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  • Washington unemployment rate at 4.8 percent

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s jobless rate increased slightly as the state added 3,900 jobs last month. According to numbers released Wednesday by the Employment Security Department, the unemployment rate for March ticked up to 4.8 percent from February’s 4.7 percent. Paul Turek, economist for the department, says in a written statement that the rate […]
  • Justices skeptical of Washington state over salmon habitat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems unlikely to allow Washington state to get out from under a court order to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The justices heard arguments Wednesday in a long-running dispute that pits the state against Indian tribes and the federal government. At issue is whether […]
  • Deal approves $216 million for Idaho utility’s expenses

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials have approved an agreement allowing a utility company’s $216.5 million in relicensing expenses for a three-dam hydroelectric project on the Snake River on the Idaho-Oregon border. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission issued the order on Friday that allows Boise-based Idaho Power to include the costs involving the Hells Canyon […]
  • McMorris Rodgers releases 2017 federal tax return

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The 2017 tax return of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers shows an adjusted gross income of $211,795, and her family paid $26,638 in federal taxes. McMorris Rodgers released her latest tax return on Wednesday, saying the move was intended restore trust and confidence in government. After deductions, McMorris Rodgers and her […]
  • Baby sitter gets 8 years in Lakewood boy’s death

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 31-year-old baby sitter has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of a Lakewood toddler she was watching last year. A Pierce County Superior Court judge sentenced Atalani Tili to 8 ½ years in prison at her plea hearing Tuesday. The News Tribune reports that Keanu Perpetua-Prescott died in […]
  • Recreational pot sales back on table along NV-UT line

    WEST WENDOVER, Nev. (AP) — The legal sale of recreational marijuana on the Nevada-Utah line may not be banned after all. The mayor of West Wendover, Nevada is using his veto power to put the question back on the table. The City Council voted earlier to ban recreational pot sales in the town along U.S. […]
  • Jail guards who falsified records sentenced in inmate death

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Two former Island County jail guards have been sentenced for their roles in what many call a systemic failure by Island County Jail staff that led to the 2015 dehydration death of a 25-year-old inmate. The Bellingham Herald reports 55-year-old David Wayne Lind and 61-year-old Mark Edward Moffitt pleaded guilty Tuesday […]
  • Police: Man arrested in brother’s fatal stabbing in Seattle

    SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a 36-year-old Seattle man has been booked into King County Jail on investigation of domestic-violence homicide, accused of fatally stabbing his 51-year-old brother. The Seattle Police Department says the man was booked early Tuesday after officers responded to a report of two men armed with knives fighting inside an apartment […]
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    Clash over homeless camp sweep near Burke-Gilman Trail

    The City of Seattle is kicking out people at a homeless camp near Burke-Gilman Trail in the University District.
  • Group operating Yakima homeless shelter plans to close

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The group that’s been running a homeless shelter in Yakima says it plans to close the facility at the end of June. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that Transform Yakima Together says it recently withdrew its application to make the site permanent and plans to close the shelter June 30. In a […]
  • Washington state woman pleads not guilty to her wife’s death

    SEATTLE (AP) — A 27-year-old Washington state woman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in the strangling death of her wife. KOMO-TV reports that Aterraka Scotland entered her plea on Tuesday. Court documents say Scotland told investigators that she and her wife, 26-year-old Tiffany Scotland, had argued on March 29 about one of them […]
  • McCullers strikes out 11 as Astros shut down Mariners 4-1

    SEATTLE (AP) — Lance McCullers Jr. matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-hit ball, Brian McCann hit a tiebreaking two-run home run and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 on Tuesday night. McCullers was outstanding in a bounce-back effort after allowing a career-high eight earned runs in his […]
  • Remains of man missing since 2014 found east of Concrete

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Human remains found earlier this month near Cascade River Park east of Mount Vernon have been confirmed as those of a Marblemount man missing since 2014. The Skagit Valley Herald reported Tuesday that 32-year-old Edgar James Robinette was last seen alive about Jan. 4, 2014. The cause and manner of […]
  • State DOL details cooperation with immigration officials

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Department of Licensing has released details about how often it provided information to immigration authorities in the months before it changed its procedures for doing so. The Seattle Times reports that the agency responded to federal requests concerning about 900 people in the months before the newspaper revealed the practice […]
  • Pearl Jam aims to tap into youth movement with Montana show

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — One of the four cities in Pearl Jam’s brief North American tour this summer will be tiny Missoula, Montana, the part-time home of bassist Jeff Ament. The politically active band has dubbed the sold-out Aug. 13 concert “Rock2Vote” and plans to give a portion of its proceeds to four Montana organizations […]

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