Author: Associated Press

Cause of Montana Amtrak derailment still under investigation

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A preliminary report on an Amtrak train derailment in north-central Montana last month that killed three people and injured dozens more gave no information on the cause of the accident, but said the train’s emergency brakes…

Ammon Bundy: Report on far-right group undercounted members

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The founder of a far-right anti-government group says a report estimating the organization’s fast growth over the past year undercounted by half. Ammon Bundy took issue with the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights report, saying…

Power outages continue in Northwest following wind storm

SEATTLE (AP) — Tens of thousands of people remained without power Monday following a strong Pacific storm system that downed trees and power lines. Most of those still without electricity were in the Seattle area, where utilities reported about 60,000…

King County’s proof of COVID vaccine policy starts Monday

SEATTLE (AP) — Beginning Monday proof of vaccination or a negative test for COVID-19 will be required to enter restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters or entertainment venues in Washington state’s most populous county. King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor…

Tens of thousands without power in Washington, Oregon; 2 killed by tree

SEATTLE (AP) — A strong Pacific storm system that triggered mud flows in wildfire-scarred areas of California also slammed the Washington state and Oregon Sunday, threatening coastal flooding and causing power outages affecting tens of thousands of people in the Pacific Northwest.…

Hundreds gather to remember 4 victims of Tacoma shooting

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in Tacoma, Washington this weekend to leave flowers, candles and messages in a memorial for four people killed in a spate of shootings last week that police are still investigating. No one…

WSU fans supporting team after Rolovich move

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Joe Trull was disappointed that Nick Rolovich did not get a chance to coach a full season at Washington State. Standing outside Martin Stadium before the Cougars’ game against BYU, Trull, 55, of Port Orchard, Washington,…

Idaho education board makes some college fees optional

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Students at state colleges and universities will be able to opt out of some fees under a plan approved by the Idaho State Board of Education on Thursday. The new fee structure allowing students to opt…

Idaho sends out $169M in one-time income tax rebates

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Some 645,000 income tax rebates totaling $169 million have been sent out so far this year, an Idaho official said Wednesday. Idaho Division of Financial Management Administrator Alex Adams told lawmakers on a finance committee that…

Report: Far-right anti-government group grows significantly

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A far-right group launched by anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is rapidly expanding nationwide and making inroads into Canada, according to a new report from the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. The quick growth…

Washington’s unemployment rate in September was 4.9%

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s unemployment rate in September was 4.9%, down from 5.1% in August. Employers added 17,600 jobs in September, a 7.3% increase over August, the state Employment Security Department reported Wednesday. The Seattle Times reports September’s job growth was…

1,887 Washington workers fired, leave jobs due to vaccine mandate

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — More than 1,800 Washington state workers have been fired, resigned or retired due to the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to data released Tuesday. The latest numbers released by the governor’s Office of Financial Management show…

Pierce County sheriff charged over confrontation with Black man

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state attorney general on Tuesday filed two misdemeanor criminal charges against a county sheriff stemming from his confrontation with a Black newspaper carrier in January. Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer faces one count of…