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UPDATED: Fri., May 6, 2016, 1:02 p.m.

Indicted Washington auditor fires key staffers

Indicted Washington Auditor Troy Kelley has fired two staffers and ordered another to stop working, just a week after his federal fraud trial ended with a hung jury.

Washington man charged after $2.2M in cocaine seized in Ohio

State and federal authorities say they have seized cocaine worth an estimated street value of $2.2 million and arrested a Washington state man in a drug investigation in northwest Ohio.

Cherry growers looking forward to yet another bountiful harvest

Barring widespread heavy rain or other disasters, Northwest cherry growers expect to hit the 20-million-box mark during the upcoming harvest, according to the first forecast from Northwest Cherry Growers, a …

FDA investigates listeria outbreak after frozen food recall

A listeria outbreak that led to a massive recall of frozen fruits and vegetables is being investigated by the U.S Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control …

Anglers protest Puget Sound salmon fishing shutdown

Washington anglers are protesting an unprecedented shutdown of the Puget Sound salmon fishing season.

Most work-related deaths in Washington caused by falls

Falls are the leading cause of work-related deaths in Washington state.

Pullman-Moscow airport official: Terminal, parking lot upgrades needed

Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport Director Tony Bean said the airport saw growth in 2014 and 2015 like it had never experienced since its opening in 1973 – and the trend is …

Republican Senate candidate says he won’t vote for Trump

Chris Vance, who is running against incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, said Thursday that unless a conservative third-party alternative comes forward by November, he won’t vote for president in …

Driver had a monkey on his back even before he got arrested

A Washington state driver who had a monkey on his back wound up with handcuffs on his wrists.

Washington tolling system needs improvement, audit says

Washington’s electronic tolling system doesn’t have important functions that would help it process, collect and report tolls, according to a state audit released on Wednesday.

First Zika virus case in King County, officials report

Health officials have confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in King County. It’s the third case of Zika in Washington state.

Taxable retail sales increase in 2015

Washington state revenue officials say taxable retail sales in 2015 topped $135 billion. That was an 8.4 percent increase over 2014.

UPDATED: Tue., May 3, 2016, 10:27 a.m.

Dozens escaped from Western State Hospital since 2013

When a man accused of torturing a woman to death broke out of Washington state’s largest mental hospital with another patient in early April, officials called it a rare occurrence …

Brothers wanted in Washington killings spotted in Mexico

Two brothers charged with murder in the presumed killing of a missing Washington state couple have been spotted in Mexico, and authorities are seeking the records of a cellphone they …

Warmer future for Northwest forests foreseen in WSUV research

Pacific Northwest gardeners might consider planting banana and avocado trees in the not-too-distant future, according to new research coming out of Washington State University Vancouver.

National Arson Awareness week begins Monday

National Arson Awareness Week will run Monday through May 7 with a focus this year on preventing wildfire arson.

Boeing publicly discloses 2015 savings from state tax breaks

Boeing says it saved $305 million through state tax breaks last year, marking the first time the company has been required by law to publicly disclose such information.

Drug company to pay back rebates owed to Washington

The state attorney general’s office has announced a national pharmaceutical company accused of underpaying drug rebates owed to Medicaid will pay Washington $22.9 million.

Police arrest woman for abandoning newborn in Dumpster

Police say they’ve arrested an 18-year-old woman for leaving her newborn son in an Everett Dumpster in March.

State, tribes still can’t agree on Puget Sound salmon

A final round of negotiations between the state and tribal fishery managers has failed to end in an agreement on whether to allow salmon fishing in Puget Sound.

Secretary of state, her staff, to skip Tennessee meeting

The Washington secretary of state says no one from her office will attend a national conference in Tennessee in part because of a bill signed by the governor there allowing …

Man pleads not guilty in dismemberment slaying

The man accused of dismembering a woman in her suburban home and dumping her body parts in Seattle recycling bins has pleaded not guilty to murder and theft charges.

Man wanted in killing of Arlington couple tried to cash check, police say

Court documents released Monday say one of the brothers charged in the presumed killings of a married Arlington couple tried to cash a check for $96,000 before he went on …

Whitman College decides to drop Missionary mascot

Whitman College, a private, liberal arts school located in the rolling hills of Walla Walla, has dumped its long-time mascot.

Students of Color Conference in Yakima tackles racism

Speaker Amer F. Ahmed, kicked off the 26th annual Students of Color Conference on Thursday by discussing how hip-hop helped him find his voice as the son of Muslim Indian …

Recovering sea turtles flown from Seattle to San Diego

Two sea turtles that landed sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego …

About 14,000 have left GET college savings plan since fall

Since September, about 14,000 college savers have pulled their money out of Washington’s prepaid tuition program.

Indicted Auditor Troy Kelley engaged in a plain case of fraud, prosecutor says

The five-week fraud trial of Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley drew to a close Wednesday, with prosecutors calling it a “plain case of fraud and a cover-up” and the defense …

Colville Reservation one of two selected for national census test

Two Native American reservations – one in the Dakotas and another in Washington – have been selected as test sites ahead of the 2020 census, as officials mull whether to …

Jails spend millions to house mentally ill, report shows

Holding mentally ill defendants in jails while they await competency services is costing cities and counties across the state of Washington millions of dollars. That’s according to state officials who …