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Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100,000 to help Republicans keep control of U.S. House

Billionaire Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen this year has made his largest-ever foray into congressional politics, donating $100,000 to a group aiming to keep Republicans in control of …


100,000 jobs depend on dams. A congressional committee is coming to Pasco to see if they’re worth saving

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee has set a field hearing in Pasco to focus on the economic benefits provided by the Columbia and Snake river dams.


Spin Control: Rep. Shea should keep his seat on the Public Records task force

Calling reporters “dirty, godless, hateful” shouldn’t disqualify Matt Shea from serving on a legislative task force on the Public Records Act.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 6:07 p.m.

Seattle educators get 10.5 percent raise in new tentative contract

A tentative one-year contract calls for a 10.5 percent raise for 6,000 Seattle Public Schools employees, according an email sent late Saturday afternoon to members of the Seattle Education Association.


Judge: Effort to recall Kennewick councilman can proceed

A judge says an effort to recall a Kennewick city councilman can proceed on a single count.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018, 6:42 p.m.

McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump

John McCain’s daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics at the late senator’s memorial service Saturday in a call for a return …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 11:13 a.m.

Delays, complaints mar opening of Pullman’s downtown apartments

Two weeks after a new, luxury apartment complex in downtown Pullman was scheduled to open, residents are just now moving into the building, even as construction continues around them.


Seattle Public Schools, teachers reach contract agreement

Seattle Public Schools and its teachers union have reached a tentative contract agreement to avoid a potential strike at the start of the school year.


Rising Yakima River temperatures pose threat to salmon

With water flows down and the heat up, temperatures in parts of the Yakima River this summer have been running more like those in the waters of coastal Hawaii, according …


Clarkston teens must pay $13,000 each for tearing up baseball field

Three Clarkston boys convicted of vandalizing a baseball field in the Clarkston Heights have been ordered to pay about $13,000 each in restitution.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 12:49 p.m.

Officials investigating cluster of HIV infections in Seattle

Public health officials say they are concerned about a number of new HIV infections among people described as being homeless, heterosexuals and drug users in North Seattle.


CEO charged with fraud on over 100 H-1B visa applications

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged a Redmond, Washington, CEO with visa fraud.


Forest service seeks comment on Mission Ridge expansion

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on plans to expand the Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Mine found floating in Puget Sound from 2005 naval exercise

The U.S. Navy says the mine found floating in Puget Sound on Tuesday was an inert mine used during a 2005 exercise at its Naval Undersea Warfare Command in Keyport.


Concern over endangered orcas blows up approval of Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada

Concern for critically endangered southern resident killer whales has sunk the approval of Canada’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.


New attack on a nurse heightens safety concerns at hospital

Staff say another nurse was attacked at Washington state’s troubled psychiatric hospital this week, just days after an incident Sunday in which a patient is accused of punching a nurse, …


Facing ‘sleeping dragon,’ Seattle cracks down on protesters who block traffic

Seattle is taking a harsher stance against protesters who block traffic, after several demonstrations involving dozens of people closed off downtown streets earlier this year.


Local legislators rate poorly in Environment Washington rankings

A conservation group has ranked legislators from Washington’s 9th Legislative District – state Sen. Mark Schoesler R-Ritzville, and Reps. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, and Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy – as three of …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Staff at psychiatric hospital fear for safety

A patient with a history of violence has been charged with the weekend assault of a nurse at a Washington state psychiatric hospital that recently lost accreditation and federal funding …


Second Hanford radioactive tunnel collapse expected. And it could be more severe

The possible collapse of a second Hanford tunnel storing radioactive waste is both more likely than thought a year ago and the effects potentially more severe, according to Hanford officials.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 2:12 p.m.

Alaska Airlines to offer direct flights from Ohio airport to Seattle

Alaska Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights between Ohio’s capital city and Seattle in March when the airline joins the lineup at a Columbus airport.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 6:21 p.m.

Washington State Fair in Puyallup returns, with food, baby animals and entertainment for all ages

The Washington State Fair opens on Friday, Aug. 31, in Puyallup, with rides, entertainment, exhibits, animals and fun for all ages through Sept. 23.


Tariffs on imported newsprint nixed in win for U.S. newspapers

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday nullified tariffs put into place for imported newsprint by finding that American producers weren’t harmed by imports from Canadian paper mills.


Serial cat mutilations leave Olympia-area residents angry, scared and suspicious

The cat mutilations/killings attributed to the same person or persons in Thurston County now total 11, including one found Friday morning. The investigation has so far come up empty despite …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 4:18 p.m.

Stevens County sheriff’s race features allegations of DUI cover-up

As two candidates square off to lead the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, some have accused the department of covering up a 2016 incident in which a top official may have …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 6:49 p.m.

Unexploded device floating in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island

The Coast Guard and Navy bomb technicians are responding to a reported unexploded ordinance floating in the water between Brownsville Marina and Bainbridge Island.


Body found in search for 82-year-old Yakima woman

Authorities said a body has been found during the search for an 82-year-old Yakima woman who disappeared while berry picking.


Skateboarding cop breathes life back into damaged skate park

The skate park, located off Washington Street on the Bill Heath Sports Complex, was in disarray. Pieces of the coping – the concrete ledges of the skate park – were …


Yakima teachers, students head back to class on time after strike averted over weekend

After teachers and the Yakima School District reached a tentative contract agreement over the weekend, school began as scheduled Monday – much to the relief of parents, students and employees.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 12:53 p.m.

Texan says he’s selling 3D-printed gun plans, despite ruling

The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns says he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, despite a …