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[10/1/19] Vaping Bans Hit Washington

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Washington is joining several other states in banning the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over the mysterious lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people and killed more than a dozen across the country. Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive order Friday asking the Department of Health to issue the emergency rule at […]

[8/28/19] Tsunami Models Show Devastation

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New videos allow Washington residents to see simulated models of how large tsunami waves are likely to impact their communities. Scientists with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources have just released a series of modeled simulation videos that show tsunamis started by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone. Using detailed tsunami […]

[8/27/19] Immigrant Children Detention Issues

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Washington and 18 other states are suing over the Trump administration’s effort to alter a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday the rule change puts children at risk. He’s leading the lawsuit alongside Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. A decades-old agreement […]

[8/7/19] Fourtunato GOP Candidate for Governor

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Republican State Senator Phil Fortunato has announced his bid for governor. Fortunato will make [made] a formal announcement in Seattle today. He’s the first prominent Republican to announce for the 2020 contest. 65-year-old Fortunato was elected to the Senate in 2017 after serving in the House. He is an outspoken conservative voice both on the […]

[7/29/19] New Vaccination Laws and More Now In Effect

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Under a new law that took effect yesterday [Sunday], parents in Washington state will no longer be able to cite philosophical or personal beliefs to exempt their children from the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine that’s required for attendance at private and public schools and day care centers. More than 80 cases of measles […]

[7/2/19] Gun Laws Impose New Bans

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New gun regulations took effect in Washington state yesterday. They include a ban on so-called “ghost guns” – undetectable guns made using 3D printers – along with components of a previously instituted law raising the legal purchase age for some guns. A law passed in January raises the purchase age for semi-automatic rifles to 21. […]

[6/26/19] WA Attorney General Files Abortions Appeal

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Washington state’s attorney general is asking the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that allows new Trump administration hurdles for women seeking abortions to take effect. Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a motion yesterday asking for the full appeals court in San Francisco to block those hurdles. A three-judge panel from […]