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  • State considers changing name of John Wayne Trail

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington is considering changing the name of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail, which runs east of the Columbia River to nearly the Idaho border. The Parks and Recreation Commission says the name of the trail is confusing and is not consistent with other trails, which tend to be […]
  • Poet-publisher-activist Sam Hamill dies at age 74

    PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — Sam Hamill, a poet, translator and anti-war activist who as co-founder of Copper Canyon Press published works by Pablo Neruda, W.S. Merwin and many other celebrated poets, has died at age 74. Hamill died Saturday at his home in Anacortes, Washington, following a period of ill health. His death was […]
  • WSU: Stink bugs infesting Puget Sound region

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Researchers for Washington State University are being deluged with reports of brown marmorated stink bugs, especially from western Washington. Entomologist Michael Bush says he has received 300 reports in three weeks about the smelly creatures. He says the majority of stink bug sightings are from King, Pierce and Thurston counties, with […]
  • Supreme Court dismisses Microsoft search case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has dismissed a dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails the government wanted as part of a drug trafficking investigation. The justices on Tuesday agreed with both the administration and Microsoft that last month’s passage of the Cloud Act as part of a spending bill resolves the […]
  • Attorney seeks delay in his trial over sexual harassment

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington attorney has asked a federal judge to delay his trial over sexual harassment allegations in part because he will be busy campaigning for re-election. The Peninsula Daily News reports court papers say Clallam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Nichols and his attorney, Suzanne Michael, asked for the scheduled Oct. 16 […]
  • Tree destroys part of home in North Bend

    NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — A home in North Bend was severely damaged when a tree fell on it during a rain and wind storm. KOMO-TV reports that emergency crews responded to the home on 444th Avenue SE at about 4 a.m. Tuesday after receiving a 911 call from the homeowner. A spokesman for Eastside […]
  • Boat, tools go missing from former Washington prison island

    SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say tools and a boat were stolen from a Washington prison island that’s home to the state Special Commitment Center. KOMO-TV reports a 20-foot (6-meter) boat belonging to the state Department of Social and Health Services was discovered to be missing from McNeil Island on Friday. The Washington State Patrol says […]
  • State considering options for marijuana-delivery system

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is looking into allowing patients to have medical marijuana delivered to their door. The Daily Herald reports the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board is conducting a study on how to set up and operate a delivery system. State lawmakers want a report with recommendations from the agency by Dec. […]
  • Officials warn of rainfall-induced landslides in Seattle

    SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued an alert for an “elevated threat of rainfall-induced landslides” through Tuesday. King5-TV reports this follows a series of storms that have deluged the Puget Sound region. Officials say April may break records for rain. The Department of Natural Resources has been charting prone areas […]
  • UW dental school dean resigns amid $42M budget deficit

    SEATTLE (AP) — The interim dean of the University of Washington’s school of dentistry has abruptly resigned amid a multimillion budget deficit and criticism over the loss of specialty services after the school laid off nearly two dozen people earlier this month. The Seattle Times reports James Johnson stepped down Monday and will assume his […]
  • Heavy Western Washington rain heightens risk of landslides

    Western Washington rain has not let up on the region, heightening the risk of landslides. Winter storm warnings are also in effect in the mountains.
  • Chris Hansen, sodo arena

    Has Hansen’s SoDo arena proposal become the civic Walking Dead?

    A lingering civic question remains: What is happening with Chris Hansen’s competing SODO project? The city remains very quiet on the matter.
  • Second animal abuse trial set for Washington state couple

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A second trial for a Washington state couple facing three first-degree and 12 second-degree charges of animal abuse is scheduled to start Tuesday in Kittitas County Superior Court. The Yakima Herald reports that a Kittitas County jury was unable to reach a verdict in July 2017 on the case against Deborah […]
  • Woman found incompetent to stand trial for murder of her mom

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state woman has been found incompetent to stand trial for accusations that she stabbed her mother to death at the family’s home. The News Tribune reports that Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson dismissed on Wednesday the first-degree murder charge against 45-year-old Meshawn West. Psychologists found that, despite […]
  • Paxton, Mariners win 2-1, snap six-game skid vs Houston

    SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton made sure not to let a Mariners nemesis ruin his night right from the start. Paxton shook off a leadoff home run from Houston’s George Springer to deliver six strong innings, and Seattle beat the Astros 2-1 on Monday to end a six-game skid against the World Series champions. After […]

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