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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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    Saturday, July 21 2018 1:58 AM EDT2018-07-21 05:58:53 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Washington State Patrols responded to a fatal crash in Stevens County Friday evening. On SR-395 in Clayton near Mile Post 185, a vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head on with another car, killing the driver. The causing driver who was transported to the hospital is in custody for vehicular homicide. There were no other occupants of either vehicle. 

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    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Washington State Patrols responded to a fatal crash in Stevens County Friday evening. On SR-395 in Clayton near Mile Post 185, a vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head on with another car, killing the driver. The causing driver who was transported to the hospital is in custody for vehicular homicide. There were no other occupants of either vehicle. 

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  • Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Friday, July 20 2018 8:37 PM EDT2018-07-21 00:37:29 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

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  • Court docs: Kootenai Behavioral Health therapist charged with rape, abuse of underage patient

    Court docs: Kootenai Behavioral Health therapist charged with rape, abuse of underage patient

    Saturday, July 21 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-07-21 05:02:56 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A therapist at Kootenai Behavior Health is accused of having sex with an underage patient "hundreds of times" according to court documents. He's been charged with rape and sexual abuse, and is currently on administrative leave from the hospital during the investigation.

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    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A therapist at Kootenai Behavior Health is accused of having sex with an underage patient "hundreds of times" according to court documents. He's been charged with rape and sexual abuse, and is currently on administrative leave from the hospital during the investigation.

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