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This man’s house is crammed with books. His new Richland store could feature 50,000

Woolfolk said he thinks there are more than 30,000 books in his house, and that total doesn’t include his three storage rooms and another facility.


Homeless kids: It’s not just an urban issue

A recent state report shows a 10 percent homeless rate among Native American youths in the county. That’s nearly triple the state average of 3.7 percent and greater than any …


‘It’s unbelievable’: Washington’s Croatians celebrate reaching World Cup final

Washington state is home to 13,000 people that have declared Croatian ancestry. Most will be in front of their TVs on Sunday morning as the Croatian national team plays France …


Mom seeking asylum reunited with son at Sea-Tac airport after nearly 2-month separation

Six-year-old Jelsin Aguilar Padilla flew from New York City Saturday to be reunited with his mother after they were separated shortly after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally.


Farmers fear impacts of trade war, but hold back from blaming Trump

Cody Miller, 21, has been riding in combines since he was four months old. He might be about to experience his first trade war.


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Franklin County sues national drug makers over opioid crisis

Franklin County has joined a list of government agencies throughout the country filing lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors for creating what they describe as “the worst man-made epidemic in …


Man pleads guilty to using fake FBI badge in Seattle robbery

A Lake Stevens man has pleaded guilty in federal court to using fake FBI credentials in the names of fictional characters or famous fraudsters to rob a money-transmitting business in …


Fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies

Seven national fast-food chains have agreed to end policies that block workers from changing branches – limiting their wages and job opportunities – under the threat of legal action from …


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

They took a survey in their teens. 60 years later, these Puyallup students are being recruited for a new one

Kareen Shanks remembers taking a two-day survey called Project Talent when she was a teenager at Puyallup High School. Shanks, now 74 and a 1962 PHS graduate, was told it …


UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

Former Wapato mayor files restraining order against current mayor

A judge has granted a temporary restraining order to the former mayor of Wapato in the latest manifestation of a back-and-forth tussle between him and his successor.


Racquetball drama spills off the court: ‘I not only lost a club, I lost friends’

Friedman, an avid racquetball player, was a member of The Valley Athletic Club in Tumwater for 35 years before his membership was revoked. He said it was because over the …


How this rapper saved a life, and you can too

Rap artist Buggin Malone had just taken the stage at a concert in Wapato last month when he heard a crash in the darkness between performances. A man in the …


Should you give to panhandlers? Kennewick urges no

Tuesday, Kennewick posted 23 signs in 17 high-profile spots advising people to give money to charity, not panhandlers.


This educator says she tried to stick up for students with special needs, and that got her fired

A former paraeducator is suing the Mabton School District, alleging she was wrongly fired for voicing concerns about policies involving special-needs students.


Nordstrom says big bets poised to pay off with growing profits ahead

Nordstrom executives say the high-end Seattle clothing retailer is weathering the storm roiling their industry, and they forecast a long-term upturn in sales growth and profit margin after a four-year …


‘Everybody hated that curve’: Amtrak engineer told of worries before December crash south of Tacoma

National safety board calls out the “diffusion of responsibility” by four rail agencies that didn’t challenge an unsafe curve design of the track near DuPont where the derailment occurred.


Several counties in Western Washington announce burn bans

Several counties in Western Washington have announced burn bans effective later this week.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

NTSB hears from witnesses on Washington state train wreck

Federal safety investigators on Tuesday questioned transportation officials about last year’s Amtrak train derailment south of Seattle that killed three people and injured dozens, focusing some questions on the curve …


New complaint filed against Tacoma megachurch pastor cites multiple instances of sexual misconduct

Revelations surrounding Tacoma megachurch pastor Dean Curry have reached the crisis stage.


Scoring college entrance tests: How important are the SAT and ACT for gaining admission?

State and local educators say students may be giving undue weight to those scores, especially since their importance varies depending on where a student wants to attend college.


Battle Ground schools table new sexual health curriculum

Under public pressure, the Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors delayed its decision to adopt new comprehensive and sexual health curriculum.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

Coast Guard searching for man who apparently jumped from cruise ship off Washington coast

The ship’s captain said video footage from a ship camera shows someone jumping into the sea from an eighth-deck balcony. A 73-year-old man is missing.


Vancouver doll company Slumberkins lands TV deal

The Jim Henson Company, the Los Angeles production company best known for creating “The Muppets,” announced Monday it will launch a children’s series around Slumberkins, educational dolls that were first …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 7:49 a.m.

WDFW delays relaunch of wolf-data sharing program

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife isn’t ready to roll out changes to a wolf-data sharing system.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 11:16 a.m.

Gun owners face fines up to $10,000 for not locking up their guns under new Seattle law

Starting 180 days after the mayor signs the legislation, it will be a civil infraction to store a gun without the firearm being secured in a locked container.


Wildfire in central Washington forces evacuations

The central Washington town of Vantage has been evacuated and Interstate 90 has been closed in both directions by a fast-moving wildfire.


Bremerton police arrest man who threatened mother, officer

Bremerton police arrested a 37-year-old man who they say threatened his mother and an officer with a machete.


It Happened Here: Chewelah artist’s herd has watched over travelers for 30 years

The installation’s name is “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies,” a sculpture by Chewelah artist David Govedare. It has stood watch over Interstate 90 and the Columbia for nearly 30 years. …


Online voter registration deadline for Washington’s primary election is July 9

Want to vote in Washington’s Aug. 7 primary election? The deadline to register to vote online is July 9 by the end of the day.


Pilot injured when gyrocopter hard lands at Tacoma Narrows Airport

A gyrocopter — part airplane, part helicopter — hard-landed at Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor. The male pilot had a few abrasions.