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February 14, 2015 at 10:44 AM

State board: More slot-like machines OK at tribal casinos

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The state gambling board has approved a plan to allow more slot-like machines at tribal casinos. The Olympian newspaper reports the agreement approved Friday would let tribes collectively to have 2,700 more machines immediately and then let market conditions influence if they eventually have thousands more. The new compact is between the state…


Comments | Topics: gambling, slot-like machines, tribal casinos

February 7, 2015 at 12:37 PM

New landslide shuts down Amtrak between Seattle, Everett

Updated, 8:55 p.m.: The Associated Press Several mudslides Saturday on BNSF railroad tracks have shut down Amtrak passenger-train service between Seattle and Everett and Ridgefield and Vancouver until Monday, according to BNSF. Another slide had covered the tracks north of Seattle on Friday. Amtrak officials said the tracks are used by Amtrak Cascades and Empire Builder trains. Freight trains will run,…


Comments | Topics: Amtrak, Everett, landslide

January 20, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Second measles case here linked to Disneyland outbreak

By JoNel Aleccia A second case of measles in Washington state has been linked to a Disneyland outbreak that has sickened at least 47 people in the U.S. and Mexico since mid-December. An unvaccinated teen boy in Grays Harbor was confirmed to be infected with measles, state health officials said Tuesday. He’s the brother of an unvaccinated…


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January 19, 2015 at 3:16 PM

19 arrested in ‘black lives matter’ protest on Highway 99

 Update, 6:42 p.m.: The Seattle Police Department says it arrested 19 people in a protest Monday against police brutality that shut down Aurora Avenue North in the South Lake Union neighborhood and sent one officer to the hospital. Police say one demonstrator assaulted an officer, who was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment. The officer was discharged…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter

January 19, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Career criminal charged with robbing 5 Washington banks

The Associated Press A man suspected of being the “Alabama Band Bandit” faces felony charges of robbing five banks in July in Lynnwood, Bellingham and Shoreline. Federal prosecutors Friday also charged Michael Ryan Hardesty with possessing a stolen firearm. Hardesty had recently been released from federal prison after being sentenced to 7 1/2 years in 2008…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Alabama Band Bandit, Bank robbery, Michael Ryan Hardesty

January 19, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Rail track proposed to move Cedar Grove compost off Smith Island

EVERETT — A group of businesses and property owners is proposing a short-line rail loop to move Cedar Grove compost off Everett’s Smith Island to markets outside western Washington. A plan submitted to the city calls for a 61-acre railroad terminal with a 1.8 mile-long loop track connected to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline. The Daily…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Cedar Grove, compost, Smith Island

January 17, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Toxic algae on Lake Washington shoreline could harm dogs

The Associated Press Health officials are warning people to watch out for toxic algae recently found along some shorelines on Lake Washington. They say the algae could be dangerous for humans and animals. The blue-green scum could make people and animals sick and be fatal to dogs if they ingest large quantities of the water. Public health officials…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Lake Washington, toxic algae

January 10, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Small quake hits off Washington coast; no damage reported

The Associated Press FORKS, Clallam County — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says a small earthquake hit off the Washington coast Saturday morning. The 3.1 magnitude quake was centered about 19 miles offshore west of Forks. The Washington state Emergency Management agency says no damage has been reported or is expected.



December 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Grandmother, grandson hit by car on Bainbridge Island

The Associated Press A fire official on Bainbridge Island said a woman walking with her two grandchildren in a condo parking lot Friday suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by a car backing out of a carport. KING-TV reported that Assistant Fire Chief Luke Carpenter said the driver didn’t see the woman or the children. He…


Comments | Topics: Bainbridge Island, grandmother

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