Yakima honors softball player killed in 1971 Everett crash

A memorial drinking fountain honors the life and accomplishments of James Michael “Mickey” McVey.

  • Oct 1, 2021

Biden picks state judge Chun for federal bench in Seattle

President Joe Biden on Thursday nominated John H. Chun to the federal court for Western Washington.

  • Oct 1, 2021

Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $14.49 on Jan. 1

The state’s current minimum wage is $13.69. The increase is based on federal labor data.

FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo attorneys walk up the steps of the Washington Supreme Court building, the Temple of Justice, in Olympia, Wash. The court on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, unanimously upheld the Washington's tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state's regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax, a tax added on top of other taxes — was passed by the Legislature in 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Washington Supreme Court unanimously OKs tax on big banks

It applies to banks that make more than $1 billion in annual profits.

  • Sep 30, 2021
FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo attorneys walk up the steps of the Washington Supreme Court building, the Temple of Justice, in Olympia, Wash. The court on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021, unanimously upheld the Washington's tax on big banks aimed at providing essential services and improving the state's regressive tax system. The 1.2% business and occupation surtax, a tax added on top of other taxes — was passed by the Legislature in 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Dr. William Dittrich M.D. looks over a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. An advocacy group for seniors has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's "crisis standards of care" guidelines for hospitals overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic. Justice in Aging wants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate Idaho's health care rationing plan, contending that it discriminates against older adults by using factors like age in prioritizing which patients may get access to life-saving care. (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)

Patients in Idaho are consuming oxygen at ‘astounding rates’

One supplier asked hospital customers to conserve the resource where possible.

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, Dr. William Dittrich M.D. looks over a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. An advocacy group for seniors has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's "crisis standards of care" guidelines for hospitals overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic. Justice in Aging wants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate Idaho's health care rationing plan, contending that it discriminates against older adults by using factors like age in prioritizing which patients may get access to life-saving care. (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)
A man carries items in a plastic bag as he walks own Evergreen Way on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The City of Everett is looking at a ban on the bags.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect on Friday

Originally scheduled to begin in January, the ban was delayed because there weren’t enough alternatives.

  • Sep 30, 2021
A man carries items in a plastic bag as he walks own Evergreen Way on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 in Everett, Wa. The City of Everett is looking at a ban on the bags.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Kaleb Cole (ProPublica) 2018

Neo-Nazi leader with Arlington ties convicted

A jury found Atomwaffen Division hate group leader Kaleb Cole guilty of five felony charges.

Kaleb Cole (ProPublica) 2018
Workers walk in front of Kootenai Health, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

In Idaho, health care workers face anger, threats over COVID

Doctors and nurses are scared to go to the grocery store if they haven’t changed out of their scrubs.

  • Sep 29, 2021
Workers walk in front of Kootenai Health, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Four congressional redistricting map proposals were released Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

A redistricted Snohomish County might have one less U.S. rep

Democrats and Republicans released early proposals that would push Rep. Pramila Jayapal out of the county.

Four congressional redistricting map proposals were released Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Tacoma woman admits torching Seattle police cars in protest

She also pleaded guilty to smashing a Verizon store window and a cash register at a sandwich shop.

  • Sep 28, 2021

3 former WSU frat members plead guilty in alcohol death

They’ve been sentenced to eight months supervised probation and a $1,000 fine with $500 suspended.

  • Sep 28, 2021

WA worker vaccination increases ahead of mandate deadline

Vaccination numbers for state workers are about 20% higher than earlier this month.

Downtown Seattle is packed with highrise apartments. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Seattle Council OKs rule for 6 months’ notice of rent hikes

And in some cases, Seattle landlords must pay tenants who move following a large rent increase.

  • Sep 28, 2021
Downtown Seattle is packed with highrise apartments. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
A school bus driver was stabbed to death while picking up students at Longfellow Elementary School in Pasco on Friday. (Pasco Police Department)

Police ID school bus driver stabbed to death in front of kids

The assailant stayed until police arrived and cooperated with authorities during his arrest.

  • Sep 27, 2021
A school bus driver was stabbed to death while picking up students at Longfellow Elementary School in Pasco on Friday. (Pasco Police Department)
A piece of heavy equipment props up a leaning train car, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, that was part of an Amtrak train that derailed Saturday, near Joplin, Mont. The westbound Empire Builder was en route to Seattle from Chicago with two locomotives and 10 cars. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amtrak train that derailed was going just under speed limit

The Empire Builder was traveling from Chicago to Seattle when it left the tracks Saturday, killing 3.

  • Sep 27, 2021
A piece of heavy equipment props up a leaning train car, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, that was part of an Amtrak train that derailed Saturday, near Joplin, Mont. The westbound Empire Builder was en route to Seattle from Chicago with two locomotives and 10 cars. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo, a worker, right, speaks with a Customs and Border Protection agent seeking to board a Greyhound bus headed for Portland, Ore., at the Spokane Intermodal Center, a terminal for buses and Amtrak in Spokane, Wash. A Customs and Border Protection memo obtained by The Associated Press confirms that bus companies such as Greyhound do not have to allow Border Patrol agents on board to conduct routine checks for illegal immigrants, contrary to Greyhound's long insistence that it has no choice but to let the agents on board. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)

Greyhound settles lawsuit over Spokane immigration sweeps

The money will provide restitution to those passengers who were detained, arrested, or deported.

  • Sep 27, 2021
In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo, a worker, right, speaks with a Customs and Border Protection agent seeking to board a Greyhound bus headed for Portland, Ore., at the Spokane Intermodal Center, a terminal for buses and Amtrak in Spokane, Wash. A Customs and Border Protection memo obtained by The Associated Press confirms that bus companies such as Greyhound do not have to allow Border Patrol agents on board to conduct routine checks for illegal immigrants, contrary to Greyhound's long insistence that it has no choice but to let the agents on board. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios)
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2021 file photo U.S. Capitol police officers walk near fencing around the Supreme Court in Washington. Twenty-five media and transparency groups are asking the Washington Supreme Court to allow the release of the names of the Seattle police officers who attended events in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 — the day of the insurrection. The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press and the news organizations are asking the court to deny an injunction filed by the officers that seeks to block the release of public records that identify the officers. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, file)

Groups want Seattle police at Jan. 6 events in DC identified

The officers said they did nothing wrong and revealing their names would violate their privacy.

  • Sep 27, 2021
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2021 file photo U.S. Capitol police officers walk near fencing around the Supreme Court in Washington. Twenty-five media and transparency groups are asking the Washington Supreme Court to allow the release of the names of the Seattle police officers who attended events in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 — the day of the insurrection. The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press and the news organizations are asking the court to deny an injunction filed by the officers that seeks to block the release of public records that identify the officers. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, file)
Eric Gunderson (Washington State Patrol)

Washington trooper dies after contracting COVID-19 on trip

Detective Eric Gunderson, 38, helped investigate the 2017 Amtrak derailment in DuPont.

  • Sep 27, 2021
Eric Gunderson (Washington State Patrol)

Police: 3 killed in shooting outside bar near Seattle

Shots were fired after a dispute between two people inside the La Familia Sports Pub and Lounge.

  • Sep 27, 2021
Utah cornerback Aaron Lowe (22) runs onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Washington State on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah. A University of Utah football player has been killed in a shooting at a house party early Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, Salt Lake City police said. The shooting that killed Aaron Lowe occurred just after midnight, only hours after the Utes beat Washington State 24-13. Police said another victim in the attack was in critical condition and authorities were searching for a suspect. (AP Photo/George Frey)

Utah Utes football player killed, woman hurt in shooting

Salt Lake City police said Aaron Lowe was killed a few hours after the Utes beat Washington State.

Utah cornerback Aaron Lowe (22) runs onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Washington State on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah. A University of Utah football player has been killed in a shooting at a house party early Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, Salt Lake City police said. The shooting that killed Aaron Lowe occurred just after midnight, only hours after the Utes beat Washington State 24-13. Police said another victim in the attack was in critical condition and authorities were searching for a suspect. (AP Photo/George Frey)