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Hit-and-run driver strikes two 12-year-old girls, killing 1

Jan. 16, 2022 15:21 PM EST

MIDLAND, Wash. (AP) — A hit-and-run driver struck two 12-year-old girls who were apparently walking to the store in the town of Midland, Washington, killing one and critically injuring the other, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office said. The collision happened at about 10:30 a.m....

Inslee deploys National Guard to assist hospitals, testing

Jan. 13, 2022 19:46 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is deploying 100 members of the state National Guard to hospitals across the state to set up testing sites and to assist in non-medical tasks amid staff shortages due to an omicron-fueled spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Inslee...

Charges filed against Electron Hydro over river pollution

Jan. 11, 2022 13:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three dozen criminal charges have been filed against Electron Hydro and its chief operating officer Thom Fischer in connection with a 2020 spill of crumb rubber into the Puyallup River. Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson filed the 36 gross misdemeanor...

PNW Storm: WA mountain passes likely closed until Sunday

Jan. 06, 2022 23:00 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The latest winter storm to hit the Pacific Northwest brought a halt to travel across Washington's Cascade mountains, flood warnings, school closures and icy roads Thursday. The major route across Washington's Cascades — Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass — was...

Medical examiner identifies man fatally struck by train

Jan. 06, 2022 08:08 AM EST

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A man killed when he was struck by an Amtrak passenger train in Lakewood Jan. 1 was identified by the Pierce County medical examiner Wednesday. Eric L. Johnson, 40, of Tacoma died from multiple blunt force injuries, according to the Pierce County Medical...

COVID, snow force flight cancellations at Sea-Tac Airport

Dec. 29, 2021 16:43 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — For days, travelers flying to or from the Seattle area have faced cancellations, delays, lost luggage, unexpected hotel stays and mounting frustration amid snowy, frigid winter weather and pandemic-related staffing issues. Since snow began falling on Sunday, nearly...

Pacific Northwest to see snow followed by bitter cold

Dec. 25, 2021 08:31 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Pacific Northwest is bracing for a major winter storm with snow expected along the coast, the mountains under a winter weather advisory over the weekend and frigid temperatures expected by early next week. The Seattle-Tacoma area is likely to see up to 3 inches...

A look at high-profile cases over killings by US police

Dec. 23, 2021 18:59 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis police officer who said she confused her handgun for a Taser was led away in handcuffs Thursday after a jury found her guilty of manslaughter in the death of Black motorist Daunte Wright. The mostly white jury deliberated for about 27...

Investigation clears 2 cops involved in Black man's death

Dec. 21, 2021 16:48 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Tacoma Police Department interim Chief Mike Ake said Tuesday that two officers involved in the death of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who pleaded for breath under an officer’s knee, did not violate any policies and can return to work. Officers Masiyh Ford, 29,...

Staff at Tacoma psychiatric hospital vote to unionize

Dec. 17, 2021 13:14 PM EST

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Employees at a troubled Tacoma psychiatric hospital have voted to unionize. The News Tribune reports that workers at Wellfound Behavioral Health Hospital on Thursday decided to join SEIU Healthcare 1199NW. According to a statement from the union...