Yakima

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…

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…

Paintball Gun Incident Lands Three in Jail

Three Yakima men are in jail after admitting to shooting a car's windshield with a paintball gun. Nick Brisbin, Quenton Flynn and Davon Flynn were Westbound on 45th Avenue last night, when they shot a passing car with their paintball…

Raising Awareness About Bullying

Junior high students pushed, shoved and exchange unpleasant words all afternoon. It's all part of a play written and put together by the students to bring awareness to a major issue; bullying. Middle schoolers were invited out to witness different…

Yakima City Council Member Comments on Pot Ban

The Yakima City Council votes 6-1 to outlaw pot processors and businesses within the city.The decision was made after State Attorney General released a statement - saying that I-502 does not prevent cities from banning sale or processing within its…

Teen Attempts Gas Station Robbery

A teenager is in custody tonight after Yakima police say he robbed a gas station mart. Police say it happened just after 10 a.m. this morning -- the 17 year old suspect entered the Fuel Station Mart on Nob Hill,…

A Place to Call Home

City officials break ground on a piece of land. In just a matter of months, this pile of soil and dirt will be transformed into two brand new homes. The Kittitas-Yakima Valley Community Land Trust program says the homes will…

Yakima City Council Has Full Plate

The Yakima City Council will be swearing in its new council member tonight -- who will immediately be put to work. Tom Dittmar will be sworn in after being selected from a pool of 13 candidates. Shortly after, the council…

Yakima Remembers Dr. King

Hundreds of people fill the Yakima Convention Center this morning in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. People heard from local leaders and reverends about the history of the civil rights movement, and how it played a part in…

Memorial CEO Bids Farewell

Yakima Valley Memorial's longtime CEO officially retires today after decades with the hospital. Rick Linneweh was greeted by friends and colleagues at the hospital as he served his last day on the job. Linneweh has been the CEO for Memorial…

Yakima County Prosecutor Will Not Seek Re-Election

Yakima County's Proscuting Attorney will not be seeking re-election at the end of the year. Jim Hagarty made the announcement after local attorney Joseph Brusic announced his candidacy for the position Friday. Hagarty says he wants to spend more time…

Car Fire Burns Through Homes

Yakima investigators are looking into another car fire over the weekend that could be connected to two others. Firefighters were called out to a home on Saint John Street on Friday night, where a car fire was reported. The car…

Obama: Pot is not more dangerous than alcohol

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol.Obama doesn't argue for legalizing pot. But he says in an interview with "The New Yorker" that pot is less dangerous than alcohol, quote, "in…

Officials warn of stagnant air in Washington, Oregon

SEATTLE (AP) - The National Weather Service is warning residents of Washington and Oregon about stagnant air throughout the region. Forecasters said light winds and a ridge of high pressure will leave pollution trapped near the ground and degrade air…

Seahawks Host Hometown Rallies in Richland, Yakima

Even though the Seattle Seahawks' 12th man is ready for the NFC Championship righ tnow -- fans still have to wait a little while longer. Tonight, the Seahawks sponsored rallies in both Yakima and the Tri-Cities. In Richland, about 100…

Two Suspicious Car Fires in Yakima Last Night

Yakima Firefighters were called out to two suspicious vehicle fires last night. The first happened around 8PM last night on the 1200 block of West Prasch Avenue. Firefighters began battling the flames when they noticed another fire several blocks away.…