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Bad debt and charity care down; Medicaid costs up

NCW – For years, hospitals have been sounding the alarm: The increasing costs of charity care and bad debt were cutting into budgets, even pushing some financially-stressed facilities to the brink.

New campaign aims to curb panhandling

City officials believe aggressive begging is on the rise in Wenatchee and East Wenatchee and are launching a public campaign to combat it. With the support of local social service agencies, the cities plan to launch the "Bring the Change" campaign in June, asking the public to stop giving change to panhandlers and instead give it to local charities.

Teen arrested in Cashmere pallet fire

CASHMERE -- A 17-year-old Dryden boy was arrested Thursday afternoon on suspicion of arson in connection with the pallet fire Sunday night at Blue Star Growers.

Kretz wildfire bill passes Senate

OLYMPIA – A bill responding to concerns of some Okanogan County residents following last summer’s Carlton Complex Fire passed the state Senate by a unanimous vote on Monday.

Arsonist hits Quincy-area haystacks

QUINCY – The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has assigned a major crimes detective to investigate five fires that were intentionally lit in haystacks in the Quincy and Winchester areas.
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Perseverance lands woman in Naval Academy

WENATCHEE —With only 7 percent of applicants selected, Olivia Kesterson figured she might have to apply more than once to get into the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

Police pursuit case ends in Alford plea

WENATCHEE -- A Chelan man pleaded guilty Wednesday to fleeing from police last January while drunk and illegally carrying handguns in his car.
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Hobbyist house flipper gets fine from the state

WENATCHEE -- The retired Wenatchee accountant who fulfilled a dream by fixing up an historic home was slapped with a $1,000 state fine earlier this month for selling his now-renovated home without living in it first.
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Perfecting the march

The Eastmont High School marching band practices around East Wenatchee on Thursday. This is the first week of the year they have taken to the streets to perfect their marching and playing style in preparation for the Apple Blossom Festival's grand parade next month. 

U.S. sued to curb deaths of sea turtles by shrimping industry

Environmentalists seeking to curb the deaths of an estimated 53,000 sea turtles each year from getting caught in commercial shrimp nets off the southeastern United States sued federal regulators on Wednesday for stronger protections.

Snoring, apnea linked to earlier memory decline in elderly

Older people who have sleep apnea, which can be marked by heavy snoring, tend to begin experiencing cognitive decline about ten years earlier than those without the disorder, or those who use a breathing machine to treat their apnea, according to a new U.S. study.

Study reveals secret behind knuckle-cracking

Some people like the sound of knuckle-cracking and others loathe it, but for years there has been disagreement among scientists about what actually causes it.

Fast-food workers mark Tax Day demanding higher wages

NEW YORK — Fast-food workers rallied in New York Wednesday to demand higher pay, using the April 15 deadline for filing U.S. tax returns to publicize their claim that they cannot survive on the hourly wages paid by many U.S. corporations.

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Man accused of imprisoning girlfriend

PESHASTIN — A Blewett Pass man is accused of holding a woman prisoner in his home for six days and crafting a pipe bomb with which to terrorize his neighbors.