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UPDATED: Wed., July 5, 2017, 4:24 p.m.

Gene Conley, a former WSU two-sport standout, died Tuesday

Gene Conley was a rare professional double dipper, winning championships in two sports.Conley won three NBA titles with the Boston Celtics and helped pitch the Milwaukee Braves to a World …


Wildfire burning near Hanford site

A wildfire burning in Benton County, Washington, shut down roads and forced the evacuation of some workers at the Hanford nuclear site.


Richland student recording stories for National World War II Museum

A Hanford High student is in the middle of a yearlong endeavor to record the stories of World War II veterans, merchant sailors, nurses, Manhattan Project workers and home front …


UPDATED: Tue., June 13, 2017, 8:33 p.m.

Hanford workers report possible vapor exposure

Five Hanford workers received medical evaluations as a precaution after they and additional workers reported suspicious odors that could indicate the presence of chemical vapors at the nuclear reservation Tuesday …


State’s largest solar project to be built near Richland

The state’s largest solar power project will be built on former Hanford Nuclear Reservation land near Richland.


Bookkeepers charged with stealing $1M from Zirkle Fruit

Two bookkeepers and nine of their family and friends have been charged with stealing almost $1 million from one of the largest apple and cherry operations in Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 11:31 p.m.

Radiation alarm prompts order for workers to seek cover

Radiation warning alarms sounded Thursday at a former plutonium production plant in Washington state, prompting a take-cover order that sent about 350 workers seeking cover indoors during the demolition of …


Richland near the head of the class for teachers, says website

Richland is one of the best cities for teachers to move to based on their salary and what it costs to live there, according to a consumer financial website.


Proposed budget could equal 1,000 jobs lost at PNNL in Richland

The budget proposed by the administration of President Donald Trump for the next fiscal year would result in a loss of more than 1,000 jobs at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory …


Richland brewer dies in glider crash

A Richland man and Tri-Cities-area brewer died when his glider crashed late Friday afternoon about eight miles west of Ephrata, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017, 6:47 p.m.

Crews cover partially-collapsed tunnel at nuclear site

Workers this weekend finished installing a protective cover over a partially-collapsed tunnel that contained radioactive waste on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the U.S. Department of Energy said Monday.


Waiting on the weather to cover Hanford waste tunnel

About 150 concrete ecology blocks were hauled by flatbed trucks to central Hanford over the weekend for the next step in stabilizing a partially collapsed tunnel holding radioactively contaminated waste.


Welcome to Nuketown USA: A look at the company town of the Hanford site

While a tunnel collapse over nuclear material at Hanford Nuclear Reservation made international news, it did little to shake a town full of residents who played a part in the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Hanford officials working on fix for hole in tunnel storing radioactive equipment

Hanford officials say they’re working on a fix for a gaping hole that appeared Tuesday in the roof of a storage tunnel containing rail cars full of radioactive equipment at …


Budget deal provides solid budget for Hanford

That bipartisan deal to fund the federal government through September would provide a solid budget for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation if approved this week.


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

U.S.: Nuclear waste mislabeled at Washington state site

A shipment of nuclear waste from a commercial power plant located on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state was improperly labeled when it was trucked to a commercial disposal …


Ex-school superintendent allegedly arranged sex with minor

A former Kennewick school superintendent has been arrested for allegedly arranging to meet a juvenile girl for sex.


UPDATED: Sat., March 11, 2017, 12:48 p.m.

Lights go out at Hanford plutonium plant

For the first time in 60 years, Hanford’s Plutonium Finishing Plant is off the electrical grid. Power has been disconnected for the safety of workers doing the final cleanout of …


Hanford pumps out contents of leaking nuclear waste tank

A leaking radioactive waste storage tank on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has been pumped of its contents. The Department of Energy says Tank AY-102 was pumped “to the limits” of …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 2:02 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court rules against florist in gay wedding case

The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke anti-discrimination laws. The nine justices posted their unanimous ruling on …


Hanford vapors lawsuit heading to mediation

Parties in a lawsuit seeking better protection for Hanford workers from chemical vapors have agreed to pursue mediation, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Plaintiffs and defendants have asked U.S. …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

Spokane businessman pleads guilty to stealing $1 million in lottery winnings from Oregon woman

Scott K. Brett, 55, pleaded guilty on Friday in Richland to a single count of wire fraud after soliciting $1 million in lottery winnings from an Oregon woman. He faces …


Congressional delegation urges Trump to fund Hanford work

The entire congressional delegation from Washington is asking President-elect Donald Trump to make environmental cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation a priority. Hanford for years made plutonium for nuclear weapons, …


Washington nuclear power plant sets generation record

A Washington nuclear power plant has set a record for annual generation despite two unexpected outages in 2016.


Richland nuclear plant reconnects to the grid

Energy Northwest reconnected its 1,190-megawatt Columbia Generating Station to the Northwest Power grid late Saturday night, five days after an equipment malfunction caused an unplanned shutdown.


Christmas gift leads to finding adopted daughter’s Richland twin

A Wisconsin mother’s search for a Christmas gift for her adopted daughter has taken an unexpected Northwest twist.


Richland nuclear plant barred from shipping waste after incident

Energy Northwest is temporarily barred from sending waste to a commercial disposal site at Hanford after a shipment in November had more radioactivity than reported.


Feds begin special inspection of Richland nuclear plant

Federal regulators will begin inspecting the Columbia Generating Station after the nuclear plant shipped waste that had higher radioactivity than was reported.


Camas, Archbishop Murphy, Royal win state football titles

Jack Colletto scored on a 34-yard keeper with 2 minutes, 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter to seal Camas’ 24-14 victory over Richland in the State 4A football championship …


Hanford vapor lawsuit may be delayed again

The state of Washington and other plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed over Hanford chemical vapor protection have asked that the trial be delayed five months.