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Female Firefighters In Washington Sue over Sex Harassment

Two women firefighters are suing Washington’s South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, alleging sexual harassment by a battalion chief who retired in January 2017 after he was notified of a proposal to fire him. The Kitsap Sun reports an internal investigation …

Washington Wheat Farmers Oppose Proposed Trump Budget Cuts to Crop Insurance

Washington state wheat farmers are protesting cuts to their safety net programs in a budget proposal released by President Donald Trump this week. The Spokesman-Review review reports growers are concerned about Trump’s proposal to reduce federal spending on crop insurance …

Amtrak Didn’t Wait for System That Could’ve Prevented Washington Wreck

The rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle, Wash. came at a deadly cost: none of the critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was active before the train set off on its …

Washington and Seattle Become Latest Governments to Sue Opioid Makers

Washington state and the city of Seattle on Thursday joined more than two dozen other government entities across the country suing to hold opioid makers accountable for an addiction crisis that has claimed thousands of lives. The governments hope to …

Brightway Insurance Opening Agencies in Washington and Colorado

Brightway Insurance on Monday will open new agencies in Washington and Colorado. Vays Sarwar will open Brightway, The Sarwar Agency. The agency will be located in Spokane, Wash. Rob Scheibe will open Brightway, The Scheibe Agency. The agency will be …

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 …