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UPDATE: Two hospitalized in suspected DUI crash

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 22:49
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says they are charging a driver with vehicular assault after a DUI related crash early Saturday morning south of Spokane Valley. The crash happened on State Route 27 near E. Mica Cemetery Road, about 6 miles south of Spokane Valley. E. Mica Cemetery Road was closed for for several hours Saturday morning. 

Rain after wildfires triggers mudslides in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:15
Mudslides on land left bare by fires knock house off its foundation, maroon vehicles on highways as extreme weather plagues much of U.S.

Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:09
TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Rain in Washington state unleashed mudslides on land left bare by wildfires, washing down hillsides, damaging homes and closing highways as the threat of more storms loomed Friday.

GUN-RIGHTS BLITZ Group persuading towns to repeal firearms regs

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:00
WASHINGTON – A Washington state-based gun rights group is steadily persuading cities and towns across the country to repeal local firearms regulations and give that power back to the states.

State ferry system adds service, staff & security in advance of Seahawks game

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:41
SEATTLE — Washington State Ferry officials say they are staffing up key runs in advance of tonight’s Seahawks game. Pressure could be even greater as a series of Highway 99 closes through Seattle begin at about the same time. MORE: MAJOR FOUR-DAY HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE STARTS TONIGHT IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE (MAP) Ferry officials say there […]

Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:35
The July 29 breakdown was the start of a tough summer for the nation's largest ferry system, which hauls about 23 million passengers — commuters, locals and tourists alike — among the islands, peninsulas and mainland cities of western Washington state. Officials are wondering whether the series of problems is just coincidence, or a more troubling sign of how deeply the state has cut into a ...

Washington State Motorists Stranded after Floods and Mudslides

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:43
Heavy rainfall in a wildfire-charred area of North Central Washington state triggered flash flooding and mudslides that stranded motorists and closed highways, a forecaster said on Friday. Vehicles... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Washington voters will face two conflicting background check initiatives

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:31
Now, voters in Washington state are confronted with a choice about whether or not more background checks on gun sales would prevent similar tragedies.

Where are Washington's K-12 dollars? Just ask Microsoft shareholders

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 20:52
Commentary: The taxes dodged by Microsoft over the last 17 years could have paid for Washington's public education shortfall.

Washington state motorists stranded after floods, mudslides

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 18:44
Heavy rainfall in a wildfire-charred area of North Central Washington state triggered flash flooding and mudslides that stranded motorists and closed highways, a forecaster said on Friday. Vehicles were trapped in debris-laden water at about 8 p.m. PDT Thursday (0300 GMT Friday) in Okanogan County, and mud and rocks carried by moving water blocked State Highway 20, said National Weather Service ...

Wash. flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:50
Wash. flash flooding damages estimated 10 homes (AP) — Heavy rains that unleashed mud slides in an area of north-central Washington where hillsides have been left barren by wildfires damaged or destroyed an estimated 10 homes and blocked highways, officials said Friday. There were at least two slides on State Highway 20 in a 30-mile stretch from Twisp to Okanogan, Transportation Department ...

Marijuana County Bans in Washington Push Pot Entrepreneurs to Florida

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:21
Gonzalez was forced to postpone his plans to build a grow facility when recreational use was legalized statewide on July 1 because Yakima is one of the counties along with Clark, Fife and others that have banned marijuana businesses.

Heavy rain sets off mudslides in fire-ravaged north Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:16
Wildfires left terrain barren and ripe for slides; motorists stranded on blocked highways; flash floods hit firefighters' camp

Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:03
TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Rain in Washington state unleashed mudslides on land left bare by wildfires, washing down hillsides, damaging homes and closing highways as the threat of more storms loomed Friday.

Mud, slides close roads, trap motorists in Wash.

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:04
(AP) — Officials in a north-central Washington county hard-hit by wildfire this summer say heavy rain has triggered flash floods and mud slides, damaging some homes, blocking portions of two highways and stranding some motorists. The state Transportation Department says mud and debris have closed a nine-mile stretch of Highway 153 and a 25-mile section of State Highway 20.

Mudslides close roads, trap motorists in central Washington

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:59
A Washington state trooper says floods and mud slides triggered by heavy rain on wildfire-burned terrain in north-central Washington have blocked portions of two highways, stranding some motorists. No injuries have been reported.

BREAKING: Flash floods and mudslides trap people in their cars in Okanogan County

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:49
OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash.- A Washington state trooper says floods and mud slides triggered by heavy rain on wildfire-burned terrain in north-central Washington have blocked portions of two highways, stranding some motorists.

National Park Service considers moving grizzly bears into Washington's North Cascades

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:05
The National Park Service said Thursday it will consider moving grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state to aid their recovery. Officials have been looking hard, too.

Feds weigh moving grizzlies into Washington

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 09:15
The National Park Service said Thursday it will consider moving grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state to aid their recovery.

Washington State Parks have a ‘free day’ Aug. 25 | Visit Mount Si, Ollalie for no cost

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 03:25
Monday, August 25, is a state parks ‘free day’ in Washington. Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks. The ‘free day’ is in honor of the birthday of the National Park Service, which was established on Aug. 25, 1916. State Parks ‘free days’ are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on lands managed by ...