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Navy Lt. Kayla Barron of Richland completes astronaut training, sets her sights on the stars

The 32-year-old graduated Friday from a two-year astronaut training program in Houston. She’s among the class of new astronauts who’ll be eligible for space flight as NASA sets its sights …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Hiring at Hanford lab targets dangerous radioactive waste

The initial staff has arrived at the Analytical Laboratory, the first of the four major facilities at the Hanford $17 billion vitrification plant to have a Washington state permit to …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 19, 2019

Richland woman among astronaut candidates completing their NASA training in January

Navy Lt. Kayla Barron, 32, will be among the 11 astronaut candidates graduating from spaceflight training next month. Any of those astronauts could be selected for manned missions to the …


New report warns of potential radiation release at Hanford

A new report warns that a huge facility on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state is at risk of releasing radioactive contamination into the environment the longer it remains …


Nuclear plant near Richland is back on the grid just in time for peak power demand

The nuclear power plant near Richland reconnected to the grid Friday morning after shutting down for 41 days for a planned refueling and maintenance outage.


Judge rejects federal challenge to Hanford workers comp law

A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s challenge to a Washington state law that makes it easier for former workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to win workers …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019

Yoke’s manager and KISS superfan brings Gene Simmons’ soda to Washington, meets his idol in process

Dave Slackman, KISS fan and assistant manager of Yoke’s Fresh Market in South Richland, was successful in getting KISS frontman Gene Simmons’ MoneyBag Soda on Yoke’s shelves, so he was …


Northwest Wine: Double gold indicates extra-special bottle

A double gold medal indicates that a wine earned a gold medal by unanimous vote, meaning every judge on a panel awarded it a gold medal. At a wine competition, …


UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019

Police: juvenile girls steal SUV, crash it into Richland house

An SUV, allegedly taken from Leslie Groves Park by two juvenile girls, crashed into a Richland home shortly after the vehicle went missing.


State is taking a new look at this Richland radioactive waste plant

The state of Washington is asking for public input as it prepares to take a fresh look at the environmental impacts of a company that accepts, packages and treats radioactive …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019

Fake fish invented in Richland will help save real fish

Mechanical fish developed in Richland have made their way through dams from Ice Harbor near Pasco to the Mekong River in Southeast Asia.


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.


Man dies after police use Taser to stun him

Authorities say a 56-year-old man died after police used a Taser to stun him during his arrest following a car chase and standoff west of Richland.


Man dies after struggle with Richland police

A man died and several police officers were hurt after a call to intervene in a domestic violence incident in Richland led to a violent struggle.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 5, 2018

Richland council considers marijuana advisory vote

The Richland City Council plans a workshop to discuss legalizing marijuana sales in Richland.


He was featured on ‘Wanted Wednesday.’ Richland fugitive’s Facebook negotiations go viral

A social-media savvy criminal is in jail after his promises to police on Facebook to turn himself in went viral.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018

Richland marijuana initiative is not valid, says city attorney

A group trying to legalize marijuana sales in Richland says they may take their fight to court after the city’s attorney says their initiative is not valid.


These cats and dogs starred on ‘America’s Got Talent.’ You can see them in the Tri-Cities

Another “America’s Got Talent” competitor is coming to the Tri-Cities – and this one is bringing a herd of furry co-stars.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 26, 2018

Here’s why over 500 Hanford workers had to take cover Friday

More than 500 workers in the center of the Hanford nuclear reservation were ordered to take cover indoors Friday morning after steam was spotted rising from a radioactive waste storage …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018

Former Spokane chef admits to enticing teens for sexual images; likely to receive 20 year sentence

A former Spokane chef is likely to spend the next two decades in prison after admitting last week that he enticed underage girls from Houston to Las Vegas into sending …


Richland nurse jumps into action during airplane emergency

Cathey’s actions on that Aug. 5 flight to Yakima put her in the spotlight Monday at an all-employee meeting for Energy Northwest in Richland.


Two teens accused in Richland park shooting. 2 adults charged with telling them to do it

Two Tri-City men with a history of shooting at cars and homes are accused of directing two teens to shoot a Fourth of July reveler at Howard Amon Park.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018

Franklin Graham went to Porter’s. The business got a bit roasted

Several thousand people came out Tuesday night to Franklin Graham’s Decision America event at Columbia Point Park in Richland.


Plutonium-contaminated equipment taken into Richland by mistake

A radiologically contaminated piece of equipment left the Hanford nuclear reservation and was taken into north Richland by mistake, according to a message sent Wednesday afternoon to Hanford employees.


Richland WinCo shooter had his gun rights restored

A Umatilla man who shot a woman in the Richland WinCo last week was legally allowed to own a gun. But that wasn’t always the case.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018

Hanford contractor agrees to pay fine for accepting illegal kickbacks

The Chief Financial Officer of one of the prime contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has agreed to pay $124,440 to resolve allegations that he accepted more than $40,000 in …


Police shot, kill West Richland man in Benton City standoff

Authorities say a Pasco police officer shot and killed a man who refused to release a hostage during a standoff at a Benton City home.


Billions of Hanford dollars will stay separate under defense bill

The Department of Energy’s two Hanford offices would remain separate at least through 2024 under the defense spending authorization act approved by the U.S. House.


Columbia Generating Station shuts down unexpectedly

A nuclear power plant in southeastern Washington shut down unexpectedly Friday.


2 gallons of radioactive nuclear waste done. 56M gallons to go.

Researchers in Richland have done what the $17 billion vitrification plant at Hanford is intended to do – turn radioactive waste into a solid glass form.