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An Olympia man accused of fatally hitting a Washington State Patrol trooper with his vehicle while being pursued by law enforcement on Interstate 5 in Chehalis Tuesday will be charged with murder, Lewis County Deputy Prosecutor Will Halstead told The Chronicle Friday. 

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When the Legislature last year moved Washington's presidential primary to early March to give its voters more say in the selection of the parties' nominees, some supporters predicted that would generate an influx of candidates coming to the state to campaign.

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OLYMPIA — Single-use plastic bags would be banned in Washington to encourage reusable bags starting next year, and stores would be required to charge 8 cents for paper bags, under a bill that passed the House Saturday.

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OLYMPIA — Federal officials could not arrest people for civil violations such as some immigration offenses in or around local courthouses in most circumstances without a judge's order, under a bill that received final legislative approval Wednesday.