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Tri-Cities COVID hospitalizations are down, but at what cost?

KENNEWICK, Wash. — While the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Tri-Cities area hospitals is down as of Monday, state health experts suggest that lower hospitalization rates across Washington may be attributed to increased death rates. According to Monday afternoon's…

Schneider Springs Fire containment improves with precipitation

YAKIMA, Wash. — Now 31% contained after 47 days of firefighting efforts, the Schneider Springs Fire has partially dulled thanks to cooler temperatures and recent precipitation in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. This afforded fire crews an opportunity to improve containment…

One dead in rollover crash near Steamboat Rock State Park

GRANT CO., Wash. -- Washington State Patrol says Tavian Beasley, 27, died Saturday at Coulee Medical Center after being involved in a rollover crash in Grant County. RELATED: Two West Richland residents, 23, injured in rollover hit-and-run on I-182 The…

Tri-Cities health district reports 34 COVID-19 deaths

KENNEWICK, Wash. – On Fridays, the Benton-Franklin Health District reports new COVID-19-related deaths in the Tri-Cities region. This week, there are more than usual. Here's why: "Due to a backlog of entries at the state level, this week's report of…

POLL: Would you take a Covid booster shot if it was FDA approved?

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Kennewick homicide: Jaden Quintero shot, killed

KENNEWICK PD UPDATE: Officers released more information on Friday regarding what they now confirm is a shooting death. Jaden Quintero, 23, was shot to death. The determination by detectives has triggered a homicide investigation. "At this time, it does appear…

Columbia River shoreline closed; toxic algae found

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Benton-Franklin Health District is warning the public to stay out of the water along the Columbia River shoreline in the Tri-Cities due to toxic bacteria commonly referred to as blue-green algae. BFHD posted a public notice…