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Seattle OKs $160 million tax for new waterfront park

Seattle approved a $160 million component of its plan to redevelop the city’s central waterfront, as the City Council approved a special tax on downtown property owners.

USGS employees faced with 35-day backlog after shutdown

When the news broke Friday that the 35-day partial federal government shutdown had temporarily halted, employees at the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver readied themselves for a fresh set of challenges.

Measles outbreak near Portland, Oregon, sickens 35

A measles outbreak near Portland has sickened 35 people in Oregon and Washington, with 11 more cases suspected. Thirty-one patients had not been vaccinated against measles.

Wyoming lawmakers look to sue Washington state over coal

Wyoming lawmakers are looking to sue Washington state over coal. The Casper Star-Tribune reports lawmakers will try to set aside $250,000 to sue Washington, bypassing Wyoming’s attorney general and hiring a private lawyer via a bill introduced by Rep. Chuck Gray, R-Casper, on Thursday.

Spokane health district urges vaccinations as Washington measles cases rise to 34

No measles cases have been confirmed in Spokane County as Washington’s statewide number hits 34, but the threat is growing and vaccinations are urged, health officials said. The number of confirmed cases of measles in Western Washington has grown to 34, with nine more cases suspected.

Washington baker apologizes for ‘Build that Wall’ cookie

An Edmonds, Washington, bakery store owner is apologizing for a politically charged Valentine’s Day cookie that generated a social media uproar

The week that was: Ferguson sidesteps question on running for governor; state of Liberty gets another try

Spokane group has breakfast with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, asks if he’d like to be Gov. Bob Ferguson.

Stanford’s track team safe after charter bus fire in Seattle

Members of the Stanford University track team are safe after their charter bus caught fire in Seattle on Friday.

Washington measles outbreak prompts warning to Idaho doctors

Health officials in southwestern Idaho are warning medical care providers to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles because of an outbreak in western Washington that has sickened at least 26 people.

Officials: 30 measles cases in western Washington outbreak

Health officials say the number of confirmed cases of measles in western Washington has grown to 30, with nine more cases suspected.

Clallam Sheriff’s Office makes arrest in connection with triple homicide

Nearly a month after three people were found shot and killed east of Port Angeles, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the triple homicide that left many in the community on edge.

Man reported missing in 2017 identified as body found in tree

A man whose body was found suspended in a tree at Fort Worden State Park on Jan. 13 has been identified as a man reported missing from Port Townsend over a year ago.

Colville tribal leader writes open letter to Covington High School

Colville tribal leader Rodney Cawston published an open letter to Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School on Wednesday, calling for a viral exchange between its students and a Native American man to be used as a teaching moment.

Eyeing 2020, Jay Inslee pitches himself as climate candidate

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee introduced himself by first name to one college student after another this week as he toured the state that’s home to the nation’s first presidential primary. Then, still with a smile, he told them that humanity is under existential threat because of climate change.

Europe court orders Italy to pay damages to Amanda Knox

Europe’s human rights court on Thursday ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox financial damages for police failure to provide legal assistance and an independent interpreter during a long night of questioning following the Nov. 1, 2007 murder of her British roommate. But the court said there was insufficient evidence to support claims of psychological and physical mistreatment.

5 police officers placed on leave after Texas man’s death

Authorities say five police officers were placed on paid administrative leave following the death of a man they were trying to arrest in southeast Washington state.

Officials: 26 measles cases in Western Washington outbreak

Health officials have confirmed 26 measles cases in western Washington in an outbreak that began earlier this month.

McNannay out as Colfax police chief

Colfax residents who attended Tuesday’s Colfax City Council meeting expressed concern for the safety of the community after the city fired Colfax Police Chief Rick McNannay on Thursday for “findings of dishonesty.”

Dayton teen arrested after Walla Walla High threat

A Dayton teen is in custody after he threatened high school students and staff at Walla Walla High School Tuesday morning. Earlier, classes were canceled for the day because of the threat.