Top Stories

Hermiston voters do not approve $104 million bond

HERMISTON - Hermiston School District learned that voters did not approve the $104 million bond measure placed on the May 16 ballot. The election results showed 42 percent in favor versus 58 percent opposed. In a press release the Superintendent…

Amazon refreshes lineup of low-cost tablets, new kids model

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is offering a thinner and lighter version of its cheapest, 7-inch tablet, while shaving $10 off the price of an 8-inch model.Amazon's bare-bones Fire tablet is now called the Fire 7. It also promises about an extra hour of battery, or eight hours total, and a display with higher contrast and sharper text. The price remains at $50.The Fire HD 8 model is now $80, rather than $90. Its features are largely the same as before.

UN, Microsoft announce $5M partnership on human rights

GENEVA - Microsoft says it's contributing $5 million over five years to the U.N. human rights office, which the Geneva-based agency calls a "landmark partnership" that could prod other big private-sector donors to follow suit.

Father shocked after adult son accused of decapitating mom

ESTACADA, Ore. - A weeping father spoke in shock as he described his son who is accused of decapitating his mother on Mother's Day and bringing her head to a grocery store in rural Oregon.David Webb told The Associated Press that he "never foresaw a problem" before bursting into loud sobs during a phone interview.

Prosser crash sends one to hospital

PROSSER - A two car crash sends one to the hospital. Benton County Sheriffs Office saying the driver of a BMW, Diana Wilson, was headed northbound on Bun Road and ran a stop sign hitting an SUV driven by Manuel Maldonado Reyes. 

New infectious unit at Spokane hospital ready for patients

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A new ward at a Spokane hospital is ready to handle patients with highly infectious diseases such as Ebola.Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center is one of 10 hospitals in the country chosen by the federal government to host "special pathogens unit" for people with Ebola or other highly infectious diseases. It could take patients from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska in the event of an outbreak.

Another appeals court to weigh Trump's revised travel ban

SEATTLE - For the second time in a week, government lawyers will try to persuade a federal appeals court to reinstate President Donald Trump's revised travel ban - and once again, they can expect plenty of questions about whether the ban was designed to discriminate against Muslims.