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January 27, 2015 at 6:28 AM

Snoqualmie Pass reopens after morning closure to remove trees

UPDATE, 9:25 a.m. | All lanes are open on Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass following a closure to remove downed trees. Headed over the Cascades? Crews will be removing some downed trees from Snoqualmie Pass on Tuesday morning and the pass will be closed in both directions at 8:30 a.m. for about an hour. Eastbound traffic will…

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January 26, 2015 at 2:46 PM

Southbound I-5 in Tacoma reopens after crash

Update at 3:50 p.m.: All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 near Fife are open, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The backup is eight miles. Original post: All lanes of southbound Interstate 5 are blocked in Tacoma near Wapato Creek at milepost 137, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Traffic is being…

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January 26, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Teen killed on BNSF railroad tracks near Vancouver

The Associated Press VANCOUVER, Wash. — Police say the person struck and killed by a train early Monday about 10 miles east of Vancouver was a 17-year-old boy. Officials have not released the name of the Vancouver teen. Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says it happened at 2:43 a.m. Monday on the main Columbia River Gorge…

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January 26, 2015 at 11:06 AM

Redmond man accused of killing father pleads not guilty

The Associated Press SEATTLE — A man accused of shooting his father to death at the family home in Redmond pleaded not guilty Monday in Seattle. Twenty-two-year-old Mark Karesek is charged with second-degree murder and unlawful possession of firearms in the Jan. 9 death of his 51-year-old father, Zdenneck Karasek. KOMO reports prosecutors say the shooting followed a…

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January 26, 2015 at 6:48 AM

Man in fog struck and killed on Highway 241 near Sunnyside

The Associated Press SUNNYSIDE — The Washington State Patrol says the fog before dawn Sunday was a factor in the death of a man who was walking in the middle of Highway 241 near Sunnyside. The driver didn’t see 67-year-old Juan Gutierrez who was fatally injured. State Trooper Erik Magnussen tells KNDO.  The patrol is asking drivers to…

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January 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Wash. State Fair will open Labor Day weekend in 2016

The Associated Press PUYALLUP — The Washington State Fair in Puyallup will open Labor Day weekend next year, increasing the number of weekends for the event from three to four with the goal of boosting attendance and revenue. Fair officials also announced Thursday that beginning in 2016, the fair would be closed on Tuesdays, historically the slowest…

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January 23, 2015 at 7:54 AM

Washington attorney general wants to outlaw ticket bots

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking the Legislature to outlaw ticket bots — computer software that beats humans trying to buy seats online for concerts and sporting events. Scalpers use such programs to buy up tickets that they resell at higher prices. Ferguson says Ticketmaster reports bots are often used to buy…

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January 23, 2015 at 7:53 AM

Officials ID man found dead in Ridgefield hunting blind

The Columbian  (TNS) The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a 54-year-old man from Lewis County who died Tuesday of natural causes at the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. Mark Lee Haskins, of Onalaska, went to the refuge off South Hillhurst Road around 5 a.m. that day to hunt ducks from a blind, a shelter used to avoid detection….

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