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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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Comments | Topics: American Civil Liberties Union, Yakima

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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Comments | More in Education | Topics: charter schools

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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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Health | Topics: Bainbridge Island, sewage, spill

August 10, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Officials ID three found dead at Benton County farm

FINLEY, Benton County – Sheriff’s officials say they have identified the three people found dead on a farm in South Central Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reports that 23-year-old David Perez Saucedo and 19-year-old Victoria Torres were found Saturday near a cornfield in Benton County, along with a 23-year-old woman whose name is being withheld pending…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Benton County sheriff, homicide

August 7, 2014 at 9:56 PM

1 man drowned Thursday night in Green Lake, 2nd man critical

UPDATE 5:50 a.m. Friday: One young man has died and a second remains in critical condition after divers found them unconscious Thursday night in Green Lake in Seattle. KIRO reports  fire department rescuers took them to Harborview Medical Center. One had reportedly been underwater for 30 minutes and the other 45. ORIGINAL POST: Two young men were…

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| More in The Blotter | Topics: drowning, green lake

August 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Wildfire near Ellensburg grows to 10 square miles

After nearly doubling in size on Tuesday, the spread of the Snag Canyon Fire north of Ellensburg appeared to slow down slightly Wednesday afternoon. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that about 500 firefighters were working on the fire, which had burned 10 square miles (6,400 acres) as of Wednesday evening, according to inciweb.nwcg.gov, a government…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Devil's Elbow complex, Snag Canyon Fire

August 4, 2014 at 7:53 AM

6-year-old girl missing from Bremerton home

UPDATE, 11:35 a.m.: Child welfare workers have removed two other children from the Washington home where a 6-year-old disappeared. Kitsap County sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson says Washington Child Protective Services took an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl from the east Bremerton home Monday, as the search continues for the younger girl, Jenise Paulette Wright. Wilson says…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bremerton, Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, missing child

July 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Bank guard, 2nd man involved in shooting both improving

A bank security guard and a second man wounded Thursday in Seattle have improved to serious condition. Harborview Medical Center says both remain in intensive care Friday. They were in critical condition when they were admitted. Police are still trying to sort out whether it was an attempted robbery or something else that led to the…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Central Area, Central District

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