Spokane County wins grant to reduce jail population

SPOKANE — The MacArthur Foundation is giving Spokane County a grant to help reduce overcrowding at the county jail. Spokane on Wednesday became one of 20 communities across the nation to get a $150,000 grant. The Spokesman-Review reports the money will help fund a data analyst to evaluate the population of the Spokane County Jail, […]

2 men arrested in connection to burglarized churches in SW Washington

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Two southwest Washington men arrested in connection to a string of church burglaries have appeared in court. The Columbian of Vancouver reports that prosecutors say the two men are connected to burglarizing at least four churches in Camas and Washougal. They appeared in Clark County Superior Court Tuesday where they were appointed […]

Cool finds: Get a better night’s sleep with chilled out mattress pad

Does the afternoon sun bake your bedroom? Do night sweats or hot flashes keep you tossing and turning? Try a ChiliPAD Heating/Cooling Mattress Pad for a more chilled out night’s sleep. The system’s pad is made up of soft coils that contain cold or hot water to create the perfect bed temperature for your needs. […]

FBI, police find no threat on EVA Air plane at LA airport

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Someone called in a threat to a flight from Taiwan that landed at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, but nothing dangerous was found on board, authorities said. The plane was inspected and its passengers’ luggage was screened as EVA Air Flight 12 sat on the tarmac at LAX, but there […]

2016 election: Where is Hillary Clinton?

Hillary Clinton is in a difficult predicament [“Bush stumbles while Hillary hides,” Opinion, May 18]. Since announcing her candidacy for president, she has avoided all situations in which reporters or voters could ask her questions. They cannot ask her why she commingled her private and official emails on her own private server while she was […]

Teacher strike: State Democrats have bent to the union’s will

Though officially unaffiliated with any political party, I almost always find myself in the company of Democrats. However, one very major gripe I have with many state Democrats is their blind and often misguided support of the Washington Education Association, the state’s large teachers union [“Students, families suffer in teacher walkouts,” Opinion, May 19]. Where […]

Mayor’s medical-pot plan: License the ‘good actors,’ crack down on violators

Mayor Ed Murray on Tuesday proposed legislation that could shut down more than 50 medical-marijuana dispensaries and give the city a tighter grip on the rest of Seattle’s pot industry. The plan would create a new business license specific to the marijuana industry and create priorities for enforcement against medical-marijuana businesses. The mayor’s plan follows […]

Two City Council candidates pitch Seattle-only, neighborhood rail plan

Two Seattle City Council candidates are proposing that the city pay for its own light-rail system. John Roderick and Alon Bassok say the Seattle-only system would connect the city’s neighborhoods to each other and complement the regional light-rail system that Sound Transit began building more than a decade ago. Their three-page plan released Wednesday doesn’t say exactly […]

Burgess, Godden struggle for support from legislative-district groups

Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess and Councilmember Jean Godden struggled to win support this month from Democratic state legislative-district groups. But Councilmember Kshama Sawant, who belongs to the Socialist Alternative party, advanced her re-election bid when two groups that might have backed one of her Democratic opponents instead made no endorsements in her race. […]

Yakima boy dies in ATV crash

YAKIMA  — A 16-year-old boy from Yakima has died after crashing an ATV near the town of Tampico. Rescue crews responded around 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon to the remote location where the boy fell off an embankment. KNDO-TV reports first responders found the boy dead at the scene. The identity of the boy has not […]