Local Politics

Washington state lawmakers discuss $125 million wildfire bill

SEATTLE, Wash. — The winter months aren’t stopping lawmakers and elected officials from bracing for this upcoming wildfire season. House Bill 1168 is currently making its way through the Washington State Legislature. Washington’s 2020 wildfire season was one of the most deadly and destructive…

Washington educators are now eligible to be vaccinated

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Earlier today, President Joe Biden assured the country that there would be enough vaccine doses to innoculate all American adults by the end of May. During that address, he urged state leaders to provide vaccinations for teachers,…

Klippert files primary challenge against US Rep. Newhouse

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A conservative state representative from the Tri-Cities has filed to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse in next year’s primary, after the 4th congressional district's representative was one of 10 members of the House GOP who…

Washington state to surpass 5K coronavirus deaths

SEATTLE, Wash. — Washington state is expected this week to surpass 5,000 deaths from the coronavirus this week, almost exactly a year after the first known virus death was recorded in the U.S. The state reported 1,166 new confirmed cases and 14 more…

Washington Senate approves police accountability bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A contentious bill that passed the Washington state Senate late Thursday could transform the state's police oversight agency from an anemic watchdog into a formidable instrument for police accountability. While other reform efforts in Olympia focus…

Coronavirus update: Only 1 COVID-related death reported this week

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Public health officials at the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) provided a surprising update on coronavirus-related deaths in the bi-county region during their daily update on Friday, Feb. 26. According to BFHD officials, Benton County added 19 coronavirus…