PORTLAND -- Taxpayers are responsible for $30 million in legal fees a military contractor has spent defending itself against a lawsuit from soldiers who say the company exposed them to toxic chemicals in Iraq.
OLYMPIA -- A police officer who shot and injured two men he says repeatedly threatened him during a late-night encounter on a dark street was justified in the shooting, and the men have been charged with assault, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
LYNDEN -- A Whatcom County judge has overruled a plea deal and sentenced a former Lynden police officer to nine months of house arrest for exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a teenage girl and keeping nude photos of her on his work phone.
SEATTLE -- As Pasco teachers walked the picket lines for a second day on Wednesday, a series of marathon contract negotiations in Spokane may be moving school employees closer to an agreement, while Seattle teachers are heading toward a strike vote today.
BOISE - A group launched by former college friends is pitching a 2016 ballot initiative to raise Idaho's cigarette tax by $1.50 a pack, and use the money to lower tuition at the state's public colleges and universities.