WILLISTON, N.D. — Snowflakes and tumbleweeds whip past dismantled stacks of steel that used to be hundreds of oil workers’ livelihoods.
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When Iron Man and his band of merry do-gooders start smashing box office records at the multiplex this weekend with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the clamor will ring in the official start of the summer movie season. Between now and Labor Day, Hollywood will unleash a wave of sequels, remakes, reboots, comic-book adventures, high-concept comedies and the usual assortment of wanna be blockbusters, all competing for your attention (and your wallet). Here are some of the movies heading our way over the next four months:
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — In the women’s wing of the nation’s newest immigrant detention center, 28-year-old Silia Ramirez sat Thursday writing a letter to her family.
• The original version of this story incorrectly stated that the Legislature had raised the per-barrel tax on oil. The tax remains the same. The information has been corrected.
OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are returning Wednesday for a special session with pretty much the same to-do list they had when they arrived in January for the 2015 regular session.
Nobody was hurt when gunfire rang out Monday morning inside North Thurston High School in Lacey.
OLYMPIA — A bill to ban therapies that try to change the sexual orientation of homosexual youths is likely dead for this legislative session.
OLYMPIA — A campaign finance reform bill that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight between the two caucuses in the Senate Wednesday.
OLYMPIA — You know the quadrennial quandary in this state over how to make the presidential primary meaningful?
OLYMPIA — A new law signed by the governor last week aims to give residents a wealth of new information about geologic dangers lurking in Washington.
TACOMA — Many of the state’s elected leaders agree: Troy Kelley must go. They included Democratic colleagues like the governor and the attorney general.
OLYMPIA — The Washington Legislature will go into overtime to handle key issues, including the $38 billion budget needed to keep the state running for two years starting July 1.
Washington’s public colleges and universities were among the first in the nation to agree to let students skip remedial classes if they score high enough on the 2015 Smarter Balanced assessment, a test tied to the Common Core education standards. Now, the newspaper Education Week reports that such agreements have spread to six states.
OLYMPIA — House Democrats released a $15.5 billion transportation package Monday that would raise the gas tax and spend those dollars much like the plan passed by the Republican-controlled Senate in March.