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Local Fire ban issued for state parks, ocean beaches Fire ban issued for state parks, ocean beaches (Video)
If you're out camping, all campfires are off limits - even in designated fire pits. Washington State Parks announced a fire ban on Friday in response to the growing fire danger across the state.
Local State lawmakers race clock to finalize budget deal State lawmakers race clock to finalize budget deal (Photo Gallery)
As they adjourned a second overtime session and prepare to start a third one, House and Senate leaders worked Saturday to finalize details on a new two-year state operating budget that must be adopted within the next few days in order to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Local State House passes recreational marijuana reform bill State House passes recreational marijuana reform bill
The House on Friday passed a measure that makes several changes to the state's new recreational marijuana market, including eliminating the three-tier tax structure and replacing it with a single excise tax of 37 percent at the point of sale.
Local Third special session likely as budget negotiations continue Third special session likely as budget negotiations continue
Budget negotiators say that they are making progress on reaching agreement on a state operating budget, but at least one key lawmaker on Friday acknowledged that they may need to extend beyond the end of the current special session in order to get any final deal passed out of both chambers ahead of a potential government shutdown next week.