Northwest News

Gas Prices Dip Further

Gas prices are down once again as we begin the work week. According to AAA, the Washington state average is now at $2.04 for a gallon of unleaded regular, down five cents in the last week. The average in the…

CWU set to open Haven House this fall

Central Washington University is providing community support for first-time students struggling with addiction. The university will open its Haven House this fall, giving students access to community resources, support and healing. The university says it is one of a handful…

CWU Alumni Couples Share Love Stories for Valentine's Day

Central Washington University is showing off their match making skills this Valentine's Day season.The university has asked alumni couples to share the stories of how they met on the CWU Alumni Facebook page, using the hashtag #CentralCouple. The stories have…

Oregon standoff: All occupiers surrender; Cliven Bundy arrested

(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, posted at 2:15 p.m. ET]David Fry -- the final holdout in the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge's headquarters in Harney County, Oregon -- surrendered to authorities Thursday, according to audio heard on…

WA Senate rejects reversal of transgender bathroom rule

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The full Senate has rejected a bill that would eliminate Washington's new rule allowing transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms in public buildings consistent with their gender identity. Senate Bill 6443 failed by one…

WA Legislature Bills seek partial Automatic Voter Registration

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Months after Washington state saw record low voter turnout, several lawmakers and Secretary of State Kim Wyman say they want to help increase engagement with automatic voter registration for some Washingtonians. Senate Bill 6379 and House…

Head of WA Dept. of Corrections Resigns

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington states Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke has signed from his position Saturday. Pacholke said in his resignation letter that he hoped that his resignation would satisfy "the politicians who would use this tragic event for their…

WA Senate Ousts Transportation Secretary

The state Senate has rejected the gubernatorial appointment of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, ousting her from the job she has held since shortly after Gov. Jay Inslee took office in 2012. The rare move was taken by the Senate Friday,…

Woman Found In Zintel Canyon Identified

PRESS RELEASE: Kennewick Police Department The Benton County Coroner, John Hansens, along with Kennewick Police Investigators have identified the woman found dead in Zintel Canyon on January 29th as Lindsay Teagle age 32 of Kennewick. Her next of Kin have…

Autopsy conducted on Zintel Canyon body, no foul play suspected

An autopsy was conducted Thursday at the Benton County Coroner's Office by Dr. Sigmund Menchel, a Forensic Pathologist, on the female body found in Zintel Canyon last week. She has been tentively identified, but her family is out of the…

Washington police group calls deadly force bill 'radical'

SEATTLE (AP) -- A police group in Washington state says it will oppose a bill that would make it easier to bring criminal charges against officers who kill someone in the line of duty. The Seattle Times reports that 12…

Oregon standoff: Ammon Bundy asks colleagues to go home

MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Oregon (CNN) -- Protest leader Ammon Bundy has asked, through his attorney, that the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon go home.Bundy was arrested Tuesday night during a traffic stop. Another protester…

Microsoft cofounder's yacht allegedly destroyed a coral reef

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Paul Allen, Seattle Seahawks and Blazers owner who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, has a super-yacht that allegedly had a disastrous run-in with a coral reef.The Tatoosh, Allen's 300-foot yacht, damaged a chunk of protected coral…

Ammon Bundy, other protesters arrested in Oregon; LaVoy Finicum killed

(CNN) -- The weeks-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge headquarters in Oregon suffered two major blows when protest leader Ammon Bundy was arrested and another key figure was killed.Bundy and several fellow occupiers were pulled over Tuesday on…

Lawmakers consider making cursive writing mandatory

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Lawmakers are considering a bill that would make the instruction of cursive writing mandatory in all Washington state schools.The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn, says students should be learning how to read and…

Judge strikes down voter approved I-1366

SEATTLE (AP)- A judge says Tim Eyman's latest anti-tax measure is unconstitutional and void in its entirety. King County Superior Court Judge William Downing issued his ruling on Initiative 1366 on Thursday. The measure, approved by voters in November, would…

Poll: Support for raising the smoking age in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A new poll says legislation that would raise Washington's smoking age to 21 has more support than keeping the legal age to buy tobacco at 18. A survey by independent pollster Stuart Elway released at a…

Hunter Hayes to perform at Benton Franklin Fair

Hunter Hayes will perform at the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Friday Aug. 26, the organization announced Tuesday. Hailed as a "country-rock-blues guitar hero in the making" by the Los Angeles Times, five-time GRAMMY nominee Hunter Hayes is a singer,…

Washington lawmakers propose free community college

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A group of Democratic lawmakers in Washington have announced a proposal to make community college and technical college free for state residents without a bachelor's degree. Some qualifying students could also get a stipend for books…

Man killed in Cle Elum shooting identified as Port Townsend resident

The man who was shot by a Cle Elum police officer last week is identifed as 60 year-old Timothy Meehan of Port Townsend. The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office provided the identification. Police were called to the Stewart Lodge after receiving…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Day EventsTri-Cities:MLK Bell Ringing CeremonyCBC - King Statue12-1 p.m.Yakima:Martin Luther King Jr. Peace MarchGathering at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Fifth Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.March starts at Noon from there to the Yakima Convention…

Move to prevent lobbying too soon?

For the second straight legislative session, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has proposed a bill which would prevent state officials and employees from taking jobs as lobbyists for a year after leaving their state positions. The idea is to…