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Washington Gym Defying Virus Orders Fined Nearly $10K a Day

The state has levied a large fine against a Graham gym that is defying Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders meant to slow the spread of the virus. Graham Fitness was accused of eight violations totaling $77,112 by the state Department …

Washington Construction Firm Fined More Than $92K After Safety Inspection

A Washington construction company with a reported history of safety problems in Kitsap, Pierce and Grays Harbor was fined more than $92,000 for allegedly serious safety violations, including failing to enforce the use of fall protection while roofing a home …

Washington Family Files Lawsuit Following Death After Surgery

The family of a woman who lived at a Washington facility filed a lawsuit alleging neglect that caused her death following bunion surgery. The lawsuit says 33-year-old JoHanna Pratt died from a pulmonary embolism after the surgery in 2017, The …

Washington’s Minimum Wage to Reach $13.69, Will Also Impact OT and Salaried Execs

Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $13.69 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2021. The change is significant this year because it also impacts wages paid to some salaried employees exempt from overtime and other protections under state law. The Washington …

Washington Officials Say State Being Targeted by Phishing Campaign

Washington state is among those being targeted by a “large-scale, highly sophisticated” nationwide phishing campaign, the office of Gov. Jay Inslee said. At a press conference Thursday, Inslee said that the state is taking proactive measures to protect state systems, …

2 Washington Tribes Sue Insurance Group for Virus Coverage

Two Washington state Native tribes sued a group of insurance providers they said have not covered claims for business losses resulting from the coronavirus. The Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes and their business arms filed separate lawsuits against Tribal …

Washington Firefighters Prep for Wildfire Season Amid Pandemic

Washington state firefighters are preparing for a season of potential summer wildfires while adopting new health safety measures amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has added a new layer of uncertainty to the work of preparing for wildfire …

Fishing Trawler in Washington Has 86 COVID-19 Cases

A fishing trawler in Washington state has 86 crew members who tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said. Ship operator American Seafoods said the American Dynasty trawler first docked in Bellingham May 26, The Bellingham Herald reported. The Seattle-based crew …

Fatal Teen Shooting in Washington Settled For $2.25M

King County in Washington has agreed to settle a civil rights lawsuit for $2.25 million, an apology and a sheriff’s promise to pursue a new policy to be named after the teenage victim of a fatal police shooting. The settlement …

$3M Claim in Washington Against Shipper for Damage to Marina and Boats

The Port of Kalama in Washington has filed a claim against the owners and operators of a container ship it believes is responsible for damaging the marina and boats when it passed by at an excessive speed earlier this month. …