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Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz watches as a team works to remove old toxic pilings from the water as part of larger salmon restoration plan near Ebey Waterfront Park in Marysville, Washington on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz drops out of governor’s race

In an announcement Friday, Franz said she decided instead to run to replace retiring Rep. Derek Kilmer who serves the 6th Congressional District.

  • Nov 10, 2023
  • By Wire Service
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz watches as a team works to remove old toxic pilings from the water as part of larger salmon restoration plan near Ebey Waterfront Park in Marysville, Washington on Friday, Feb. 10, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Senator Marko Liias speaks at the ground breaking of the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Traffic deaths are down in Finland. Edmonds senator is going to find out how

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, will be part of the contingent making the trip in December.

Senator Marko Liias speaks at the ground breaking of the Swift Orange Line on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Two Washington State ferries pass along the route between Mukilteo and Clinton as scuba divers swim near the shore Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Cyberattack crashes WA transportation websites

Traffic cams and ferry tracking are among the services that the incident took down.

Two Washington State ferries pass along the route between Mukilteo and Clinton as scuba divers swim near the shore Sunday, Oct. 22, 2023, in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Fentanyl-laced pills — made to look like prescription oxycodone — were seized by law enforcement during a 2021 investigation into drug trafficking in Snohomish County. (U.S. Attorney’s Office)

‘We’re burying them every week’: Tribes call on Inslee to declare opioid emergency

American Indian and Alaska Native residents have the highest death rates from opioid overdoses of any racial or ethnic group in Washington.

Fentanyl-laced pills — made to look like prescription oxycodone — were seized by law enforcement during a 2021 investigation into drug trafficking in Snohomish County. (U.S. Attorney’s Office)
One worker looks up from the cargo area as another works in what will be the passenger compartment on one of the first Boeing 787 jets as it stands near completion at the front of the assembly line, Monday, May 19, 2008, in Everett, Wash. The plane, the first new Boeing jet in 14 years, is targeted for power on in June followed by an anticipated first flight sometime late in 2008.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

As Boeing Machinists contract talks near, union savors new labor power

If Boeing balks at union demands, it could face a damaging strike that would seriously set back its attempts to recover.

One worker looks up from the cargo area as another works in what will be the passenger compartment on one of the first Boeing 787 jets as it stands near completion at the front of the assembly line, Monday, May 19, 2008, in Everett, Wash. The plane, the first new Boeing jet in 14 years, is targeted for power on in June followed by an anticipated first flight sometime late in 2008.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
FILE - A worker cleans a jet bridge at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., before passengers board an Alaska Airlines flight, March 4, 2019. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines owns Horizon Air. Three passengers sued Alaska Airlines on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, saying they suffered emotional distress from an incident last month in which an off-duty pilot, was accused of trying to shut down the engines of a flight from Washington state to San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

3 passengers sue Alaska Airlines after off-duty pilot accused of trying to cut engines mid-flight

In the complaint filed Thursday, passengers alleged that the pilot should never have been allowed in the cockpit.

FILE - A worker cleans a jet bridge at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., before passengers board an Alaska Airlines flight, March 4, 2019. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines owns Horizon Air. Three passengers sued Alaska Airlines on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, saying they suffered emotional distress from an incident last month in which an off-duty pilot, was accused of trying to shut down the engines of a flight from Washington state to San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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Washington clears backlog of over 10,000 sexual assault testing kits

Clearing the backlog has already helped solve at least 21 sexual assault cases, according to Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

  • Oct 27, 2023
  • By Wire Service
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Joseph David Emerson, left, 44, was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tues., Oct. 24, 2023, in Portalnd, Ore. Emerson, a pilot, is accused of attempting to disable the engines of a plane on which he was riding while off-duty last Sunday. Emerson pleaded not guilty Tuesday. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP, Pool)

Wife of ex-Alaska Airlines pilot says she’s in shock after averted Everett flight disaster

“This is not my Joe,” Sarah Stretch told reporters after attending her husband Joseph Emerson’s first appearance in federal court.

Joseph David Emerson, left, 44, was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tues., Oct. 24, 2023, in Portalnd, Ore. Emerson, a pilot, is accused of attempting to disable the engines of a plane on which he was riding while off-duty last Sunday. Emerson pleaded not guilty Tuesday. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP, Pool)
FILE - A Value Village store is seen, Dec. 12, 2017, in Edmonds, Wash. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson's long-running legal case against the thrift store chain Savers Value Village turned out to be no bargain, as the state was ordered on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, to pay the company nearly $4.3 million in legal fees. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Washington’s legal fees top $4.2M in failed lawsuit against Value Village

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s legal case against the thrift store chain turned out to be no bargain.

  • Oct 19, 2023
  • By Wire Service
FILE - A Value Village store is seen, Dec. 12, 2017, in Edmonds, Wash. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson's long-running legal case against the thrift store chain Savers Value Village turned out to be no bargain, as the state was ordered on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023, to pay the company nearly $4.3 million in legal fees. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Trainer Marcia Henton feeds Lolita the killer whale, also known as Tokitae and Toki, inside her stadium tank at the Miami Seaquarium on Saturday, July 8, 2023, in Miami, Fla. After officials announced plans to move Lolita from the Seaquarium, trainers and veterinarians are now working to prepare her for the move. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS)

Tokitae the orca died from old age and multiple chronic illnesses, necropsy finds

The exam supported early reports from the Miami Seaquarium, which cited kidney failure as the cause of death.

  • Oct 17, 2023
  • By Wire Service
Trainer Marcia Henton feeds Lolita the killer whale, also known as Tokitae and Toki, inside her stadium tank at the Miami Seaquarium on Saturday, July 8, 2023, in Miami, Fla. After officials announced plans to move Lolita from the Seaquarium, trainers and veterinarians are now working to prepare her for the move. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS)
Tents used by unhoused people alongside Dupont Street in Bellingham. (Hailey Hoffman / Cascadia Daily News)

Could giving cash to the homeless reduce the problem?

A recent study out of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver found that unconditional cash transfers can increase a homeless person’s savings, reduce the number of days a year they’re homeless and save the government money.

  • Oct 7, 2023
  • By Charlotte Alden Cascadia Daily News
Tents used by unhoused people alongside Dupont Street in Bellingham. (Hailey Hoffman / Cascadia Daily News)

Ex-soldier charged with trying to leak secrets to China

The former U.S. Army intelligence officer was arrested Friday at the airport in San Francisco. He’d been charged with retention and attempted delivery of national defense information.

  • Oct 7, 2023
  • By Gene Johnson Associated Press

Why the world’s climate fate could depend on the ‘Amazon of the North’

A new book argues for a novel way of viewing the rainforest that stretches up North America’s western coastline

  • Oct 7, 2023
  • By Eliza Murphy Columbia Insight
Members of the Island County Sheriffs Office take part in the search for a chartered floatplane Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on August 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Failure of single component caused seaplane crash near Whidbey Island, NTSB says

Evidence showed the failure happened before the crash, not as a result of it, investigators concluded.

Members of the Island County Sheriffs Office take part in the search for a chartered floatplane Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on August 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Washington State Library cuts hours and leaves jobs unfilled as its budget takes a hit

Effective this week, the library in Tumwater will be closed Mondays and its Ask A Librarian program halted indefinitely.

  • Oct 4, 2023
  • By Wire Service
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Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Washington minimum wage to top $16 an hour next year

Meanwhile, some salaried workers and rideshare drivers could see their earnings rise from other state-required adjustments.

  • Oct 3, 2023
  • By Wire Service
Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Two EV charging stations are unveiled at a ribbon cutting outside of PUD headquarters on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A new roadmap to speed the spread of electric vehicles in Washington state

Larger incentives, chargers in light poles, and low-cost leasing are among the ideas in a blueprint for boosting ownership and reducing emissions.

  • Oct 2, 2023
  • By Wire Service
Two EV charging stations are unveiled at a ribbon cutting outside of PUD headquarters on Wednesday, July 13, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
This photo provided by OceanGate Expeditions shows a submersible vessel named Titan used to visit the wreckage site of the Titanic. In a race against the clock on the high seas, an expanding international armada of ships and airplanes searched Tuesday, June 20, 2023, for the submersible that vanished in the North Atlantic while taking five people down to the wreck of the Titanic. (OceanGate Expeditions via AP)

A new movie based on OceanGate’s Titan submersible tragedy is in the works: ‘Salvaged’

MindRiot announced the film, a fictional project titled “Salvaged,” on Friday.

This photo provided by OceanGate Expeditions shows a submersible vessel named Titan used to visit the wreckage site of the Titanic. In a race against the clock on the high seas, an expanding international armada of ships and airplanes searched Tuesday, June 20, 2023, for the submersible that vanished in the North Atlantic while taking five people down to the wreck of the Titanic. (OceanGate Expeditions via AP)
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Inslee’s COVID-19 eviction ban was legal, state Supreme Court rules

The court ruled 5-4 against landlords who argued Inslee exceeded his authority with the pandemic-era measure.

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FILE - This April 29, 2019 file photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows a grizzly bear and a cub along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states following the animals' resurgence in the Northern Rockies.  (Frank van Manen/The United States Geological Survey via AP,File)

There are new proposals to bring back grizzly bears in the North Cascades

Federal plans to reintroduce the bears in Washington derailed during the Trump years. A grizzly hasn’t been seen in the region since the 1990s.

  • Sep 29, 2023
  • By Wire Service
FILE - This April 29, 2019 file photo provided by the United States Geological Survey shows a grizzly bear and a cub along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. Wildlife advocates are seeking a court order that would force U.S. officials to consider if grizzly bears should be restored to more Western states following the animals' resurgence in the Northern Rockies.  (Frank van Manen/The United States Geological Survey via AP,File)