Chance of showers at Oso mudslide site; 29 confirmed dead

SEATTLE — After several mostly dry, clear days that allowed recovery workers to find more bodies in the Oso landslide, rain is forecast to return to Western Washington by the end of the week.

United Way distributing $525K to mudslide victims

EVERETT — A spokesman for United Way of Snohomish County says the organization plans to distribute as much as $525,000 this week to help victims of the deadly March 22 mudslide that hit Oso, Wash.

Boy Scouts removes gay troop leader in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — The Boys Scouts of America has removed an openly gay troop leader in Seattle, saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

Slide erased their homes, but maybe not their loans

In the aftermath of the Snohomish County mudslide, surviving homeowners face the possibility having to repay mortgages on homes that no longer exist.

Bigger banks aren’t offering a blanket reprieve, leaving homeowners — many of them with large mortgages — in financial limbo.

Plan would remove small dam from Umatilla River

ECHO, Ore. — A project costing nearly $1 million is expected to remove a small diversion dam on the Umatilla River in northeastern Oregon, helping restore fish runs once wiped out.

Updated: Blast rocks Washington gas plant; five workers hurt

A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

Inslee, AG issue new demands for Hanford cleanup

RICHLAND — The state of Washington issued new demands Monday to hold the Department of Energy accountable for Hanford environmental cleanup over the next three decades.

Lottery to be held for Hanford Reach wildflower tour seats

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is trying something new on its popular spring wildflower tours on the normally closed portion of the Hanford Reach National Monument.

Dam removal to help with fish passage on Umatilla River

A diversion dam blocking fish passage up the Umatilla River between Echo and Stanfield could be removed by 2016, while still maintaining irrigation rights established 117 years ago.

WSU researchers introducing new apple to growers

A new apple under development at Washington State University could compete for the hearts and palates of fruit lovers in a few years.

Tens of thousands found to live in high-risk areas in Snohomish County

A neighbor rushed to save the elderly couple after a wall of mud slid down a rain-soaked bluff and knocked their home about 10 feet off its foundation.

Update: Four injured in rupture at natural gas facility

PLYMOUTH, Wash. — Fire officials are confirming that four people were injured in Monday morning's natural gas pipeline rupture along the Columbia River in south Benton County, across the river from Umatilla.

Natural gas facility on fire near Umatilla

PLYMOUTH, Wash. — A natural gas facility near Plymouth, a town across the river from Umatilla off Interstate 82, caught fire Monday morning.

Four things to watch as insurance signup deadline arrives

It’s the final day of the Affordable Care Act’s first enrollment period for people to sign up for health insurance. But the story of the health-care overhaul doesn’t end here.

State used outdated data to allow logging above slope hit by massive slide

SEATTLE — State regulators have been using outdated boundaries to restrict logging above the Snohomish County slope that collapsed March 22, failing to incorporate newer research that would have protected a swath of land that wound up being clear-cut, according to a Seattle Times analysis of documents and geographical data.