Northwest News

Rachael Dolezal Resigns as President of Spokane NAACP

SPOKANE, Wash. - Amid allegations that she lied about her race, Spokane NAACP president Rachel Dolezal has announced she will "step aside" from her position. Below is the complete statement Dolezal posted on the Spokane NAACP Facebook page. Dear Executive…

Contagious Measles Patient Passed Through SeaTac

SEATTLE (AP) -- King County health officials say a traveler with measles passed through King County and the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport at the end of May. The traveler was contagious at the time and could have exposed others who do…

More Trouble For Troy Kelly

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington's attorney general says he is opening a criminal investigation into state Auditor Troy Kelley, separate from the federal charges he already faces. The investigation by Attorney General Bob Ferguson is expected to focus on the relationship…

Record heat causes US 195 near Spokane to split

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Record heat in the Spokane area damaged a portion of US Highway 195. The Washington State Patrol says temperatures in the high 90s on Monday baked the pavement until a section of highway split a few…

WSU President Elson Floyd Taking Leave

RICHLAND, Wash. - The Washington State University Board of Regents today voted to grant President Elson S. Floyd's request for Family Medical Leave effective immediately. "These have been incredibly challenging times for me, and it is with great regret I…

Search Continues For Missing Man

The family of a missing 88-year-old Oregon man who vanished from Colville after visiting his brother is making a plea for the public's help to find him. Shirley "Ben" Gano has been missing since Saturday, when he left Colville to…

State Senate Approves $18 Million in Drought Relief

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Senate has approved $18 million in emergency drought relief as lawmakers wrapped up its first special session Thursday. But the House hasn't taken action yet, so the Department of Ecology is waiting for about…

Budget Negotiations Continue in Olympia

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Senate Republicans on Thursday released a new state budget proposal, making some movement toward proposals from House Democrats. But both sides said they still do not have a deal on a two-year state operating budget. Gov.…

Rundown of Huskies & Cougs Taking the Next Step

Here is the rundown of Huskies and Cougs--and one Eagle--selected in the NFL draft and those who have signed as undrafted free agents thus far. UW Draftees ------------- DL-Danny Shelton 1/12-Cleveland DB-Marcus Peters 1/18-Kansas City LB-Shaq Thompson 1/25-Carolina LB-Hau'oli Kikaha…

Washington legislators return to work

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- After a four-day break, Washington lawmakers have returned to work for a special session to resolve the state's budget debate and other pending matters. The state House and Senate each opened business at noon Wednesday for…

Gov. Inslee signs Sheena's Law

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law to allow family members to request notification from police when confiscated guns are returned. Inslee signed the "Sheena Henderson Act" into law Tuesday afternoon with her family members looking…

AG Ferguson: Legislature Needs More Time For School $$

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington's attorney general says the Legislature needs more time to figure out the state education budget before it can properly reply to the Supreme Court's contempt order concerning public schools. In September, the court found the state…

Stevens Pleads No Contest to DUI In U.S. Soccer Van

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) -- Former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens has pleaded no contest to driving drunk in a Southern California beach town. Prosecutors say Stevens entered pleas Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of…

Free 'Make Music Day' festival coming in June

NEW YORK (AP) -- A free annual festival celebrating music and music-making is coming to New York and more than 20 other U.S. cities. Make Music Day, now in its ninth year, is celebrated on the first day of summer,…

Inslee calls for legislative action

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- In a brief Earth Day address delivered from the state Capitol grounds, Gov. Jay Inslee said the Legislature's impending special session should be used to advance an environment-friendly agenda. On Wednesday, Inslee said the extended lawmaking…

Oregon Liquor Board Makes Marijuana Budget Request

From the Oregon Liquor Control Commission: PORTLAND, Ore. - The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is requesting that the Legislature establish a 2015-2017 budget for the recreational marijuana program that calls for $10.5 million in costs to operate the program approved…