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Energy Secretary nominee ranks Hanford cleanup as his ‘top priority’

The next energy secretary could be making frequent trips to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Washington state teacher charged, upset over PTSD claim

Washington state prosecutors have charged a high school teacher of felony harassment after suspecting she made threatening comments.

Gov. declares emergency for I-5 overpass damage in Chehalis

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed a state of emergency related to an estimated $1 million in damage to an Interstate 5 overpass in Chehalis.

Whitman County auditor explains long process of tallying votes

The Whitman County Auditor said her staff worked 16-hour days processing voter ballots following the Nov. 5 election. Even with those long hours, hundreds of ballots remain uncounted more than a week after Election Day as Sandy Jamison’s staff tries to sort out the questionable ballots, which take longer to process.

Suspected neo-Nazi with ties to Washington state faces federal gun charge after arrest in Texas

A suspected neo-Nazi with ties to Washington state is facing a federal gun charge after being arrested in Texas earlier this month.

Be careful out there: UK police warn candidates about safety

British police are unveiling new tactics to protect politicians amid the country’s fraught, even hostile political atmosphere, issuing safety recommendations for candidates running in the country’s Dec. 12 general election.

Seattle police captain arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation

Court records and police have confirmed that a Seattle Police Department captain has been arrested on suspicion of sexual exploitation and has been placed on administrative leave.

Fentanyl overdose kills Washington state Olympic athlete

Washington state medical examiners confirmed that Olympic discus thrower found dead in his hotel room in September died from fentanyl overdose

Bellevue teen who died at WSU fraternity was ‘a comet that came and went’

Samuel Martinez’s eyes crinkled when he smiled. He had a dry sense of humor, adored his cat named Snow and went out of his way to do community development projects in Mexico and volunteer at local organizations. More than anything, he loved to play sports. In a photo from high school, Martinez is in a scarlet jersey and looks gleeful on a soccer field after scoring a goal with his Newport High School team.

Washington unemployment rate for October was 4.5 percent

According to numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department, October’s rate was down from September’s rate of 4.6 percent.

Washington voters reject affirmative action referendum

Washington voters have rejected a ballot measure seeking to reinstate the use of affirmative action in state employment, contracting and admission to public colleges and universities

Lawsuit aims to kill stalled $2B methanol refinery project

A new federal lawsuit aims to kill plans to build one of the world’s biggest methanol refineries along the Columbia River.

Socialist Kshama Sawant declares victory in Seattle City Council race

Seattle’s socialist Councilmember Kshama Sawant declared victory Saturday after later vote tallies powered her dramatic comeback. She trailed by a large margin on election night before passing challenger Egan Orion on Friday.

Washington apple growers produced a big crop, report says

This year’s Washington apple crop will be one of the largest in history, according to the latest figures from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

Updated results: Lockwood wins Spokane school board seat, West Valley levy passes

Updated results Wednesday confirmed what most people already suspected on Election Night: Nikki Lockwood has been elected to the Spokane Public Schools board and the West Valley School District budget is getting a shot in the arm.

Kshama Sawant trails Seattle City Council race

Two of three incumbent Seattle City Council members were positioned to win reelection to their district seats in Tuesday night results, but polarizing socialist Kshama Sawant was trailing in her race against a business-backed challenger.

WSDOT repairs hole on Vantage Bridge

For crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation, it was a shock when they spotted a crack on the Vantage bridge the day they were scheduled to start repairs.