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UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Investigators: Human error caused deadly Amtrak crash

A 2017 deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the route and was going more than twice the speed …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 1:13 p.m.

Felon convicted of carrying gun detected by TSA screeners

A felon convicted of carrying a loaded gun in Juneau has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison.


Gov. Inslee declares drought for nearly half of Washington state

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded a drought emergency to nearly half the state because of worsened, poor water supply conditions and warmer and drier weather predicted throughout the summer.


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Mount Rainier’s Paradise Inn reopens after $25M renovation

The 79-room annex at Mount Rainier National Park’s Paradise Inn has reopened after a $25 million renovation.


Officials confirm 6th measles case in Washington outbreak

Health officials are investigating a sixth confirmed case of the measles in a western Washington outbreak involving people who spent time at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


Judge rejects plan for public land grazing allotments

An administrative law judge has rejected a plan for public land grazing allotments in south-central Idaho that would have destroyed re-emerging sagebrush in favor of non-native plants to increase forage …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Caldwell man arrested as suspect in 1996 rape, murder

Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a young Idaho Falls woman more than two decades ago with the help of DNA and a …


Anheuser-Busch invests $30,000 in Washington hop growers; Hershey’s candy bar with emojis

Anheuser-Busch announced today that it is investing $30,000 in Hop Growers of America in its commitment to its 2025 Sustainability Goals and broader agricultural community. About 68% of hops grown …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 10:04 p.m.

Washington sides with intersex Coloradan

Nine state attorneys general asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to allow an intersex Colorado resident to get a passport listing the person’s gender as nonbinary instead of male …


Officials: 4 new measles cases in Washington outbreak

Authorities say four new measles cases have been diagnosed in western Washington. The Washington State Department of Health says two of the cases were in King County and one each …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 3:23 p.m.

Washington state added 13,500 jobs in April

Washington employers continued to add to their payrolls in April, adding more than 13,500 jobs.


Thrifty Ice Cream expands to Washington; Crown & Thistle opens Saturday in Coeur d’Alene

Just in time for warmer weather, the award-winning Thrifty Ice Cream is now available at Rite Aid stores in Washington, Idaho and Oregon in 48-ounce containers and in as many …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 11:19 a.m.

Canada’s new protections for orcas go a little further than new legislation in Washington state

Canada has adopted a suite of measures intended to improve orcas’ access to food by reducing commercial and recreational fishing for chinook salmon and quieting vessel noise and disturbance that …


Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in U.S.

Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option.


UPDATED: Sun., May 12, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Washington to offer first ‘public option’ insurance in U.S.

Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign into law Monday a law that will make Washington the first state in the nation to offer a universally available public health insurance …


UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019, 11:05 a.m.

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 Supreme Court overturns ruling on felon pistol license

The Washington State Supreme Court has overturned a lower court order that would have allowed a man convicted of juvenile felonies to get a concealed pistol license.


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

Seattle shooting leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

One person died and two others were injured in a Friday shooting in Seattle, authorities said.


Washington state attorney general announces consent rule for tribes

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced a new policy requiring consent from tribes that might be affected by projects or initiatives from his office.


UPDATED: Fri., May 10, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Washington state limits exemptions for measles vaccine

Parents in Washington state will no longer be able to claim a personal or philosophical exemption for their children from receiving the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before attending …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Amazon vows safety reforms after Washington state AG finds toxic lead and cadmium in children’s products

More than 15,000 people bought school supplies and jewelry geared for young children that contained dangerous levels of lead and cadmium on Amazon in 2017 and 2018, according to an …


Liberty Lake police honor fallen officers with special tribute patrol car

The Liberty Lake Police Department is honoring fallen police officers, including those who died by suicide, in Washington and North Idaho with a special patrol car. Through sponsor donations, an …


Down the rabbit hole: Denver decriminalizes ‘magic mushrooms’ – a type that grows wild in Washington

In a vote surprising to many, Denver chose Wednesday to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms – the same kind coined “magic mushroom” because of its hallucinogen psilocybin that grow wild throughout Washington.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

DNA, family tree help solve 52-year-old Seattle murder case

Seattle police said Tuesday they have solved a murder from nearly 52 years ago with the help of DNA and a family tree – a method that has revolutionized cold-case …


Canlis chef Brady Williams wins Best Chef in the Northwest at the James Beard Awards

Brady Williams of Seattle’s storied Canlis won the biggest culinary award of his young career Monday night when he was named Best Chef in the Northwest at the James Beard …


UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Lawmakers approved plan to fix the mental health system

Washington legislators took substantial steps to reshape the mental-health system, including funding for new facilities, legislation to increase the number of qualified workers, and the creation of new types of …


Seattle to require closed captioning for TVs in bars

Starting soon, a new Seattle law will require bars, restaurants, gyms, stadiums and other places of public accommodation to activate captions on their television sets during business hours.


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

State budget scrimps on replacing salmon-blocking culverts

Washington faces a federal court order to fix under-roadway pipes that block migrating fish by 2030, but a budget passed by lawmakers puts the state at risk of missing the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

State auditor finds many violations of state law in Wapato

The state auditor has found numerous violations of Washington law that have damaged the finances of the city of Wapato, especially in the case of a former elected mayor who …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 9:54 p.m.

Slain Puyallup woman remembered for kindness, hard work

Investigators say they have found two teenagers suspected of robbing and killing a 79-year-old convenience store owner Saturday in Puyallup.