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Wrongly delivered urine sample prompts theater evacuation in Western Washington

A movie theater in the small Washington city of North Bend was evacuated after authorities say a packaged labeled as containing a “highly contagious human substance” was sent there in error.

Long-awaited Cosmic Crisp apples to hit shelves

The Cosmic Crisp, a new, Washington State University-bred apple with astronomical implications, is set to hit shelves in less than a week, but some local grocers say it remains to be seen whether they will be readily available in time to serve cosmic apple pie for Christmas.

Victim, suspect die after shooting near Vancouver school

Authorities say one victim and the suspected assailant in a shooting outside a Vancouver elementary school Tuesday have died.

Impeachment fight leaves voters cold in contested Wisconsin

There’s not a lot that Republicans and Democrats in this political battlefield agree on, but the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump may have surfaced one: The public hearings aren’t moving the needle.

Who is Tim Eyman and why do so many people hate him?

Tim Eyman, accused of dishonest dealings and mired in debt, the frequent sponsor of anti-tax ballot measures says he wants to take on a new role in Washington state politics.

Judge has concerns $30 car tab measure was misleading

Lawyers for cities and counties across the state are asking a King County judge to block Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab measure from taking effect, saying it was misleading and violates Washington’s Constitution.

Garfield County joins Western Washington transportation players in suing over car-tab initiative

Initiative 976 could shutter the small southeast Washington county’s transportation authority, a lifeline for many elderly and rural residents on fixed incomes who need rides to regional hubs. The Garfield County organization is the only one outside of the Puget Sound which has sued to overturn the $30 car-tab initiative, approved by Washington voters earlier this month.

High turnout in Hong Kong vote seen as referendum on protest

Voters are turning out in droves for a hotly contested election in Hong Kong that has become a referendum on support for anti-government protests.

State to pay $8.5 million in foster care sex abuse case

Washington state will pay two children $8.5 million after they claimed the state Department of Social and Health Services failed to protect them from sexual abuse by their foster parent.

Washington state deals setback to massive methanol plant

Washington state has dealt a setback to efforts to build one of the world’s biggest methanol plants on the Columbia River.

Apple detectives comb U.S. Northwest for ‘lost’ varieties

E.J. Brandt and David Benscoter, who together form the nonprofit Lost Apple Project, log countless hours and hundreds of miles in trucks, on all-terrain vehicles and on foot to find orchards planted by settlers as they pushed west more than a century ago.

Belfair man found guilty of murder for shooting intruder in shower

A Belfair man charged with shooting an intruder found showering in a building on his property has been found guilty of second-degree murder by a Mason County Superior Court jury.

Anti-tax initiative promoter says he’s running for governor

A career anti-tax initiative promoter who has been accused by the state attorney general of using campaign donations for his personal use has announced he’s running for governor.

State to prepare for $478 million in transportation cuts

State lawmakers looking to trim some $478 million from the transportation budget during 2020 session.

Northwest hotelier-turned-ambassador Gordon Sondland faces impeachment spotlight today

Gordon Sondland donated $1 million and landed a coveted post as U.S. ambassador to the European Union. The job could cost the Northwest hotelier a lot more as he steps this week into the full glare of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

ATF pays $450,000 to settle discrimination lawsuit involving a boss with a Nazi tattoo

A senior African American supervisor at the Seattle office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will receive $450,000 and get a private meeting with the agency’s director to settle a civil-rights lawsuit alleging the agency retaliated after she complained of racial harassment by another supervisor who has a Nazi tattoo. In addition to the cash payout, Cheryl Bishop, a senior supervisory agent in Seattle and former bomb-dog handler, will receive a ring commemorating a previous assignment as the first female member of the ATF’s Special Response Team (SRT). The ring will be presented to Bishop during a meeting with ATF Acting Director Regina Lombardo.

Washington State Patrol probes vandalism at state Capitol

The Washington State Patrol is investigating after a light fixture was shattered and a knife was lodged in the door of where the state Supreme Court convenes.

Tribes consider a Pasco casino, maybe a water park, after signing agreement with city

The city of Pasco and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are cooperating as tribal work advances toward creating a casino or other economic development in northeast Pasco.

After 20 years, Washington tribe hopes to hunt whales again

A weeklong hearing in Seattle will help determine whether a small American Indian tribe in Washington state can once again hunt whales

Search for missing Colville pilot ends with discovery of body

The search for a missing Colville pilot and his plane has been concluded after a local resident discovered the body of the pilot in Sullivan Lake on Saturday, Nov. 16.