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A man who says he had his U.S. passport with him when he was detained and then held for a week at the immigration detention facility in Tacoma has sued the federal government. Carlos Rios filed … more
As he makes the rounds on his Okanogan County ranch, Joel Kretz watches for moisture with fire on his mind. It's been a cold spring, said Kretz, who is also a GOP state representative, "and then … more
Searching for food during an abnormally dry spring, two  black bears have wandered into the backyards of Spokane Valley homes in the past week. Part of that attraction? Food left out by … more
Thousands of service members and veterans who received a COVID-19 vaccine through the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs are ineligible for Washington's vaccine lottery … more
An overwhelming "cadaverine" stench hung in the air on Aimee Beveridge's wooded, 10-acre property on Orcas Island, a destination better known for salty sea scents or its fragrant firs. "I've got … more
A man who gave his girlfriend life-threatening injuries by repeatedly stabbing her last year has been sentenced to life without parole under the state's three-strikes law. Jurors convicted … more
The Washington State Fair is returning this year to Puyallup in September. "THE WASHINGTON STATE FAIR IS BACK!!!," organizers posted on Twitter Thursday, artfully capturing the excitement with all … more
A former prison guard who admitted to smuggling 200 strips of prescription opioid medicine into the Airway Heights Correction Center last July  has been sentenced to two months in prison, far … more
The nearly 300,000 Washingtonians still filing for unemployment benefits will soon be required to look for work to keep those benefits coming. The job-search requirement resumes July 4, the state … more
The man who won the first $250,000 prize in Washington's COVID-19 vaccine lottery claimed his award Thursday, the Washington Lottery announced. "I got lucky," the winner, identified as Lance R., … more
U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is renewing a push for legislation that would create more than $1 billion in grants over five years to close the digital divide and bring broadband internet access to people … more
A Vancouver man was arrested Thursday after allegedly entering two women's apartments last week and groping them while they slept. Benjamin Jerome T. White, 21, was booked into the Clark County … more
While caution is still key, Washington's Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah says the state's COVID-19 numbers are "going in the right direction." Numbers of new cases and deaths are down almost … more
When Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Stephen Sinclair announced his retirement earlier this year, the decision was framed as a voluntary winding down of a distinguished … more
OLYMPIA — Petty disputes at the statehouse often confine themselves to negotiating rooms or floor speeches, or perhaps a little low-key payback down the road. But on Tuesday, the squabble … more
OLYMPIA — Washington state Sen. Claire Wilson, D-Auburn, has agreed to pay a $100 penalty after an ethics investigation over the use of a photo on the Senate Democratic website that depicted … more
OLYMPIA — A longtime Washington state government employee will lead the state's unemployment agency, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday. Cami Feek, acting commissioner of the state … more
OLYMPIA — Washington state will reopen, with one exception, on June 30 or earlier, Gov. Jay Inslee confirmed at a media briefing Wednesday afternoon. Limits on capacity will be lifted for … more
WASHINGTON — Three Washingtonians took center stage Wednesday on Capitol Hill as Congress appears poised to set nationwide standards to let college athletes be paid through endorsement … more
A 29-year-old teacher at a Redmond private school has been criminally charged with four counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, accused of engaging in online sexual conversations … more
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