Washington News

Energi Opens Northwest Regional Office in Washington

Energi has opened the company’s first Pacific Northwest regional office in Kirkland, Wash. The office outside of Seattle will house a number of insurance and risk management professionals serving the company’s clients and partners in the Northwest. Five Energi employees …

Officials Say Washington Wildfire Was Human-Caused

Officials say a wildfire that has burned one home and torched nearly 6 square miles in southeastern Washington was likely human-caused. Fire spokeswoman Sarah Foster says the cause is under investigation, though officials determined lightning was not the cause. Nearly …

Washington Worker’s Family Sues Over Fatal Boeing 777 Air Bag

The family of a Washington man who was fatally injured while he was working on a seat belt air bag replacement that inflated explosively is suing Boeing Co. and a supplier. The lawsuit filed in July in King County Superior …

Washington Cameras Catch Drivers Illegally Passing School Buses

A school district in Pierce County, Wash. has issued an average of 30 citations a month since it mounted cameras on school buses last winter to catch drivers illegally passing buses. The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that the violations, …

7 in California and Washington Charged With 100+ Counts of Auto Insurance

Seven people in California and Washington were arrested for allegedly conspiring to defraud eight insurance companies by submitting fraudulent auto insurance claims totaling more than $175,000. Detectives from the California Department of Insurance, assisted by Snohomish County Marshall’s Office and …

Firefighters Battle Blazes in 4 Western States

Wildfires are sweeping through several dry Western states, including a massive blaze burning out of control in Northern California. A look at the latest hotspots and what crews are doing to control them: Northern California A wildfire has grown to …

Dozens of Washington Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to Be Shuttered

With Washington state overhauling its medical marijuana law, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says the city is planning to shutter dozens of dispensaries. Murray this week announced plans to require a new special business license for marijuana establishments, akin to those …

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 …