Running from a foster placement in WA is a jailable offense, a practice intended to keep fosters safe and in line for help. Instead, it brings more trauma into the lives of kids who have already experienced too much.
Lawmakers face political challenges in sorting out various proposals to fix funding troubles within Washington school districts, including Tacoma and Olympia. Teacher layoffs and cuts to programs possible.
Bills introduced by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, would make it more difficult for the state to release violent offenders to adult family homes or to counties other than where their crime was committed.
The Olympic Game Farm has denied allegations of mistreatment of the approximately 300 animals at the roadside zoo in response to a federal lawsuit filed late last year by the Animal Legal Defense Fund.