Northwest

Bill aims to aid dock owners on Columbia

KENNEWICK — A new bill filed by state Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, seeks to offer some relief to dock owners along the Columbia River. But a state agency said it might cause headaches for local governments.

Bill targets seclusion, restraint of special ed students

Heidi Stuber says she knows her 9-year-old autistic son can get out of hand. On rare occasions, he’s hit and bitten people when the wrong approach is used to de-escalate a tense moment.

Email snafu hits public comment period for Corps project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lost about 28,000 public comments about a controversial oil-shipping dock at a Whatcom County refinery after they were marked as “malicious spam” by an email security system.

College trains future funeral directors

Here’s a question for Samantha Foster, 21, of Mukilteo, future mortician. Why?

2-tier system for driver's license, ID cards, still in works

A plan to bring Washington state into compliance with tougher federal requirements for proof of U.S. residency for driver's licenses and other government-sanctioned ID has not been immediately embraced by lawmakers.

Grant to benefit Palouse River drainage project

A project to restore land and improve water quality along the Palouse River is among five conservation efforts in Washington state to be funded by a new federal program.

State's jobless rate edges up again as more seek work

Even though Washington state’s jobless rate climbed for the fourth month in a row in December, the number of jobs in the state continued to grow, making 2014 the best year for job growth since 1997.

West Coast seaport talks resuming after hiatus, rallies

Labor strife at seaports along the West Coast prompted thousands of dockworkers to rally against employers they say are trying to exploit a crisis of cargo congestion at harbors that handle about $1 trillion worth of goods annually.

Washington attorney general wants to outlaw ticket bots

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.

Washington inmate sentenced in Portland for tax fraud

Melvin Johnson is serving a triple life term at the Washington State Penitentiary, but if he somehow wins early release he'll face another three years in prison.

Timber country troubles

Another mill closure in Oregon fits with the familiar tune of the past couple of ...