Gov. extends Capitol security efforts through Inauguration

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says the Washington National Guard will continue to support security efforts at the state Capitol in Olympia at least through Inauguration Day because of evolving intelligence on security threats posed in all 50 state Capitols. Inslee said in a statement Tuesday the move was based on the recommendation of the Washington State Patrol. Washington state’s Legislature convened Monday amid a heightened security presence due to concerns about armed groups who might try to disrupt the proceedings. At least two people were arrested. A right-wing militia had encouraged its members to occupy the Capitol before calling it off. State Capitol campus buildings are closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.