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March 19, 2014 at 6:45 PM

O’Reilly Auto Parts agrees to extend health benefits to same-sex spouses

O’Reilly Auto Parts has agree to extend health-care benefits to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington and elsewhere, days after the state attorney general filed a petition to force the national chain to answer questions as part of an ongoing investigation. The new policy is effective April 1. The state launched an investigation into whether the…

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March 17, 2014 at 6:25 PM

State investigates claim that O’Reilly Auto Parts refuses same-sex health benefits

The state attorney general is investigating whether O’Reilly Auto Parts is refusing to provide the same health-care benefits to same-sex spouses of its employees in Washington state that it provides to opposite-sex spouses, in violation of the state’s Consumer Protection Act. The agency filed a petition in King County Superior Court on Monday to enforce “a…

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October 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Richland florist asks court to dismiss attorney general’s suit

A Richland florist is asking a Benton County Superior Court judge to dismiss a state lawsuit against her for refusing to provide floral arrangements for a gay wedding, saying Attorney General Bob Ferguson lacks the authority to bring the suit, particularly since the couple at the center of the case never complained to the state. In…

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June 12, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Poll finds most Washingtonians oppose lawsuit against florist

More than 60 percent of Washington residents oppose a lawsuit the state attorney general filed in April against a Richland florist after she refused to provide a floral arrangement for the wedding of a long-time gay customer, citing her religious faith, according to a new poll. The poll by Elway Research was commissioned by the Family…

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May 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Richland florist countersues state AG over same-sex wedding

The Richland florist who was sued by the state last month for refusing to provide flowers for a gay customer’s wedding, is countersuing state Attorney General Robert Ferguson. The state’s suit last month stemmed from a March 1 incident in which longtime customer Robert Ingersoll went to Arlene’s Flowers to discuss an order for…

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September 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Families of 2 slain Lakewood officers settle claims for $5 million each

The families of two Lakewood police officers who were killed by Maurice Clemmons in November 2009 have each reached settlements with the state Department of Corrections. The families of Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officer Gregory Richards will each receive a $5 million payout, said Jack Connelly, who heads Connelly Law Offices in Tacoma. On Nov. 29, 2009,…

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June 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM

State AG wants review of overturned death-row conviction

The Washington Attorney General’s Office plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review a recent decision by the Washington Supreme Court that overturned the conviction of a man who has spent the past 18 years on death row. Clallam County Prosecutor Deborah Kelly said this morning that after the May 10 ruling by the state Supreme Court…

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January 26, 2012 at 9:58 AM

State AG asks reporters to sign Facebook nondisclosure form

Does it seem odd to ask a reporter to sign a non-disclosure agreement? Well, that’s what Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office was asking of  reporters going into a news conference later this morning at Facebook offices in downtown Seattle. AG’s spokesman Dan Sytman quickly withdrew the request — which he said was made at the behest…

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