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Robert Brown, an advocate for splitting Washington into two states, stands over a flag at a rally Feb. 15 at the Capitol in Olympia. — Photo by Sean Harding, Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

51st state movement highlights cultural divide in Washington state

Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane has revived a movement to redraw the lines of Washington state; echos sentiments from Eastern Washington that their voices are not heard in the Legislature

  • Feb 21st, 2019

 

Law would eliminate personal objection to vaccines in Washington state

State senators aim to alter provisions for vaccines; bill eliminates philosophical or personal objection of vaccines by legal guardians

  • Feb 21st, 2019

 

Rossi Newbill, Simpson Says, Feb. 21, 2019

New ASB officers picked for Simpson Elementary

Simpson Says column for Feb. 21, 2019.

  • Feb 21st, 2019

 

U.S. Senate passes bill to make coast a National Heritage Area

Legislation that establishes parts of Washington’s coast as a National Maritime Heritage…

  • Feb 21st, 2019

Elma High School honor roll

Students recognized for academic achievement.

  • Feb 21st, 2019

Montesano Junior/Senior High School first semester honor roll

4.0 GPA Grade 12: Marisol Cisneros-Garcia, Gage Daniels, Kaitlyn Granstrom, Alexis Lovell,…

  • Feb 21st, 2019

Births for Feb. 21, 2019

The birth of one baby was reported to The Vidette.

  • Feb 21st, 2019
Louis Krauss | Grays Harbor News Group
                                A health worker prepares a syringe to be used in vaccinations.

Sixty percent of state’s infants fully vaccinated on time, data shows

Some areas of Washington state are experiencing a measles outbreak and it…

Louis Krauss | Grays Harbor News Group
                                A health worker prepares a syringe to be used in vaccinations.
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McDermoth Elementary teacher accused of child rape

Incident with 11-year-old alleged to have happened in Marysville.

Ryan Michael Harless

Legislators push to ensure funding of career and technical education programs

Corrects funding loophole; pushes for extracurricular program funding

  • Feb 21st, 2019

Proposed public records bill is dead

Senator withdraws bill exempting legislature from public disclosure of some records

  • Feb 19th, 2019

Presidential candidate tax returns, felon voting, and campaign finance topic of proposed house legislation

Petitions for a convention of states to amend the constitution; would require presidential candidates to release tax returns before primary; would automatically restore felons’ voting rights when released

  • Feb 20th, 2019

State senators aim to create self-harm hotline

Hotline would receive reports of potential self-harm and criminal acts; proposed bill seeks to improve suicide prevention in Washington state

  • Feb 20th, 2019

Social media extortion could be a new crime in Washington state

Lawmakers seek to ban online extortion of businesses; Washington state aims to end cyber extortion

  • Feb 20th, 2019

Lawmakers push concussion awareness and best practices in all sports

Senate Bill 5238 requires University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center to compile research data and best practices concerning concussions in sports.

  • Feb 20th, 2019

Adult entertainers seek safer workplace standards

Proposed bill will hold employers accountable for safety of dancers; lawmakers target unsafe establishments for adult entertainers

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Immigration or citizenship status could be added to anti-discrimination law under proposed legislation

Makes discrimination based on immigration or citizenship status illegal; goal is to give those in the citizenship and immigration process avenues for recourse; does not supercede federal law

  • Feb 15th, 2019

House members propose task force on missing and murdered indigenous women

Recent study reported that Seattle had the most cases of missing and murdered indigenous women than any other city; Rep. Mosbrucker helped pass legislation last year to gather data, now is hoping to create a task force and liaisons; some are calling for the bill to add more liaison positions and elevate more tribal voices

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Lawmakers seek to improve sexual health education in Washington state

Bill would change curriculum for sexual health in schools; democratic representatives support comprehensive sexual health education; evidence-informed curriculum could change sex education in schools

  • Feb 15th, 2019

Lawmakers propose new watercraft restrictions to save southern resident orcas

Would establish a 7-knot speed limit for vessels ½ mile from southern resident orcas; establishes a 650-yard “no-go” zone for whale watchers until at least 2023; regulations would take effect immediately if passed

  • Feb 15th, 2019