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WSU community confident in Schulz

A performance review of Washington State University President Kirk Schulz released Friday by the university is packed with praise but acknowledged there are some key challenges on the horizon for both the president and the university system as a whole.

7 Eastern Washington counties move to Phase 3 of reopening

Whitman County is now one of eight counties approved to move into Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan, Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman decided Friday, according to a Department of Health news release.

State sued for delaying benefits during fraud inquiry

Attorneys for two laid-off workers are suing Washington state for delays in paying benefits while it reins in rampant unemployment fraud.

Family of man who died in police restraint wants cops fired

The family of Tacoma man who died after being restrained by police in March are calling for the four officers involved to be fired and arrested after the Pierce County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide.

State urges more people to get tested for COVID-19

People who have the symptoms of COVID-19 – including a cough, high fever or shortness of breath –should get tested, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday.

Inslee’s emergency orders within his authority, court commissioner says

Gov. Jay Inslee was within his authority to issue emergency orders in an attempt to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, a state Supreme Court commissioner said Thursday.

Cases of COVID-19 soar to 52 at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

Coyote Ridge now has more cases than any other Washington state prison.

Unemployed workers struggle as state fights scam, backlog in claims

The state still faces significant backlogs in processing requests for the payments, which can be a combination of state and federal benefit programs that were expanded because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Police chief: Badge numbers will be ‘prominently displayed’

Police officers’ badge numbers will be “prominently displayed” following complaints by people protesting the death of George Floyd that black bands obscured the digits, Seattle’s police chief said Thursday.

Nonwhite Washington residents have contracted COVID-19 at disproportionate rates

Racial inequities impact Washington state’s COVID-19 case data, health officials say.

Huge crowd protests in Seattle as criticism of police mounts

A sea of protesters packed streets in Seattle on Wednesday in a sixth straight day of demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd, amid increasing criticism of the police department’s repeated use of tear gas and flash-bangs to disperse mostly peaceful crowds.

First black Ferguson mayor faces old problem: Protest damage

Ella Jones winced as she gazed at a boarded-up restaurant, one of several businesses in Ferguson damaged in protests over the death of George Floyd. As Jones prepares to take over as the Missouri town’s first black mayor, she understands that Ferguson will always symbolize the uneasy relationship between black people and police.

Washington state lawsuit alleges price-fixing by StarKist and rival tuna conglomerates

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is saying “Sorry Charlie” to StarKist tuna and the former CEO of competitor Bumble Bee, suing both for price-fixing he contends bilked consumers of millions of dollars.

Coronavirus has closed courthouses and stopped trials: How does Washington’s justice system come back?

There has not been a jury trial in Western Washington – perhaps in the entire state – since early March. While the wheels of justice still turn – some hearings are still held, arraignments and pleas are taken – for the most part they are spinning in place. The federal courthouses in Seattle and Tacoma have been shuttered by judicial order: Pretrial proceedings are done either by video, telephone or postponed. In the busier state courts, where locking the doors hasn’t been an option, the daily docket call looks very different than it did just four months ago.

Some governors balk at Trump request to send troops to DC

Some governors are rejecting President Donald Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., for a massive militarized show of force in the nation’s capital after several days of unrest over the death of George Floyd.

Thousands in Eastern Washington, North Idaho lose power in storm

Thousands of Inland Northwest residents lost power in a quick moving storm Saturday night.

Downtown storefront smashed in Seattle George Floyd protest

Dozens of people gathered in downtown Seattle Friday night to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody and some black-clad anarchists smashed up a storefront window.

Washington, D.C., begins reopening in fits and starts

As the nation’s capital took the first tiny steps toward reopening Friday, the continued threat of coronavirus was ever present.

Idaho’s Russ Fulcher among Republicans suing to stop proxy voting in Congress

Idaho Rep. Russ Fulcher is one of 21 Republican members suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and two nonpartisan House officials in D.C. federal court over proxy voting in the House.

Asian giant hornet found this week in Northwest Washington

Washington agriculture officials announced Friday that the state has its first confirmed siting of the Asian giant hornet this year.