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Washington state can’t tell if housing tax exemption working

Jan. 18, 2020 10:02 AM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — It’s hard to tell whether a tax exemption used to build more than $4 billion in multifamily housing projects across Washington over the past four years is working as intended as a prime motivator to drive development, both affordable and market rate. A 2019 legislative audit of...

Washington state man killed by vehicle on Las Vegas sidewalk

Jan. 17, 2020 3:13 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities in Las Vegas have identified a Washington state man who was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking on a sidewalk not far from McCarran International Airport. The Clark County coroner said Friday that Daniel Arredondo Garcia, 53, of Yakima, Washington, died of blunt force...

2 people found burned near hop yard were homicide victims

Jan. 16, 2020 6:24 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice announced Wednesday that a woman and man whose bodies were found partially burned near a Moxee area hop yard earlier this month died from internal trauma. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the deaths of Alyson Harris, 32, and Miguel Martinez-Vasquez,...

Body found near Columbia is missing Yakama woman

Jan. 8, 2020 8:07 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Yakama Nation woman missing since her Wapato apartment burned Nov. 14 has been found dead in Klickitat County, authorities said Tuesday. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call Saturday morning reporting that a car was...

Investigation after burned bodies found in hop yard

Jan. 8, 2020 1:48 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after two burned bodies were found at a hop yard outside of Moxee, Washington. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that an employee at the hop yard about 6 miles east of Moxee, found the bodies around 2:15 p.m., Tuesday. Sheriff...

Washington snowpack low, similar to 2015 drought year

Dec. 30, 2019 5:18 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s snowpack is less than a year ago and officials say it's similar to the start of 2015, the state’s last big drought. The Capital Press reports the statewide snowpack is 47% of normal. It was 46% of normal at this time five years ago. “It’s very...

Yakama Nation gets over $400K for 3 fish recovery projects

Dec. 27, 2019 10:07 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A Native American tribe in Washington state has received a state grant to fund recovery projects aimed at improving the conditions of threatened steelhead trout species in the region. The Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board has awarded $414,000 to the Confederated Tribes and Bands...

Ex-Walmart employee arraigned on threat charges

Dec. 26, 2019 1:59 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A former Walmart employee has pleaded not guilty to charges he threatened to blow up the chain’s West Valley outlet and kill two store managers. The Yakima Herald-Republic report s that Roy Lee Maynard, 41, entered the plea Tuesday morning during his arraignment in Yakima...

Former Walmart worker faces charges of bomb, death threats

Dec. 25, 2019 12:43 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A former Walmart employee in Washington state pleaded not guilty to charges he threatened to blow up one of the stores and kill two managers, according to court records. Roy Lee Maynard, 41, was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of making a threat to bomb property and two counts of felony...

CWU requests security upgrades after false shooter report

Dec. 24, 2019 10:48 AM EST

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Central Washington University is requesting $3.28 million in state funding to upgrade its security systems in Ellensburg after a false active shooter threat in February. The Yakima-Herald Republic reports that the supplemental budget proposal would fund a video security system,...