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Lawmakers seek to ban use of handheld devices by drivers

SEATTLE (AP) -- Some state lawmakers are pushing to toughen Washington's decade-old distracted-driving laws. The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/2hLStql ) that two lawmakers are drafting a bill that seeks to ban virtually all use of handheld devices by motorists. It's…

Healthy snowpack in Cascades

You don't have to go far to see a healthy snowpack. Scott Pattee with the Natural Resources Conservation Service says the mountain snowpack was at 110 percent of normal. Just two years ago, the snowpack was well below 100 percent…

IN-DEPTH: The Farm & Chemical Warfare

A battle more than a decade in the making is in its final stretch, with an impact on every single American shopper. The federal government is considering an end to a commonly used pesticide on U.S. crops, and farmers in…

School/Work Delays and Closures for Tuesday 1-3-17

Delays and Closures for Tuesday 1/3 Tri-Cities Area School Districts Bethlehem Lutheran School: Closed. Before/After School Care is closed St Joseph School and the Children's Center - 2 hour delay. There will be no AM preschool classes, PM preschool will…

Driving in the snow can be tricky

Going back to work on Monday in the snow is a challenge for drivers, street crews and law enforcement. But Triple A has some tips for driving in the slushy stuff. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Drive slowly. Following driving distance…

Seahawks head to playoffs Saturday

The Seattle Seahawks will take Detroit in a wildcard game next Saturday at 5:20 PM at CenturyLink field. This weekend's game with San Francisco marked the fifth consecutive 10-win season. And in Seahawk fashion, they came from behind to beat…

PHOTOS: Flames tear through farm shop building

ECHO, Ore. (KVEW-TV) -- Fire damaged a shop warehouse at Madison Farms early Saturday morning, as multiple agencies rushed to help. Echo Fire Department called for mutual aid from Umatilla Fire District #1, Boardman, Heppner, City of Umatilla and Irrigon…

Volunteers build wheelchair ramps for young Pasco twins

PASCO, Wash. (KVEW-TV) -- Dozens of volunteers joined together Saturday to help build two wheelchair ramps for a Pasco family in need. [Watch full video on KAPP-KVEW's Facebook page.] The Ramos family's 3-year-old fraternal twins, Harper and Hendrix, were diagnosed…

Richland man faces charges over Yakima dispute

A Richland man faces charges of threatening a supervisor at the U.S Citizenship and Immigration services office in Yakima. William Quigley is charged with threatening to shoot an official and cut off his head. He also threatened attorneys during a…

Whatcom county murderer gets reprieve

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee has issued a reprieve for a convicted murderer and rapist from Whatcom County. Inslee issued the reprieve for Clark Richard Elmore, who is currently in the Walla Walla State Penitentiary. He has been sentenced to…

Four people died from flu in Western Washington

The start of the flu season has already proven deadly in Snohomish county. According to the Everett Herald four people died last week in Snohomish county due to the flu. Those who died include a man and woman - both…

New area code for Western Washington

The new year will also bring a new area code to Western Washington. T-Mobile says the 564 area code will be issued throughout the region when current numbers run out. The North American Numbering Plan Administrator projects the 360 area…

WSU coach has Heart attack

Washington State assistant basketball coach Curtis Allen suffered a heart attack. Six weeks ago, the former Wilson High School standout was running on a treadmill in a hotel fitness room before WSU's "Paradise Jam" tournament game in the U.S. Virgin…

Mumps on the rise in Northwest

Officials say the number of people in the greater Seattle area believed to have mumps is now 108. Public Health Seattle & King County said Wednesday that 35 cases of mumps have been confirmed while 73 are probable cases. Officials…

Suspect in New York stabbing arrested

Police have arrested a suspect in the random stabbing of a tourist in New York City earlier this month. Twenty-three-year-old Connor Rasmussen, of Puyallup was stabbed in the back of the head on Dec. 18. Police announced the arrest Wednesday…

DUI crackdowns in Yakima for holiday weekend

December a month for family gatherings and celebrations and A-1 cab driver Hazel Arvizu knows that often time that comes with drinking. "We will have the max number of Taxi's out I mean every taxi in town will be out,"…

Peach Bowl bet on the line

Senators Maria Cantwell and Alabama Senator Richard Shelby have a friendly wager on the outcome of the Peach Bowl set for Saturday at 12 pm. If the Huskies win, Senator Shelby will provide two racks of ribs from Dreamland BBQ…

Experienced skier killed in avalanche

Officials say a Bellingham man has died in an avalanche near White Pass Ski Area south of Mount Rainier. The Bellingham Herald reports 31 year old Adam Roberts was skiing out of bounds Tuesday when he triggered an avalanche Tuesday…

Wildcat Creek bridge repairs under way

A hole in the Wildcat Creek bridge has forced the closure of the east bound lane. Flaggers will direct alternating traffic on the Highway 12 bridge and start making repairs at daylight. There is no estimate as to when the…

Nativity debate continues in Gig Harbor

The city of Gig Harbor is resuming its Nativity debate in the new year, this time at a parks commission meeting. The Tacoma News Tribune says an advisory body will hold a public hearing Jan. 4 on placing holiday-themed displays…

Yakima homicide cases still unresolved

Twenty people have been killed in homicides in Yakima county in 2016.That is one short of 2015 totals. Two women, gunned down at a Yakima business. A young mother, brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat. .A missionary student,…