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$4M Settlement in Washington Foster Abuse Case

The state of Washington has agreed to a $4 million settlement for two former foster children who were abused and sexually assaulted. The record-breaking settlement comes out of a sex abuse lawsuit for the two sisters, who were four and …

A Month After Washington Floods, Slow Return to Normal

Over a month has passed since flooding inundated northwest Washington’s Whatcom County that caused some $50 million in damage. As Roger De Bruin returned to his flood-damaged home in Sumas recently, the word devastation came to his mind, KING-TV reported. …

Washington Insurance Agent Sentenced to 2 Years in Wire Fraud Case

A Snohomish, Washington, insurance agent was sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to wire fraud in the theft of premium payments from clients. Vicki Boser, owner of InsuranceTek, Inc., pleaded guilty in August. At her sentencing Tuesday, …

Study: No Intentional Racial Bias in Washington Patrol Traffic Stops

A study from Washington State University found no intentional racial bias in traffic stops by the Washington State Patrol, however it noted disparities in traffic stops involving Black and Hispanic drivers. KOMO reports the study conducted by WSU’s Division of …

1,887 Washington Workers Fired, Leave Jobs Due to Vaccine Mandate

More than 1,800 Washington state workers have been fired, resigned or retired due to the state’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, according to data released Tuesday. The latest numbers released by the governor’s Office of Financial Management show that about 3% of …

Family Files Lawsuit in Police Restraint Death in Washington

The family of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died while being restrained by Tacoma police officers who have since been charged criminally, has filed a federal lawsuit over his death. Attorneys for Ellis’ sister, Monet Carter-Mixon, and mother, Marcia …

Insurers Settle Washington Boys Home Sex Abuse Case for $9M

Insurance companies have settled another sexual abuse lawsuit brought against Kiwanis International, this time for $9 million in a case involving seven men who were sexually abused at a Centralia, Washington, group home for boys decades ago. The state placed …

Washington Farm to Pay More $2M Following COVID Deaths

The state of Washington has reached a settlement with Gebbers Farms Operations, LP to spend more than $2 million improving housing, quality of life, safety and access to health care for farm employees and their families. The Washington state Department …

Washington Governor Declares Wildfire State of Emergency, Burn Ban

Gov. Jay Inslee this week declared a state of emergency throughout Washington relating to the growing risk of wildfires, including a statewide prohibition on most outdoor and agricultural burning through Sept. 30. “We don’t want a repeat of recent years …

Most COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted in Washington

Most of the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place and modified several times since last spring were lifted in Washington on Wednesday, meaning restaurants and bars and other businesses could resume full indoor occupancy levels and physical distancing requirements …