Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. late last year and expanded an industry already booming because of the skyrocketing popularity of CBDs, a compound in hemp that many see as a health aid. But now, just a few months after Congress placed the marijuana look-alike squarely in safe legal territory, the hemp industry has been unsettled by an unexpected development. Continue Reading Federal Legalization Of Hemp Creates Confusion For State And Local Police
Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee is releasing 12 years of his tax returns and calling on President Donald Trump to do the same. Inslee, who’s running for president, made his announcement Friday morning on the TV show ‘Fox and Friends’ on the Fox News Network. Continue Reading Jay Inslee On ‘Fox and Friends’ Announces Tax Return Release, Calls On President To Do The Same
During a testy confirmation hearing on Thursday, President Donald Trump’s pick to be the nation’s largest land steward told senators that he would take steps to prevent conflicts of interest and to improve ethics guidelines at the Interior Department. Continue Reading Interior Secretary Nominee Gets Grilled On Ethics At Confirmation Hearing
Flags at Washington state facilities were lowered Thursday in memory of Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson. The fallen officer was honored at Central Washington University, where he attended college and was previously a campus police officer. Continue Reading Fallen Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Thompson Honored At CWU
The fertile fields in Washington and Oregon, are just now drying out from severe winter snows not seen for 100 years. And potato farmers like Schneider are a month behind in planting. A cool spring — along with this late start — could throw Schneider’s yields off 30 to 40 percent. Continue Reading Northwest’s Late-Winter Snow Means Nation’s French Fries Could Be In Danger
Going green is often easier said than done, but a new business organization is hoping to change that. While focusing on large-scale energy buyers, the group plans to push for changes that could make renewable power more accessible for all Americans. Continue Reading From Walmart To Google, Companies Teaming Up To Buy More Solar And Wind Power
A proposal to raise the smoking and vaping age to 21 in Washington has passed the Legislature, putting the state on the precipice of becoming the ninth state to make such a change. Having previously passed the House, the measure now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee, who has said he supports the bill and is expected to sign it. Continue Reading Washington Legislature Votes To Raise Smoking And Vaping Age To 21
The enforcement action this week by the Washington Department of Labor and Industries follows a months-long investigation triggered by three violent patient-on-nurse assaults last year at Western State Hospital in Lakewood. Continue Reading Washington’s Largest Psychiatric Hospital Cited And Fined For Failing To Protect Assaulted Nurses
Washington lawmakers are developing a low carbon fuels standard. If signed into law, new rules would limit the amount of carbon coming out of car and truck tailpipes. Backers say it’s necessary to combat climate change. Critics say it will increase the price at the pump. Continue Reading Fuel Producers, Consumers Take Sides On Washington’s Debate Over Lower-Carbon Transportation
Anyone selling or owning bump stocks could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000. The devices are now classified as machine guns. Continue Reading Bump Stock Ban Takes Effect As Gun Rights Groups Ask Supreme Court For Delay
There’s a good chance that people who ride Washington State Ferries will see a permanent fare increase this fall. As part of the deal, passengers could glide across Puget Sound on the state’s first hybrid-electric ferries three to five years from now. Continue Reading Washington Ferry Riders Face Another Fare Hike, May Get Electric Ferries In The Deal
A letter from the Department of Justice announced the shift, in support of a district court judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional. The case will likely end up in the Supreme Court. Continue Reading With Reversal, Trump Administration Now Says Entire Affordable Care Act Should Be Repealed
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