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  • ZIP codes that have donated the most money to Donald Trump this year

    Stacker, Elena Cox|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    The 2024 presidential election is underway, and voters are getting ready to choose between two familiar candidates. President Joe Biden is once again set to face former president Donald J. Trump, and both teams are fighting for every available vote—and every campaign dollar. So far this year, Trump has raised $403,415 from individual donors. The amount is a far cry from the more than $75 million he received before the 2016 general election; however, that's mostly due to the l...

  • Torres' Senate Bill 5780 signed into law

    Franklin Connectino|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    OLYMPIA - A bill sponsored by Sen. Nikki Torres to help improve public defenders and prosecuting attorneys has been signed into law. Senate Bill 5780 was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 26. "Our state has a public-safety crisis, and reducing the lawlessness in our communities must be one of the Legislature's top priorities," Torres, R-Pasco, said after the signing. "My measure to increase training for public defenders and prosecutors will go a long way toward...

  • Juvenile court cases move from Ritzville to Othello

    Dale Brown, Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 28, 2024

    RITZVILLE — For the past decade, the courthouse has been the site of all Adams County Superior Court cases, including adult and juvenile dockets. Newly appointed Superior Court Judge Peter Palubicki is changing that. “We will be holding once-a-month dockets in Othello,” he said. “Juvenile cases will be heard at 10 a.m.; truancy cases, at 11 a.m.; civil cases, at 1 p.m.” Dockets will be scheduled for the first Thursday of every month in the Othello courtroom of Adams County District Court Judge Carolyn Benzel. Why the chang...

  • Hit-and-run remains unsolved

    Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    LIND — The Washington State Patrol is still looking for a driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian last October. On Nov. 1, the body of Nicholas A. Cooper, 31, of Lakewood, was discovered near Milepost 81 of U.S. Highway 395. Cooper was pronounced deceased at the scene two miles east of the city at about 3:41 a.m., the patrol reported at the time. An Adams County deputy notified the next of kin. The patrol said Cooper was killed in a hit-and-run incident. According to the patrol, an unknown vehicle was s...

  • Man arrested after stabbing grandma

    Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 22, 2024

    OTHELLO — An Adams County Sheriff’s Office K-9 took down a suspect in a March 14 stabbing. Dario Ochoa, 23, of Othello, was booked into the Franklin County Jail at 3:06 a.m. Thursday, March 15. He was being held without bail for first-degree assault at press time. According to the Sheriff’s Office, depu ties received a report that a man, later identified as Ochoa, stabbed his grandmother in the 2600 block of West Kuhn Road. The man was allegedly still armed with a knife. The victim was transported to the local hospital for tr...

  • Trump, Biden rematch looms

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    PASCO - Following the Tuesday, March 12, primary in Washington and other states, its appears that voters will see a rematch in the race for U.S. President. Preliminary results show both former President Republican Donald J. Trump and current Democrat President Joseph R. Biden Jr. secured enough support to become the presumptive nominees for their parties. In Washington state, 1.25 million voters cast ballots in the primary election. Trump received 442,048 votes statewide, or 7...

  • Moses Lake man facing charges in DUI-related crash

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    ELTOPIA — A Moses Lake man was hospitalized Saturday, March 9, after an alleged drunken driving crash. Jonnathen C. Cole, 51, of Moses Lake was northbound in his 1998 Ford Ranger pickup at about 7:41 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, the Washington State Patrol reported. The pickup left the road and overturned near Milepost 31 of U.S. Highway 395. Cole was injured and transported to Richland hospital, the patrol reported, noting he was not wearing a seatbelt. Troopers said the cause of the crash was driving while u...

  • Holaday seeks 5th District seat

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    ADDY - A 51st state advocate has joined the pool of candidates seeking to replace Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Congress. On Tuesday, Feb. 27, Rene Holaday, a Republican from Addy, reached out to media to announce her run for the 5th Congressional District seat. The district includes Ferry, Stevens, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Whitman, eastern Franklin and Adams, and other counties. Holaday is an author, radio personality and the former spokeswoman for the 51st state...

  • Cooper in race for Congress

    Clare McGraw, Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    MEDICAL LAKE — Mayor Terri Cooper has declared her candidacy for Congress. The 62-year-old Cooper's announcement came during the Spokane County Republican Convention on Saturday, where she outlined her vision for addressing issues facing the district. With Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers opting not to seek reelection, Cooper joins a competitive field of Republican candidates vying for the vacant seat. Among them are Spokane City Councilman Jonathan Bingle, Spokane County T...

  • Two Sen. Schoesler bills stall in House

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    OLYMPIA - Two bills introduced by Sen. Mark Schoesler have stalled in the House. Schoesler, R-Ritzville, represents the 9th Legislative District, including eastern Adams and Franklin Counties, among others. "Unfortunately, two bills that I introduced received their death sentences in the House," Schoesler said last week of Senate Bills 5291 and 5344. Senate Bill 5291 would have helped restaurants, taverns and similar establishments navigate the state's permitting process...

  • Pedestrian hit by Pasco driver

    Franklin Connection|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    PASCO — An unknown pedestrian was struck by a car on Interstate 182 at about 3:53 a.m. today. The pedestrian, whom Washington State Patrol troopers are still trying to identify, was struck near Milepost 8, a patrol report said. The pedestrian attempted to cross the interstate and was struck by a 2017 Cadillac XT5, driven by George J. Dvorak, 58, of Pasco, who was not injured, the patrol said, noting Dvorak called 911 to notify dispatchers of the early morning incident. Troopers said Dvorak was wearing a seatbelt and that n...

  • Electric school buses may be coming

    Mary Murphy, Washington State Journal|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    OLYMPIA — The yellow school buses you grew up riding may become a thing of the past. Both the House and Senate approved a new "zero-emission" school measure — House Bill 1368 — during the Legislative session, making electric buses likely the only option for school districts in Washington. Rep. Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, said he introduced the bill also on behalf of student health. “We as a student body are exposed to 5-15 times more air pollution than adults, as a result of school bus emissions alone,” said Moa Valentin,...

  • Police given more leeway to pursue suspects

    Mary Murphy, Washington State Journal|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    OLYMPIA — After voters submitted an initiative rolling back some police pursuit regulations, the Legislature approved the measure. As a result, new rules giving police more leeway to engage in high-speed pursuits become law June 5. “The people of the state are suffering increasing rates of crime, property, crime, violent crime,” said Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen. “When I talked to cops and sheriff's deputies, they told me the one thing more than anything else that we need is the ability to chase bad people.” In 2021, the Legis...

  • Initiative approved preventing a state income tax

    Aspen Anderson, Washington State Journal|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    OLYMPIA - An initiative prohibiting the imposition of a state income tax was approved March 5 by the Legislature. "This is a great day for everyone in Washington," said Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen. "Codifying Washington's long-standing tradition of opposing any state tax on personal income will help working families and local economies...When common-sense conservative policies lead the way, things get better for everyone." At the hearing on the initiative, every chair in the jo...

  • Bill updates ballot signature verification rules

    Aspen Anderson, Washington State Journal|Updated Mar 13, 2024

    OLYMPIA — A bill written to reduce the number of rejected ballots in elections is on its way to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk. Signature verification is done to curtail fraud in mail-in ballots. But, state officials say, too often people change the way they sign their name or they don’t sign their ballot at all. That results in a rejection of their ballot. Sen. Javier Valdez, D-Seattle, introduced Senate Bill 5890 after reviewing statistics on ballot rejection rates. The bill received unanimous approval in both the House and Sen...

  • People in these 19 industries donated the most money to Donald Trump

    Stacker, Aine Givens|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    As the Trump campaign actively courts deep-pocketed donors, it's worth looking at which groups and industries have donated most heavily to him during the current election cycle. Stacker examined Federal Election Commission data compiled by OpenSecrets to find the 19 industries that contributed the most to Trump's 2024 campaign committee, as well as any super PACs or hybrid PACs working on his behalf, as of Feb. 2. The list is ranked based on the portion of that industry's...

  • The presidential candidate raising the most from individual donations in each state

    Stacker, Elena Cox|Updated Feb 23, 2024

    The 2024 primary elections are underway, and residents in some states have already chosen who they want to see on the ballot in November. But before heading to the polls, Americans showed support for their preferred candidate in 2023 by giving them their hard-earned cash. Presidential hopefuls raised more than $119 million from individual donors last year, according to the latest data from the Federal Election Commission. Individuals can donate up to $3,300 to a primary...

  • What the Biden administration's new executive order on AI will mean for cybersecurity

    Stacker, Dom DiFurio|Updated Feb 23, 2024

    Regulations have been proposed by a presidential administration committed to a responsible rollout of one of the most consequential technologies since the advent of the internet. The adoption of AI products accelerated rapidly over the past year since OpenAI released its large language model-powered chatbot, ChatGPT. Today, the generative AI platform boasts more than 100 million weekly users worldwide and is used by developers at 9 in 10 Fortune 500 companies. In that time,...

  • Boris held on $500,000 bail

    Spokane Valley News Herald|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    SPOKANE VALLEY — A Kennewick man arrested for in a sexual assault case here remains in the Spokane County Jail. Gregory Charles Boris, 42, of Kennewick, is being held on $500,000 bail after being extradited from the Tri-Cities area back to Spokane County on Feb. 13. He is charged with second-degree rape, second-degree assault-strangulation with sexual motivation and felony harassment-threats to kill. The charges stem from an alleged Feb. 5 rape at a hotel here. Records show law enforcement officers were dispatched to a s...

  • Deputies graduate

    Updated Feb 22, 2024

    The Adams County Sheriff's Office's newest deputies, Oscar Munoz and Orlando Gonzalez, graduated from the Pasco law enforcement academy last week. The two are now ready for duty. "We are proud to have these two deputies back and ready to begin their careers with our team," Sheriff Dale Wagner said on social media....

  • Three dead in Othello crash

    Roger Harnack, Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    OTHELLO — Three Warden residents were killed in a crash Thursday, Feb. 15, on state Highway 17 a mile east of the city. Manuela Franco Huerta, 44, Daniel Gama Perez, 14, and Brini Moran Flores, 44, all died of injuries they sustained in the crash, the Washington State Patrol reported. Flores was pronounced dead at the scene; Huerta and Perez were pronounced dead at Othello Community Hospital. All three were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, the patrol reported. Neither drugs nor alcohol was a factor. The crash o...

  • Dansel, Maycumber announce congressional candidacies

    Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    REPUBLIC - Two residents have announced their candidacies for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Ferry County Commissioner Brian Dansel, 40, was the first to announce last Friday, Feb. 16. He was joined in the race on Tuesday, Feb. 20, by state Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, 44. Both candidates are Republicans. McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, has announced that she won't seek re-election to the post that represents Ferry, Stevens, Pend Or...

  • Schoesler bill advances to House

    Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 14, 2024

    OLYMPIA – By a 47-2 vote, the Senate passed a bill Feb. 6 that would speed up the process for restaurants, bars and taverns seeking liquor licenses. Under Senate Bill 5291, applications for liquor licenses or license renewals would be automatically approved if the state Liquor and Cannabis Board fails to issue a decision within 45 days of the application date. Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, introduced the bill after hearing about the trouble three small businesses – Sonny's...

  • Senate approves two Torres bills

    Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 14, 2024

    OLYMPIA - The Senate approved two measures sponsored by Sen. Nikki Torres that are aimed at making the state safer and supporting access to criminal justice. Senate Bill 5160 would further define the crime of organized retail theft. Senate Bill 5780 would encourage participation in public-defense and prosecution professions, to help address attorney shortages that are hindering the administration of justice. "I am pleased to see these two important bills receive such broad bip...

  • Four Rep. Volz bills pass committee

    Franklin Connection|Updated Feb 14, 2024

    SPOKANE – The House Appropriations Committee recently approved three bills from Rep. Mike Volz, including two aimed at helping wildfire and disaster recovery. Additionally, a fourth bill from Volz has also been approved by its committee. House Bill 1952, which passed Appropriations on Saturday, would require the Military Department to administer a program for long-term community recovery from an emergency or disaster. The program would support counties and tribes by a...

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