Northwest News

Oregon Governor Plans to Resign

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- A person with direct knowledge of the plan says Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to resign amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself.The announcement is a stunning fall from grace…

Special Election Results - February 10, 2015

All school bond proposals in our area have passed, but the same cannot be said for the levies. In Kennewick, voters deciding on a $89.5 million bond to build two middle schools, three elementary schools and make district wide improvements…

Washington Lawmakers Looking at Gun Background Check Law

Associated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington lawmakers are considering changes to the new law that requires background checks on gun transfers. The state Senate Law and Justice Committee is holding a hearing Monday afternoon on several bills, including exemptions…

Milky Rain May Have Been Caused By Nevada Dust Storm

The milky rain that hit the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas on Friday was probably caused by a large dust storm that happened Thursday in Northwest Nevada, according to the National Weather Service. They said winds faster than 60 mps whipped…

Proposal to Eliminate Graduation Exams

Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) -- Two bills being heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday would eliminate the need to pass statewide tests to earn a high school diploma. The two proposals would both keep the high school tests…

Autopsy Postponed

An autopsy in the suspicious death of 52-year-old Leslie Young is postponed until tomorrow morning. Young's body was found inside his trailer home in Benton City earlier this week. Authorities have not released a cause of death or even ruled…

Albertsons to Buy Out Safeway

Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) -- Supermarket chain Albertsons says U.S. regulators have approved its purchase of competitor Safeway Inc. The companies said Tuesday the deal has been cleared by the Federal Trade Commission and should close within five business…

Solo Not a Lock For US World Cup Team?

(AP)-Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year's Women's World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counseling. The 33-year-old…

Hope Solo Suspended for 30 Days from US National Team

By ANNE M. PETERSONAP Sports Writer Goalkeeper Hope Solo has been suspended from the U.S. women's national team for 30 days. The U.S. Soccer did not specify the reason for the suspension, announced Wednesday night. It follows the arrest of…

Murder Trial Put On Hold

The trial for Matthew DeVore is on hold while the defense files an appeal. DeVore is accused of stabbing Thomas Christian at a Kennewick plasma center. DeVore was originally charged with second degree murder but a judge ruled the prosecution…

Avian flu found near Port Angeles, WA

(AP) -- Avian flu has reached Clallam County. It's the fourth county in Washington to be hit by the H5N2 bird flu.The Peninsula Daily News reports the flu hit a backyard flock of ducks, chickens and geese east of Port…

1 Listeria Outbreak Death Tied to Yakima Company

Associated Press YAKIMA, Wash. -- The Washington state Department of Health says an outbreak of listeria that has killed one person originated from a Yakima cheese maker. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1ytLqU3 ) that state health and agriculture officials are…

Legislature Looks at Changing Open Carry Law

By RACHEL LA CORTEAssociated Press OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- State officials are weighing whether they should change the interpretation of Senate and House chamber rules in order to prohibit the open carrying of firearms in the public viewing areas of…

No More Springing Forward or Falling Back

OLYMPIA, WA - Rep. Joe Schmick (R) 9th District has introduced a bill that would allow Washington, and other states to get rid of time change and stay in daylight savings time year round. In a press release Schmick said,…

WA Lawmakers Want To Raise Minimum Wage to $12

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Measures to raise Washington state's minimum wage for adults to $12 an hour over the next three years have been introduced in the state House and Senate. Rep. Jessyn Farrell and Sen. Pramila Jayapal, both Democrats…

Flu Kills 4 Locally in Two Weeks

Four people have died from the flu in Benton and Franklin Counties within the last two weeks. All four of the people who passed were elderly, but everyone is susceptible. If you haven't gotten a flu shot yet, it is…

Flu Vaccine Only 23% Effective

By MIKE STOBBEAP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- As predicted, this year's flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it's only 23 percent effective. That's one of the worst performances since…

TV Show Helps Find Murderer in Yakima Cold Case

On Feb. 16, 1997 at about 10:30 a.m. Yakima County Sheriff's Deputies and eventually Detectives responded to the 1000 block of Naches Wenas Grade outside of Naches, regarding an unknown medical situation involving an unconscious person inside a vehicle. Arriving…

Judge Drops Charges Against Hope Solo

All of the domestic violence charges against soccer star Hope Solo have been dropped by a King County judge, according to KOMO News. The charges stemmed from an altercation at a family party in June 2014. Solo was charged with…