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March 3, 2012 at 8:02 AM

State toughens sentence for DUI vehicular homicide

The state Legislature has passed a bill that will toughen the sentence for DUI-related vehicular-homicide convictions. On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed House Bill 2216, which increases the penalties for drunk drivers charged with vehicular homicide. The measure passed the House unanimously on Feb. 13. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, who has long been pushing for the change…


Comments | More in Government, The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: DUI, King County Prosecutor's Office, State Legislature

March 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Abortion-coverage bill dies in state Senate

Associated Press OLYMPIA – A bill to link abortion coverage to maternity care was defeated Friday in the Washington state Senate. The bill was caught up in a late-afternoon Republican budget coup, in which the GOP peeled off the necessary three Democratic votes to introduce an austere budget plan. The abortion measure, HB 2330, had passed the House,…


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December 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Judge rules police can't bar protesters from capitol campus

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Washington State Patrol cannot bar trespassing protesters from the state Capitol campus, as the police force has been for the past couple of weeks. The state patrol was using the “trespassing admonishment” to clear out protesters without arresting them, said State Patrol spokesman Bob Calkins. Now that a temporary…


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November 30, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Garfield students walk out to protest education cuts

Hundreds of students from Seattle’s Garfield High School walked out of classes this afternoon to protest state budget cuts to education. The students began their walk to City Hall at 12:30 p.m. to “tell the world that we are fed up with the lack of funding for education,” according to a statement sent by protest organizer Mathis Watson…


Comments | More in Education, General news, Government | Topics: budget cuts, Garfield High School, Olympia