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September 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Yakima police shut down 6 massage parlors

YAKIMA (AP) — Authorities shut down six Asian massage parlors and arrested six people on suspicion of prostitution and practicing without a license on Saturday. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that the operation involved 30 officers from Yakima, the state Department of Health and U.S. Homeland Security. Undercover police officers were used to solicit sex…


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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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August 6, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Washington farm-labor group seeking apple workers

The Associated Press YAKIMA, Wash. — The Washington Farm Labor Association says a backlog of visa applications could leave the state without enough guest workers for the apple harvest. Association Director Dan Fazio says farmers in the Northwest are seeking about 1,500 new worker visas for the apple and pear harvests. They will join about 7,000 guest…


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July 10, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Evacuations ordered in Washington state wildfire

A heat wave bound for Eastern Washington this weekend could aggravate raging fires already in the area. Temperatures there are expected to climb past 100 degrees this weekend, according to Matt Fugazzi, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Spokane. A hot, dry climate, he said, can turn land into “organic gasoline, just waiting for…


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March 23, 2014 at 1:42 PM

1 killed, 1 wounded after Yakima rap concert

The Associated Press YAKIMA — One man was killed and one wounded in a shooting after a rap concert Saturday night in Yakima. Officers were called about 11 p.m. to a report of a large fight with gunfire. When they arrived they found a 22-year-old and a 19-year-old wounded in the street. Both men were taken to a…


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February 11, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Robbers shoot, climb in windows as Yakima barista tries to bail

YAKIMA (AP) — A Yakima barista heard two shots fired as she climbed out a drive-up window, trying to escape an armed robber climbing in another window. Police say the 22-year-old woman was not hurt in the robbery early Tuesday at the Grizzly Espresso, but she was stopped by a second robber who forced her back…


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January 28, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Yakima teacher acquitted of sex crime wins $390K

YAKIMA (AP) — The East Valley School District has settled the case of a Yakima teacher who was accused of sexual misconduct with students. The district agreed earlier this month to pay $390,000 in legal fees for Michele Taylor. The gym teacher was accused in 2009 of sexual misconduct with two students, ages 15 and 16. She…


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January 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Colorblind Yakima man says he sees colors after head knock

YAKIMA (AP) — Seventy-year-old Richard Riggs of Yakima says he has been colorblind since birth. But after hitting his head in a recent fall he says he now sees the “colors of the rainbow.” A doctor told KIMA-TV a fall could not change a genetic condition such as colorblindness, but a concussion could possibly change the way…


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