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  • Prosecutors clear Yakima police officer in kicking teen

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors have declined to pursue criminal charges against a Yakima police officer who used pepper spray on a teen and knocked him down while breaking up a fight. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Brusic says in letter Tuesday that Officer Ian Cole acted in a reasonable manner […]
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    Thieves caught stealing kids’ backpacks caught by police

    Morton police tracked down and arrested two men responsible for stealing $5,000 worth of school supplies from children at Morton Junior-Senior High School.
  • Supreme Court wrestles with case on detention of immigrants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Wednesday with a case about the government’s ability to detain certain immigrants after they’ve served sentences for committing crimes in the United States. Several justices expressed concerns with the government’s reading of immigration law. Justice Stephen Breyer seemed perhaps the most sympathetic to the arguments of immigrants in […]
  • Market forces put America’s recycling industry in the dumps

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A crash in the global market for recyclables has pushed an already stressed recycling industry to the breaking point. Mountains of paper have piled up at sorting centers, worthless. Thousands of tons of recyclables left at the curb in dozens of cities and towns have gone to landfills after processing centers […]
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    Report: Uber advocating for downtown Seattle tolling

    Uber is the latest to jump into Seattle's congestion pricing debate as the company urges cities to start tolling downtown streets.
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    Seattle Mayor Durkan visiting LA for homelessness crisis tips

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is visiting Los Angeles to discuss approaches to the homelessness crisis. Despite what she previously implied to the press, Durkan is not visiting the city's giant homeless tents.
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    Bullet train under consideration: Portland to Seattle in an hour?

    Oregon and Canadian officials are in the early stages of planning a bullet train that could travel between Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia, in about two hours.
  • Arrest made in 2016 death of man found in burning home

    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a 39-year-old Vancouver man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the 2016 death of a man whose body was found inside his burning home. The Columbian reports Dustin Griffin was arrested late Monday. Firefighters called to the blaze on Nov. 22, 2016, found the body of 62-year-old […]
  • Bill Gates backs carbon fee measure in Washington state

    SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has endorsed a November ballot measure in Washington state that would charge a fee on carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Gates wrote in a LinkedIn post Tuesday that he will contribute to the Yes on 1631 campaign and vote for it, saying “climate change may be the toughest […]
  • Man accused of stabbing bar patron for taking his seat

    SEATTLE (AP) — A 56-year-old man has been charged with assault after prosecutors say he stabbed another man for taking his seat while he sang karaoke at a Seattle bar. SeattlePI.com reports Joshua Schroeter was charged with second-degree assault Wednesday in the alleged Sept. 29 incident at the Red Onion tavern in the Madison Park […]
  • Nevada pot sales start new fiscal year with monthly record

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada kicked off the first month of the new fiscal year with its biggest monthly marijuana sales since the state legalized pot for recreational use on July 1, 2017. The Nevada Tax Department said Tuesday the $7.9 million in marijuana tax revenue in July was 11 percent higher than Fiscal […]
  • Spokane spending $450K to attract Seattle businesses

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The city of Spokane is spending $450,000 in an effort to attract people and businesses from Seattle to move to the Lilac City. The campaign is called “Hacking Washington,” and is intended to highlight the benefits of living in the state’s second largest city. Julie Happy, who works for Spokane, says […]
  • Authorities capture escaped prisoner in forest

    LITTLEROCK, Wash. (AP) — Authorities arrested a prisoner accused of escaping from his work crew south of Olympia. KCPQ-TV reports investigators say Chad Michael Ramsey was working outside of the Cedar Creek Corrections Center perimeter near Littlerock just before 3 p.m. Monday when he escaped. The Washington State Department of Corrections tweeted that he had […]
  • Seattle City Council considers dorm-style tents for homeless

    SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Seattle in a bid to address its growing homelessness crisis is considering dormitory-style tents that could house 150 people each. KIRO-TV reports that the Seattle City Council is seeking a cost-efficient way to build hundreds of bed spots and recently debated creating the tent housing now used in California. […]
  • Uber lobbying for Seattle road tolls in $10M policy plan

    SEATTLE (AP) — Ride-sharing app Uber says it will spend money lobbying for road tolls on downtown Seattle streets as part of its $10 million policy agenda. The Seattle Times reports that Uber is urging for “sustainable mobility” in multiple cities over the next three years and will support congestion pricing in Seattle. Mayor Jenny […]

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