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Yes, you are getting lots of robocalls again

After a year of relief, robocalls are back up to pre-pandemic levels. Americans received more than 4.6 billion robocalls in February, up 15% compared to January, according to new data from YouMail, a robocall-prevention service that tracks robocall traffic across…

Father charged in death of his 5-month-old baby

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A man from South Kitsap, Washington was charged Thursday with homicide by abuse for the death of his 5-month-old son. Michael Rivera, 35, was arrested Wednesday by Kitsap County sheriff’s detectives, the Kitsap Sun reported. The boy,…

NY officials removed fuller tally of nursing home deaths

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health department confirmed reports that members of his COVID-19 task force altered a state Health Department report to omit the full number of nursing home patients killed by the coronavirus, but insisted the changes were made because of concerns about the data’s accuracy. The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Thursday that aides pushed state health officials to edit the July report so it counted only residents who died inside long-term care facilities, and not those who became ill there and later died at a hospital. , The newspapers cited documents and people with knowledge of the administration’s internal discussions.

Yakima homeless shelter doubles its capacity

YAKIMA, Wash. —  Camp Hope is converting several portable classrooms into temporary housing, which will more than double capacity at its Yakima homeless shelter. The shelter has been hovering near its current capacity of 100 people, but once they're finished…

Yakima Valley College expands Running Start program

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima Valley College has been selected as one of the few colleges in Washington state to participate in a summer Running Start program pilot. During the regular school year, Running Start allows high school students to take…

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…

Kennewick police officer thwarts $10,000 cash scam

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Officers from the Kennewick Police Department assisted an elderly citizen who was scammed into sending $10,000 to someone misidentifying themselves as a representative of the United States Social Security Administration. According to a post on the Kennewick…