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Washington County Insurer to Pay $2.25M Wrongful Conviction Settlement

The insurance company for Spokane County, Wash. will pay $2.25 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that contended the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office engaged in witness-tampering and recklessness to wrongfully convict three men for a 2008 robbery. Spokane …

Brother of Washington Man Who Died in Hospital Fall Sues for Wrongful Death

A Washington man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Eastern State Hospital staff after his brother died under their care. The Spokesman-Review reported that Kenneth Peters has accused doctors of not rendering medical aid when his brother Allen Peters …

Seismic Network Confirms Small Quake Hit Washington Peninsula

A small earthquake struck the Kitsap Peninsula a few miles east northeast of Bremerton, Wash.. Its epicenter was about 12 miles (19 kilometers) deep. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the magnitude 3.3 earthquake hit at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday. There …

Feds Will Use Fires to Lower Washington Wildfire Risks

To reduce the risks of wildfires, federal officials this spring are planning to conduct controlled burns on more than 9,000 acres of land in Washington state forests. The Seattle Times reported the fires planned in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is …

Uber Vehicle Striking Washington Gas Pump Resulted in Fiery Explosion

A gas pump burst into flames after being struck by a vehicle in service for Uber in Seattle, Wash. The result was a fiery explosion that was caught on surveillance video. KOMO reported the crash involved an Uber driver carrying …

Landmark Restaurant in Washington Suffers $1M in Fire Damages

A fire at a Marysville, Wash. landmark caused about $1 million in damage. The Daily Herald reported that a fire broke out on Sunday at the Village Restaurant. It’s a landmark with a history that dates back to the 1930s. …

Washington Puts Landslide-Inspired Topo Maps Online

Washington’s Department of Natural Resources is following through with a key safety recommendation that arose in the aftermath of the Oso mudslide, as it starts to post intricate topographical maps online. The state generates the maps through laser-imaging technology known …

Washington Lawsuit Says Special Needs Student Sexually Abused by 3 Students

A lawsuit has accused a Washington school district of failing to protect a female special needs student from a male special needs classmate who sexually abused her in 2012. The News Tribune reported the lawsuit was filed earlier this month …

Activist Kids in Washington Allowed to Go Forward with Climate Case

Eight Seattle children should have “their day in court” to argue that Washington state and others aren’t protecting them from climate change, a judge ruled. King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill on Monday allowed the young petitioners to move …

Washington Psych Hospital Employee Charged with Molesting Patients

Prosecutors have charged an employee at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital with four counts of molesting four female patients, according to court records made public Friday. Christopher Conley, 47, was charged on Thursday with taking “indecent liberties” with the four …