Latest Tri-Cities News

Ex-Hanford contractor to pay $3M to settle fraud allegations

Jun. 04, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A former Hanford contractor has agreed to pay about $3 million to settle allegations of fraud in reports to the federal government on its small business subcontracts. CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co. had its costs for environmental cleanup at the...

E. Washington elementary school switches to remote learning

May. 29, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

WAITSBURG, Wash. (AP) — An elementary school in eastern Washington is switching to remote learning after an outbreak of COVID-19. Officials at Waitsburg Elementary School announced the change Friday after seven students and two employees tested positive. ...

Flight from Pasco forced to make emergency landing in Yakima

May. 21, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — An Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Yakima after reports of possible sparks onboard Friday morning, officials said. Alaska Airlines Flight 2256 heading from Pasco to Seattle made the unexpected landing after a flight attendant...

Équipe Québec _ baseball road warriors extraordinaire

May. 20, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Scalabrini shouted to his players to gather round before a late-morning practice at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, just to make sure they knew the plan. “We’re leaving at 6 a.m. tomorrow, so you’ve got to be at the bus at 5:30,” said...

Driver arrested after construction worker fatally hit

May. 18, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A judge has set bail at $1 million for a driver accused of fatally hitting a construction site worker in Washington state last weekend after police said she had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit. Jada J. Gibson, 21, was...

Washington state nuclear site to delay moving waste off-site

May. 13, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy and its regulators have proposed extending the deadline to ship waste contaminated with plutonium off the decommissioned Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state. The proposal moves the deadline back 20 years...

Nuclear plant adds workers for refueling, maintenance work

May. 10, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A nuclear power plant in Washington state was shut down over the weekend for a planned 40-day refueling outage, welcoming about 1,400 new temporary jobs to help staff the outage. The Columbia Generating Station near Richland was disconnected on...

Sheriff recall effort collects enough signatures for ballot

May. 06, 2021 20:02 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Voters in a county in southeastern Washington will decide whether to remove Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher from office. A recall petition was certified Thursday by Benton County Auditor Brenda Chilton, The Tri-City Herald reported. ...

Newhouse draws GOP challengers after impeachment vote

Apr. 29, 2021 11:16 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse of Washington state voted to impeach President Donald Trump earlier this year, and he has the primary challengers to prove it. At least three Republicans have said they will challenge Newhouse in next year's...

Man sentenced to 19 years for co-worker's shooting death

Apr. 27, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A Pasco man has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for the shooting death of a co-worker in Burbank, south of the Tri-Cities. A Walla Walla County jury found Edgar Chavez Beltran, 31, guilty of second-degree murder in March, The Tri-City Herald...