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Customers wear a variety of protective masks as they wait some six-feet apart to enter a Trader Joe's store, where the number of customers allowed inside at any one time was limited because of the coronavirus outbreak, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Virus sparks prison riot, hits more WA long-term care homes

Apr. 9, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Inmates at a Washington state prison staged a large protest following new coronavirus diagnoses at the facility and health officials say they continue to see high numbers of cases in the state's long-term care facilities. More than 9,600 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and at least...

Rows of patient beds are shown at a military field hospital, Sunday, April 5, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. Officials said the facility, which will be used for people with medical issues that are not related to the new coronavirus outbreak, has more than 200 beds and is ready now to receive patients. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Tribal casinos in WA closing due to coronavirus

Apr. 6, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A look at coronavirus-related developments in Washington: SCHOOL CLOSURE EXTENDED Schools in Washington state will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year due to the coronavirus and the state’s more than 1.2 million public and private K-12 students will continue...

Virus: Transit agencies gets federal money to help

Apr. 4, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Transit agencies in the Puget Sound region will get more than $500 million in federal help to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. The Seattle Times reports the Federal Transit Administration announced this week how it would distribute $25 billion included in the recently passed federal...

Washington Army National Guard Col. Kevin McMahan, center, stands next to a map of confirmed positive cases and deaths attributed to the new coronavirus in Washington state as he observes activities in the operations room for the coordination of Washington National Guard troops and active duty U.S. Army soldiers working in Washington state in response to the new coronavirus outbreak, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Camp Murray, Wash. McMahan is the title 32 deputy commander with Joint Taskforce Steelhead, the coordinated effort between the Washington National Guard and a field hospital unit of U.S. Army soldiers from Colorado who are setting up a field hospital for non-coronavirus patients at the CenturyLink Field Events Center in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Model shows April 19 peak for virus in Washington state

Mar. 31, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A look at virus-related developments in Washington: PEAK IN THREE WEEKS? Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer with the Washington Department of Health, said on Tuesday that a University of Washington data model estimates that the state COVID-19 outbreak will peak around April 19....

Idaho officials observe 57 mountain goats in Selkirk range

Mar. 30, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Idaho biologists counted 57 mountain goats in the Selkirk Mountain Range this year, the first survey of the animals in the range since 2001. The Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife made an aerial observation of the goats that head to steep and bare, rocky areas in the winter, The...

Environmental groups complain about dam hearings format

Mar. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Some environmental groups are complaining about the teleconference format for gathering public comments on a federal government proposal to save salmon runs on the Columbia River system. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government decided to hold teleconferences, rather than...

Washington governor signs bill allowing sports betting

Mar. 25, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A bill to allow sports gambling in Washington state, but only at tribal casinos, was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday. Inslee said the bill would allow the state and Indian tribes to enter into new gaming compacts to cover sports betting. “”This will allow people...

Van Lith, Mullins named AP Washington prep players of year

Mar. 25, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Record-setting guard Hailey Van Lith of Cashmere and Mount Si sharpshooter Jade Mullins have been voted The Associated Press Washington state high school basketball players of the year. Van Lith was a unanimous selection on the girls side in voting of sports writers and editors from around...

2 people arrested in connection with death of woman

Mar. 13, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Two people have been arrested in connection with the strangulation death of a woman whose naked body was found on a road in north Spokane this week. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested Journey N. O’Donnal, 23, and Robert F. Mead, 27, on Wednesday...

Virus prompts both WSU and EWU to move most classes online

Mar. 12, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Both Washington State University and Eastern Washington University are moving most classes online because of the coronavirus. Professors at both schools will teach by live video conferencing and prerecording lectures. The Spokesman-Review says the move will affect tens of thousands of...