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Flashback: Hanford’s lack of a nuclear safety culture

On Wednesday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the federal government over its lax safety standards at the Hanford nuclear site. For perspective, here's…

Some GOP senators want to fight state Supreme Court over daily fines

Nineteen Majority Coalition Caucus state senators want the Legislature to defy the Washington Supreme Court on its $100,000 daily fines for not complying with its…

Team penning: Where the people drive the action, but the cows often win

The cows kicked their butts. Trio after trio of riders attacked the herd of 30 cows in the Yelm arena, trying to cut three cattle…

Small nukes: a long-term prospect for Tri-Cities?

The Tri-Cities face a good wait before learning whether the area could be home to a new nuclear enterprise. The designers of the nation’s first…

Court fines state for school funding failures

The Washington Supreme Court is fining the state $100,000 a day until it comes up with solid plans to comply with a 2012 ruling that…

Democrats block early GOP presidential primary

Washington’s 2016 presidential primary voting appears stuck on May 24 instead of being moved up to March, when the results would have a much larger chance…

Vying for governor, Bill Bryant seeks to expand his brand

The first job for Bill Bryant, the only declared GOP gubernatorial candidate so far, is to tell Washingtonians that he exists. As a Port of…

Jean Godden’s City Council career in peril

Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden appeared unfazed as she dangled 184 votes away from the end of her political career. Godden placed third Tuesday evening…

Lawmaker takes a shot at top education job

State Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Olympia, said Thursday that he is running for Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. That makes him the second official candidate for…

Lawsuit aims to halt Eyman initiative

Opponents of Tim Eyman’s latest anti-tax ballot measure filed a lawsuit Thursday, alleging that the initiative promoter’s new proposal is unconstitutional. If passed by Washington’s voters in…

Governor promises to put a lid on greenhouse gas emissions

Gov. Jay Inslee plans to install a regulatory cap on carbon emissions using existing laws. On Tuesday, he ordered the Washington Department of Ecology Tuesday to…

Continued failure to fund K-12 education, McCleary plaintiffs argue

The McCleary plaintiffs argue that the Washington legislature is still dragging its feet on its constitutional duty to adequately fund basic education, and that Washington…

Inslee might swallow ‘poison pill’ to reduce carbon in fuel

Gov. Jay Inslee is considering whether he wants to swallow a Republican-concocted “poison pill” or not. That “poison pill” is language in the 16-year, $16…

Legislature writes own report card for court

Is the Washington Legislature getting the job done on fixing its overcrowded classroom in Grades K-3? No one really knows. Many legislators have admitted that. On…

Ocean acidification: a problem up the coast, too

A recently published study shows Alaska’s shellfish industry faces the same ocean acidification troubles as Washington’s harvesters. And extrapolating from the study’s results, it's possible…