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Inslee says state will act on oil trains

The number of oil trains running across Washington is unacceptable, and the Legislature will consider bills in the upcoming session that mandate advance notification of oil shipments by rail as well as more funding for railroad crossings and emergency response training, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.

Voters approve measure to expand checks for gun buyers

As voters Tuesday night approved a measure giving Washington one of the strictest gun-purchase background-check laws in the nation, both supporters and detractors were already preparing to keep fighting over Initiative 594. In Tuesday’s vote count, nearly 60 percent of voters were supporting I-594, which would extend background checks in Washington state to private sales and transfers.

A woman charged with running down a Fife police officer and shooting at police during a pursuit on Interstate 5 was arrested Thursday night in Lakewood.

No Child Left Behind law fuzzier than ever

With action to reauthorize or rewrite the No Child Left Behind education law stalled at the federal level, states across the country are left trying to navigate the waters of a widely unpopular law. Washington and Oklahoma have lost their waivers, and other states are in jeopardy of doing the same.