Stories tagged: safety
Fri., April 14, 2017, 7:40 p.m.
Train stuck in tunnel 3 hours, then stun gun sparks stampede
A train with about 1,200 passengers became stuck in a tunnel between New York and New Jersey for nearly three hours on Friday, and the chaotic scene escalated to pandemonium …
UPDATED: Fri., April 7, 2017, 10:52 p.m.
Spokane fined $59,400 for safety failures at Waste-to-Energy plant after workers burned
The Washington Department of Labor and Industries released a report Friday citing Spokane with 10 serious safety code violations, including a failure to train and properly equip employees working inside …
Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:56 a.m.
Portland council meetings too unsafe to attend, commissioner says
Portland Commissioner Nick Fish has directed members of his staff to no longer attend City Council meetings because they are unsafe.
Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:59 a.m.
Whatcom County extends moratorium on crude oil exports
The Whatcom County Council has extended for six months a moratorium on shipments of unrefined fossil fuels out of the Cherry Point area.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 3:52 p.m.
State fines Cascade Natural Gas $1M over safety violations
Cascade Natural Gas has agreed to pay $1 million to settle allegations it broke state and federal pipeline safety rules.
Sun., March 19, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
Train deaths in Washington state return to normal numbers
Figures released by Washington officials show that deaths on the state’s railroad tracks returned to normal levels last year after reaching a high number in 2015.
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
Wildfires in 4 states kill 6, force thousands from homes
Crews grappling with vexing wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people soon may get a bit of a break: Winds …
Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Potlatch teens lose their safe Landing
After four years in operation, the Potlatch Landing Community Center has closed because of funding mishaps.
UPDATED: Fri., March 3, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
U.S. airport pat-downs are about to get more invasive
While few have noticed, U.S. airport security workers long had the option of using five different types of physical pat-downs at the screening line. Now, those have been eliminated, replaced …
Wed., March 1, 2017, 9:39 a.m.
Schools chief defends arming staffers
Some details remain to be honed as a new policy allowing trained staff members to carry firearms in schools is rolled out, Mountain View School District Superintendent Kent Stokes said. …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 8:08 a.m.
Tri-City levees, Snake dams get better safety ratings
The levees along the Columbia River in the Tri-Cities and two nearby Snake River dams have been reclassified to indicate a lower risk to the public. The levee system, Ice …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 8:02 a.m.
Dworshak Dam’s safety rating climbs
Like the water behind it, Dworshak Dam’s safety rating is slowly climbing. Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday that Dworshak is now ranked at “low risk” …
Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:37 a.m.
Coast Guard detains 2 Panama-flagged ships in Northwest rivers for safety issues
Officials say two Panama-flagged cargo ships have been detained on the Willamette and Columbia rivers because of safety issues.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 5:13 p.m.
Fire marshal clarifies occupancy limit at McMorris Rodgers’ Spokane office
The two-person limit on visitors to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office applies only to the public waiting space at the front of the suite, Spokane Fire Marshal Mike Miller said …
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, 5:54 a.m.
New Spokane school security system bars sex offenders, other banned individuals
Spokane middle schools and high schools installed a new entry security system this week that automatically bars sex offenders and other banned individuals.
Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
‘Miracle on the Hudson’ legacy: 70,000 slain birds
Birds took the blame for bringing down the jetliner that “Sully” Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River eight years ago this weekend. They have been paying for it with their …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 10:30 a.m.
Feds release scathing report on Chicago police abuse
Chicago police have violated the constitutional rights of residents for years, permitting racial bias against blacks, using excessive force and shooting people who did not pose immediate threats, the Justice …
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 9:53 a.m.
Montana lawmakers debate primary seat belt law
Supporters of a primary seat belt law told legislators that it would save both lives and money, while those opposed say such a requirement is not the appropriate role of …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 8:49 a.m.
Northwest Children’s Home license at risk
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will revoke the operating license of Northwest Children’s Home in Lewiston on Jan. 4 over allegations of sex offenses, assaults, fire safety problems …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 12:06 p.m.
FAA orders Boeing 787 safety fix: Reboot power once in a while
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing a rule requiring urgent attention by operators of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner to avoid the possibility all three computer modules that manage the jet’s …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 9:25 a.m.
Seattle’s hotel-workers measure passing
Seattle voters Tuesday night were approving a ballot measure that would grant new rights and benefits to hotel housekeepers.
Sat., Oct. 1, 2016, 2 a.m.
Colorado gives marijuana candy a new look to avoid confusion
DENVER – Wondering if that brownie contains pot? Colorado has you covered. A requirement that edible marijuana products come with a diamond-shaped stamp and the letters T-H-C – not just …
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016, 2:52 p.m.
FCA recalling 1.9 million vehicles for air bag defect
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1.9 million vehicles worldwide because their air bags might not deploy in a crash.
Thu., Sept. 15, 2016, 10:57 a.m.
Truckers warn speed caps will cause crashes, jam highways
Truckers are warning that a government plan to electronically limit the speed of tractor-trailers will lead to highway traffic jams and possibly an increase in deadly run-ins with cars.
Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, 4:12 p.m.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 too dangerous to use, U.S. agency says
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says owners of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones should turn them off and stop using them because of the risk that their batteries can …
Thu., Sept. 8, 2016, 12:45 p.m.
110 people stuck in cable cars at Mont Blanc in Alps
A series of cable cars became stuck over the Mont Blanc massif in the Alps, trapping 110 people who were being evacuated by helicopter on Thursday, French officials said.
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, 5:36 a.m.
1,000 rush stage at outdoor concert in Philadelphia, police say
Police in Philadelphia say they’ve had to clear an outdoor concert stage after more than 1,000 people rushed it during a Labor Day weekend show.
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 1:28 p.m.
Louisiana boy finds bag of meth in video game package
It was Grand Theft Auto come to life: When an 11-year-old bought a video game Wednesday in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he opened the plastic case to find a bag of …
Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 1:14 p.m.
Samsung recalls Galaxy Note 7 after battery explosions
Samsung recalled its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on Friday after finding some of their batteries exploded or caught fire.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 2, 2016, 2:49 p.m.
FDA bans antiseptic chemicals from soaps, cites no evidence
The federal government is banning more than a dozen chemicals long-used in antibacterial soaps and washes, saying manufacturers have failed to show that they are safe and prevent the spread …