Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law a $52.4 billion, two-year state budget that he said “rises to the needs of our time,” but that minority Republicans quickly criticized as a “tax-and-spend home run.” Continue Reading Jay Inslee Signs $52.4B State Budget As Republicans Decry ‘Avalanche Of Unnecessary New Taxes’
Crew training deficiencies played a crucial role in the deadly 2017 Amtrak train derailment near DuPont, Washington, according to a final report from federal investigators accepted Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Continue Reading Deadly 2017 Amtrak Wreck Could Have Been Prevented, Feds Conclude
Deputy Ryan Thompson — Rhino to his friends — was shot and killed March 19 during a shootout in the town of Kittitas, east of Ellensburg. His memorial service drew thousands of law enforcement officers, community members and students to pay their respects. Now the CWU Alumni Association and campus police want to pay it forward. Continue Reading CWU Creates Scholarship To Honor Former Campus Officer, Kittitas Deputy Killed In Line Of Duty
The practice of locking up people who are chronically sick, mentally ill or drug addicted in under-resourced city, county and regional jails in Washington is resulting in inmate deaths and a failure to “treat all people humanely, respectfully, and safely,” according to a new report by the statewide nonprofit law firm Columbia Legal Services. Continue Reading Report Says Locking Up Mentally Ill, Drug-Addicted People Results In Jail Deaths
A new poll from NPR, Harvard and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives a glimpse into rural life in America today, finding that many people living in rural communities live on the edge financially. Continue Reading Poll: Many Rural Americans Struggle With Financial Insecurity, Access To Health Care
In this file video, the owner of a Spokane electronic cigarette store examines his display case. CREDIT: JESSICA ROBINSON / N3 Read On After years… Continue Reading Jay Inslee To Sign Washington Vape Tax That Critics Say Amounts To Big Tobacco Giveaway
Seattle’s Boeing Field and the Yakima Air Terminal have a choice: Let Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) flights land at the airport or risk future money from the government. It started in April when King County Executive Dow Constantine issued an order to rid Boeing Field of ICE flights. Continue Reading Yakima And King County Airports Risk Funding Loss If They Don’t Cooperate With ICE
Imagine spending 40 years and more than a billion dollars on a gamble. That’s what one U.S. government science agency did. It’s now paying off big time, with new discoveries about black holes and exotic neutron stars coming almost every week LIGO, with one observation facility near Hanford, Wash. Continue Reading How A ‘Singular Hero’ Helped Start A New Physics Field And Made A Big Wave Near Hanford
A couple of federal agencies you probably haven’t heard of keep track of what farmers grow, what Americans eat and how the country’s entire food system operates. And the Trump administration wants them out of Washington, D.C. Continue Reading Critics Say USDA Plan To Move Agricultural Agencies Could Hurt Research Vital For Farmers
A worker at the Hanford Nuclear Site was recently contaminated with a speck of radioactive material after work in a lab building scheduled for demolition. Continue Reading Worker At Hanford Contaminated In Lab Scheduled For Demolition
A proposed energy storage project in the Columbia Basin is drawing concern from bird advocates. They’re worried new water ponds could attract waterfowl and eagles that could then be struck by nearby wind turbines. Continue Reading Wildlife Advocates Worry A South-Central Washington Energy Project Will Hurt Birds
Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, Christopherson is a thoughtful songwriter with a powerful sense of perspective. Continue Reading Don’t ‘Erase Me’ Says Quinn Christopherson In Winning NPR’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest
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