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Ellensburg Police Investigate Assault

Ellensburg Police investigate an assault that took place just after 9 last night in the area of 10th Avenue and Water Street. Police ssay a woman was approached by a man on the 300 block of East 10th Avenue and…

Body Found Near Leavenworth Identified

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- A body found by hunters 15 miles north of Leavenworth has been identified as a Utah man, 26-year-old Yannick Chancey Periou of St. George. The Chelan County sheriff's office said Tuesday there is still no indication…

Leaders Meet Before Oregon Pot Vote

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The leadership of Oregon's largest agencies has quietly convened high-level meetings to discuss how to deal with an upcoming marijuana legalization measure. The legalization measure would touch every corner of state government, from the Oregon State…

Oso: 6 Months Later

OSO, Wash. (AP) -- Six months after a hillside gave way and buried 43 people in the town of Oso, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on Highway 530. The Transportation Department…

Oregon minimum wage increases by 15 cents

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The state Bureau of Labor and Industries says more than 140,000 Oregon workers will get a pay raise when the minimum wage goes up the first of the year.It's a 15-cent an hour hike, from $9.10…

Jobless Report Shows Growth in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's jobless rate has risen as workers join the labor force in greater numbers than employers create jobs. The state Employment Department reported Tuesday that as a result, the state employment rate rose last month to…

David Issues Message to Hydros Fans

New H1 Unlimited interim chairman Steve David, appointed this weekend following the retirement of Sam Cole, has issued this message to hydros fans. Dear fans: With my first race behind me as interim chairman, I wanted to share with you…

Body Found in Columbia River

PATEROS, Wash. (AP) -- The Okanogan County sheriff says four men were arrested for allegedly killing a man in a fight and dumping his body in the Columbia River near Pateros. Sheriff Frank Rogers said a man's body was found…

Study Says Med School Feasible in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Washington State University is well-positioned to develop an accredited medical school in the near future with a relatively modest investment from the state. That's the conclusion of a feasibility study released Thursday and commissioned by Washington…

WA Supreme Court Hold Legislature in Contempt

The Washington Supreme Court is holding state legislators in contempt for failing to make progress on the way that the state pays for public education. McCleary decision came down in 2012, in it the Court requiring lawmakers to increase funding…

Washington Supreme Court Holds State in Contempt

The court said in an order issued Thursday it would hold off on punishing the Legislature until after the 2015 session. If lawmakers do not complete their plan for fixing the way the state pays for public schools by the…

Pot Businesses Could Soon Be Banned in West Richland

West Richland City Council votes 4-3 to have the City Planning Commission draw up an ordinance for the banning of recreational marijuana businesses within city limits. The vote came after a public hearing at tonight's city council meeting. That ordinance,…

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…