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Measles outbreak prompt state lawmakers to reconsider religion exemptions for vaccines

Recent measles outbreaks in states such as Washington, New York and New Jersey have cast a spotlight on a group of Americans who receive exemptions from immunizing their children on …


Howard Schultz didn’t vote on latest Seattle school levies

Even after facing public criticism over his spotty voting record, Howard Schultz failed to vote in this month’s Seattle school-levy election.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

Ex-school board candidate arrested in sex trafficking case

A one-time Edmonds school board candidate has been arrested in a sex-trafficking case after investigators said he groomed his children’s former babysitter and used “emotional and psychological coercion” to force …


Dairy farms take $4M hit from cows lost in blizzard

Officials say the more than 1,800 dairy cows that died in a blizzard in southern Washington state earlier this month were a nearly $4 million loss, not including the lost …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Officials: Fire at Bellingham pet store is suspicious

More than 75 animals were rescued from a burning pet supply store in Washington state, but some birds and a python remain missing.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

UW Medicine mistakenly exposed information on nearly 1 million patients

The medical files of nearly 1 million patients of University of Washington Medicine were visible on the internet for at least three weeks in December, UW Medicine said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Sixty percent of state’s infants fully vaccinated on time, data shows

Some areas of Washington state are experiencing a measles outbreak and it has put brighter lights on vaccination rates. In the cases of children who aren’t vaccinated, the focus is …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

Lawmakers, feds at odds over law for sick Hanford workers

Even as the federal government sues to stop a new Washington state law that helps Hanford workers, some state lawmakers are working to change the new law to allow even …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

Oregon man who calls for help gets arrested on sex charges

A man who authorities say lured a 13-year-old girl from her Seattle-area home and drove with her into Oregon was arrested when the rental car the two were traveling in …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:23 p.m.

Tim Eyman charged with stealing chair, says it was a mistake

Anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman has been charged with misdemeanor theft after taking an office chair from an Office Depot store in Lacey without paying, but he says it was …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:14 p.m.

Washington officials: Blood supply at ‘emergency level’

Officials say blood supply in Washington is at an emergency level after recent snowstorms prevented many donors from being able to make it to scheduled appointments.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:18 p.m.

Police: Man fatally shot outside Everett restaurant

Police say a man was shot and killed outside a fast-food restaurant in northwest Washington state


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

Wrong-way driver killed in crash with US Postal truck

A wrong-way driver was killed after crashing into a U.S. Postal Service truck on state Route 520 in Redmond, Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, noon

As Washington lawmakers debate ending life imprisonment for 3-strikes, mom of Spokane murder victim speaks out

Washington lawmakers asked to resume parole for inmates with long prison terms, even those sentenced to life under the three-strikes law.


Spin Control: Why legislators have a responsibility to reveal sources the news media don’t

Due respect, Mr. Chairman, but legislators and the news media have one big difference when it comes to revealing information.


Vancouver police officer files suit alleging sex discrimination

Another gender discrimination lawsuit was filed against the city of Vancouver last month, this time by a police officer, alleging discrimination based on sex, harassment and retaliation.


Officials expect more cougars sightings in Northwest

Officials say cougar sightings are becoming more common in the Northwest as populations of people and the big cats continue to grow


Crews begin tearing down Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct

Crews have begun tearing down Seattle’s double-decker Alaskan Way Viaduct.


New hearing for man who says he was wrongly convicted

A state appeals court has ordered a new hearing to evaluate a man’s claims that he was wrongly convicted in the shooting of a Washington state trooper who later became …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Tim Eyman investigated for theft after Office Depot incident, Lacey police say

Tim Eyman, the anti-tax activist and initiative promoter, is being investigated for misdemeanor theft after he allegedly stole a $70 chair from an Office Depot store in Lacey this week.


Tim Eyman under investigation in theft of $70 chair from Office Depot

Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is under investigation in the theft of a $70 office chair from the entryway of a Lacey Office Depot on Wednesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Ex-state Sen. Joe Fain to lead Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

Former Washington state Sen. Joe Fain has been named the new president and CEO of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce following a national search for a new leader.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Washington lawmakers advance limits on vaccine exemptions

A House committee has advanced a measure that would remove parents’ ability to claim a personal or philosophical exemption to opt their school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Washington Senate passes death penalty repeal bill

The Washington Senate on Friday approved a measure that would repeal the death penalty, just months after the state’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down capital punishment as arbitrary and racially …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:16 a.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Murray oppose Trump’s emergency declaration

When Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday that it was likely that President Donald Trump would declare a national emergency at the southern border, Washington legislators Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodger …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 10:45 a.m.

More than 1,700 dairy cattle die in weekend blizzard in Yakima Valley

Dairy owner Jason Sheehan gathered his employees Saturday and they formed a plan to deal with the predicted storm expected that day in the Yakima Valley that was supposed to …


Southwestern Washington measles case count holding at 53

Clark County Public Health did not identify any new measles cases or exposure sites Wednesday in its ongoing outbreak investigation.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 8:27 p.m.

Cougar Country Drive-In to stay closed until further notice

A post Tuesday on Cougar Country Drive-In’s Facebook page from the business’ owner says the Pullman restaurant is closed until further notice.


US sues Lockheed Martin for fraud at Hanford

The U.S. Justice Department is accusing Lockheed Martin Corp. of using false records and making false statements to bill the Energy Department for tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized …


Two injured in shootout outside Wapato

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a gun battle between two vehicles outside Wapato that left two people hospitalized Tuesday.