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Judge: County clerk’s conduct harming courts

YAKIMA — Yakima County Clerk Janelle Riddle has been deceptive and untruthful in recent months regarding an agreement that allows some of her employees to work as court reporters, actions that harm the judicial system, Presiding Superior Court Judge David Elofson said in a strongly worded letter Monday to the embattled clerk.

Father pleads not guilty to illegal gun possession

SEATTLE — The father of a teenager who fatally shot four classmates then killed himself at a Washington state high school last year pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he illegally bought the handgun used in the rampage.

State’s jobless rate falls

Washington state's jobless rate fell in March after rising late last year and holding steady the past several months.

Subcontractor had past safety violations

A subcontractor that was working on a highway overpass in Bonney Lake Monday when part of the bridge’s concrete wall fell and killed three people has been cited in the past for not protecting its workers from potential falls.

School district removes students over vaccines

SEATTLE — A Washington state school district pulled 143 students who lacked documentation proving they had received required immunizations from classrooms on Monday, in a first-in-the-state clamp-down triggered by a recent measles epidemic.

UW, biotech firm may have cure for colorblindness

SEATTLE — For the more than 10 million Americans with colorblindness, there’s never been a treatment, let alone a cure, for the condition that leaves them unable to distinguish certain hues.

Plane leaves Seattle with napping airport worker stuck in cargo

SEATTLE — A Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing at a Seattle-area airport on Monday afternoon after it took off with a worker trapped in a cargo area under the cabin where he had fallen asleep, the U.S. carrier said.

Providers applaud passage of telemedicine bill

YAKIMA — If a patient wants to talk to her psychologist via video conferencing, or a physician needs to consult with a specialist hundreds of miles away, the Legislature just made it a lot easier for that to happen.

Farm workers advance case; claim they lost jobs to H-2A workers

KENNEWICK — A federal judge has granted class-action status to a group of farm workers who claim that Mercer Canyons illegally denied employment to domestic workers in favor of imported guest workers under the federal H-2A program.

Community college students learn math by using it

SEATTLE — The grinding sound of metal on metal filtered through the walls of Chris Lindberg's math class at Shoreline Community College, but his students had no trouble tuning out the noise.