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Washington justices: Race a factor in analyzing police stops

Race and ethnicity must be taken into account when deciding whether a person is free to leave an encounter with police, the high court ruled.

  • Jun 10, 2022
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FILE - In this May 15, 2019 photo, the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is seen from the air near Colfax, Wash. A report released Thursday, June 9, 2022, said the benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state can be replaced if the dams are breached to save endangered salmon runs. But finding other ways to provide electricity, irrigation and enabling commerce would cost up to $27.2 billion, the report said. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Replacing benefits of Snake River dams would cost billions

A draft report does not make recommendations on whether four dams should be breached. A decision is expected later.

  • Jun 9, 2022
  • By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS Associated Press
FILE - In this May 15, 2019 photo, the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is seen from the air near Colfax, Wash. A report released Thursday, June 9, 2022, said the benefits provided by four giant hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state can be replaced if the dams are breached to save endangered salmon runs. But finding other ways to provide electricity, irrigation and enabling commerce would cost up to $27.2 billion, the report said. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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Washington hospitals again strained by COVID-19 spread

Hospital officials warn that facilities are heading toward another COVID-19 case peak.

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3 arrested in 2017 quadruple slaying of Bremerton family

They owned a restaurant in Bremerton. The 2017 slayings involved a burned home and truck.

  • Jun 6, 2022
  • By Wire Service
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Whidbey Island’s oldest winery is closing

After three decades in operation, the owners of Whidbey Island Winery have announced their retirement.

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FILE - Bruce Harrell speaks on Oct. 28, 2021, in Seattle during the second of two debates before the November election for the office of mayor. Harrell, now Seattle's mayor, says the police department's low staffing in its sexual assault unit that has led to a backlog of dozens of stalled cases is "unacceptable." Harrell made his comments following a report by The Seattle Times and KUOW of an internal memo that showed the unit had stopped investigating most new sexual assault cases involving adults this year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool, File)

‘Unacceptable’ Seattle police sex assault unit low staffing

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell says it has led to a backlog of dozens of stalled cases.

  • Jun 3, 2022
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FILE - Bruce Harrell speaks on Oct. 28, 2021, in Seattle during the second of two debates before the November election for the office of mayor. Harrell, now Seattle's mayor, says the police department's low staffing in its sexual assault unit that has led to a backlog of dozens of stalled cases is "unacceptable." Harrell made his comments following a report by The Seattle Times and KUOW of an internal memo that showed the unit had stopped investigating most new sexual assault cases involving adults this year. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool, File)

Snohomish County officer, 2 others fatally shoot suspect in Kent

The three officers involved all were members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force.

  • Jun 2, 2022
  • By Wire Service
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‘Election integrity’ group and lawyer fined for meritless lawsuit

They have been fined more than $28,000 by the state Supreme Court for making meritless claims alleging widespread vote fraud.

  • Jun 2, 2022
  • Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times
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Duwamish recognition fight underscores plight of treaty tribes

The Stillaguamish, Snohomish and other local tribes struggled for decades for federal recognition — and some are still struggling.

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Orcas’ newest member of southern resident J Pod is female

The Center for Whale Research made the determination during a photo and aerial survey of the pod.

  • May 31, 2022
  • By Wire Service
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Seattle mayor plans big spending to ease homelessness

Mayor Bruce Harrell was elected last year on a platform of addressing public safety and the issue of homeless camps in public spaces like parks.

  • May 31, 2022
  • By Wire Service
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9-year-old girl survives rare cougar attack in Stevens County

The girl fought back while her friends ran for their lives. Adults rushed to help and found the girl covered in blood.

  • May 31, 2022
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Washington police say drivers aren’t stopping for them

Some blame a new state law that forbids police pursuits except under certain circumstances.

  • May 31, 2022
  • By Wire Service
U.S. Customs and Border patrol recently reopened NEXUS and other Trusted Traveler Enrollment Centers to interviews after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 1.7 million nationwide are vying for the few available interviews. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)

Millions backlogged in wait for travel programs like NEXUS

Looking to get a NEXUS pass for easy trips across the Canadian border? It might be a bit of a wait.

  • May 31, 2022
  • By Hailey Hoffman Cascadia Daily News
U.S. Customs and Border patrol recently reopened NEXUS and other Trusted Traveler Enrollment Centers to interviews after closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately 1.7 million nationwide are vying for the few available interviews. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
FILE - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks March 23, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Months into a complex trial over their role in flooding Washington with highly addictive painkillers, the nation's three largest opioid distributors have agreed to pay the state $518 million. Ferguson announced the deal Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Snohomish County, cities await their shares of big opioid settlement

There’s $476 million to divvy up with the state. Government lawyers are sorting it out.

FILE - Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks March 23, 2022, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Months into a complex trial over their role in flooding Washington with highly addictive painkillers, the nation's three largest opioid distributors have agreed to pay the state $518 million. Ferguson announced the deal Tuesday, May 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - Alan White performs at Jonathan Cain and Friends at Rose Bar on April, 8, 2017, in New York. White, the longtime drummer for progressive rock pioneers Yes who also played on projects with John Lennon and George Harrison, has died at age 72. White’s death was announced on his Facebook page by his family. The post said he died at his Seattle-area home Thursday, May 26, 2022, after a brief illness. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)

Alan White, longtime drummer for prog rock’s Yes, dead at 72

He died at his Seattle-area home Thursday after a brief illness.

  • May 26, 2022
  • By CHRIS GRYGIEL Associated Press
FILE - Alan White performs at Jonathan Cain and Friends at Rose Bar on April, 8, 2017, in New York. White, the longtime drummer for progressive rock pioneers Yes who also played on projects with John Lennon and George Harrison, has died at age 72. White’s death was announced on his Facebook page by his family. The post said he died at his Seattle-area home Thursday, May 26, 2022, after a brief illness. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - Romance writer Nancy Crampton Brophy, left, accused of killing her husband, Dan Brophy, in June 2018, watches proceedings in court in Portland, Ore., Monday, April 4, 2022. A jury in Portland, Oregon, has convicted the self-published romance novelist — who once wrote an essay titled "How to Kill Your Husband" — of fatally shooting her husband four years ago. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP, Pool, File Photo)

‘How to Murder Your Husband’ writer guilty of killing husband

Self-published romance novelist Nancy Crampton Brophy shot her husband at the Oregon Culinary Institute.

  • May 26, 2022
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FILE - Romance writer Nancy Crampton Brophy, left, accused of killing her husband, Dan Brophy, in June 2018, watches proceedings in court in Portland, Ore., Monday, April 4, 2022. A jury in Portland, Oregon, has convicted the self-published romance novelist — who once wrote an essay titled "How to Kill Your Husband" — of fatally shooting her husband four years ago. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP, Pool, File Photo)
Assistant Secretary of Health Michele Roberts (left) and Health Secretary Umair Shah.

As COVID trends up again, officials ‘strongly recommend’ masks

There are no new mandates in Washington or Snohomish County. But “we really have an opportunity to get ahead of this.”

Assistant Secretary of Health Michele Roberts (left) and Health Secretary Umair Shah.
FILE - In this Monday, March 1, 2021 file photo, The first Alaska Airlines passenger flight on a Boeing 737-9 Max airplane takes off on a flight to San Diego from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. A Boeing pilot involved in testing the 737 Max jetliner was indicted Thursday, Oct. 14,2021 by a federal grand jury on charges of deceiving safety regulators who were evaluating the plane, which was later involved in two deadly crashes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Alaska pilots authorize future strike if contract talks fail

The vote may increase pressure on Alaska Airlines management to come to a contract settlement.

FILE - In this Monday, March 1, 2021 file photo, The first Alaska Airlines passenger flight on a Boeing 737-9 Max airplane takes off on a flight to San Diego from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. A Boeing pilot involved in testing the 737 Max jetliner was indicted Thursday, Oct. 14,2021 by a federal grand jury on charges of deceiving safety regulators who were evaluating the plane, which was later involved in two deadly crashes. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Friday, April 22, 2022, at an event with President Joe Biden at Green River College in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Gov. Inslee tests positive for COVID, has mild symptoms

The governor is fully vaccinated, including two booster shots.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Friday, April 22, 2022, at an event with President Joe Biden at Green River College in Auburn, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)