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Motorcyclist killed, another injured in Everett crash

Apr. 9, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A motorcyclist was killed and another was critically injured when they crashed along I-5 late Wednesday night, according to the Washington State Patrol. KOMO-TV reports the rider and a passenger were heading north on the freeway around 10:30 p.m. when they crashed just south of 128th...

Dozens of inmates cause large 'disturbance' at Monroe prison

Apr. 9, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

MONROE, Wash. (AP) — Law enforcement agencies responded to the Monroe Corrections Complex Wednesday evening to help contain what a Washington State Patrol spokeswoman called a large “disturbance” among the inmates. Dozens of inmates started threatening to set fires and possibly take...

In this April 5, 2020 photo, soldiers work at a nursing station in the intensive care section of a military field at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday, April 8, 2020, that the field hospital will be returned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency so it can be deployed to another state facing more of a crisis from the outbreak of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Virus: Inslee sending back DOD field hospital

Apr. 8, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday a Department of Defense field hospital that had been set up by the football field where the Seattle Seahawks play due to the coronavirus outbreak will be returned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency so it can be deployed to another state facing more of a...

Nearly 400 virus deaths in Washington state

Apr. 7, 2020 9:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A look at coronavirus-related developments in Washington: NEARLY 400 DEATHS Health authorities in Washington on Tuesday announced more than 20 new coronavirus deaths in the state, bringing the total to at least 394. According to figures from the Department of Health, there are more than...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, center, speaks at a news conference Monday, April 6, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. as state schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal looks on at left. Inslee announced Monday that schools will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak, and that public and private school students will continue distance learning through June. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Officials opt to keep schools closed in Washington state

Apr. 6, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Schools in Washington state will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year while more than 1.2 million public and private K-12 students continue distance learning at least until mid-June due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Monday. Schools have been...

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...

Gov. Jay Inslee: WA schools to remain closed for rest of school year due to coronavirus

Apr. 6, 2020 5:39 PM EDT
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee: WA schools to remain closed for rest of school year due to coronavirus.

Washington search finds body believed to be missing kayaker

Apr. 6, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

COWLITZ COUNTY, Wash. (AP) — Washington state authorities have recovered a body believed to be a man who went missing after his kayak capsized. The Cowlitz County Dive Team recovered a body authorities believe is 28-year-old Robert Chick of Castle Rock, KPTV-TV reported Sunday. Cowlitz County Sheriff's...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump tempers officials' grave assessments with optimism

Apr. 6, 2020 7:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general says that Americans should brace for levels of tragedy reminiscent of the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, while the nation’s infectious disease chief warned that the new coronavirus may never be completely eradicated from the globe. Those...

The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

Apr. 6, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — 13 hospitalized, 1 dead from cruise ship with coronavirus...