Author: Associated Press

Impaired driver hits State trooper vehicle in Port Orchard

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — A driver was arrested after rear-ending a Washington State Patrol vehicle early Sunday morning on Highway 16 near Tremont Street in Port Orchard. A 41-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of impairment after striking the…

12 arrested after blocking Interstate 5 lanes in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Twelve people were arrested and two vehicles were impounded Monday after protesters blocked Interstate 5 in Seattle, the Washington State Patrol reports. Troopers responded to the scene, in the northbound I-5 collector-distributor lanes near James Street, at…

6 Canada geese were shot and dumped along Snake River

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Canada geese were shot and left to waste for the second time this winter along the Snake River in Minidoka County. Idaho Fish and Game says officers found six Canada geese dumped and left to waste…

FBI vetting Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack

U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

Washington state employment agency processed fake claims

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A news station in Washington state has obtained records that show fraudulent unemployment claims were filed last year in the stolen identities of 59 state Employment Security Department employees. The department spotted fraud after it had…

Ag industry wants farmerworkers prioritized for vaccinations

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The agriculture industry is asking Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee to move migrant farmworkers and food factory workers closer to the front of the line for the coronavirus vaccine because they perform work that cannot be…

Oregon governor: ‘No federal reserve’ of virus vaccine doses

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says the state’s efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations have been thrown in disarray because of “deception on a national scale” by the Trump administration. Via Twitter on Friday morning the Democrat said…

Idaho National Guard to deploy 300 to Biden inauguration

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About 300 Idaho National Guard soldiers and airmen will be sent to Washington, D.C. to help with President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, the Idaho National Guard adjutant general, said the guard…

Idaho Senate starts effort to wrest power from Gov. Little

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho senators on Wednesday joined their House colleagues in introducing legislation seeking to wrest power from Republican Gov. Brad Little on emergency declarations like the one dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Four pieces of Senate legislation,…

COVID-19 cases up in Washington, vaccinations to be expanded

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health said Wednesday that COVID-19 cases appear to be increasingly sharply in the most recent data. The flat and declining case count trends in mid-to-late December may be due to fewer people…

Lands chief again proposes dedicated funds to fight wildfires

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — After yet another year of catastrophic wildfires in Washington state, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz is once again proposing that the state create a dedicated fund to prevent and fight the fires. A similar attempt…

Respiratory therapist sentenced for stealing COVID equipment

SEATTLE (AP) — A respiratory therapist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been sentenced to three months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing a ventilator and other medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic and selling it for personal…

Idaho Legislature asks judge to nix lawsuit over virus rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Legislature says a judge shouldn’t force its leaders to make additional accommodations for lawmakers during the coronavirus pandemic. Two Democratic lawmakers, Reps. Sue Chew of Boise and Muffy Davis of Ketchum, sued the Legislature…

Gonzaga, Baylor remain atop Top 25; UConn in at No. 25

Gonzaga and Baylor remain atop The Associated Press men’s basketball poll for the seventh consecutive week in the regular season. The Zags received 63 of 64 first-place votes from a national media panel in the poll released Monday and the Bears had…

Seattle man charged with assaulting officer in Capitol riot

SEATTLE (AP) — A 51-year-old Seattle man has been charged with assaulting a federal police officer when a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol last week. The Seattle Times reports that Mark J. Leffingwell was also charged Thursday in U.S.…

President Trump won’t attend Joe Biden’s inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he won’t attend President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration on Jan. 20. He will be the first incumbent president since Andrew Johnson to skip his successors inauguration. In a Friday tweet Trump said, “To all…

Amid riot fears, Washington lawmakers plan in-person session

Washington state lawmakers are defending their plan to open the legislative session in person next Monday following the siege of the nation’s Capitol building in Washington, D.C., as well as the storming of the governor’s property in Olympia by President Donald Trump’s loyalists — including some who were armed and attacked or threatened journalists.

Inslee calls Trump a ‘cancer,’ demands removal from office

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee joined other senior politicians from the state Thursday in calling for President Donald Trump’s removal from office, calling him a “cancer” at the heart of the insurrection at the nation’s Capitol. Inslee spoke…

Federal lawsuit challenges Idaho vaccination plans

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An 87-year-old south-central Idaho man has filed a federal lawsuit against Republican Gov. Brad Little and the state’s health department seeking to force the state to put people 65 and over at the front of the…

Washington health officials lay out next steps for vaccines

SEATTLE (AP) — Everyone over 70 years old and anyone over 50 who lives in a multigenerational household will be the next priorities for COVID-19 vaccines in Washington state, health officials said Wednesday. Newly installed Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah…