Author: Yasmeen Hassan

Blue Creek fire likely human-caused

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- Officials say a wildfire that has burned one home and torched nearly 6 square miles in southeastern Washington was likely human-caused. Fire spokeswoman Sarah Foster says the cause is under investigation, though officials determined lightning…

State appeals to pay $1.3 million in competency case

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state health officials are appealing a federal court order to pay $1.3 million in attorney's fees to lawyers of mentally ill defendants who sued the state for warehousing them in jails. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman…

Oregon underestimated Medicaid expansion price tag

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Amid the embarrassing collapse of Cover Oregon, the state's failed health insurance enrollment website, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber and lawmakers found solace in an unrelated success -- a massive hike in enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan.…

What's next for Washington's education lawsuit

SEATTLE (AP) -- The new state budget makes a $1.3 billion down payment toward fully paying the cost of basic education in Washington. But even the lawmakers who crafted the budget do not expect the Supreme Court to be satisfied…

Female inmate dies in Spokane County Jail

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A Spokane County sheriff's spokesman says a female inmate has died in the Spokane County Jail. Deputy Mark Gregory says the woman was found unresponsive late Monday afternoon during a cell check. Fire department and ambulance…

Washington state man found dead in Idaho lake

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) -- Authorities in northern Idaho have recovered the body of a Washington state man from Lake Coeur d'Alene. The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says the body of 63-year-old Thomas M. Fritz of Spokane was found Monday…

Lawmakers extend tax break on electric vehicles

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lawmakers have extended a sales tax break on electric vehicle purchases to 2019 with some changes. The state Department of Revenue says the exemption applies to sales of cars, light duty trucks and other vehicles powered…

Interim president named at WSU

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington State University Board of Regents has named Daniel Bernardo as interim president of the Pullman-based school. He has been acting president since the June 20 death of WSU President Elson Floyd. The board on…

Lawmakers scramble to pass state operating budget

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington lawmakers are expected to start voting on a state operating budget a day before a deadline to avert a partial government shutdown. Officials say details on the bipartisan agreement will be released Monday afternoon or…

NAACP Leader Misconduct

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- An independent investigation by the city of Spokane has found that Rachel Dolezal, who resigned as president of the Spokane NAACP over a flap about her racial identity, acted improperly and violated government rules while head…

Record heat causes US 195 near Spokane to split

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Record heat in the Spokane area damaged a portion of US Highway 195. The Washington State Patrol says temperatures in the high 90s on Monday baked the pavement until a section of highway split a few…

Attempted robbery at Yakima Arcade

A man tried to rob the Yakima Arcade at 21 South Front Street around 2:30 a.m. on Friday. The suspect entered the store and confronted the clerk with a gun. There was a struggle and the clerk was hit in…

Washington legislators return to work

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- After a four-day break, Washington lawmakers have returned to work for a special session to resolve the state's budget debate and other pending matters. The state House and Senate each opened business at noon Wednesday for…

Gov. Inslee signs Sheena's Law

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law to allow family members to request notification from police when confiscated guns are returned. Inslee signed the "Sheena Henderson Act" into law Tuesday afternoon with her family members looking…

Free 'Make Music Day' festival coming in June

NEW YORK (AP) -- A free annual festival celebrating music and music-making is coming to New York and more than 20 other U.S. cities. Make Music Day, now in its ninth year, is celebrated on the first day of summer,…

Washington exchange signs 170,000 for insurance

SEATTLE (AP) -- About 170,000 Washington residents bought insurance through the state's health care exchange during open enrollment that ended last week. That's about 30,000 more than bought insurance during the first year the exchange was open. But it's still…

Inslee calls for legislative action

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- In a brief Earth Day address delivered from the state Capitol grounds, Gov. Jay Inslee said the Legislature's impending special session should be used to advance an environment-friendly agenda. On Wednesday, Inslee said the extended lawmaking…

Class Size Initiative Could be Revised

SEATTLE (AP) -- Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says the Legislature can find some of the money it needs to answer the Washington Supreme Court's McCleary decision by transferring local level dollars into the state general fund. Dorn made…

Suspect vehicle found in Hermiston homicide

The Umatilla-Morrow County Major Crime Team is processing a vehicle that may be connected to the murder of 23-year-old Alonso Madrigal. On Sunday March 22nd, 2015 the Hermiston Police Department flew a detective and captain to the Los Angeles, California…

Teen sentenced for death of veteran

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The second teen accused of beating a World War II veteran to death during a robbery in Spokane has been sentenced to 16 years in prison under a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to…

Body found in Columbia River

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- The Chelan County sheriff's office is investigating after a man's body was found in the Columbia River near Wenatchee. Sheriff Brian Burnett says employees with the Chelan County Public Utility District reported the body Friday morning.…