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Washington Workplace Deaths in 2015 Fell to Near-Historic Low

Workplace deaths in Washington fell to a near-historic low in 2015, according to a Department of Labor & Industries report. Last year there were 58 work-related deaths in the state, 18 fewer than in 2014, and L&I data shows only …

Small Temblor Strikes Northwestern Washington

A minor earthquake hit northwest Washington state on Tuesday morning. The U.S. Geological Survey and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reported that the 3.5-magnitude temblor hit at 11:06 a.m. in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington. It was about …

Washington Port to Pay $16M to Injured Worker

The Port of Bellingham in Washington has been ordered to pay $16 million to an Alaska ferries employee who was injured while operating a faulty loading ramp at the port’s cruise terminal. The Seattle Times reported that a federal jury …

Archdiocese in Washington Settles 8 Abuse Cases for $9M

The Seattle Archdiocese in Washington will pay just over $9 million to eight women who were sexually abused as children by a former priest in Whatcom and Skagit counties. The abuse occurred between 1968 and 1974 at churches in Burlington, …

Uber, Lyft Will Begin Operations at Seattle Airport

Ridesharing services, like Uber and Lyft, will soon be allowed to pick up riders at Washington’s Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Seattlepi.com reported the Port of Seattle announced this week it would allow the companies to operate at the airport as part of a …

Washington Officials Say 26 Homes in Chelan County at Risk of Landslide

Emergency management officials in Washington say a neighborhood of 26 homes near Wenatchee is at imminent risk for a landslide. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday the slope between 4900 and 5200 Whispering Ridge Road has been determined to …

Washington Commissioner Fines Insurance Professionals $17K

Wasington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler took enforcement action and issued fines totaling $17,675 last month against insurance companies and producers who he says violated state insurance regulations. Here’s the list of fines and what Kreidler says warranted them: Insurance companies …

Washington Suit Filed over E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Dairy Festival

A school district is among the targets of a lawsuit over an E. coli outbreak linked to sickened kids who attended a dairy festival field trip in Washington. The Seattle Times reported families of six kids sickened after last year’s …

Water District in Nevada County Hit With Cyber-Attack

The Clark County Water Reclamation District in Washington has been hit with a cyber-attack but officials say operations haven’t been disrupted and no customer or employee information was hacked. The agency said in a statement this week that its computer system …

Washington Casino Dealer Ordered to Repay $27K in Workers’ Comp Scam

A Spokane, Wash. card dealer caught working at casinos while receiving disability benefits must repay more than $27,000. Victor Arredondo, 58, pleaded guilty this week in Spokane County Superior Court to felony second-degree theft and misdemeanor third-degree theft. Judge Gregory …