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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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  • Grant Co. Sheriff's Office: At least 3 dead, 8 injured in mass casualty crash south of George

    Thursday, May 25 2017 2:53 PM EDT2017-05-25 18:53:28 GMT

    GEORGE, Wash. - At least three people are dead in a mass casualty crash in Grant County and at least 8 other people are injured, some seriously. The crash happened around 5am Thursday morning at Adams Rd. South and Frenchman Hills Rd. which is just S. of Quincy and W. of Vantage, WA. Adams Road South will be closed at that intersection for most of the day.

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    GEORGE, Wash. - At least three people are dead in a mass casualty crash in Grant County and at least 8 other people are injured, some seriously. The crash happened around 5am Thursday morning at Adams Rd. South and Frenchman Hills Rd. which is just S. of Quincy and W. of Vantage, WA. Adams Road South will be closed at that intersection for most of the day.

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  • Wet spring brings black flies out in force in the Inland Northwest

    Wet spring brings black flies out in force in the Inland Northwest

    Thursday, May 25 2017 2:20 AM EDT2017-05-25 06:20:21 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Nothing beats being outside in this great weather right now, but this wet spring has brought a lot of pests. We’ve been talking about wasps and ticks, but black flies are coming out in force too. Jenny Zhang says she’s noticed black flies a lot more in her neighborhood. Her 2-year-old son Liam was bitten.  “Actually, when he got bit he thought it was a bumblebee and then he was afraid of them,” she says. The bites 

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    SPOKANE, Wash. - Nothing beats being outside in this great weather right now, but this wet spring has brought a lot of pests. We’ve been talking about wasps and ticks, but black flies are coming out in force too. Jenny Zhang says she’s noticed black flies a lot more in her neighborhood. Her 2-year-old son Liam was bitten.  “Actually, when he got bit he thought it was a bumblebee and then he was afraid of them,” she says. The bites 

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  • PHOTOS: Guns, drugs and money found in Spokane Valley motel room bust

    PHOTOS: Guns, drugs and money found in Spokane Valley motel room bust

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:15 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:15:29 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Two men have been arrested and charged with a total of 26 felony and misdemeanor drug charges following a months-long investigation that led to a Spokane Valley motel.  Last week, detectives executed a search warrant at a room at the Motel 6 just off of I-90 and Argonne in Spokane Valley. 

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    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Two men have been arrested and charged with a total of 26 felony and misdemeanor drug charges following a months-long investigation that led to a Spokane Valley motel.  Last week, detectives executed a search warrant at a room at the Motel 6 just off of I-90 and Argonne in Spokane Valley. 

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