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Missing woman's body found in southeast Washington

May. 18, 2022 15:15 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — An autopsy has confirmed that a body found in southeastern Washington belongs to a Washington mother of three who had been reported missing. Yanira Cedillos was celebrating her 30th birthday before she disappeared in early March. Since then Moses Lake police...

Judge tosses COVID-19 vaccine objections of Hanford workers

May. 13, 2022 19:58 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several hundred Hanford nuclear reservation and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory workers in Richland, Washington, over COVID-19 vaccine requirements. The lawsuit was filed in November to halt...

Trump-backed candidate in Wash. House race appears to stall

May. 12, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The insurgent candidate backed by former President Donald Trump appears to be stalling in a crowded field of Republicans challenging the GOP incumbent for a U.S. House seat in conservative central Washington state. Rep. Dan Newhouse, a four-term congressman,...

High inflation leaves food banks struggling to meet needs

May. 11, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

Kendall Nunamaker and her family of five in Kennewick, Washington, faced impossible math this month: How to pay for gas, groceries and the mortgage with inflation driving up prices? Like many other working families, the Nunamakers are grappling with the 8.3% inflation in the...

Richland doctor sentenced to 4 years for prescription fraud

Apr. 28, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state doctor has been sentenced to four years in prison for a scheme in which she hired drug addicts and gave them blank prescription scripts for opioid pain medications and other controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose, according to federal...

Murder warrant issued for father of E. WA boy found dead

Apr. 13, 2022 21:09 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A nationwide murder warrant has been issued for the father of a child whose body was found in eastern Washington in February. Pasco Police initiated a missing child report for 8-year-old Edgar Casian in May 2021, but they were unable to find him, The...

Former AP reporter, editor Michael Rouse dies at 82

Apr. 08, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) — J. Michael “Mike” Rouse, a former Associated Press reporter in North Carolina who helped usher the news cooperative into the early computer age though vote tabulation and story transmission, has died. He was 82. His son, David Rouse, said Friday...

Hanford contractor to pay nearly $3M in loan fraud case

Mar. 25, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A Hanford contractor and its owners will pay nearly $3 million after being accused of fraud related to a loan from a federal program to help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “These funds were intended to help small and local businesses and...

Officials investigate 2 deaths at Franklin County Jail

Mar. 23, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — A second inmate in a month has died at the Franklin County jail. An autopsy was conducted Tuesday after a 42-year-old Othello woman was found dead in her cell in the Pasco jail last week. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner is trying to determine why Faviola...

Congress approves money for Hanford nuclear cleanup

Mar. 14, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The budget for the Hanford nuclear reservation for the current fiscal year will be nearly $128 million more than proposed by the Biden administration and about $25 million above the fiscal 2021 budget. The U.S. Senate approved the budget last week as part of...