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FILE - In this April 10, 2020 file photo, Missael Lopez, left, and Laura McIlrath Riel bundle asparagus at McIlrath Family Farm stand in Yakima, Wash., during the coronavirus outbreak. The state of Washington is implementing safety recommendations to battle a large outbreak of the coronavirus in the agricultural area in the central part of the state (Evan Abell/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP, File)

Virus outbreak targeted in agricultural Washington county

May. 26, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington is implementing safety recommendations to battle a large outbreak of the coronavirus in an agricultural county in the central part of the state, officials said Tuesday. Yakima County, a major food producer, has recorded about 3,000 cases of the virus among its...

Joe Harvey, former New Mexico state senator, dies at 80

May. 25, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Joe Harvey, a former Democratic state senator in New Mexico, who also served as Hobbs city manager for 23 years, died this month. His family said Sunday he died May 8, at his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. No cause of death was given. He was 80. Born in 1939 in Spokane, Washington,...

Pedestrians pass a street crossing Friday, May 22, 2020, in Tokyo. Tokyo is still under a coronavirus state of emergency until the end of May though there have been no hard lockdowns. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

The Latest: Japan set to end Tokyo's state of emergency

May. 25, 2020 1:09 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: — Japan set to remove state of emergency from Tokyo, 4 other...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 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: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

24 Spokane pasta factory workers test positive for COVID-19

May. 23, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A pasta company has announced there was a coronavirus outbreak at its Spokane factory as Washington state prepares to reopen parts of its economy following a two-month lockdown. Philadelphia Macaroni Company Inc. confirmed the outbreak in a statement Friday saying 72 workers were...

Wolves attack 2 more calves, state considering response

May. 21, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A northeast Washington wolf pack attacked two more calves, state Fish and Wildlife officials have confirmed, potentially pushing the department to consider shooting at least one wolf. The Wedge pack injured one calf and killed another in a private pasture in Stevens County, a...

Amazon starts hiring 2,000 workers in Spokane suburb

May. 21, 2020 10:48 AM EDT

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) — Hiring has started for more than 2,000 jobs at a new Amazon processing facility in the Spokane suburb of Airway Heights. Amazon said Wednesday that it is looking for employees to pick and pack orders, receive products and load and unload trucks at the 2.5 million-square-foot...

Falafel shop employee Javohn Ferguson works to pack a customer's take-out order in a restaurant otherwise closed because of the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced $10 million in grants to small businesses in industries particularly hard-hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. They include restaurants, hair salons, fitness studios and theaters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Inslee: More counties can expedite reopening process

May. 19, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Ten additional counties in Washington can apply to move to the second stage of the state’s economic reopening plan, based on new guidelines announced Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee that allows larger counties with fewer new coronavirus cases to open some of their businesses sooner....

Spokane group rebuilds vandalized pandemic memorial

May. 18, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A group in Spokane has rebuilt a memorial for victims of the coronavirus pandemic after its was vandalized by protesters on Friday. KREM-TV reports that thirty people have died among 396 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Spokane County since the outbreak began. Stronger Together...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, listens to testimony on the House floor at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Shea, whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed

Lawmaker called 'domestic terrorist' won't seek reelection

May. 15, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed “domestic terrorism” will not seek reelection. The Spokesman-Review reports that Matt Shea did not file a petition of candidacy for his state House seat on Friday, the...