Drew Mikkelsen

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Open carry ban at state Capitol, near demonstrations signed into law in Washington

The law prohibits the open carry of firearms within 250 feet of permitted demonstrations and on the Capitol grounds in Olympia. OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gun owners can no longer display guns...

Toll rate proposals likely calling for 15% increases on State Route 520 Bridge

A drop in commuters during the pandemic resulted in less revenue for the state. OLYMPIA, Wash. — Enjoy a lighter than usual commute during the pandemic? It's going to make some...

Police shoot, kill bear spotted running through Lacey neighborhood

Lacey police said an officer shot and killed a bear running through a neighborhood Saturday morning to protect the public. LACEY, Wash. — A Lacey police officer shot and killed a...

'Extremely hard': Former 'lifer' in Washington prison describes challenges of starting over

Going from a life sentence at a state prison to freedom has sometimes been a struggle for Michelle Blair, but she says it's worth it to be free. OLYMPIA, Wash. —...

Trash or treasure? A mystery washes up on an Olympia beach

The buoy is about the size of a beach ball, with signs of wear and tear, a couple of rubber patches, and the word “Taku” on it. OLYMPIA, Wash. — Every...

How much more would you be willing to pay for gas if it meant cleaner air in Washington?

Gas prices could rise in the state due to environmental and transportation legislation, but many people say they are unwilling to pay more at the pump. OLYMPIA, Wash. — Would you...

'They were invisible': Washington makes progress in handling missing indigenous persons cases

A 2019 law is making a difference in how investigators prioritize cases involving missing or murdered tribal members, says an activist who helped pass it. OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state of...

New Washington law will help people of color get into the marijuana industry

License applicants who have prior convictions for pot-related crimes will now qualify for grant funding and expert advice to help them get started in the business. OLYMPIA, Wash. — The state’s...

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