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Mexican Mafia drug suspect sentenced in North Dakota

A man authorities say is affiliated with the Mexican Mafia has been sentenced in North Dakota to 15 years in federal prison for drug trafficking.


Appeals court reinstates public defender’s case over stalker

A state appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit filed by a former King County public defender who says the agency she worked for failed to protect her when she was …


Inslee’s security unit expanded amid presidential bid

The taxpayer price tag for Gov. Jay Inslee’s White House ambitions is escalating, as the Washington State Patrol plans to nearly double the size of his traveling security detail at …


WSDOT says no extension this year, get your studded snow tires off before April 1 or face fine

The state Department of Transportation will not extend this year’s deadline for taking off studded snow tires, meaning drivers will have until Sunday, March 31, to remove them.


Expanded sanctuary state rules advance in Washington

A proposal to expand existing sanctuary state rules in Washington is advancing in the state Legislature.


Rancher says blizzard killed 29 cows in Franklin County. Deputies say they starved.

An Idaho sheep rancher is under investigation for animal cruelty after 29 dead cows were spotted this week off U.S. Highway 395.


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 7:53 p.m.

Memorial sculpture dedicated 5 years after Oso slide

Five years after the deadliest landslide in U.S. history decimated a community northeast of Seattle, residents Gail and Ron Thompson unveiled a bronze sculpture of mailboxes that were at the …


23-car derailment by Ritzville shuts down Union Pacific line

SEATTLE – The Union Pacific line that runs through Eastern Washington has been shut down since Friday by a 23-car derailment that included a hazardous cargo spill of sodium chlorate …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Soaring through history: Women aviators have a rich story to tell in Washington state

Amelia Earhart, arguably one of the most famous female aviators, wasn’t the only female pilot storming the skies or air racing in open-cockpit airplanes back in the 1920s and ’30s.


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Road rage suspect who killed Kittitas County deputy was living in country illegally

The road rage suspect who killed a sheriff’s deputy, wounded a police officer and died in a central Washington state shootout this week was living in the United States illegally


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 7:19 p.m.

Neil Gorsuch joins liberals giving Yakama Nation a Supreme Court victory over state of Washington

The Supreme Court sided with the Yakama Nation over Washington state Tuesday, ruling that the


Palouse area water usage lowest since 2010

Pullman, Moscow and the Palouse’s two universities pumped 2.32 billion gallons of water in 2018, the second lowest usage figure since a groundwater management plan was enacted in 1992, according …


Excavator stolen from construction site near ilani

Clark County deputies are looking for a bright orange excavator stolen early Friday morning from a construction site near ilani.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:46 p.m.

Washington gets $750,000 grant to test backlogged rape kits

The attorney general’s office estimated the Washington State Patrol, which runs the state’s two crime laboratories, will be able to test about 1,150 kits with the grant from the U.S. …


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 10:44 p.m.

Seattle hits 79 degrees for warmest March day ever recorded

The National Weather Service says Seattle’s high temperature of 79 degrees makes it the warmest March day on record since 1894.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 7:23 p.m.

Steady stream of Spokane gun owners shed bump stocks in state program

For one gun owner, the bump stock was just a hunk of plastic that didn’t work as advertised and had been taking up space in his drawer for the past …


Trump administration proposes big cut in Hanford spending

The Trump administration is proposing big cuts to the cleanup budget for the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.


Clark County measles cases rise to 73 confirmed; two more suspected

Clark County Public Health has confirmed one new measles case, increasing its case count to 73. Two suspected cases have also been identified, but there are no new exposure locations.


Woman pleads guilty in viral bridge-shoving incident

Tay’Lor Smith, accused of pushing Jordan Holgerson of Kalama off the bridge at Moulton Falls Regional Park in August, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless endangerment in Clark County District Court …


UPDATED: Sun., March 17, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Where eagles flirt: A D.C. tale of love, loss and raccoons

It’s a tale with everything you’d need for a soap opera, bald eagle-style: star-crossed lovers, a stable relationship threatened by younger suitors, pregnancy and loss, and a hungry raccoon.


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

State accused of stalling on permit that could speed Hanford radioactive waste treatment

The Washington state Department of Ecology was accused at a public meeting of dragging its feet and preventing a test in Richland of a new way to treat Hanford radioactive …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 5:31 p.m.

Wyoming governor vetoes coal-export terminal lawsuit bill

Wyoming governor vetoes bill that would have allowed state Legislature to sue the state of Washington over coal exports.


Navy finalizes plan to add 36 jets to Whidbey Island station

The Navy will bring 36 more EA-18G Growler jets to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island off the Washington coast.


Twin girls were starved by mother, failed by state watchdog: Lawsuit filed

Two young girls who were nearly starved to death by their mother in 2015 are suing the state and a for-profit substance-abuse treatment provider.


Headless goat left outside home of central Washington mayor

The mayor of the central Washington state town of Wapato says someone left a decapitated goat in front of her home last month in an escalating bid to intimidate her.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 8:51 p.m.

Bump stock owners can turn in devices for $150 check from state under new bill

Washington owners of bump stocks can turn them in to the Washington State Patrol for $150 on four days in March.


Report: Feds need better financial oversight at Hanford site

A report by the federal government says the Department of Energy needs better financial oversight at sites like the Hanford decommissioned nuclear production complex in Richland.


2 men drown after dog fell though ice on frozen pond

Two men drown after one tried to rescue a dog that fell through a frozen pond, and a neighbor tried to rescue the first man.


Groomer charged with 9 more counts in pet strangling case

Prosecutors are bringing nine additional charges of animal cruelty against the owner of a pet grooming business in Washington state who is accused of abusing and strangling customers’ pets.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Appellate ruling orders Stevens County judge to play nice with colleagues

In the latest twist of a legal turf battle, appellate judges ruled Tuesday that at a Stevens County District Court judge overstepped her legal authority when she instructed clerks to …