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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Some fans must choose between family, team ties as Washington State Cougars host Eastern Washington Eagles

With a proximity of only 80 miles between the two schools, the sellout crowd of nearly 33,000 at the Washington State-Eastern Washington football game had dozens of fans whose families …


Vancouver woman finds outlet to cope with mental illness

Linda Harbaugh knew she had to leave her home on Livingston Mountain – the space was too depressing.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Some of Washington’s biggest trees are mysteriously dying

Something is killing bigleaf maples – Washington’s biggest broadleaf tree – and scientists can’t stop it. They don’t even know what’s causing it.


Updated smartphone app allows public to report invasive species in Washington

State wildlife managers have upgraded a key tool in the fight against invasive species.


I-1631 campaign pits environmental groups against oil companies

Carbon-fee initiative has supporters with deep pockets and opponents with even deeper ones.


Work to demolish Hanford plutonium plant could resume next week

Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production plant in Washington state could resume next week, nearly nine months after a spread of radioactive contamination forced a shutdown.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

Judge rules striking Battle Ground teachers must get to work

A Clark County Superior Court judge has signed an injunction against the Battle Ground Education Association, whose teachers have been striking for 12 days.


Congressional race in southwest Washington draws spotlight

Democrats see new opportunity in a southwest Washington congressional district as the party looks to make gains in a section of this blue state that has been out of reach …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

State transportation department, Amtrak to test train control system

Officials will be testing a train-control system along the tracks in the South Sound this weekend.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

General manager suspected of videotaping semi-pro basketball players found dead in Spokane hotel room

The longtime general manager of the Bellingham Slam semipro basketball team,


Hanford’s new budget is out. Trump isn’t going to be happy

A final spending bill for next year puts the Hanford nuclear reservation budget at $2.4 billion, well above the amount proposed by the Trump administration.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Video: How do you capture a sick orca? NOAA did it 16 years ago, saving Springer

Capturing J50 will be trickier than it was with Springer, the 2-year-old orphan orca successfully captured and rehabilitated in 2002.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Rates on Washington health plans to increase an average 13.8 percent in 2019

The costs of public health care plans will rise nearly 14 percent next year as a result of rate changes approved by state regulators.


NOAA lays plan to capture ailing orca J50, announces public meetings

Plans are being laid to capture J50, the ailing young orca, as efforts to help her in the wild have failed and her condition continues to decline.


‘Airplane of opportunity’? Richard Russell raised pilot’s suspicions a year before Sea-Tac plane heist

A commercial airline pilot says he encountered Richard Russell – the Horizon Air baggage handler who stole a passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took it for a wild …


Two teens accused in Richland park shooting. 2 adults charged with telling them to do it

Two Tri-City men with a history of shooting at cars and homes are accused of directing two teens to shoot a Fourth of July reveler at Howard Amon Park.


Yakama Nation sues Yakima County, Granite Northwest over proposed mining expansion

Fearing that a tribal burial and cultural site will be desecrated by a proposed mining expansion on Yakima Ridge, the Yakama Nation is seeking a court order halting the project …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Oklahoma man seeks new trial in white supremacist plot

An Oklahoma man says new evidence of prosecutors withholding information should result in a new trial on his 1999 murder conviction and death penalty for killing an Arkansas family as …


Medical examiner: Walmart robbery suspect shot himself

Authorities say an armed man who robbed a Walmart store in Spanaway early Monday died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was not fatally shot by deputies as initially thought.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

Don’t blame Snake dams for grieving mother orca, congressional members told in Pasco

“We were all saddened to see the recent death of a newborn baby whale off the coast of Washington,” said Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., on Monday. “However, the four lower …


Caught in the crossfire: Hunters fired near Aussie firefighters battling Miriam Fire

Federal authorities said two hunters were cited after they entered a closed area and fired their rifles in the direction of firefighters who were battling a wildfire near the White …


Science on Tap: WSUV professor to share Ebola experiences

The first social scientist to be invited by the World Health Organization to help Ebola control efforts works in Clark County.


Tacoma teachers’ strike: Sides ‘far apart’ in state’s 4th-biggest school district

Teacher strikes in Tacoma, Battle Ground, Centralia, and Tumwater have impacted more than 53,000 students combined, just under half of whom come from low-income households.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

With court fight over, gun control measure goes around Legislature to voters

Supporters and opponents of gun control initiative campaign didn’t pause while the courts decided whether it would be on the ballot.


Yakima police chief fired, department looking to future

Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi, Jr.’s time in the city will soon come to an end.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Seattle’s PCC market to stop selling certain chinook to help orcas

Seattle-based PCC Community Markets says it will stop selling all chinook salmon products caught in Northwest waters to help critically endangered orcas.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, noon

‘A different kind of war’: Attorney thinks veteran may hold record for longest-delayed award from the VA

Dunlap is a prolific record-keeper. It’s that very quality, combined with a sheer, obstinate refusal to fold, that led to his victory Aug. 10: the award of benefits dating back …


Finessing the flip-flop: Rafters get a thrill, while salmon and irrigators get more water

The experienced guides from virtually all of Washington’s whitewater rafting companies know what it takes to tame the mighty Tieton during the annual “flip-flop” water operations on Rimrock and the …


Land Ho!: Ferry runs aground at Washington port

Officials continue to investigate what caused a ferry grounding at a Washington port.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018, 10:25 a.m.

For homeless students in rural Washington, just getting to school is hard

The number of homeless students continues to overwhelm districts throughout the state. Educators have become the first, and in many cases the only, line of defense for students worried about …