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Steve Ballmer & Wife Give $250K to Gun Initiative

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Former Microsoft CEO and new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, have donated another $250,000 to a campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales in Washington state. The donation brings…

Wildfire Weather Danger East of Cascades

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- The Weather Service is warning of wildfire conditions until 11 p.m. Monday east of the Cascades. The area includes much of the Yakima Valley, the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla in Eastern Washington and Condon, Hermiston and…

IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. These callers may demand money or may say you…

Judge upholds pot business ban in Fife

(AP) - A Washington state judge says a small city can continue to ban licensed marijuana businesses, even if they're allowed under state law. Pierce County Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling Friday after extensive arguments in a case with…

Snag Canyon Fire Update

Kittitas County, WA - 08/29/2014 - Effective this morning, the Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has removed all county roadblocks and road closure signs for the Snag Canyon Fire north of Ellensburg. The following roads are now back open to…

Klamath County Sheriff's Deputy Shot

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Klamath County sheriff's deputy was shot in the face and side during a traffic stop Wednesday, and police are looking for the suspect. District Attorney Rob Patridge says the suspect is believed to be driving…

5 Hunters Face Deer Killing Charges

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon wildlife officials say five hunters are facing illegal deer killing charges after the head of a freshly killed male deer was found in a vehicle southwest of Pendleton. An Oregon State Patrol fish and wildlife…

Special Enrollment Period for Health Exchange

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- People who have had trouble enrolling for insurance or using their benefits because of billing problems with the state's health exchange can try again during a special enrollment period announced by the insurance commissioner's office. The…

Federal Aid Needed for Wildfire Victims

SEATTLE (AP) -- Members of Washington state's congressional delegation are asking the federal government to reconsider a decision denying help for individuals affected by huge wildfires in Washington state. More than 300 homes have been destroyed by the wildfires in…

Injured Hiker Rescued near Ingalls Lake in Kittitas Co.

Kittitas County Sheriffs Deputy's along with Kittitas County Search and Rescue responded to the report of an injured hiker near Ingalls Lake located approximately 22 miles northeast of Cle Elum Sunday night around 6:30 PM. 52 year old Roxanne Neusbaum…

Hot Weather Takes Toll on Wheat Crop

REARDAN, Wash. (AP) -- Too much heat and too little rain this summer are taking a toll on the winter wheat crop in Eastern Washington. Joel Zwainz on Monday estimated that his family's 3,400-acre farm near Reardan will produce 30…

Seattle's Top Pot Officer Back on Patrol

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle police officer who was reassigned last month after it was learned he wrote 80 percent of the marijuana tickets is back to his regular job. Police said Monday there was no reason he couldn't return…

Paul Allen Donates $500K to Gun Initiative

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A campaign seeking to expand gun sale background checks has received a $500,000 donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The donation to Initiative 594 posted on the state's Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. I-594 would…

Pot Campaign Announces $2.3 Million in TV Ads

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The campaign behind an Oregon ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for adults says it's buying $2.3 million worth of television advertising. The debate is shaping up to be lopsided; nobody with deep pockets has stepped…

UPDATE: Snag Canyon & South Cle Elum Ridge Fires

The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has removed the Level 1 evacuation notice for Woods & Steele Road, as the South Cle Elum Ridge Fire is now 77% contained. Roadblocks for the South Cle Elum Ridge Fire will remain in…

Campfires Okay in Western Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Thanks to this week's rain, the state Department of Natural Resources is easing its burn ban a bit. The agency says fires will be allowed in fire rings at campgrounds, but only in Western Washington. And…

Seattle Vigil to Protest Teen's Death

SEATTLE (AP) -- Dozens of people gathered in downtown Seattle to peacefully protest the death of a black teen shot by a police officer in Missouri. Similar protest vigils in more than 90 cities across the country drew thousands of…

State Shuts Down 2 Oregon Medical Marijuana Stores

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The state of Oregon shut down two medical marijuana dispensaries for violations of state regulations. Kush MMD of Eugene was later allowed to reopen after correcting problems, but Portland Compassionate Caregivers remains closed. Inspectors found that…

2 Firefighters Injured in Wildfire

Spokeswoman Anne Jeffery says the two men's lower leg injuries seem to be mainly bruises. They were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where they were being treated. Both were reported in stable condition. They were not identified. Fire…