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Attorney General: Sanctuary cities are risking federal money

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 4:18 P.M.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, second left, speaks at a post-election event at City Hall in Seattle. Leaders in Seattle, San Francisco and other so-called "sanctuary cities" say they won't change their stance on immigration despite President-elect Donald Trump's vows to withhold potentially millions of dollars in taxpayer money if they don't cooperate. (Elaine Thompson / AP)
WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday warned so-called sanctuary cities they could lose federal money for refusing to cooperate with immigration authorities and suggested the government would come after grants that have already been awarded if they don’t comply. Sessions said the Justice Department would require cities seeking some of $4.1 billion available in grant money to verify that they are in compliance with a section of federal law that allows information sharing with immigration officials.

Judge won’t release Mexican man jailed near Seattle

UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 7:42 P.M.

This undated file photo provided by the law firm Public Counsel shows Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, who was was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child but was protected from deportation by President Barack Obama’s administration. (Daniel Ramirez Medina / Associated Press)
A federal judge has affirmed an earlier decision not to release a Mexican man who was arrested near Seattle despite his participation in a program meant to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Spring is here, asparagus is around the corner

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 3:14 P.M.

Silvia Santiago's presses down on freshly cut asparagus farmed by SKD Farms in Toppenish, Wash., in 2006. Washington is the country’s top grower of the vegetable. (BRIAN FITZGERALD / AP)
There’s no trace of snow on the valley floor, the Mariners are playing baseball again and the days are getting longer, which means just one thing. It’s almost time for asparagus.

Body on bridge ID’d, but mystery still unsolved

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 3:09 P.M.

During the early hours of a warm summer morning last year, a Washington State Patrol trooper stopped to check on an unattended pickup parked along Interstate 82 northeast of Selah when he spotted something alarming: a body on the Fred G. Redmon Bridge.

Bills aim to aid job seekers with criminal history

UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017, 9:42 P.M.

OLYMPIA – Tarra Simmons says she knows all too well what it’s like to have to check a box on a job application that reveals her criminal history to an employer before she has a chance to explain. “I was at the lowest point in my life,” she told the Associated Press.

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