Northwest News

Three injured in gas can explosion

Three people including two small children were burned in a gas can explosion in Grandview Saturday. The mother was burning papers in a small fire in the 300 block of Munson Court at 2:25 p.m. But the gas can exploded…

DOC changes state prisoner labels

Inmates at any of the 12 Washington state prisons will no longer be referred to as offenders or convicts. A spokesperson for the Washington State Department of Corrections said the change of language is meant to remove negative meaning surrounding…

Arrest warrants led to Washington drug ring bust

Authorities say 12 people in Washington and Nevada are in custody for their alleged roles in a large drug smuggling and distribution ring in western Washington. The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release that eleven people were arrested…

Record voter registration in Washington

Elections officials say about one-third of voters in Washington have already cast ballots for Tuesday's election. The Secretary of State's Office tells the "Spokesman-Review" that a record four-point-two-million people were registered to vote in Washington state by the October 10th…

Teacher suspended over Halloween mask

A teacher at a Seattle high school is under suspension after he wore a Michael Jordan costume at a Halloween party. The costume, which includes a black rubber face-mask and black gloves, along with a Chicago Bulls jersey, was worn…

Police probing assaults against students in Cheney

Two Eastern Washington University students have reported being sexually assaulted at parties near the Cheney campus. Police say one assault happened last Friday evening at a residence on Washington Court, and the other happened Saturday evening at an unknown address…

Vapor protection request moves forward

A federal judge rejected a Department of Energy request to keep the State Attorney General from taking part in a lawsuit providing better protection for Hanford workers over vapor exposure. But Judge Thomas Rice has yet to rule on a…

Whitman College will be known as the Blues

WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- Whitman College has chosen a new nickname to replace the old Missionaries. The college's sports teams will now be known as the Blues. The decision announced Thursday came after a survey to alumni, students, faculty…

CBC vets director receives state award

Columbia Basin College Veterans Services Director, Jason Schlegel, has won the 2016 Washington state Outstanding Service to Veterans Award by the Governor's Veterans Advisory Committee and the State Department of Veterans Affairs.Schlegel will be honored this Saturday, Nov. 5 at…

Amtrak adding service Thanksgiving

Amtrak Cascades will once again provide holiday travelers with more options for getting to destinations in the Pacific Northwest this Thanksgiving season. During the Thanksgiving period, the Washington State Department of Transportation will offer two additional Amtrak train trips between…

Spokane dealing with homeless

Spokane city leaders say they want to make sure homeless people have a warm place to stay during cold-weather months. The city says a new initiative would allow warming shelters to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a…

Association charged over effort to defeat initiative

The Grocery Manufacturers Association is facing an 18-million-dollar fine after a judge ruled the group violated Washington state law. The "Seattle Times" reports Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch issued the ruling yesterday, saying the Washington, DC-based organization violated…

Walla Walla man charged with rape

Bail was set at $50,000 in Walla Walla County Superior Court for a man suspected of raping a woman last month.Richard R. Dowling appeared in court Wednesday morning after his arrest Tuesday afternoon at his residence for investigation of second-degree…

AFM Illness: Should parents worry?

KAPP-KVEW has more information on the disease impacting nine children at a Washington hospital. Two were confirmed to have an illness called "Acute Flaccid Myelitis" or "AFM." The other seven are still a mystery. When you ask experts about AFM,…

Local students taking part in mock election

Washington students in grades K through 12 are taking part in the annual Washington State Mock Election. The Mock Election began Monday and will end this Friday at 1 p.m. The Mock Election is free and open to all Washington…

Sen. Hill dies of lung cancer

Washington State Senate Ways and Means Committee chairman Andy Hill is dead at age 54, after a recurring battle with lung cancer. Hill, who was a Republican from Redmond, worked for Microsoft as a group manager before he was elected…

Ferguson wants better background checks on weapons

The Washington State Attorney General's Office says the state's process of conducting background checks on those wishing to buy guns may not do enough to stop dangerous people from obtaining firearms. A new report, issued by AG Bob Ferguson, says…

Tuberculosis scare at UW in Tacoma

Pierce County health officials say they're investigating two cases of tuberculosis on the campus of the University of Washington, Tacoma. The health department says the first case was reported in April, and the second case was reported in September. Officials…

Auburn woman fatally shot by police pointed weapon

The King County Sheriff's Office says a woman who was fatally shot in her Auburn home pointed a handgun at deputies before they fired. The Seattle Times reported that according to a timeline of the incident released Monday, deputies found…

Search continues for hiker missing 2 weeks

Family, community members, and law enforcement officials continue to search for a hiker missing more than two weeks out of central Washington.According to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, Kris Fowler (Sherpa), 34 was last seen October 12 leaving the White…