Northwest

Washington not yet weighing school COVID vaccine mandate

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say schools in Washington state won’t consider a requirement to mandate COVID-19 vaccines in schoolchildren until a vaccine is fully approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA on Monday signed off on emergency…

Washington governor signs agriculture worker overtime bill

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Agricultural workers in Washington state would become eligible for overtime pay under a bill signed Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, drawing praise from President Joe Biden. Senate Bill 5172 creates a phased-in path toward full…

Drug overdoses skyrocket in Washington amid COVID

SEATTLE (AP) — More people in Washington died of drug overdoses in 2020 than any other year in at least the last decade, according to preliminary data from the state Department of Health. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic likely…

WA Democratic lawmakers decry pause of Pierce County

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is receiving criticism from lawmakers in his own party over his shifting economic reopening plan, with a group of Pierce County Democrats threatening the possibility of a special legislative session following the…

Western Washington University to require COVID-19 vaccines

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Western Washington University in Bellingham will require students, staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when in-person classes start again this fall. University President Sabah Randhawa made the announcement Wednesday, The Bellingham Herald reported. Randhawa said…

Amid legal challenge, capital gains tax signed into law

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new capital gains tax on high profit stocks, bonds and other assets was signed into law Tuesday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. A legal challenge against the tax has already started, with one lawsuit filed…

Security fencing removed from Washington Capitol campus

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The security fencing around buildings on Washington state’s Capitol campus was removed Tuesday, four months after the barriers went up during national unrest tied to the presidential election. The Olympian reports enhanced security measures have been in place…