Northwest News

Oregon Insurer Can't Deny Tutism Treatment

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Portland has ruled that a major Oregon health provider cannot deny coverage to autistic children for a specific treatment. Judge Michael H. Simon found Providence Health Plan violated state and federal laws…

Washington Unemployment Rate Dips to 5.6%

OLYMPIA - Washington experienced continued job growth in July and the state's unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since August 2008, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted estimates released today by state Employment Security Department. According to preliminary estimates by…

Oregon Jobless Rate at 6.9% in July

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The state Employment Department says Oregon's jobless rate was 6.9 percent in July, up from 6.8 percent the month before. The agency says employers added 200 jobs in July, following a revised loss of 3,000 jobs…

Judge Dismisses Marijuana Tax Case

SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Washington state's authority to tax marijuana. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman dismissed the case last week for lack of jurisdiction. The operator of a medical marijuana dispensary in Bellingham,…

Campfires at Washington Campgrounds Banned

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Due to the extreme fire danger across nearly all of Washington from hot, dry weather, the state has expanded its ban on outdoor fires. The state Department of Natural Resources said Monday the ban now includes…

Retail Sales in Washington Up

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Department of Revenue says taxable retail sales increased nearly 5 percent in the first three months of the year to more than $27 billion. The department said Monday there was an increase of about…

Bremerton Police Looking for a Missing Teenager

Bremerton Police are looking for a missing teenager. Ariel Luddington, 16, is believed to have run away on Friday. She is considered endangered because she has medical conditions that could be deadly if left untreated. Investigators say Luddington's bus pass…

Teen Drowns in Columbia River

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- Police say a Wenatchee 18-year-old who couldn't swim waded into water over his head and drowned. The Wenatchee World reports (http://bit.ly/1kwoFd0 ) Eduardo Felipe-Escalante was with friends who also couldn't swim when he stumbled Saturday…

3 wildfires Spreading in Central Washington

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) -- Fire officials are considering the use of explosives to build a fire break on an inaccessible section of a fast growing wildfire in central Washington. Officials say the Snag Canyon wildfire near Ellensburg has grown to…

Consumer Spending Grows in Washington

SEATTLE (AP) -- Overall consumer spending in Washington outpaced much of the nation in 2012, ranking the Evergreen State among the top 10 states for total personal expenditures. A new government report released Thursday provides a state-by-state breakdown of spending.…

Missing Snohomish Girl Located

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) -- A 14-year-old developmentally disabled girl who disappeared while riding her bicycle has been located, and police have arrested a 60-year-old man found with her. The Snohomish County sheriff's office says police in Lynnwood arrested the man…

State Supreme Court Rules Psychiatric Boarding Illegal

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The state Supreme Court has ruled that people with suspected mental health problems cannot be held in emergency rooms and hospitals when certified mental health facilities are already full. The court on Thursday unanimously upheld a…

Child Pornography Investigation Leads to Arrest

A 47-year-old Ellensburg man has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography. Brian Hopkins was arrested after a four month investigation. Detectives received a search warrant yesterday and moved in on a home on the 600 block of South…

Snag Canyon Fire Grows Significantly, 10% Containment

The Snag Canyon Fire, located 12 miles northwest of Ellensburg, has grown significantly to an estimated 6,400 acres. Gusty west winds pushed the fire to the east past Naneum Canyon. There are approximately 450 personnel. The Washington State Patrol has…

Ellenburg's National Night Out Cancelled

Due to the Snag Canyon fire north of Ellensburg and the large amount of community resources being needed to support fire fighting efforts, the Ellensburg Police Department is cancelling this year's National Night Out event. The Ellensburg Police Department apologizes…

Officials Ask That Wildfire Donations Stop

PATEROS, Wash. (AP) -- Officials in north-central Washington are thankful for the donations that poured into the area after the largest wildfire in the state's history destroyed hundreds of homes and burned hundreds of square miles. But now they're pleading…

Washington Wildfires Have Cost $50 Million So Far

SEATTLE (AP) -- The cost of fighting this season's wildfires in Washington, including the largest one in the state's history, has crossed the $50 million mark. Bolstered by the nearly 400-square-mile wildfire in north-central Washington, this year's wildfire season has…

Inmate Escape Short Lived

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) -- A 29-year-old man managed to escape from the Grant County jail on Sunday, but was apprehended less than three hours later. The Grant County Sheriff's office says Jaime D. Hampshire managed to slip from the jail…

3.6 Earthquake Shakes Up Puget Sound

SEATTLE (AP) -- A 3.6 magnitude earthquake shook up the central Puget Sound area Monday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey reports the quake's epicenter was three miles east of Belfair and was located about 13.6 miles down. It hit just…

Tri-City Americans to Hold Drive For Fire Victims

The Tri-City Americans are holding a supply drive to benefit the victims of the wildfires in North Central Washington. Here is the detailed information from the Ams: The drive will take place on Friday, July 25, Monday July 28 and…