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Interpreter charged with overbilling state for 'physically impossible' trips and fictitious appointments

Access Washington News - March 27, 2015 - 14:58

A Des Moines Spanish-language interpreter faces a felony charge alleging she overbilled the state more than $5,600 for mileage and patient appointments that never happened.

Judge rules on penalties, fees for Richland florist in same-sex marriage case

Access Washington News - March 27, 2015 - 14:39

$1,000 penalty; $1 for costs and fees per Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request

SEATTLE — A Benton County Superior Court judge ruled today that a Richland florist will pay a $1,000 penalty and $1 in costs and fees to the state for discriminating against a same-sex couple seeking to buy wedding flowers in 2013.

Dust storm advisory for Tri Cities

Access Washington News - March 27, 2015 - 13:00
Strong winds that may carry a large amount of dust are forecast for Kennewick from 10 p.m. Friday, March 27, to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Read more....

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on House proposed 2015-17 operating budget

Governor's Office - March 27, 2015 - 11:54

“The House today released a solid budget proposal. While my staff is still reviewing the details, I am encouraged by its general framework.

Statement from Gov. Jay Inslee on House proposed 2015-17 operating budget

Access Washington News - March 27, 2015 - 11:54

“The House today released a solid budget proposal. While my staff is still reviewing the details, I am encouraged by its general framework.

Attorney General defends states' marijuana authority in US Supreme Court

Access Washington News - March 27, 2015 - 11:45

Nebraska and Oklahoma challenging Colorado legalization initiative

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a “friend of the court” brief today in the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to reject a challenge to Colorado’s marijuana laws. If the court takes up the case, it could threaten not just Colorado’s law, but also the regulatory structure for marijuana established by Initiative 502 in Washington state.

Youth Academy hosts information sessions in Vancouver and Longview

Access Washington News - March 27, 2015 - 08:05
Representatives from the Washington Youth Academy (WYA) will host information sessions next week at Vancouver and Longview area high schools on March 30 and March 31.

New tsunami evacuation maps in Spanish will help coastal communities

Access Washington News - March 26, 2015 - 13:50
New tsunami evacuation maps will help the Hispanic populations of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties learn the best routes to take in order to safely reach a designated assembly area on high ground. The brochures also offer critical safety information in Spanish to help communities understand what a tsunami is as well as preparedness tips. The brochures have been available in English for some time.

Attorney General's Office prosecutors send dangerous sex offender to Special Commitment Center

Access Washington News - March 26, 2015 - 10:23

PORT ORCHARD — A Kitsap County jury has decided that repeat sex offender Rick Allen Monroe is a sexually violent predator and must be confined in the state’s Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island.

 

In the interest of public safety, prosecutors from Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Sexually Violent Predator Unit have been fighting since October 2009, to prevent Monroe’s release into the community.

15-014 State Parks offers two 'free days' in April

Access Washington News - March 26, 2015 - 09:57
The public will have two opportunities to visit state parks for free in April: Saturday, April 4 to celebrate Spring and Wednesday, April 22 in honor of Earth Day. On these two days, visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits.

Joint Service Support - Weekly Update

Access Washington News - March 26, 2015 - 07:07
Joint Service Support - Weekly Update for the week of March 26th

Revenue offers tax workshop April 7 in Bellingham

Access Washington News - March 24, 2015 - 15:08
OLYMPIA – March 18, 2015 – Business owners in Washington are responsible for knowing which taxes to report. To help them, the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue) is hosting a free workshop for new and small business owners in Bellingham on April 7.

Attorney General to advocate raising legal smoking age before legislature

Access Washington News - March 24, 2015 - 14:50

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson will testify before the House Finance Committee tomorrow regarding his agency-request bill to raise the smoking age.

House Bill 1458 passed the House Health Care & Wellness Committee in a bipartisan 12-3 vote on Feb. 17, and was referred to the Finance Committee.

Friday Harbor shoreline program up for state review

Access Washington News - March 24, 2015 - 10:00
A program to manage roughly 19,400 linear feet of shoreline within Friday Harbor’s city limits is under state review. Read more....

AG's sex predator unit seeks to prevent release of Spokane sex offender into community

Access Washington News - March 23, 2015 - 13:18

SPOKANE —The Washington Attorney General’s Office filed a petition last week in Spokane County Superior Court seeking to civilly commit a sex offender and prevent his release into the community.

Travis Fields, 37, was convicted of two sexually violent offenses: attempted first-degree child molestation in 1993, and second-degree child molestation in 2008. Fields was sentenced to seven years, three months in prison for the 2008 conviction.