Washington State Legislature

Update: Rep. Matt Manweller Stripped Of House GOP Leadership Amid CWU Investigation

UPDATE, Dec. 14, 2017: Embattled Washington state Representative Matt Manweller has resigned his leadership position with House Republicans. He’s also been stripped of a key committee role.

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Several Workers Possibly Contaminated At Hanford Nuclear Site

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Holiday Specials 2017

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In early 2018, a group of Washington drivers will be keeping close tabs on the number of miles they drive and how much they spend on gas. They will be part of a pilot program to test out a proposed pay-by-the-mile road tax, similar to what Oregon rolled out in 2015.

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Today, Washington Governor Jay Inslee  rolled out his proposal for an update to the state’s two-year, $43 billion budget. Here are the top five items on the governor’s budget wish list.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers say they'll take action to preserve net neutrality rules for internet providers. This in light of an expected Federal Communications Commission vote Thursday to roll back Obama-era regulations.

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A high-level administrator at the Oregon Department of Education was accused of sexual harassment last year. Despite being found to have done some of the things he was accused of, he remains in a leadership position in a key state agency.

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The Oregon Health Authority is pushing back release of a public health assessment on airborne hazards in the vicinity of the southeast Portland production headquarters of Bullseye Glass. The assessment, scheduled for release this month, was delayed as the company’s attorneys prepared to file a $30 million lawsuit against Oregon.

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Oregon has more than 300 registered farmworker camps. They provide housing for the people who pick our berries, cherries and beets. The camps are located on the farms themselves - sometimes just a few yards away from fields and orchards that are sprayed with pesticides.

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One of Idaho’s struggling salmon species could eventually become self-sustaining in the wild under the federal government’s new recovery strategies.

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The new buildings will bring the total number of Facebook buildings in Prineville up to five. That’s in addition to three Apple data halls.

“It is very good news for us,” said Prineville Mayor Betty Roppe.

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Robert E. Lee has been a controversial figure in history and modern times. And in East Wenatchee, the Confederate general’s name is attached to an elementary school.

Some community members have been pushing the Eastmont School District to change the name against the backdrop of heightened racial tensions across the country.

The unmanned aircraft industry cluster in the Columbia River Gorge is growing yet again. An Australian company that specializes in drone engines plans to open a factory in Hood River, Oregon, early next year.

 

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