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Biggest wildfire on record in California is fully contained

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LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service says the largest wildfire on record in California is 100 percent contained.    The agency made the announcement Wednesday about the so-called Mendocino Complex of twin fires that erupted in July.    The fires north of San Francisco killed a firefighter, destroyed 157 homes and scorched 720 square miles (1,865 square kilometers).

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Settlement reached over worker safety at Hanford site

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RICHLAND, Wash. - The federal government will pay $925,000 and improve worker safety to settle a lawsuit over exposure to chemical vapors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Energy will test new technology to capture and destroy dangerous vapors that escape from nuclear waste storage tanks.

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Financial Jargon: What the HELOC? (sponsored) Video included

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The financial world is brimming with acronyms and baffling terms. Here's a guide to some of the worst offenders. Excited about your new bridge loan? We regret to inform you: You don't get a bridge. Also disappointing: Your balloon payment will be less fun than it sounds. Don't even get us started about liquid money. Jargon is confusing, by definition. The financial world has its own set of cryptic words and phrases, and yet, it's important to know the differences among your mortga...

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Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

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DRAPER, Utah (AP) - A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart when she was a teenager and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released Wednesday after spending 15 years in prison. Wanda Barzee, 72, quietly left the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of Draper, avoiding a throng of reporters gathered outside, spokeswoman Kaitlin Felsted said.

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‘Sesame Street’ wants to clarify: Bert and Ernie aren’t gay

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NEW YORK - The producers of “Sesame Street” want you to know that Bert and Ernie are not, in fact, gay. Sesame Workshop tweeted Tuesday the characters have many human traits but “remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” The workshop did not answer questions about why some puppets have been given girlfriends. In a second tweet, the workshop says,

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SUV serves to avoid deer, shears Clarkston power pole in half

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CLARKSTON, Wash. - Early Wednesday morning, a small SUV swerved to avoid a deer in Clarkston and hit a power pole, shearing it in half and knocking out power for many residents. Asotin County firefighters responded to the scene around 3:20 a.m. The two people inside the SUV were not injured in the wreck.

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Deputies search for Lind man who hit nephew in head with stick

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LIND, Wash. - Adams County deputies are searching for a man who assaulted his nephew Tuesday night. Just after 7 p.m., deputies responded to 305 E. 5th Street in Lind for an assault report. Investigators learned that Charles Russel Erdman had left the scene after hitting his 25-year-old nephew over the head with a large wooden stick, causing swelling and bruising.

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4 injured, shooter down in Wisconsin shooting

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MIDDLETON, Wis. - A city official says four people have been shot, but none fatally, during shooting at software company near Madison, Wisconsin.    The shooting occurred Wednesday morning in Middleton. City Administrator Mike Davis says the suspected shooter was also injured. Their conditions weren't immediately known.

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Florence death toll climbs to 37; Trump visits stricken area

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The death toll from Hurricane Florence climbed to at least 37, including two women who drowned when a sheriff’s van taking them to a mental health facility was swept away by floodwaters, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with thousands of evacuees not to return home just yet.

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Idaho regulators set new timeline for Avista-Hydro One deal

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Idaho utility regulators have set a new schedule for a hearing on the proposed $5.3 billion sale of Avista Corp. to Hydro One.    The Idaho Public Utilities Commission approved the new schedule for deliberations on Tuesday, saying they may not be ready to make a decision on the sale by mid-December.

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WATCH: Mountain lion goes inside hotel

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A mountain lion in Boulder, Colorado, may have been looking for a place to lay down.  Surveillance video captured the feline going into a motel on September 9th.  The big cat entering the motel before quickly leaving.  It's the third mountain lion incident in Boulder in the last month and a half.  In August, a lion killed a house cat inside a home.  A second lion was tranquilized and moved from under a porch.  Thankfully, no one was injured. Moun...

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Trump: Not concerned about Manafort cooperation

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President Donald Trump says he's not concerned about what his former campaign chairman is telling investigators in the Russia probe.    Trump says that if Paul Manafort tells the truth to special counsel Robert Mueller's team then he doesn't see a problem. Trump also batted away a question about whether he was considering a pardon for Manafort, saying he didn't want to talk about it now.   

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Mollie Tibbetts accused killer pleads not guilty to murder charges

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The farmhand charged in the abduction and stabbing death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.    Cristhian Bahena Rivera entered his plea Wednesday at the Poweshiek County Courthouse in Montezuma, Iowa.    Rivera is charged in the killing of Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who disappeared while out for a run July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa.  

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Tennessee boy shoots, kills mom's husband during fight

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Authorities in eastern Tennessee say a 12-year-old boy shot and killed his mother's husband during a domestic dispute.    News outlets report 56-year-old Kevron Thomas "Tommy" Durham was shot twice with a rifle Saturday night. A release from District Attorney General Russell Johnson says authorities had received at least five previous calls from the home for domestic violence, although none resulted in criminal charges. 

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Thousands of fans request grand jury probe in Prince's death

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Thousands of Prince fans are asking federal authorities to open a grand jury investigation into his death.    The petition to the U.S. Attorney's Office has been signed by more than 6,000 people. One of the petition's organizers, Nicole Welage, says more answers are needed about the rock star's accidental fentanyl overdose in 2016. Welage tells the Star Tribune that the person who supplied the drug must be held accountable.   

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US housing construction up 9.2 percent in August

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U.S. home construction rebounded in August at the fastest pace in seven months, a hopeful sign for a housing industry that has been struggling with rising lumber costs.    The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts increased 9.2 percent in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.28 million units. Housing starts had declined 0.3 percent in July and 11.4 percent in June. The increase was the biggest since a 10.2 percent advance in January.   ... More>>

Iowa man pleads guilty to vandalizing famous 'Field of Dreams' movie site

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A man accused of driving onto and damaging the eastern Iowa baseball field made famous by the 1989 movie "Field of Dreams" has changed his plea to guilty.    Dubuque County court records say 21-year-old Austin Pape, of Dyersville, entered the plea Monday, the day his trial was to begin on a felony charge of criminal mischief. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13.    

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2-year-old kills self with gun left on counter in Louisiana

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A Louisiana sheriff says a 2-year-old has fatally shot himself with a handgun that was left on a counter in a Livingston Parish home.    The Advocate quotes Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard as saying the boy was found with a gunshot wound to the face Monday and declared dead at a hospital. Ard says in a release that a preliminary investigation indicates the toddler climbed onto a stool, grabbed the handgun off the counter and pulled the trigger.    

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Uber driver suing Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston over groping incident

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A female Uber driver in Arizona is suing Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, accusing him of sexual assault.    Court documents say the woman filed the suit in Arizona on Tuesday and is seeking more than $75,000 in damages. She said Winston grabbed her crotch in the drive-thru of a Mexican restaurant in the Phoenix area in March 2016.   

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Public weighs in on smelter proposal near Newport

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The first of four public meetings on the potential construction of a smelter near Newport began Tuesday. About a hundred people filed into the Spokane Convention Center for a multi-part forum that began with a brief presentation by Grant Pfifer, the director of Spokane's Department of Ecology, followed by an opportunity for public comments.

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Council overturns veto of Spokane sustainable energy measure

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane City Council has quashed the mayor's veto of an ordinance that would push the city to reach fully sustainable energy by 2030.    The Spokesman-Review reports the council overturned Mayor David Condon's veto Monday by a vote of 6 to 1.    The ordinance would create a sustainability committee to develop a plan with local utilities to achieve the energy goal.

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Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

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PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to permanently dismantle his main nuclear complex at Nyongbyon if the United States takes corresponding measures, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday after the two leaders held summit talks in Pyongyang to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North.

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Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose ‘bad things’

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is flexing his executive power to declassify secret documents in the Russia investigation, an extraordinary move he says will ensure that “really bad things” at the FBI are exposed.

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North Carolina gov pleads with storm evacuees to be patient

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WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's governor is pleading with thousands of Hurricane Florence evacuees to be patient and not return home just yet.    Wilmington is still mostly an island surrounded by floodwaters, and people are waiting for hours for handouts of necessities like food.    Gov. Roy Cooper told a news conference Tuesday is was hard for residents to leave home, and it's even harder for them to wait to go back.

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Former WSU Volleyball player files official complaint against Jason Gesser Video included

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A former volleyball player for Washington State University says Jason Gesser made sexual advances toward her during a charity event for the athletic department. "I thought I did something wrong, I thought that I could hurt their family," said Alyssa Wold-Bodeau. "So I chose to hide it, I chose to bury it, and I thought if it was just me and I only knew about it I could just deal with it and move on to protect them." Wold- Bodeau told the Spokesman-Review that Ges...

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Democratic candidate Lisa Brown kicks off college campus tour Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - With just one day before Wednesday's town hall with Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Democratic candidate Lisa Brown spent Tuesday studying with staff and preparing. But she's also going back to school, quite literally, in search of new supporters at our area's college campuses.

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Spokane Police say missing 12-year-old girl has been found safe

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Police say Rebeka Foubert has been found and is safe Tuesday evening.

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Spokane sex trafficking victim gets second chance as shop owner Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - From the outside, the Repeat Boutique looks like a lot of other thrift shops in Spokane.  Inside, some might describe the stuff for sale as old, used, discarded garbage -- but store manager CJ Curtis sees its potential. And just like the goods in her shop, CJ is on her way to a new life, one far from the one she once lived. 

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Another video shows man dangerously near Yellowstone spring

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BILLINGS, Mont. - A man accused of walking dangerously close to Old Faithful Geyser may also have broken the rules by sitting next to a different thermal feature in Yellowstone National Park.    Video taken by Kelly Kosciuk, of Savannah, Georgia, and shared by ABC FOX Montana , appears to show the same man taking a shoe off next to Beryl Spring, one of Yellowstone's hottest springs.

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Amid sexual misconduct allegations, Gesser resigns as Assistant Athletic Director at WSU Video included

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Amid sexual misconduct allegations, Assistant Athletic Director and former Washington State University quarterback has resigned from the university. Gesser forwarded his letter of resignation to KHQ. You can read it below: Effective immediately, please accept my resignation as Assistant Athletic Director at Washington State University.

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Local veterans lend a helping hand after Hurricane Florence Video included

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SPOKANE, Wash. - When disaster strikes, the Veterans Community Response Team is there to help. For Andy Hail and Matthew Litten, disaster zones are where they feel most at home. "It gives men like us the opportunity and the hope in life that there is something more we can do," Litten said. They are part of a team of four that are packing their bags, and heading to Hurricane Florence Wednesday.

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  • Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters

    Study shows health, reaction-time declines in firefighters

    Monday, September 3 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-09-04 01:39:59 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Randy Brooks’ son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer? To Brooks, a professor at the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources who deals with wildland firefighting, it was more of a command. His son, Bo Brooks, is a wildland firefighter who a few days earlier during that 2015 fire season fled a wall of flames that killed three of his fellow firefighters in eastern Washington.

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Randy Brooks’ son had a request three years ago: What could his dad do to make wildland firefighting safer? To Brooks, a professor at the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources who deals with wildland firefighting, it was more of a command. His son, Bo Brooks, is a wildland firefighter who a few days earlier during that 2015 fire season fled a wall of flames that killed three of his fellow firefighters in eastern Washington.

  • Crystal fire near Wenatchee now 30 percent contained

    Crystal fire near Wenatchee now 30 percent contained

    Sunday, September 2 2018 11:46 AM EDT2018-09-02 15:46:29 GMT

    EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - A fire burning on the north edge of East Wenatchee, Washington, in Douglas County is 30 percent contained according to crews on the front line. The Crystal Fire started just after midnight on September 1. Strong winds accelerated the spread of the blaze through dry brush and grass through the night, threatening nearby homes and orchards. 

    EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. - A fire burning on the north edge of East Wenatchee, Washington, in Douglas County is 30 percent contained according to crews on the front line. The Crystal Fire started just after midnight on September 1. Strong winds accelerated the spread of the blaze through dry brush and grass through the night, threatening nearby homes and orchards. 

  • All evacuation orders lifted for Boyds Fire

    All evacuation orders lifted for Boyds Fire

    Monday, August 27 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-08-28 00:05:11 GMT

    KETTLE FALLS, Wash. - Overnight rain helped firefighters on the front line of the Boyds Fire near Kettle Falls. On Monday all evacuation orders for the fire were lifted, according to the Ferry County Sheriff's Office.  At last report, the fire was 4,549 acres in size and 81 percent contained.

    KETTLE FALLS, Wash. - Overnight rain helped firefighters on the front line of the Boyds Fire near Kettle Falls. On Monday all evacuation orders for the fire were lifted, according to the Ferry County Sheriff's Office.  At last report, the fire was 4,549 acres in size and 81 percent contained.

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  • Idaho judge: Lethal injection drug source is secret for now

    Idaho judge: Lethal injection drug source is secret for now

    Monday, September 17 2018 6:36 PM EDT2018-09-17 22:36:52 GMT

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho judge now says state prison officials can hold off on identifying where they obtain the drugs used in executions until a trial is held on the matter. Fourth District Judge Lynn Norton ruled in May that the state had to turn over nearly all of its execution records, including those identifying the source of the execution drugs, to a University of Idaho professor who sued for access to the documents under the Idaho Public Records Act.    

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho judge now says state prison officials can hold off on identifying where they obtain the drugs used in executions until a trial is held on the matter. Fourth District Judge Lynn Norton ruled in May that the state had to turn over nearly all of its execution records, including those identifying the source of the execution drugs, to a University of Idaho professor who sued for access to the documents under the Idaho Public Records Act.    

  • Much of Columbia River closed to salmon fishing

    Much of Columbia River closed to salmon fishing

    Monday, September 17 2018 6:31 PM EDT2018-09-17 22:31:05 GMT
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    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The rare closure of most of the Columbia River to salmon fishing is largely the result of bad weather and bad ocean conditions in 2015. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Thursday closed salmon fishing on the main stem of the Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Highway 395 in Pasco.    

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The rare closure of most of the Columbia River to salmon fishing is largely the result of bad weather and bad ocean conditions in 2015. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Thursday closed salmon fishing on the main stem of the Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to Highway 395 in Pasco.    

  • Man who walked near Old Faithful geyser ticketed

    Man who walked near Old Faithful geyser ticketed

    Monday, September 17 2018 6:22 PM EDT2018-09-17 22:22:19 GMT

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park officials say they've ticketed a man caught on video walking dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser. The man's actions startled several people in a crowd of a couple hundred at the park's most famous attraction. Some wondered if he planned to jump into the steaming hole known for erupting boiling-hot water every hour or so.  

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park officials say they've ticketed a man caught on video walking dangerously close to Old Faithful geyser. The man's actions startled several people in a crowd of a couple hundred at the park's most famous attraction. Some wondered if he planned to jump into the steaming hole known for erupting boiling-hot water every hour or so.  

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  • SWX High School Football - Game of the Week Scores 9-14-18

    Saturday, September 15 2018 1:57 AM EDT2018-09-15 05:57:25 GMT

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-14-18

    Kennewick Hermiston

    Kamiakin Hanford

    Richland Sunnyside

    Walla Walla Chiawana

    Pasco Southridge

    Selah Davis

    Northwest Christian Tri-Cities Prep

    Kiona-Benton Riverview

    Naches Valley Zillah

    Highland Granger

    Eisenhower Cour d' Alene

    Kittitas Columbia

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-14-18

    Kennewick Hermiston

    Kamiakin Hanford

    Richland Sunnyside

    Walla Walla Chiawana

    Pasco Southridge

    Selah Davis

    Northwest Christian Tri-Cities Prep

    Kiona-Benton Riverview

    Naches Valley Zillah

    Highland Granger

    Eisenhower Cour d' Alene

    Kittitas Columbia

  • SWX High School Football - Game of the Week Scores 9-7-18

    SWX High School Football - Game of the Week Scores 9-7-18

    Friday, September 14 2018 9:10 PM EDT2018-09-15 01:10:32 GMT

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-7-18 Hermiston Richland Chiawana Kennewick Eastmont 35, Pasco 7 Southridge 0, Kamiakin 41 Hanford 34, Walla Walla 6 Federal Way 7, Eisenhower 14 West Valley 14, Prosser 21 (canceled due to lightning) Royal 56, Othello 0 Cle Elum/Roslyn 0, College Place 30 Toppenish Kiona-Benton Sunnyside Christian Garfield Palouse

    SWX Game of the Week Scores 9-7-18 Hermiston Richland Chiawana Kennewick Eastmont 35, Pasco 7 Southridge 0, Kamiakin 41 Hanford 34, Walla Walla 6 Federal Way 7, Eisenhower 14 West Valley 14, Prosser 21 (canceled due to lightning) Royal 56, Othello 0 Cle Elum/Roslyn 0, College Place 30 Toppenish Kiona-Benton Sunnyside Christian Garfield Palouse

  • Former WSU Quarterback Ryan Leaf speaks at Southridge High School

    Former WSU Quarterback Ryan Leaf speaks at Southridge High School

    Thursday, September 13 2018 9:28 PM EDT2018-09-14 01:28:42 GMT
    KENNEWICK,WA - Former WSU quarterback Ryan Leaf, selected second overall in the 1998 NFL draft, gave a speech at Southridge High School on Thursday morning. Leaf was sentenced to prison in 2012 after breaking into a house in Great Falls, Montana, and stealing prescription painkillers. He served 32 months, during which time he was able to get sober and found a new found passion for helping people. "It actually was the perfect example of being in a terrible place and circumsta...
    KENNEWICK,WA - Former WSU quarterback Ryan Leaf, selected second overall in the 1998 NFL draft, gave a speech at Southridge High School on Thursday morning. Leaf was sentenced to prison in 2012 after breaking into a house in Great Falls, Montana, and stealing prescription painkillers. He served 32 months, during which time he was able to get sober and found a new found passion for helping people. "It actually was the perfect example of being in a terrible place and circumsta...
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  • Police: 3 injured, suspect dead in Wisconsin office attack

    Police: 3 injured, suspect dead in Wisconsin office attack

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:57 PM EDT2018-09-19 16:57:58 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 4:35 PM EDT2018-09-19 20:35:14 GMT
    Police are responding to a report of an active shooter in a commercial building in the southern Wisconsin community of Middleton.
    Police are responding to a report of an active shooter in a commercial building in the southern Wisconsin community of Middleton.
  • Democrats in key House races push against tax deduction cap

    Democrats in key House races push against tax deduction cap

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 8:17 AM EDT2018-09-19 12:17:36 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 4:35 PM EDT2018-09-19 20:35:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File). FILE - In this June 30, 2018, file photo, U.S. Congressional candidate Tom Malinowski speaks during a rally against President Donald Trump at Clarence Dillon Public Library, not far from Trump National Golf Club, where Tr...(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File). FILE - In this June 30, 2018, file photo, U.S. Congressional candidate Tom Malinowski speaks during a rally against President Donald Trump at Clarence Dillon Public Library, not far from Trump National Golf Club, where Tr...
    One provision of the Republican tax overhaul looms large in several tight congressional races this fall, especially in California and New Jersey.
    One provision of the Republican tax overhaul looms large in several tight congressional races this fall, especially in California and New Jersey.
  • 2 women drown as van swept into floodwaters

    2 women drown as van swept into floodwaters

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-09-19 03:47:22 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 4:35 PM EDT2018-09-19 20:35:05 GMT
    Two female detainees have drowned when a van was swept away in rising South Carolina flood waters.
    Two female detainees have drowned when a van was swept away in rising South Carolina flood waters.
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