Washington News

Work on ‘Tsunami-Proof’ School on Washington Coast Underway

Ground has been broken for a new school building on the Washington coast at Westport. Officials say the structure is designed to be tsunami-proof. KOMO-TV reported that the planned “vertical evacuation structure” will be an addition to the Ocosta Elementary …

Small Tornado in Washington Confirmed by Weather Service

The National Weather Service confirms it was a small tornado that knocked down some trees and blew around loose objects Sunday afternoon at Gig Harbor in Washington. A Weather Service survey team determined the tornado was on the ground for …

Report: Liquefaction Had a Hand in Deadly Washington Mudslide

A study of the Oso landslide in Washington state that killed 43 people in March says the amount of water that saturated a hillside made it especially destructive when it gave way. The soil lost its coherence and flowed like …

Washington Seeks Two-Tier System for Driver’s License, IDs

Washington state officials are seeking to redesign the state’s driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to comply with tougher federal requirements for proof of U.S. residency for government-sanctioned identification. Under bills expected to be introduced in both the House …

Family Sues Washington Hospital Over Death

The family of a Tri-Cities, Wash. man who died after being found bloody and unconscious on the floor of an Eastern State Hospital restroom has filed a lawsuit claiming the hospital is at fault. Misael Rodriguez, 43, was involuntarily committed …

Washington Fines Fireworks Company for Safety Problems

The Washington state Department of Labor & Industries has fined a fireworks plant $1,200 for safety violations after investigating a fatal explosion this past June. Entertainment Fireworks produces professional fireworks shows around the region. A 75-year-old man died of his …

Washington Wildfire Claims Prepared for Lawsuit

More than 150 property owners are preparing to sue the state of Washington over wildfire damage claims that have been denied by the state Department of Natural Resources. Brewster attorney Alex Thomason told the Capital Press he is preparing a …

Washington Study Shows More to Do as Oil Trains Pose New Risks

A state study says the increase in crude oil shipments by rail is creating new risks and will require increased safety measures and improved oil spill response and prevention. Even as more trains carry volatile shipments of crude oil into …

Carbon Cap Report to Washington Governor May Spur Action

A panel convened by  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to study how to put a price on carbon pollution says there are advantages to two approaches – a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program –  but did not recommend a specific …

TWFG Insurance Services Expands in Texas, California, and Washington

The Woodlands, Texas-based TWFG Insurance Services is expanding with 15 more branch locations in Texas, two additional in California, and another in Washington, the company announced. TWFG Insurance specializes in products and services for homeowners, auto and small business insurance …