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March 29, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Friday Memo: Burning potties … Bathroom sign-ins … Discover Pass poll

National Weather Service forecast The case of the burning potties: Remember we said not too long ago that someone was setting fire to outdoor potties? Well, police in Camas say they have collared two teens they think are responsible for burning the five portable toilets. But here’s the best thing. The…

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April 6, 2012 at 8:32 PM

No agreement yet on state’s supplemental budget

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Lawmakers continue to move toward agreement on a supplemental budget, but are still split over differences on a variety of bills. It was originally thought that they could possibly vote a budget bill out of the Senate Ways and Means Committee Friday night. But committee chairman Sen. Ed Murray later said they…

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April 2, 2012 at 9:17 PM

Top Republican in state Senate doing well after surgery

Associated Press OLYMPIA– The state Senate’s top Republican is resting and his prognosis is good after undergoing surgery to remove a tumor in his abdomen. Walla Walla Sen. Mike Hewitt had surgery Monday at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle to remove a recently discovered thymoma tumor. Senate Republican spokeswoman Rebecca Japhet said Hewitt’s tumor was…

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March 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Morning Memo/Saturday: Caucuses … GOP coup in Senate … $1M theft

Weather: Morning showers likely until about 10 a.m., with a high around 50. Yesterday, we were crossing our fingers for a sunny Sunday, but the National Weather Service has revised their forecast to mostly cloudy. The National Weather Service forecast. Traffic: The map and cams. Caucuses today: GOP caucuses start at 10 a.m. Don’t…

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November 28, 2011 at 12:56 PM

State legislature opens with hundreds protesting budget cuts

Lawmakers opened their special legislative session today as hundreds gathered on the Capitol steps in Olympia to protest potential budget cuts. Lawmakers must bridge a $2 billion shortfall in the current two-year budget. Several hundred people had assembled on the Capitol steps by noon, chanting and waving signs that read “Save our Services,” “Protect Our People”…

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November 28, 2011 at 10:49 AM

New poll finds support for state sales tax increase

A new Elway Research poll found that 64 percent of the voters surveyed indicated they were likely to support a temporary bump in the state sales tax to avoid cuts to certain state services. The poll found that 43 percent were “certainly willing” and 21 percent were “probably willing” to support Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposed…

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October 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Gregoire outlines $2 billion in widespread budget cuts

UPDATE:  Read the latest version of this story. Gov. Chris Gregoire today proposed $2 billion in budget cuts that would increase class sizes in public schools, eliminate subsidized health insurance for the working poor and cut the length of supervision for inmates released from prison. That’s just a start. In all, the governor has proposed…

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October 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM

DSHS chief outlines potentially deep cuts to social services

Department of Social and Health Services Secretary Susan Dreyfus met with nearly 300 social service providers, families in need, recovering addicts and other DSHS clients in Seattle today to discuss potentially deep program cuts at the agency. Dreyfus, who last week announced that she’s leaving DSHS for a job close to her family in the Midwest, told the…

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