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Washington state in ‘very dangerous time of this pandemic’

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health has reported more than 6,200 new cases of the coronavirus, representing roughly three days of cases. Health officials said Monday evening the 6,277 new cases reported includes a case backlog…

Man sentenced to life in prison for man’s stabbing death

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A 39-year-old central Washington man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing the man he said killed his child’s mother. Donovan Culps, a Yakama Nation citizen, pleaded guilty in February to second-degree murder in…

Lightning knocks Washington state ferry out of service

SEATTLE (AP) — A passenger ferry in Washington State was struck by lightning that impacted its navigation system and temporarily knocked the ferry out of service. The M/V Puyallup was near the dock in Edmonds during a run between Edmonds…

2nd Trump-Biden debate to be virtual due to Trump’s COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will take place virtually amid the fallout from the president’s diagnosis of COVID-19. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates debates made the announcement Thursday…

Idaho football game ended after Bundy refuses to wear mask

EMMETT, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho high school football game was canceled after anti-government activist Ammon Bundy refused to wear a mask or leave school grounds. The game Friday in Emmett between the Emmett Huskies and Caldwell Cougars was called…

Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke

TURNER, Ore. (AP) — Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has tainted grapes in some of the nation’s most celebrated wine regions with an ashy flavor that could spell disaster for the 2020 vintage. Wineries in California, Oregon and Washington…

Montana governor sues postmaster general over mail delays

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service and Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Tuesday, arguing changes made to the postal service could affect the ability to vote by mail in November. The…

Snow heads into Rocky Mountain states

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — An “unseasonably strong storm system for September” is expected to impact Wyoming on Monday. Snow was falling at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park in Montana on Monday and was expected to arrive in Colorado by…

Southern Resident Orcas have new member

SEATTLE (AP) — The Southern Resident killer whales have welcomed a new member to their family. Mother orca Tahlequah, J35, has given birth to a calf. KOMO-TV reports two years ago Tahlequah carried her dead calf for 17 days and 1,000 miles.…

Seventy-four face federal charges from Portland protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Seventy-four people are now facing federal charges related to protests that have rocked Portland, Oregon, for three months since George Floyd was killed. The misdemeanor and felony charges include assaults on federal officers, arson and damaging…

ACLU sues over federal action in Portland, Oregon, protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of the actions taken by agents sent by President Donald Trump to subdue protests in Portland, Oregon. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday on…

Obama, in scathing Trump rebuke, warns democracy on the line

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama painted a unsparing portrait of American democracy on the brink if President Donald Trump wins in November, warning in a scathing, and at times emotional, address Wednesday that his successor is both unfit…

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in E. Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State health officials say mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus are being reported in Eastern Washington’s Benton and Yakima counties. The Washington Department of Health said Tuesday that seven positive samples have been reported in Washington so…