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September 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Normal traffic resumes on highway hit by slide

OSO — Six months after a hillside gave way in Oso, burying 43 people and blocking a state highway, the community is taking another step toward recovery with the return of normal traffic on the route. The state Transportation Department said Monday night that state Highway 530 through the area has reopened to two-way, 50 mph…

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September 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Evacuations ordered in new W. Oregon wildfire

GASTON, Ore.  — Fire officials say a new wildfire in a rural area west of Portland has quickly burned across an estimated 150 acres, prompting the evacuation of at least 50 homes. At least 70 firefighters have responded. No injuries have been reported. Gaston Rural Fire District chaplain Joel Peterson says a helicopter is fighting the blaze…

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September 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Winds fan wildfire that damages 3 Wash. homes

PORTLAND, Ore. — High winds and warm temperatures are challenging Northwest firefighters, especially in the typically windy Columbia River Gorge where a windblown wildfire on the Washington side damaged three homes and smoke from a fire on the Oregon side temporarily restricted traffic on Interstate 84. The National Weather Service says winds in the White Salmon,…

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Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: National Weather Service, White Salmon

September 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Supreme Court gives state more time to find psychiatric beds

The Washington Supreme Court is giving the state until Dec. 26 to find beds in psychiatric hospitals for mentally ill patients who have been involuntarily committed because they were a danger to themselves or others. The court ruled on Aug. 7 that placing these patients in emergency rooms without treatment is not allowed. The state responded…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Health | Topics: psychiatric boarding, state supreme court

August 22, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Judge: Yakima city council elections must change

By Manuel Valdes Associated Press SEATTLE — A U.S. District Judge says the city of Yakima must change its city council elections to comply with the Voting Rights Act, finding that Latino residents do not have proper participation. Judge Thomas Rice’s summary judgment on Friday came after the Washington chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued Yakima…

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August 20, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Blind mom sues Seattle schools over website accessibility

A blind mother whose three children attend Seattle Public Schools is suing the district, saying its website and math software aren’t compatible with technology that blind people use to access the Internet. Noel Nightingale filed the discrimination lawsuit in federal court Wednesday. She says that from 2005 until 2012, she was able to use the Seattle…

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Comments | More in Education | Topics: blind, Seattle Public Schools

August 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM

State Supreme Court to decide if charter schools are constitutional

The Washington Supreme Court announced Friday it would consider whether a voter-approved charter school law violates the state constitution. Oral arguments concerning the lawsuit brought by charter-school opponents have been scheduled for Oct. 28. King County Superior Court Judge Jean Rietschel found in December that parts of the new law were unconstitutional. The decision focused on whether…

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August 12, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Monday’s lightning starts 17 fires; all but 2 are contained

Monday night’s lightning storms led to 17 fires in Washington, according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center. Information Officer Jean Nelson-Dean said the fires burned about 1,370 acres. As of Tuesday morning 15 fires were contained, Nelson-Dean said. Fire fighters are still trying to contain two of the new fires. The Haven Lake fire northwest of Olympia has burned about 285…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Ellensburg, lightning, Olympia

August 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Sewage spill closes Bainbridge Island beaches

Officials have closed the beaches at Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island to swimming and shellfish harvesting after a sewage spill. KIRO-TV reports that the spill began about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when there was a break in a sewer main on the Eagle Harbor shoreline near the state ferry terminal. The spill was stopped by 1:30 p.m. The…

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