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Decade of heavy storms has helped Northwest glaciers, but don’t expect that to last, studies show

A first-of-its-kind survey shows just how much the region’s glaciers have melted over the past decades as the climate warms. It also shows how changes in atmospheric patterns may have …


Man dies after struggle with Richland police

A man died and several police officers were hurt after a call to intervene in a domestic violence incident in Richland led to a violent struggle.


Women’s March of the Palouse preaches equality for all

Inclusivity was one of the main themes of the Women’s March of the Palouse on Saturday as women, men and children marched to and gathered at Moscow’s East Side Park …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 21, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Boeing overhauls quality controls: more high-tech tracking but fewer inspectors

Boeing has begun a sweeping transformation of its quality system, including the use of “smart” tools and automation. It will also eliminate thousands of quality checks as no longer necessary. …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

State Democrats decry Schultz idea to run as independent in 2020

News that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz might run for president as an independent isn’t sitting well with the top Democratic official in his home state.


Yakima recycling options narrow as business cuts back

Central Washington Recycling will stop accepting aluminum, tin and plastic products Feb. 1.


Man pleads guilty to 15 charges related to poaching ring

A man implicated in a massive Pacific Northwest poaching ring has pleaded guilty to 15 charges related to illegally hunting big game with dogs and leaving the corpses to rot.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 7:26 p.m.

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women’s March returns

The Women’s March returned to Washington on Saturday and found itself coping with an ideological split and an abbreviated route due to the government shutdown.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 8:26 p.m.

Man kills polar bear outside animals’ normal habitat

A man from northeast Alaska said he fatally shot a polar bear that had strayed far south of the animal’s usual habitat.


Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest’s resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a …


Measles cases hit 19 with more suspected in SW Washington

Officials say the number of confirmed measles cases in southwestern Washington has increased to 19 with seven more cases suspected.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 9:24 p.m.

Recordings: Mother reported concerns before daughter killed in Utah

The mother of a University of Utah track athlete who was killed in October by an ex-boyfriend can be heard telling campus police that she was worried for her daughter’s …


Youth can make difference now, Intel’s 2018 Young Scientist honoree tells students at Mead High STEM Night

Students and parents gathered for the annual STEM Night at Mead High School last week to learn more about what the district is doing in STEM and to hear from …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 9:57 a.m.

Microsoft pledges $500 million to tackle housing crisis in Seattle, Eastside

Blessed with a balance sheet that allows for sweeping gestures, Redmond tech giant Microsoft is responding to the region’s widening affordability gap with a $500 million pledge to address homelessness …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Forest managers: Fire mitigation efforts could fall behind if federal shutdown continues

Washington’s forest managers are waiting anxiously for the federal government to reopen.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 3:30 p.m.

The Who’s symphonic Moving On! tour coming to Seattle’s T-Mobile Park

Led by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, the British rock giants play the Mariners’ newly renamed home on Oct. 19.


As the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down, so does a longtime shelter for Seattle’s homeless

The Alaskan Way Viaduct’s closure on Friday isn’t just a congestion headache for drivers that traveled on the road above. For decades, the viaduct provided shelter to homeless people below, …


Washington legislative preview: Issues to watch in the coming months

Washington legislators return to Olympia on Monday expecting more money to flow into state coffers than ever before, but with demands to spend even more.


Report: Police did not violate policy in removing black man

The Kirkland Police Department has ruled that their officers did not violate internal policy when they helped the owner of a frozen yogurt shop expel a black man, Byron Ragland, …


One-year sentence for man who smuggled guns to Turkey

A Seattle man has been sentenced to a year in prison for smuggling guns to Turkey – weapons that were ultimately intended for Kurdish fighters in Iraq.


Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of Native American tribes

Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 8:15 p.m.

Inslee pitches to Nevada outside 2020 spotlight on DC

Former Vice President Joe Biden and several nationally known senators are commanding most of the attention in Democrats’ early presidential angling, but there are several governors and mayors eyeing 2020 …


Record wildfire-fighting budget requested by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz

An investment of $55 million would include a doubling of the state’s resources to fight wildfires. Franz, in an interview recorded for the Spokesman-Review’s Newsmakers podcast series, said such spending …


Sue Lani Madsen: Beyond abortion

In the case of post-abortion stress syndrome (PASS), politics has superseded medicine.


Court: Lawsuit in death of Susan Powell’s sons can proceed

A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit against Washington state brought by the family of a Utah woman who disappeared nine years ago can proceed.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

New orca calf seen among Puget Sound’s critically endangered killer whales

A new calf has been born to the critically endangered southern resident killer whales, researchers confirmed.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 10:17 a.m.

Seattle TV station employee fired after doctored footage of Trump’s Oval Office speech aired

On Tuesday night, an estimated 43.3 million Americans hunkered down to watch President Donald Trump make an Oval Office pitch for his border wall. But viewers in the Seattle area …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

High court declines to review Seattle income tax ruling

The state Supreme Court has declined to immediately take up the lower-court ruling that killed Seattle’s income tax and is instead sending the case to the Court of Appeals.


Shawn Vestal: Rechecking the stats on pot and violence

Has legal pot ushered in a more violent era in Washington? That’s the possibility put forth in a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, the popular science writer and lightning …


Cashmere company Crunch Pak faces lawsuit over pollutant emissions

A Washington environmental organization is suing Cashmere-based apple snack company, Crunch Pak, over alleged violations to its state stormwater permit.