Northwest

The backlog

The backlog

The president says he wants them. Tech companies say they want them. So why are some of the region’s most talented workers waiting a lifetime to gain citizenship.

The backlog
Student journalists, teachers, school administrators and advocates gathered in Olympia as the governor signed a law sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain extending free speech protections to students publishing in high school and college newspapers. COURTESY PHOTO

Free speech protections for student journalists signed into law

The change makes Washington the 14th state to extend free speech protections to student journalists.

  • Mar 28, 2018
Student journalists, teachers, school administrators and advocates gathered in Olympia as the governor signed a law sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain extending free speech protections to students publishing in high school and college newspapers. COURTESY PHOTO
Crisis pregnancy centers in national spotlight

Crisis pregnancy centers in national spotlight

Supreme Court hears on California law that differs from county’s recently-adopted board of health regulation

  • Mar 25, 2018
Crisis pregnancy centers in national spotlight
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Children with special health care needs to receive vital dental care under new law

Gov. Inslee signs bill expanding ABCD program for developmentally disabled kids

  • Mar 24, 2018
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Boarders vs. bureaucracy

Boarders vs. bureaucracy

How a common need for dry land, an unconventional perspective on property rights, and 25 tons of cement brought a community of skateboarders together in Renton.

Boarders vs. bureaucracy
Black Lives Matter meets #MeToo

Black Lives Matter meets #MeToo

Columnist Marcus Harrison Green tells us about a troubling rift and the resulting rebirth in the local arm of the social movement.

Black Lives Matter meets #MeToo
The matriarch of marijuana

The matriarch of marijuana

Meet JoAnna McKee, a persistent voice in the ear of wary politicians who didn’t believe that marijuana was medicine. Until they met JoAnna, that is.

The matriarch of marijuana
A hardwood classic

A hardwood classic

As basketball season comes to a close, a poetic ode to a long-shot team.

A hardwood classic
The other Robert E. Lee

The other Robert E. Lee

Some people in Kent thought their police station was named for the Confederate general. They were wrong.

The other Robert E. Lee
What’s in a game?

What’s in a game?

Inside the growing community of pinball-playing women making a scene in Seattle.

What’s in a game?
Inslee and outrage

Inslee and outrage

After the election of President Trump, many in Seattle and its surrounding communities let their anger be heard. Gov. Jay Inslee was one of them.

Inslee and outrage
Martin Luther King’s county

Martin Luther King’s county

Washington state is home to the only jurisdiction named for the civil rights leader. How did that happen?

Martin Luther King’s county
Inslee signs voting bills into law

Inslee signs voting bills into law

Bills help people better access the voting and election process in Washington state.

  • Mar 20, 2018
Inslee signs voting bills into law
County Council sends Levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System to Ballot

County Council sends Levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System to Ballot

The AFIS levy will appear on the August 7, 2018 primary election ballot.

  • Mar 17, 2018
County Council sends Levy for Automated Fingerprint Identification System to Ballot
Apply to be a member of the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission

Apply to be a member of the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission

The application period starts Monday, March 19 and closes on Friday, April 27.

  • Mar 16, 2018
Apply to be a member of the King County Immigrant and Refugee Commission
Appeals court agrees with AG opinion on local marijuana bans

Appeals court agrees with AG opinion on local marijuana bans

Jurisdictions, including Kent, can ban marijuana sales under state law

  • Mar 15, 2018
Appeals court agrees with AG opinion on local marijuana bans
Governor Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6.

Washington becomes the fourth state to ban bump stocks

SB 5922 passed both chambers in the Washington state legislature by slim margins and largely along party lines.

Governor Jay Inslee signs a ban on bump stocks on Tuesday, March. 6.
Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. “No more silence,” the crowd chanted. “End gun violence.” (Taylor McAvoy | WNPA)

Washington students urge lawmakers to pass gun regulations

More than 100 students from Seattle and Olympia area rallied at the Capitol building in support of gun legislation.

Anna Justen, a junior at Ingraham High School in Seattle, leads a chant. “No more silence,” the crowd chanted. “End gun violence.” (Taylor McAvoy | WNPA)
Union-friendly home healthcare worker bill approved by state Legislature

Union-friendly home healthcare worker bill approved by state Legislature

Controversial bill passed the House without any Republican votes.

Union-friendly home healthcare worker bill approved by state Legislature
Baby Kimball tragedy spurs newborn surrender legislation

Baby Kimball tragedy spurs newborn surrender legislation

The measure passed concurrence by the State Senate Monday by a vote of 48-1.

  • Mar 9, 2018
Baby Kimball tragedy spurs newborn surrender legislation