Tri-Cities

No Pot Moratorium for Walla Walla

The City of Walla Walla decides against a marijuana moratorium. The city council voted four to three in a meeting last night. Instead, Walla Walla will just keep it's interim zoning ordinance, which are local regulations it will have for…

Lawmaker seeks to raise Wash. minimum wage

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A measure to raise Washington state's minimum wage for adults to $12 an hour over the next three years has been introduced in the state House.Rep. Jessyn Farrell of Seattle introduced the measure on Thursday. At…

Bill would reduce WA K-12 class sizes, add staff

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A bill introduced in the House would lower class sizes in Washington state and hire more public school teachers and other staff members.Rep. Roger Goodman, sponsor of House Bill 2589, said the goal is to make…

Riverhawks to be Honored Again

From the Pasco School District: Chiawana High School's 4A State championship football team will be recognized with a resolution by the State House of Representatives on Jan. 27 in Olympia. The resolution reads, in part, "…BE IT RESOLVED, That the…

Charges Filed Against Reporter

UPDATE: UPDATE: The Benton County Prosecutors office has charged Tieja MacLaughlin with one count of felony harassment with domestic violence for threatening the Tri-City Americans Jackson Playfair. Bail is set at $50,000 and MacLaughlin will be in court tomorrow at…

No Discipline For Richland "Letter" Removers

The staff members involved in the decision to remove the "letters" from Fran Rish Stadium and Carmichael Hill recently will not be disciplined by the Richland School District. Below is a memo sent out by Dr. Rick Schulte, the Richland…

Wash. jobless rate at 6.6%, lowest in 5 years

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state's unemployment rate is at its lowest point in more than five years.The state Employment Security Department said Thursday that the jobless rate had fallen to 6.6 percent in December, down from 6.8 in November. The…

Two Arrested in Kennewick Residential Burglaries

From the Benton County Sheriff- DATE: January 22, 2014 TYPE OF INCIDENT: Residential Burglary - ArrestsLOCATION OF INCIDENT: 5400 Block W. Umatilla Ave., Kennewick DATE / TIME OF INCIDENT: January 21, 2014 NARRATIVE OF INCIDENT:On January 21st, 2014 at about…

Grandview House Fire Reults In Minor Burns

Two small children are taken to the hospital with minor burns after a house fire in a manufactured home Grandview this morning. Benton County deputies said a space heater is most likely to blame. The fire started in the children's…

The 12th Woman

A 69-year-old Pasco woman said she may very well be the Seattle Seahawks #1 fan in the Tri-Cities. She has all the memorobilia to prove it and has been to a countless number of games, including the NFC Championship Game…

Tri Cities Business Women Encouraged To Be Brave

Hundreds of women from around Mi-Columbia attended the third annual Women in Business Conference.This is the largest career development event for women in Eastern Washington. Over three hundred women spent their day at the TRAC for the event. The day…

Test Reactor Removed

Washington Closure Hanford reaches a clean-up milestone today as the final test reactor is being removed from the 300 area.The plutonium recycling test reactor was used in the 1960's to test alternative fuels for commercial nuclear reactors. Demolition of the…

Stolen Property Recovered

Local police departments have recovered stolen items from recent burglaries of houses under construction and model homes. The release below was issued by the Kennewick police department.-------------------------------On Monday January 20th, the Richland Police recovered stolen property that was linked to…

Reporter Jailed For Threatening Tri-City American

A 25 year old WHL reporter is in the Benton County jail after allegedly making threats against the Tri-City Americans Jackson Playfair. Court documents show that Tieja MacLaughlin, who has worked for The Daily Courier and Castanet Media in British…

Ki-Be Superintendent Resigns

Superintendent Rom Castijella has resigned as superintendent of the Kiona-Benton School District, effective immediately. Below is a portion of a release issued by the district this morning:================ Superintendent Castilleja will be on an educational sabbatical leave until that date (June…

Pasco Residents Will Now Pay More for Water

The Pasco City Council approves a 30% increase in the base water rate and a 5% increase in the water consumption rate. Starting next month, Pasco residents will see their water bill raise from $12.50 to $16.25. The city council…

Former Connell Mayor May have Stolen More Money

The Washington state Auditor's Office is investigating missing funds from a Franklin County cemetary and the former pro tem mayor, Monica Pruett, may be to blame. Pruett worked as a business manager at the cemetary and it's determined she did…