Washington lottery stops advance purchasing for now

People who like to buy Washington lottery tickets in advance of upcoming drawings will be out of luck for the near future.

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State budget deal includes tax increase for Microsoft

The budget deal agreed to by state lawmakers this week quietly targeted Microsoft for a $57 million tax increase over the next two years, and the Redmond software giant is apparently willing to go along with it.

Texas Democrats scrapping ‘Two-Step’ presidential primary

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Democratic presidential primary is set to shift to allocating delegates based solely on voting results, after national party leaders rejected the state's traditional "Two-Step" method. America's second-largest state votes March 1 as part of the 2016 presidential election's "Super Tuesday." Its likely 250-plus delegates will be that day's big prize....

Legislature passes $16.1 billion transportation revenue bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A $16.1 billion transportation revenue bill that includes an 11.9-cent increase in the gas tax over the next two years passed the Legislature early Wednesday, though the House still must approve key accompanying bills. A dispute between Senate Democrats and Republicans over unrelated bills led to a hourslong overnight delay in...

Budget bill’s done, but Legislature still isn’t

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday night signed the state’s 2015-17 operating budget, narrowly avoiding a government shutdown. But lawmakers Wednesday morning failed to approve a crucial bill needed to make the budget work.

City to audit real-estate-development incentive program

Seattle’s city auditor will investigate a real-estate-development incentive program at the request of City Councilmember Mike O’Brien, who says planners were ready to let a hotel builder contribute less than required toward the city’s low-income housing fund.