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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 …


Tentative schedule released for fall razor clam season, set to begin in early October

A tentative schedule for the fall razor clam season has been announced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Here’s how an ancient creature will improve climate science education in the Tri-Cities

A long-extinct creature that once roamed Eastern Washington will help enhance climate science education in the region.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

Long-running sewage spill discovered at Naval Base Kitsap

Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton’s public works department says it has discovered another sewage spill – one that leaked an estimated 450,000 gallons of wastewater into Puget Sound over the past two …


Study underscores continued loss of glacial ice, melt

As glaciers in the North Cascades and other areas of the Pacific Northwest continue to melt, the streams they typically replenish during the summer will get less water in August …


Wildfire burns at Hanford nuclear reservation

A wildfire burned an estimated 3,000 acres on the Hanford nuclear reservation early Saturday morning, and a larger fire was burning uncontained on Saddle Mountain.


Red Delicious no longer king as Yakima Valley embraces apple diversity

The big story line of this year’s harvest is that Red Delicious, which once dominated Washington’s crop, is relinquishing its title as the state’s most voluminous apple variety.


Evergreen reaches tentative deal with teachers

The teachers strike in Evergreen Public Schools could be over after a tentative agreement was reached at 2:57 a.m. today.


Spin Control: A ‘what if’ scenario from McCain’s 2000 campaign in Washington

What if John McCain won the Washington primary in 2000 and went on to win the White House?


Cirque du Soleil audience sprayed with oil, show canceled

A Cirque du Soleil performance in Washington state ended abruptly when a hose on a hydraulic system broke and sprayed audience members with what the theatrical company says was vegetable-based …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 1:11 p.m.

A hazy future: Smoky summers may taint Washington wine, but this WSU researcher is shedding light on the problem

WSU researchers are trying to help grape growers and winemakers fight smoke taint as summer smoke becomes the new normal.


Judges: No penalties but Washington teacher strikes illegal

Judges in Washington state ruled against teacher unions for striking, though no penalties were imposed.


Judge tosses lawsuit over car-tab taxes for Puget Sound mass transit

A Pierce County judge on Friday dismissed a class-action lawsuit challenging Sound Transit’s ability to collect millions of dollars in car-tab taxes that voters approved in 2016 for mass transit.


Family of unarmed man killed by police settles for $13M

The city of Lakewood, Washington, its police chief and two officers have agreed to pay $13 million to the family of an unarmed black man who was killed four years …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

Teen accused of shoving friend off bridge appears in court

An 18-year-old woman charged with reckless endangerment for allegedly pushing her 16-year-old friend off a bridge has made her first court appearance.


Strike by Western Washington crane operators, others appears to be over

A 17-day strike that delayed major construction projects around Western Washington has apparently ended.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 11:18 p.m.

Teacher strikes, unrest hit West Coast as unions flex muscle

Fights over teacher salaries and working conditions are escalating along the West Coast, emboldened in part by the momentum from strikes in more conservative states.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 11:12 p.m.

Suspect in custody after hostage situation near Tacoma

Police say an armed man was shot and taken into custody in what may have been a robbery gone wrong near Tacoma.


Man kills dog that Washington family got after Vegas shooting

A Washington state family is mourning after a neighbor shot and killed their dog – a Labradoodle they got to help deal with stress and anxiety following last year’s mass …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 5:58 p.m.

Orca J50 declared dead after search; southern residents down to 74 whales

A massive search is underway for ailing orca J50, but the lead researcher who tracks the southern-resident population says she’s probably dead.


Last week they were rescued from trash. Now, they are the most in-demand dogs in the Tri-Cities

It was just a week ago that 45 dogs – most of them puppies – were found living among trash and dead rats in a Hermiston-area duplex after the tenant …


An errant squirrel likely started 4,500-acre fire in Benton City

A squirrel that caused a short circuit in a electric transformer is suspected of starting a 4,500-acre wildfire that threatened 50 homes in the Benton City area over the holiday …


Group of Whole Foods workers aims to unionize

A group of workers at Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market planned to email colleagues at the organic grocer’s stores announcing a push to organize.