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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 6:25 p.m.

Washington, D.C., approves emergency measuring renaming holiday ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’

City lawmakers have been trying for five years to rename the holiday. They succeeded last week, passing an emergency measure that brings Washington, D.C., in line with several other cities …

Cold temperatures worry some apple growers half finished with near-record crop

The surprise snowstorm that hit the region Wednesday may be just the beginning of a worrisome stretch for what was shaping up to be the second-largest apple harvest in Washington …

Judge won’t dismiss case on wages of immigrant detainees

Washington state’s effort to force a privately run immigration jail to pay its detainees minimum wage for work they perform can continue, after all

Flavored vape products temporarily banned by Washington State Board of Health, to chants of ‘shame’

Despite the overwhelming opposition from the crowd, the Washington State Board of Health decided to enact the 120-day ban, to chants of “shame.” More than 350 people, mostly opponents of …

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 4:27 p.m.

Board of Health approves ban on flavored vaping products

Health officials in Washington state have formally adopted a temporary ban of the sale of flavored vaping products amid concern over a lung illness that has sickened hundreds of people.

Washington state Native corporation wins defense contract

A Washington state Native corporation has won a $99 million government contract for U.S. Navy projects, with much of the work expected to be done in Puget Sound.

Great Northwest Wine: Wenatchee has a rich history in Washington wine

Two of Washington’s first wineries sprang up in Wenatchee. According to “The Wine Project: Washington State’s Winemaking History” by Ron Irvine and the late Walter Clore, the state’s first winery …

Wife of Benton County sheriff files for divorce

The wife of Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher has filed for divorce and accused him of strangling her during a fight over his alleged extramarital affair.

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, 11:36 a.m.

U.S. boosts caribou protections a year after relocating the last Lower 48 caribou to Canada

“I’m hopeful that it maintains the adequate protections for the habatat in the Selkirks so one of these days, when there is an appetite for restoration, our area is considered,” …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Firm told to pay $1 million after funneling money to Eyman

A Thurston County Superior Court judge has ordered a for-profit signature-gathering firm and its principal to collectively pay more than $1 million for deceiving Washington state residents by funneling their …

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 8:12 a.m.

With one year to go, Real ID deadlines loom for airline passengers

An estimated 99 million Americans do not have any form of Real ID compliant documents which will be required to fly domestically after Oct. 1, 2020. “There’s a great deal …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 7:32 p.m.

Better Business Bureau shutters Spokane office, lays off sales staff

The Better Business Bureau of Spokane closed its doors Monday and laid off most of its sales staff, a company spokesman said.

Great Northwest Wine: Malbec, a global red, finds a home in the Northwest

Malbec is a bold and juicy red grape with origins in Bordeaux, the celebrated region in France where the variety is known as Cot and often far from the spotlight. …

Feds again seek comment on North Cascades grizzly bear plans

Contentious proposals to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state are once again open for public comment.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 9:59 p.m.

Tri-City crooks practice parkour during two rooftop chases, police say

Two Tri-City crooks tried their hand at some parkour in a pair of unsuccessful attempts to elude police.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 28, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Kennewick just ousted its fire chief. It’s now started a search for a new leader

Kennewick began its search for a new fire chief this week amid the continuing questions about why the last chief lost his job.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

U.S. signs trade deal with Japan, securing important market for Washington wheat

The Washington wheat industry got its first good news in more than two years Wednesday when President Donald Trump announced a new bilateral trade deal with Japan, which traditionally has …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 4:59 p.m.

Limits on cancer-causing pollutants in Spokane River to be subject of EPA hearing in Seattle

The hearing follows an online webinar in late August, in which the agency laid out its rationale for revisiting a cap on polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, allowable in wastewater. The …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 10:09 p.m.

Climate change activists, demanding action, block Washington D.C. streets

Hundreds of activists blocked major intersections across the nation’s capital on Monday, demanding immediate government action on climate change.

Bottled water offered to North Bend area after E. coli found

Thousands of homeowners in eastern King County could be forced to boil their water through early next week because of E. coli concerns.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 9:52 a.m.

Suit contends affirmative action campaigners didn’t pay companies that gathered signatures to get initiative passed

When the campaign to change Washington’s affirmative action laws turned in thousands of petitions to send the initiative to the Legislature, sponsors bragged that they had a record number of …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Jury to decide fate of former Pullman police officer accused of sexual assault of WSU freshman

The jury was deliberating, but no verdict had been delivered as of Wednesday in the trial of a former Pullman Police officer accused of sexual assault of an intoxicated 18-year-old …

1 killed in triple shooting in Seattle’s busiest light rail station

One man was killed and two were wounded in a triple shooting Friday night at the Westlake light-rail station, according to Seattle police.

Alleged victim testifies in trial of Pullman police officer

COLFAX – The alleged victim in a sexual misconduct case involving a former Pullman Police Department officer testified Wednesday and occasionally fought back tears as she recounted what she could …

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 7:57 p.m.

Opioid settlement not big enough or tough enough, Washington attorney general says

Washington is not agreeing to the tentative settlement some other states have reached with Purdue Pharma over the company’s role in the opioid crisis.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

Columbia River barge lock to return to service Sept. 30

Officials say barges carrying wheat, wood and other goods will remain at a standstill for the rest of the month while workers repair a critical navigation lock at the Bonneville …

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Broken lock shuts down barge traffic on Columbia River system

One of two ways that Pacific Northwest farmers get their wheat to export in Portland has been shut down after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped barge traffic on …

Former Boeing official subpoenaed in 737 Max probe won’t turn over documents, citing Fifth Amendment protection

A former Boeing official who played a key role in the development of the 737 Max has refused to provide documents sought by federal prosecutors investigating two fatal crashes of …

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

Supporters of dividing Washington into two states make their pitch at Spokane Interstate Fair

Volunteers pitched the idea of dividing Washington politically along the Cascades among booths selling hot tubs, handmade crafts and wood stoves Friday afternoon, the first day of the Spokane Interstate …

Steam Plant is named one of 10 coolest places in America to drink craft beer

Spokane has received some love for its burgeoning craft beer scene, as Men’s Journal has included Steam Plant Brewing Company in downtown on the magazine’s new list titled “The 10 …