Author: Associated Press

Health clinic owner charged with theft of Medicaid funds

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The owner of a health clinic based in Spokane, Washington, is facing charges of theft and money laundering after investigators alleged fraudulent Medicaid billing totaling more than $5 million since 2017. The Spokesman-Review reports Paul Means,…

Oregon fines gym $90K for violating COVID order

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials have fined a fitness business $90,000 for defying Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 order and remaining open throughout a current two-week freeze. The Statesman Journal reports officials with Oregon Occupational…

Officials mull loosening COVID restrictions for schools

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state health officials are considering changing the disease metrics that guide school district reopening decisions during the pandemic. The Seattle Times reports the changes, if adopted, mean up to half the state’s 300 school districts would…

Report: Washington State QB tests positive for COVID-19

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State starting quarterback Jayden de Laura has tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t play in Saturday’s game at Stanford, according to a published report Friday. The Spokesman-Review said de Laura might also miss the Nov.…

Nearly 50 cats removed from Yakima County home

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Dozens of cats have been removed from a Yakima County residence in the second large-scale hoarding situation in the the county in the past month. Find more Yakima County news here. A county animal control officer…

State seeks to bar Eyman from controlling political money

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is seeking to bar initiative promoter Tim Eyman from having any future financial control of political committees as a judge hears arguments that he solicited kickbacks, laundered donations and flouted campaign finance law in…

Washington corrections officer charged with child rape

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Clallam Bay Corrections Center officer has been charged with first-degree child rape. Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson set bail of $50,000 this week for 32-year-old Alexis R. Bustillos Osuna of Port Angeles, the Peninsula…