YAKIMA — King Mountain Tobacco owes $58 million in back taxes and penalties, a U.S. District Court judge in Yakima ruled in rejecting the Yakama reservation-based cigarette manufacturer’s arguments that the assessments were inaccurate.
OLYMPIA — Based on the questions asked during a Washington Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday, it’s anyone’s guess what the court’s next step will be toward forcing the Legislature to fix the way the state pays for education.
MOSES LAKE — Grant County Fairgrounds Director Jerry Gingrich said he has made changes to how employees manage cash and who has access to a safe after an employee allegedly stole $16,382 in cash from the fairgrounds last year.
YAKIMA — Retiring Congressman Doc Hastings and Dan Newhouse, one of the two Republicans seeking to replace him, will appear together at a news conference today where the Pasco Republican is widely expected to endorse the Sunnyside farmer.
SEATTLE — Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.
WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.