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  • Wash. lawmakers prepare for adjournment, overtime

    Wash. lawmakers prepare for adjournment, overtime

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - As the clock runs out on the Legislature's 60-day session, lawmakers will adjourn, but they may not be going far.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - As the clock runs out on the Legislature's 60-day session, lawmakers will adjourn, but they may not be going far. A special session to solve the state's $2.8 billion budget deficit is expected to be announced before midnight Thursday, when the regular session expires. House and Senate Democrats don't yet have an agreement on how to balance the deficit in this year's budget, and Gov. Gregoire has been meeting with legislative leaders throughout the day.>>
  • Wash. lawmakers prepare for special session

    Wash. lawmakers prepare for special session

    Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) says the special session will probably last a week to 10 daysSen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) says the special session will probably last a week to 10 days
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - State lawmakers are preparing for a special legislative session to push through final negotiations over a state budget and tax increases.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - State lawmakers are preparing for a special legislative session to push through final negotiations over a state budget and tax increases.>>
  • Wash. Senate passes $890 million tax package

    Wash. Senate passes $890 million tax package

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Senate last night approved a tax package that would raise $890 million over the next 16 months.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Senate last night approved a tax package that would raise $890 million over the next 16 months. It includes a temporary three-tenths-of-a-cent sales tax increase plus increased taxes on services and bottled water. It also ends a sales tax break for some companies based outside Washington. On a separate vote the Senate voted to add an extra $1-per-pack tax on cigarettes. Lawmakers are now waiting for the tax package from the House.>>

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The 60-day regular session was characterized by budget challenges and frustrations, forcing lawmakers to return to Olympia next week.
     
Though lawmakers have been called back into special session to finalize the state's budget, major policy changes did take place over the last few months.
     
The Legislature approved a constitutional amendment, drafted in response to the murder of the state's police officers. They banned a controversial chemical from children's bottles, strengthened laws against cell phone use while driving and approved an $8.5 billion transportation budget.
     
A problem still facing lawmakers is how to fix a $2.8 billion budget deficit. They'll return Monday to start working on that issue.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman who was run over by a cyclist last month on the Centennial Trail has filed a lawsuit against the man she says didn’t even try to avoid smashing into her. On Sept. 22, 67-year-old Virginia Pearsall was walking near Kendall Yards with her sister when she heard someone behind her yell, “Hot pizza!” "I felt like I got hit by a truck," said Pearsall. "The impact was so great, it was unbelievable." 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane woman who was run over by a cyclist last month on the Centennial Trail has filed a lawsuit against the man she says didn’t even try to avoid smashing into her. On Sept. 22, 67-year-old Virginia Pearsall was walking near Kendall Yards with her sister when she heard someone behind her yell, “Hot pizza!” "I felt like I got hit by a truck," said Pearsall. "The impact was so great, it was unbelievable." 

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  • Semi with brakes tied together using plastic grocery bag crashes on interstate

    Semi with brakes tied together using plastic grocery bag crashes on interstate

    Thursday, October 19 2017 12:24 AM EDT2017-10-19 04:24:21 GMT
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    TACOMA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol believes faulty brakes and speed contributed to a semi truck crash on the SR 16 interchange with northbound I-5 in Tacoma Tuesday evening.  Troopers say the truck was headed eastbound on SR 16 when it rolled on the rap to northbound I-5.  Trooper Brooke Bova tweeted photos form the scene, including one which showed the truck's brake lines tied together with a plastic grocery bag.  The 

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    TACOMA, Wash. - Washington State Patrol believes faulty brakes and speed contributed to a semi truck crash on the SR 16 interchange with northbound I-5 in Tacoma Tuesday evening.  Troopers say the truck was headed eastbound on SR 16 when it rolled on the rap to northbound I-5.  Trooper Brooke Bova tweeted photos form the scene, including one which showed the truck's brake lines tied together with a plastic grocery bag.  The 

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  • PHOTOS: Detectives identify woman believed to have fraudulently withdrawn hundreds of dollars

    PHOTOS: Detectives identify woman believed to have fraudulently withdrawn hundreds of dollars

    Wednesday, October 18 2017 7:03 PM EDT2017-10-18 23:03:15 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Detectives have identified the woman in the above photos thanks to help from the public.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - UPDATE: Detectives have identified the woman in the above photos thanks to help from the public.

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