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Some legislators want seat belts on buses (Getty Images)
Some legislators want seat belts on buses (Getty Images)
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WA Legislature Considering Mandating Seat Belts on School Buses

The Washington State Senate is debating whether to pass Senate Bill (SB) 5054, which would put seat belts on all public and private school buses. A hearing was held before the Senate Transportation Committee January 25th, but no action taken yet.

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Wahluke High School, Mattawa  (Wahluke School District)
Wahluke High School, Mattawa (Wahluke School District)
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Suspended Sentence for Former Mattawa Teacher in Student Sexual Assault

A former Career and Technical Education instructor at Wahluke High School has accepted what's called an In Re Barr plea in connection with sexual activity he had  with a 17-year-old male student in 2016.

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Armed robbery suspect (Union county Sheriffs office)
Armed robbery suspect (Union county Sheriffs office)
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Pendleton Armed Robbery Suspect Busted Shoplifting At Walmart

A woman who was one of two suspects in a November 2016 armed robbery in Pendleton is now in custody after being arrested for shoplifting at Walmart.

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Kennewick tagger face plants trying to run from cops (Kennewick police)
Kennewick tagger face plants trying to run from cops (Kennewick police)
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Slippery New Snow Dooms Kennewick Tagger, Caught by Police After Fall

If you're going to be out tagging, or spraying graffiti on buildings, fences or other property, wear appropriate footwear so you can run from cops. Some of the suspects artwork pictured at left.

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Legislators busy with designating official state mushroom (Getty Images)
Legislators busy with designating official state mushroom (Getty Images)
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Proposed Bill Would Designate Official WA State Fungi (Mushroom)

Hmmm...there's a lot of different ways we could go with this, but we will play it straight.  As straight as we can. Many of you know we have a state bird, the Goldfinch; state fruit which is the apple; and contrary to some opinions, the state vegetable is not Gov. Inslee but the Walla Walla Sweet Onion. But how about a state shroom?

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Proposed bill would dramatically change school bond votes (Getty Images)
Proposed bill would dramatically change school bond votes (Getty Images)
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Proposed Bill Would Eliminate Super Majority For WA School Bond Votes

For years, when Washington state school districts have wanted to build new schools, renovate others, refurbish or otherwise improve teaching facilities, they usually rely on a school bond.  A bond differs from a levy, which is largely maintenance and regular operations. These votes are often hard to pass, as they require a 3/5 or super majority of votes, at least 60 percent. This bill would change that.

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These chairs being recalled by Ikea (Ikea)
These chairs being recalled by Ikea (Ikea)
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Own This Type Of Beach Chair? Recall Due to Potential Finger Amputation!

Ikea, the Swedish retail goods manufacturer, is recalling tens of thousands of one of their popular beach chairs due to breaking and finger amputation hazards.

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Proposed legislation would allow easier prosecution of police in shootings, and call for other oversight (Getty Images)
Proposed legislation would allow easier prosecution of police in shootings, and call for other oversight (Getty Images)
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Proposed WA Legislation Would Make It Easier to Prosecute Police for Shootings

The Washington state legislature is looking over a proposed bill that could make significant changes to the use of deadly force in law enforcement.

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Pasco house fire triggered by dog house heat lamp (Pasco Police courtesy of Bobby Williamson)
Pasco house fire triggered by dog house heat lamp (Pasco Police courtesy of Bobby Williamson)
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Another Mid-Columbia Building Burns Due to Doghouse Heat Lamp

The major industrial building fire in Sunnyside a week ago Friday was believed to have started from a heat lamp used to warm a dog house, now a home in Pasco has gone up in flames apparently the same way.

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Legal Experts say Trump suspension is legal (Getty Images)
Legal Experts say Trump suspension is legal (Getty Images)
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Legal Expert-Trump’s Executive Order on Suspended Immigration Legit

There's been a lot of heated discussion over President Trump's Executive Order suspending immigration from seven nations suspected of harboring terrorism, as well as suspending visa processing. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a lawsuit against Trump. But according to the National Review, Trump's order does not violate the Constitution. Here's why.

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