Gov. Inslee calls for statewide minimum wage increase

Gov. Inslee calls for statewide minimum wage increase
Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature in the House chambers Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Washington already has the highest state minimum wage in the country, and Gov. Jay Inslee says it should go even higher.

State's minimum wage jumps to $9.32 an hour in 2014

Washington's already highest-in-the-nation minimum wage will jump to $9.32 an hour on New Year's Day.

Power plants, refineries top carbon pollution

Power plants, refineries top carbon pollution
TransAlta in Centralia, Wash. Photo via TransAlta.com/us
Power plants and refineries continue to rank among the biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington in 2012, according to the latest data reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Proposal would vastly increase oil tanker traffic in state waters

Proposal would vastly increase oil tanker traffic in state waters
(Wikimedia Commons photo by Walter Siegmund)
The number of oil tankers in Washington state waters could increase almost sevenfold under a proposal by a Canadian pipeline company to expand the amount of crude oil it sends to the Pacific Coast.

1.3 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday

1.3 million losing unemployment benefits Saturday »Play Video
Job seekers check out companies at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla.
More than 1 million Americans are bracing for a harrowing, post-Christmas jolt as extended federal unemployment benefits come to a sudden halt this weekend, entailing potentially significant implications for the recovering U.S. economy.

Health officials begin testing shellfish samples after China ban

Health officials begin testing shellfish samples after China ban »Play Video
Photos courtesy of the Washington State Health Department

Washington State health officials began testing shellfish samples from Poverty Bay on Thursday after seafood inspectors in China said earlier this month they found high levels of arsenic in geoduck clams.

Cold killed half of invasive snails in Capitol Lake

Cold killed half of invasive snails in Capitol Lake
Magnified view of New Zealand mudsnail (Potamopyrgus antipodarum)
It looks like the cold snap early this month killed about half the New Zealand mudsnails that have invaded Capitol Lake in Olympia.

Santa's sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx

Santa's sleigh delayed after snags at UPS, FedEx
In this Dec. 16, 2013 file photo, package handler Chris Addison arranges packages before loading a delivery truck at a FedEx sorting facility in Kansas City, Mo. Santa's sleigh didn't make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx.The delays were blamed on poor weather earlier this week in parts of the country as well as overloaded systems. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Santa's sleigh didn't make it in time for Christmas for some this year due to shipping problems at UPS and FedEx.

Seattle neighborhood turns to community to help pay for tiny park

Seattle neighborhood turns to community to help pay for tiny park

Neighbors and business owners in Seattle's Chinatown-International District have a vision for the no-parking zone at Sixth Avenue South and South Weller Street. They see the empty, 24-foot-long space as the perfect place for the neighborhood's first public "parklet," but they need others to agree and -- more importantly - to help pay.

College volleyball championship means big business for Seattle

College volleyball championship means big business for Seattle
FILE - Washington’s Kaleigh Nelson (6) and Lianna Sybeldon, right, go for the block on a killshot by Southern California’s Sara Shaw, below left, in the finals of an NCAA college volleyball regional tournament match in Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

A sell-out crowd for this week's NCAA Volleyball Championship at KeyArena means big business for Seattle's economy.

Travelers headed to Sea-Tac offered free ride next week

Travelers headed to Sea-Tac offered free ride next week
Alaska Airlines is partnering with Uber to offer travelers a free ride to the airport during the busy Christmas travel week. (Graphic courtesy Alaska Airlines).

Alaska Airlines is teaming up with Uber, the on-demand car service, to offer free rides for travelers headed to Sea-Tac International Airport during the busy Christmas travel week.