Coronavirus

Judge dismisses Washington state governor recall petition

Washington state officials have said a petition that was filed last month to recall Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic was dismissed this week. KOMO-TV reports the governor’s office said Wednesday that a judge ruled to dismiss the petition filed by a citizen group known as Washingtonians to Recall Inslee. The residents could appeal, but it wasn't immediately known if they planned to do so. The group alleged in its May petition that the governor’s order that limited activities in the state during the pandemic interfered with their rights to assemble, work freely and participate in religious activities.

'Shot of a Lifetime:' Yakima man claims $250,000 prize

YAKIMA, Wash. — The weekly $250,000 drawing through Washington state's 'Shot of a Lifetime' vaccination incentive program was held this Tuesday and a lucky winner claimed the prize in Yakima. According to a release by officials from Washington's Lottery, a…

‘A Heroes Thanks’: New program offers incentives for vaccinated military members, veterans

Sean McKeagOLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee announced a new vaccine incentive program for Washington’s military community and veterans.  The state has been offering large sums of money, including a $1 million cash prize, for Washingtonians who get a COVID-19 vaccine, but the state database has not included veterans. This is because the Department of Defense has been vaccinating veterans…

Tri-Cities lose four community members to COVID-19 this week

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Public health officials announced that four more community members from Benton and Franklin counties were lost to COVID-19 this week. Every weekday since the pandemic began, the Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) has provided updated coronavirus metrics for…