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Washington City to Get Tsunami Warning System

Birch Bay, Wash. will soon be equipped with a tsunami warning system. The Bellingham Herald reported that the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is working with the state to set up an emergency warning system for Birch Bay that would provide …

Washington Hospital Joins “Superbug” Suit Against Scope Maker

A Seattle, Wash. hospital has joined a lawsuit against the manufacturer of endoscopy medical scopes linked to a “superbug” outbreak at the medical center, claiming the company, Olympus America Inc., put patients lives at risk by failing to disclose design …

Northern Washington Rattled By Small Quake

A relatively small magnitude 3.7 earthquake shook the ground north of Seattle on Thursday. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake at 1:42 a.m. was about 8 miles northeast of Bryant, in Snohomish County. About 50 people in Arlington, about 10 …

Oil Train Safety Bill Passes Washington Legislature

The Washington Legislature has passed a measure to improve the safety of oil transportation due to a sharp increase in the number of oil-carrying freight trains in the state. Lawmakers reached a compromise Friday afternoon to resolve differences between competing …

Scientists: Western Migration Has Put 143M Americans in Quake-Prone Areas

More than 143 million people in the mainland states now live on shaky ground, earthquake scientists say. That’s because more people have moved into the quake-prone West Coast and some quake zones were recently expanded, according to researchers from the …

Washington Contractor Hit for $1M in Workers’ Comp Premiums and Penalties

A former drywall contractor in Walla Walla, Wash. must pay more than $1 million in delinquent workers’ compensation premiums and penalties. The Washington State Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals recently held Shawn A. Campbell and his spouse personally liable for …

Washington Ferries Worker Awarded $1 Million in Retaliation Suit

A Washington State Ferries employee who suffered retaliation after reporting on a co-worker who skipped out on the job has been awarded $1 million. The Kitsap Sun reported that Steve Chaussee was a carpenter foreman at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance …

California, Others Seek Full Funding For West Coast Quake Warning

Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington are pressing for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system. The group this week sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee asking that the U.S. Geological Survey …

Premera Blue Cross in Washington Says Data on 11M Exposed by Hackers

Mountlake Terrace, Wash.-based Premera Blue Cross, which sells health insurance in the northwestern U.S., said information on 11 million people may have been exposed in a cyberattack uncovered six weeks ago. Hackers may have accessed information including names, Social Security numbers, bank …

Washington Senate Votes to Lower Work Injury Settlements Age to 40

The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to lower the age at which an injured worker can settle a claim from 53 to 40. The chamber passed Senate Bill 5513 on a 28-21 vote Tuesday after debate on whether …