Firearm bills introduced

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has introduced two bills to the state legislature that he said will help reduce deadly mass shootings.

State to delay education plan to fall

State officials are delaying submission of the education plan required as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act.

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Snow angels of a different sort

Shovel armed volunteers help each other

With snow piles blocking driveways in many area of the valley, seeing enterprising individuals out in the cold packing shovel is a sight for snow-blinded eyes.

Services, utilities asking for public’s help, patience

Snowfall creating issues for providers

Natural gas utilities, the mailman and even the garbage service are all asking for help.

Lawmakers get a jump start on session

Abortion, marijuana among issues in early bill filings

As the 105-day session of the 2017 Washington Legislature began Monday, several contentious issues loomed in addition to the biggest agenda item of all: funding basic education.

Klickitat County woman selected to answer Inslee’s speech

McCabe points to the need for job growth

A Central Washington lawmaker focused on a better future for state residents in her response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State speech yesterday.

Break seen in area snow

Opening eyed today for state Highway 241

Snowfall may be on the decline, but unseasonably cold temperatures will keep it on the ground for the foreseeable future.

Claim against county seeks $750,000

Former employee cites privacy issue

The county’s legal staff is reviewing a $750,000 claim filed by a former employee.

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Shovels for hire

WNPA news bureau introduces staff reporters

The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association announced its team of reporters for the Olympia News Bureau during the legislative session.

Bill would tighten police seizure of assets

Rep. Taylor co-sponsors new legislation

A Yakima Valley lawmaker wants to change how law enforcement seizes assets.

Legislators agree: Basic education to dominate 2017 session

Finding the dollars to meet the Supreme Court’s mandate to fully fund basic education as required by the state constitution is the dominant issue facing legislators in the 2017 session.

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Lower Yakima Valley digs deep

Municipal budgets and manpower are being stretched as Lower Yakima Valley cities deal with plowing and removing snow.