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UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:42 p.m.

Settlement reached over 2016 Seattle natural gas explosion

Officials say pipeline safety regulators and Puget Sound Energy have reached a settlement over a complaint regarding a natural gas explosion in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle last year.


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:42 p.m.

Police seize 814 pot plants in Seattle during burglary call

Police say officers seized 814 pot plants from a Seattle residence after responding to a burglary call there.


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

Prosecutors to change policies after Oso slide settlement

Washington state officials are offering new guidance to private attorneys and outside experts as a result of misconduct in Oso mudslide litigation that led to one of the state’s largest …


I-5 Bridge bill draws favorable reviews at hearing

A Senate panel heard favorable reviews Tuesday for a House bill intended to restart the process to replace the chronically congested Interstate 5 Bridge.


Head of Public Disclosure Commission stepping down in May

The executive director of the state’s campaign finance watchdog says she’s stepping down in May.


Seattle’s bike-share program to end due to low ridership

Seattle’s troubled bike-share system is closing down. The


Ice Harbor Dam lock returns to service

Despite some unusual noises, the navigation lock at Ice Harbor Dam is back in service after an extended closure.


Wenatchee facility source of biodiesel in Columbia River

State and federal authorities have identified a Wenatchee fueling facility as the source of biodiesel that leaked into the Columbia River.


Ferry galley workers call for health insurance benefits

People who work in galleys on state ferries are calling for health care insurance through their employer.


Late start for clearing snow from North Cascades Highway

State transportation workers will get a late start clearing the snow off State Route 20 in the North Cascades.


Inspector general to review pullback of HealthCare.gov ads

A federal inspector general has launched an inquiry into the Trump administration’s decision to pull advertising for HealthCare.gov in the closing stretch of this year’s sign-up season, according to a …


Naked man destroys home in Edmonds, police say

Authorities say a naked man’s fight with police ended in the fiery destruction of a luxury home in Edmonds.


UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 1:35 p.m.

TSA agent pleads guilty to voyeurism charge

A security worker at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport accused of taking photos from underneath passengers’ skirts has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge as part of a plea deal.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 4:42 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene quarterback Colson Yankoff commits to Washington

Coeur d’Alene junior quarterback Colson Yankoff decided to stay in the Pacific-12 Conference.


Whatcom County extends moratorium on crude oil exports

The Whatcom County Council has extended for six months a moratorium on shipments of unrefined fossil fuels out of the Cherry Point area.


Police kill machete-wielding man in Des Moines

Authorities say a Kent police officer shot and killed a man who refused to drop a machete in Des Moines.


Longtime Starbucks chief Schultz hands key to new CEO

Howard Schultz’s last Starbucks shareholders meeting as CEO began with patriotic flourishes, ended with the passing of a key from Schultz to his successor, and was peppered throughout with talk …


Gov. Inslee to speak at United Nations about climate change

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee will appear at the United Nations to talk about climate change. Inslee was flying to New York Wednesday and was to speak before the U.N.’s General …


Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent

Washington state’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in nine years, dropping to 4.9 percent last month.


Ex-teacher caught in Snohomish County sex sting enters plea

A former Washington state middle school teacher who was arrested in an undercover sex sting operation has pleaded guilty to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.


Man accused of holding woman in home, repeatedly raping her

A 37-year-old man has been charged with rape after a woman who lives near Bremerton told police that he held her against her will for two months and repeatedly assaulted …


Maker of OxyContin seeks to dismiss Everette’s lawsuit

The manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin on Tuesday asked a judge to dismiss a novel lawsuit by a city seeking to hold the company financially responsible for a raging …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 2:49 p.m.

A big thing marijuana opponents warned you about is definitely not happening

A state-run survey of 37,000 middle and high school students in Washington state finds that marijuana legalization there has had no effect on youngsters’ propensity to use the drug.


Moscow considers Federal Building for police department

The city of Moscow has had “preliminary” discussions with officials at Gritman Medical Center in regards to purchasing the Federal Building for use as a potential police station and for …


Seattle City Council votes to create renters commission

The Seattle City Council has approved the creation of a renters commission as the city deals with skyrocketing rents.


Prosecutors call for judge to step down from killing trial

Prosecutors are asking that a Kitsap County judge recuse herself from the trial of a man accused of strangling his girlfriend, saying she’s been talking about the case out of …


‘Where’s Cathy?’ rally to be topic of police chief’s report in Walla Walla

Walla Walla Police Chief Scott Bieber on Wednesday is to report to City Council on his department’s policing activities during the recent “Where’s Cathy?” political rally.


Senate Republicans set to release state budget plan

Senate Republicans in Washington state are set to release their two-year state budget proposal.


Gov. Inslee declares state of emergency for flooding in 20 counties

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed an emergency proclamation to free up state resources should flooding or other damage happen because of rain and early snow melt in Eastern Washington.


Backers for Seattle homeless levy collect signatures

Backers of a proposed $275 million property-tax levy to fund efforts to curb homelessness in Seattle have begun collecting signatures.