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Yakima lags well behind state, U.S. in high school graduates

About 1 in 4 Yakima County residents 25 and older don’t have a high school diploma.

Debate simmers over police selling seized guns

The Smith & Wesson 9 mm that Kyle Juhl used to kill himself in Yakima in 2014 was familiar to law enforcement: The Washington State Patrol had seized it years earlier while investigating a crime and then arranged its sale back to the public. It eventually fell into Juhl’s hands, illegally.

Former prison guard admits to kidnapping, killing woman

A former corrections officer pleaded guilty to kidnapping a grandmother from her home, killing the woman and leaving her body on the side of a rural road.

Sen. Doug Ericksen says rumors about EPA job false

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen says rumors of his appointment to a job with the Environmental Protection Agency are false and that he’s running for re-election this year.

Egypt sets election for March, with outcome all but certain

Egypt will hold its presidential election over three days in March, officials said Monday, with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi virtually guaranteed to run for and win a second four-year term amid a heavy clampdown on dissent.

Should police sell guns? Some chiefs say no

The Smith & Wesson 9 mm that Juhl used to kill himself in Yakima in 2014 was familiar to law enforcement: The Washington State Patrol had seized it years earlier while investigating a crime and then arranged its sale back to the public. It eventually fell into Juhl’s hands, illegally. It’s fears of tragedies like that, or worse, that have created a split among law enforcement officials over the reselling of confiscated guns by police departments, a longtime practice allowed in most states.

Pierce County deputy killed during chase

A Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy has died from gunshot wounds sustained while responding to a home invasion.

City of Yakima’s settlement in officer-involved shooting puts focus on citizen committees

Despite accepting a $500,000 settlement, the sister of a man shot and killed by a Yakima police officer in 2014 is disappointed the city of Yakima continues to not allow citizens a voice in improving police practices.

Lawmakers seek task force to protect timber communities

APNewsNow. LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) – Southwestern Washington lawmakers are advocating for a task force to ensure protections for the endangered marbled murrelet do not cause economic harm to communities reliant on logging and timber sales.

Egyptian former PM not to run in 2018 presidential elections

An Egyptian former prime minister says he will not run against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in elections due later this year.

New frontier for craft U.S. whiskey may be underfoot in Olympic Peninsula bog

For Washington’s Mat Hofmann, peat has become one key to making a Pacific Northwest whiskey, along with lesser-known strains of barley that thrive here and barrels made with a regional species of oak.

Thousands march against election result in Honduras

Thousands of demonstrators led by opposition leader Salvador Nasralla gathered in Honduras’ second-largest city Saturday to protest the re-election of President Juan Orlando Hernandez in a vote they say was fraudulent.

Salmon farm sues after state cancels its lease

Cooke Aquaculture Pacific is appealing after Washington state canceled a lease for one of its farmed salmon operations in Port Angeles.

Fight for Virginia House continues with court hearing

The long-running fight for control of the Virginia House of Delegates isn’t over.

State’s construction budget still tied up over water dispute

About $4 billion in new school construction and other projects throughout the state remain on hold six months after a water-related dispute stalled passage of the state’s two-year construction budget.

Giving Fidel Castro key to Wisconsin city flashpoint in race

The liberal mayor of Wisconsin’s capital who is preparing a challenge to Republican Gov. Scott Walker defended giving a key to the city to former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, blasting Walker on Thursday for making the 1975 move an early flashpoint in the race.

Luck of the draw helps Republicans hold Virginia House

Virginia Republicans cheered Thursday when their candidate won a state House of Delegates race by luck of the draw, having his name chosen first out of ceramic bowl.

Coal company sues Washington state over coal-export terminal

Developers of a massive coal-export terminal proposed on the Columbia River have sued Washington state over the project.

Series of small quakes rattle area east of Mount St. Helens

A series of small earthquakes has rattled an area northeast of Mount St. Helens in southwest Washington.

Court recognizes Native American hunting rights in Canada

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has upheld a Washington state man’s right to hunt in the province by recognizing the traditional hunting grounds of his ancestors.