Washington AG warns high court of ‘slippery slope’ in public education case

OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court should not go down a “slippery slope” and punish the Legislature because it didn’t come up with a complete plan to improve public schools, the state attorney general’s office said.

More bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

GASTON, Ore. — It was supposed to be a pleasant lakeside picnic for a 42-year-old mother, her 25-year-old daughter, teenage son and 3-year-old grandson.

Reservoir project seen as key part of preparing for climate change

The Roza Irrigation District is turning a dried lake bed in Washout Canyon into a 39-acre reservoir that will allow the district to pull less water from the Yakima River and better serve customers in the Prosser and Benton City areas.

Washington student test results due out today

SEATTLE — Washington schools get their report cards today. The state is releasing the results from spring student tests later this morning.

Elwha River is free after dam demolition

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Nothing but rubble is left of the dams blocking the Elwha River. The last bit of concrete structure was demolished on Tuesday.

High Times publisher files suit against Ephrata pot shop

An Ephrata, Washington, marijuana retailer is the target of a media empire that labels itself as the biggest brand name in pot.

Suspect in Pasco carjacking reportedly stabs truck driver

MALHEUR COUNTY — A suspect in a Pasco carjacking reportedly rammed a semi-truck on Interstate 84 on Monday and stabbed the driver multiple times.

Persons of interest in slayings might have left Umatilla County

Authorities believe multiple people wanted for questioning in the homicide investigation of three Pasco residents and an unborn baby have left the Umatilla County area.

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Scientists: 'Kennewick Man' might have been Asian

The mysterious Kennewick Man, who died 9,000 years ago in the Columbia River Valley, was a seal hunter who rambled far and wide with a projectile point lodged in his hip, five broken ribs that never healed properly, two small dents in his skull and a bum shoulder from the repetitive stress of throwing spears.

Lower jobless rate means state Employment Security workers face layoffs

OLYMPIA — Washington’s lower unemployment rate means more jobs in many parts of the economy, but layoffs for the people who help the unemployed.

Richland family seeks answers after man's death in Franklin County jail

Mitchell Campbell died alone in a Franklin County jail cell.

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Feds weigh reintroducing grizzlies in North Cascades

SEATTLE — The National Park Service said Thursday it will consider moving grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state to aid their recovery.

Study: Gorge Amphitheater has big economic impact

An increase in spending on Gorge Amphitheater events could be a sign of an improving economy, experts say.

Sen. Murray, pushing funds for residencies, sidesteps Spokane medical school flap

SEATTLE – As she pushed for more graduate-level physician training in the region, Sen. Patty Murray did her best Wednesday to steer clear of the controversy over who should operate a medical school in Spokane.

Washington gives green light to sheep rancher to kill wolves

OLYMPIA — The state Fish and Wildlife Department has authorized a rancher to shoot wolves that approach his flock of sheep in Stevens County in northeast Washington.