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Pasco in top 10 for state population growth

Pasco officials say the city’s Top 10 ranking for population growth in Washington is partially due to annexations that have been chipping away at the so-called doughnut hole.

Yacolt boy dies in car crash on Highway 503

BATTLE GROUND — A 16-year-old from Yacolt died late Sunday night in a vehicle collision on state Highway 503 about 3 miles north of Battle Ground, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Potato Commission chair elected

MOSES LAKE — Rex Calloway, Quincy, was elected as the new chair of the Washington State Potato Commission’s executive committee. He was elected during the commission’s annual meeting last week.

Pacific Coast leaders unite to combat climate change

The theory is that there's strength in numbers — especially when facing an enormous task such as addressing climate change. That's why some government officials are joining together to reduce the impacts of global warming.

Local firefighters tout wildfire preparedness but say more funding needed

SPOKANE — The region's firefighters are better organized to handle the threat of devastating wildfires after last year's record-breaking blazes, but still need federal help in recruiting volunteers and managing forestland, local officials told Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Friday.

Fireworks a blast for some, a headache for others

As the South Sound gears up for its annual July 4 boomfest, emergency responders, law enforcement agencies and animal shelters are preparing for inevitable consequences: brush fires, angry neighbors, stray dogs and spooked horses.

Man sentenced for human trafficking of teen

SPOKANE — A man who coerced a 16-year-old runaway into prostitution and sent her threatening letters from jail instructing her on how much she should earn each day was recently sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for human trafficking.

Nonprofit helps disabled vets with handyman services

Tina Barritt stood in her north Spokane yard Friday morning clutching an American flag to her chest, tears streaming down her face, as she watched a crew put the finishing touches on her new flagpole.

Appeals court tosses murder conviction

YAKIMA — A state appeals court has thrown out a Toppenish man's 2014 murder conviction, saying that a Yakima County deputy prosecutor misinformed jurors about the law used to convict the man.