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Pasco car prowlers sought after using stolen credit cards

PASCO – A car in west Pasco was unlocked and two males stole a purse with credit cards, using them at two stores early Thursday morning. The car and cards owner reported the... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Four hurt when three semi-trucks, a pickup, and a car collide on SR 395

CONNELL - Four people were hurt when three semi-trucks, a pickup, and a car collided on State Route 395 near the Adams County line Wednesday. Stephan W. Meuchel, 44, of Longview,... — Updated 10/23/2020

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Didier pushes for in-person meetings

PASCO - Despite moving to Phase 2 of reopening, the Franklin County Commission continues to meet digitally. Prior to the start of the Tuesday, Oct. 20, meeting Commissioner Clint... — Updated 10/22/2020

Idaho man facing charges in Cable Bridge crash

KENNEWICK— An Idaho man is facing charges in a crash that sent two others to an area hospital late Wednesday, Oct. 21. Thomas W. Pendergrass, 37, of Mountain Home, Idaho, is facing charges of driving while under the influence... — Updated 10/22/2020

Man taken to hospital after vehicle incident

PASCO — A local man was taken to a regional hospital this morning, Oct. 21, after his vehicle crossed the median and stopped in the opposite traffic lanes. Kelly W. Roberts, 60, was taken to the hospital after the 9:33 a.m.... — Updated 10/21/2020

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Freeze warning issued for Franklin County and surrounding area

PASCO - The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for 1 a.m. to 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to drop to the low 20s overnight, the weather... — Updated 10/21/2020

Appeals court rules gun owners have standing

SEATTLE – A state appeals court has ruled that Seattle gun owners have legal standing to sue the city over an ordinance mandating firearms and ammunition be locked up. The Monday, Oct. 19, ruling means a lawsuit filed by the... — Updated 10/20/2020

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Doublewide burns in Basin City

BASIN CITY - Local fire crews were unable to save a doublewide trailer that burned Sunday night, Oct. 18. The Second Street home was reported ablaze shortly after 7 p.m., officials... — Updated 10/20/2020

Motorcyclist injured in crash

DAYTON — A West Richland man was hospitalized here early this morning, Oct. 19, after crashing his motorcycle while allegedly attempting to elude law enforcement. The condition of Paul E. Hines, 51, was not immediately... — Updated 10/19/2020

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Nuclear plant sirens sound on Thursday

PASCO – The emergency sirens on Thursday are the annual tests. The alarms are to sound between 10 a.m. and noon, followed by test text messages on the CodeRed emergency... — Updated 10/14/2020

Proposed bear season changes

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on a proposed spring black bear season rule change. The proposed rule modifies season dates, permit numbers in some areas and removes two private... — Updated 10/22/2020

Ritzville athletes back in training

RITZVILLE – High school athletic training camps began again this week, after the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association opened up the coaching window from now through the end of November. "Starting Monday, we are... — Updated 10/22/2020

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Sunrise salmon

A salmon fishing boat floats the Columbia River near Vernita Bridge on Saturday morning. A "fishing village" has grown at the bridge over the last few weeks as salmon runs make... — Updated 10/12/2020

China's stranglehold on critical metals

To the average American, China’s control of the world production, processing technology and stockpile of critical metals is not their concern. However, to our military and high-tech leaders, it is a very big deal. Our... — Updated 10/22/2020

Our View

If there was any doubt about a need for change in the Governor’s Mansion occupancy, political newcomer Loren Culp swept them away in the only gubernatorial debate two weeks ago. Gov. Jay Inslee, whose been occupying the mansion... — Updated 10/21/2020

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