsoft’s Big Pledge to Help Build Affordable Housing in the Seattle Area

The move by the company is “potentially groundbreaking” and an acknowledgment that “government alone cannot really solve” the housing crisis.