A Washington state senator under investigation for alleged workplace misconduct involving his former legislative assistant acknowledged Tuesday that he had a “brief relationship” with the woman before he hired her in 2009. Continue Reading Washington Sen. Kevin Ranker Admits Relationship With Former Staffer Accusing Him Of Misconduct
In the middle of Hanford’s desert, there’s a tunnel that stretches a third of a mile underground. Anna King got a first-of-its kind look at how work is progressing to prevent another collapse at one of the tunnels willed with radioactive waste. Continue Reading A First Glimpse Of Hanford’s Tunnel 2 As Work Continues To Prevent Another Hazardous Collapse
A new agreement aims to help more young salmon make their way past dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers. The agreement, reached this week, spells out new strategies for spilling more water over the dams — and sending less water through power-generating turbines — each spring. Continue Reading Agreement On Dams Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia And Snake River Journey
An Amtrak Cascades train arriving in Vancouver, B.C., from Seattle derailed at low speed Monday. Nobody was hurt, but the timing was unfortunate: The derailment occurred almost exactly one year after last December’s deadly derailment south of Tacoma, which killed three people and injured dozens more. Continue Reading Another Amtrak Cascades Train Derailed Almost Exactly One Year After I-5 Wreck, No Injuries
Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker, an Orcas Island Democrat best known for his work on environmental issues, has confirmed that he is under investigation for alleged workplace misconduct involving a former employee. Continue Reading Washington Legislature Investigating Sen. Kevin Ranker For Misconduct
Whitman College’s Because You Are Here is community theater but not in the way we usually think of it. Performers in this production met with members of the Walla Walla community—particularly the migrant population—to learn their stories and bring them to life. Continue Reading Acting And Activism: Whitman College Play Explores Community Impact Of Immigration
A 20-month investigation shows the extent the Catholic Church’s order of Jesuits, aka Society of Jesus, used Northwest Native reservations and Alaska Native communities to shuffle clergy with credible accusations of sex abuse. Instead of being prosecuted or removed from ministry, many were sent to other remote assignments, and housed in a retirement community on the Gonzaga University campus in Spokane. Continue Reading After Years Of Sexual Abuse In Native Communities, Jesuits Sent Many To Retire On Gonzaga’s Campus
Federal fishery managers are increasing the catch limits for several West Coast species that were overfished and severely restricted for years. Surveys show depleted populations of yellow eye and bocaccio rockfish, cow cod and ocean perch — all classified as groundfish — are rebounding decades ahead of schedule. Continue Reading West Coast Fishery Rebounds After Years Of Conservation Efforts
Ryan Zinke is out as secretary of the Interior. Zinke will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of the year; his successor is expected to be announced next week. Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers was considered a top candidate for the job before Zinke was named in 2017. Continue Reading Ryan Zinke Stepping Down As Interior Secretary Amid Ethics Investigations
President Trump praised the ruling by a court in Texas as supporters of the ACA said they will appeal. Continue Reading Federal Judge Strikes Down Affordable Care Act As Unconstitutional
It’s been almost one year since an Amtrak Cascades train derailed near DuPont, Washington. The crash killed three passengers and injured more than 60, including drivers on adjacent Interstate 5. One year later, some of the seriously injured are still healing. The courts are just beginning to deal with the lawsuits stemming from the crash. Continue Reading Survivors Still Healing, Seeking Accountability One Year After Deadly Amtrak Derailment Over I-5
The chemical’s especially dangerous for babies and small children because it can have lasting neurological effects. Chlorpyrifos can blow from orchards into nearby houses; parents who work in orchards can transport the chemical home on their clothes and in their cars; and chlorpyrifos can make its way into developing fetuses through umbilical cord blood. Continue Reading This Pesticide Poisons, But It’s Still Sprayed On Washington Orchards — Including Christmas Trees
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