Latest Tri-Cities News

Fourth child in Washington has coronavirus-related illness

May. 28, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A child in the Pasco, Washington, area has been diagnosed with a multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, an illness associated with COVID-19, said the Benton Franklin Health District. The Tri-City Herald reports it's one of four cases of the syndrome identified in Washington...

Yakima School District leads WA in youth meal distributions

May. 23, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — By 10:30 Wednesday morning, a line of cars stretched three blocks surrounding Yakima School District’s Washington Middle School. More cars continued to arrive in anticipation of the weekly meal distribution, which is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon at several district schools....

Tyson beef plant in Wallula reopens after 12 day closure

May. 5, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

WALLULA, Wash. (AP) — A Tyson Fresh Meats beef plant in eastern Washington state has reopened with limited production of beef, after closing 12 days ago to test workers for the new coronavirus. Tyson said Tuesday that nearly 12% of workers tested had COVID-19, not counting 38 pending test results. The...

Police: Washington porch package thieves dressed as nurses

May. 3, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Authorities in Washington state are searching for two women suspected of dressing up as nurses and stealing packages that had been delivered to people's front porches. Police in Kennewick asked for the public’s help in solving the thefts from residences in the town in eastern...

Coronavirus cuts into global french fry demand

May. 3, 2020 9:02 AM EDT

ELTOPIA, Wash. (AP) — For farmer Mike Pink, spring is supposed to be a time of hope, when he can survey a green field of young potato plants and anticipate the bounty to be pulled from the sandy soils of the Columbia Basin. This year, this is a season when dreams die. Due to an epic potato glut that...

Tyson Fresh Meats plant to remain closed longer

Apr. 30, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

WALLULA, Wash. (AP) — A Tyson Fresh Meats beef plant near the Tri-Cities will remain closed for a while longer as county health officials await test results on all the approximately 1,400 workers. Walla Walla County health officials reported Wednesday afternoon the coronavirus test results are still...

People wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they walk along a street in Beijing, Thursday, April 23, 2020. China says Australian calls for an independent investigation into the cause of the coronavirus outbreak are politically motivated and unhelpful in dealing with the global pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Sharp Corp holding lottery for popular masks

Apr. 24, 2020 12:50 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: — China reports no new deaths for ninth straight day —...

Tyson beef plant in Washington will close to test workers

Apr. 23, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

WALLULA, Wash. (AP) — The Tyson Fresh Meats beef plant in eastern Washington state is temporarily shutting down to test all its workers for the coronavirus. Health officials in surrounding counties will work with the company to test the plant's more than 1,400 employees for COVID-19 as soon as possible,...

Franklin County commissioners rescind vote on businesses

Apr. 23, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The Franklin County commissioners have rescinded their controversial resolution allowing businesses to reopen in portions of the eastern Washington county despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The three-member board on Tuesday had unanimously voted to “end recognition”...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sits at his desk and rehearses a speech Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., minutes before going live to address the public on the state's next steps in addressing the coronavirus outbreak. Inslee said the state will not be able to lift many of the stay-at-home restrictions implemented to fight the coronavirus by May 4, the date through which the existing directive is currently in place. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee: Stay-at-home order working, changes to be data-led

Apr. 22, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday the stay-at-home order is working to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state, noting that while some may not agree with his decisions, any changes will be based “on data and science.” Inslee's comments come as the sheriff...