October 19, 2021 3:46 PM
It is not surprising that childcare can be expensive, but new changes are helping make it more affordable.
October 19, 2021 1:07 PM
A federal judge has denied a last-minute bid by more than three dozen state employees, healthcare providers and school staff to temporarily block the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon rejected their motion for a temporary restraining order. It marks the first federal judge’s ruling after several state court decisions thwarting similar efforts to block Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s and the Oregon Health Authority’s power to require certain workers to get the vaccines or risk losing their jobs. The judge’s ruling does not end the lawsuit. It allows state enforcement of the vaccine mandates as the case proceeds.
October 19, 2021 12:51 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. — Three police departments in Eastern Washington have been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Justice via federal programs supporting local law enforcement agencies across the country. The City of Yakima and City of Moses Lake police…
October 19, 2021 10:56 AM
KENNEWICK, Wash. — As we move beyond the October 18 deadline for state employees and school staff to show proof of vaccination or face termination, the Kennewick School District reports that the majority of its organization is accounted for. To…
October 18, 2021 5:11 PM
Washington State University head football coach Nick Rolovich was fired on Monday for not meeting the state’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
October 18, 2021 2:20 PM
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Unless they receive formal approval from neighboring Native American tribes, two schools in Kennewick will be forced to change their beloved mascots following a law that was signed into effect in April 2021. In April 2021, Governor…
October 17, 2021 11:23 AM
Some cities are urging President Joe Biden's administration to loosen its rules for spending $350 billion of coronavirus relief money directed toward state and local governments. The American Rescue Plan already provides significant leeway on spending decisions. But local governments that can show revenue losses have even greater flexibility to spend the money as they see fit. Some cities say the Treasury Department's rule for calculating revenue losses masks the depth of their financial problems. They want the Treasury to allow them to exclude newly enacted tax hikes from the formula and to count losses on a fund-by-fund basis. The Treasury has not said when it will release a final version of its rule.
October 16, 2021 12:57 PM
Standing in front of the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute on Saturday to fallen police officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site. Biden said that because of the actions of law enforcement officers on that day, "democracy survived.” The president spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. It was at the Capitol nine months ago that a violent mob tried to block his ascension to the presidency. Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath.
October 15, 2021 10:51 AM
KENNEWICK, Wash. — With planned renovations to the Tri-Cities' historic Clover Island set to begin later this month, parking restrictions are being imposed for certain portions of the island. According to a release from the Port of Kennewick, the…
October 14, 2021 4:19 PM
PASCO, Wash. — Dozens of local business owners whose commerce was negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic became eligible for up to $30,000 in grant funding to get back on their feet. A considerable sum of this financial assistance was…
October 14, 2021 3:01 PM
Ted S. WarrenWashington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., before signing a bill into law that prohibits openly carrying guns and other weapons at the state Capitol and protests statewide.OLYMPIA, Wash. — Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required at all large events in Washington starting on November 15. Governor Jay Inslee…
October 14, 2021 12:45 PM
WASHINGTON — Five rural communities across Washington state, including the city of Selah in Yakima County, are being awarded $6.8 million in federal funding to improve facilities related to water infrastructure. On Wednesday morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced…
October 13, 2021 1:50 PM
OLYMPIA, Wash. — After a 19-month freeze caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. formally announced that it will re-open its borders to nonessential travel for fully vaccinated individuals starting next month. That means travelers will be allowed to enter…
October 12, 2021 1:16 PM
Former Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno and three other Republicans have filed a lawsuit to challenge new congressional districts recently passed by state lawmakers. They say the new maps are partisan gerrymandering, unconstitutional and contrary to state law. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the suit, filed Monday in Marion County Circuit Court, is the first such attempt to alter the six-district map that Democrats pushed through during a contentious special legislative session last month. Democrats passed a map that could lead to Democratic control of five of the state’s now-six seats in the U.S. House. Oregon picked up an additional seat because of population gains recorded by the recent U.S. Census.
October 11, 2021 5:11 PM
Washington Governor Jay Inslee called the spike in state employee vaccination rates one week ahead of the deadline extremely encouraging.
October 11, 2021 11:59 AM
Most of Washington’s health care workers have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, with a week left before the state’s immunization deadline. As of Monday morning, 88% of health care workers had showed proof of vaccination, the Washington State Hospital Association reported. The results include data from 94% of the state’s hospitals, collected after Oct. 4. All health care workers must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or face “nondisciplinary dismissal” for failure to meet job requirements, Gov. Jay Inslee announced in August.