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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1991, file photo, Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, at a House Armed Services subcommittee. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84.

Colin Powell dies of COVID-19; exemplary general stained by Iraq claims

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 1991, file photo, Gen. Colin Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, at a House Armed Services subcommittee. Powell, former Joint Chiefs chairman and secretary of state, has died from COVID-19 complications. In an announcement on social media Monday, the family said Powell had been fully vaccinated. He was 84.

October 18, 2021, 12:04pm Latest News

WASHIINGTON — Colin Powell, who served Democratic and Republican presidents in war and peace but whose sterling reputation was forever stained by his faulty claims to justify the U.S. war in Iraq, died Monday of COVID-19 complications. He was 84. Read story

FILE - The Toyota logo is shown on a dealership in Manchester, N.H., in this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, file photo. Toyota plans to build a new $1.29 billion factory in the U.S. to manufacture batteries for gas-electric hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The plant location wasn't announced, but the company said it eventually will employ 1,750 people and start making batteries in 2025, gradually expanding through 2031.

Toyota to build $1.29B US battery plant employing 1,750

FILE - The Toyota logo is shown on a dealership in Manchester, N.H., in this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, file photo. Toyota plans to build a new $1.29 billion factory in the U.S. to manufacture batteries for gas-electric hybrid and fully electric vehicles. The plant location wasn't announced, but the company said it eventually will employ 1,750 people and start making batteries in 2025, gradually expanding through 2031.

October 18, 2021, 8:14am Business

DETROIT — Toyota plans to build a new $1.29 billion factory in the U.S. to manufacture batteries for gas-electric hybrid and fully electric vehicles. Read story

U.S. expected to loosen border travel restrictions with Canada on Nov. 8

October 18, 2021, 7:40am Latest News

The Canadians are coming! Read story

FILE - Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Utah in Salt Lake City, in this Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, file photo. Rolovich has become the story of Pac-12 media day even though he won't be in attendance. Rolovich's announcement last week he has chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccination has divided his fan base and seemingly his school as one of the colleges requiring students and staff to be vaccinated before the start of classes this fall.

Employee vaccination rates are high at Washington state’s public universities

FILE - Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Utah in Salt Lake City, in this Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, file photo. Rolovich has become the story of Pac-12 media day even though he won't be in attendance. Rolovich's announcement last week he has chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccination has divided his fan base and seemingly his school as one of the colleges requiring students and staff to be vaccinated before the start of classes this fall.

October 18, 2021, 7:39am Latest News

There is high anticipation over whether Washington State University will allow its head football coach, the highest paid state employee, to bypass getting a coronavirus vaccine by qualifying for a religious exemption. Read story

Washington DOC officer accused of having his sister shoot him

October 18, 2021, 7:39am Latest News

SHELTON — A Department of Corrections officer who was shot in in Shelton has been arrested and accused of having his sister shoot him. Read story

Legionnaires outbreak persists at Portland apartment complex

October 18, 2021, 7:36am Latest News

PORTLAND — Officials have confirmed that a North Portland apartment complex had a new case of Legionnaires’ disease in late September, the latest in an outbreak attributed to the waterborne illness since January. Read story

Romina Atzin sweeps up harvested hops at Perrault Farms in Toppenish in Yakima County on Sept. 16. Washington has 71 percent of the more than 60,000 acres of hops planted in the U.S. as of June. Nearly all of that acreage is in the Yakima Valley. (Matt M.

Hop growers balance demands of craft beers with climate concerns

Romina Atzin sweeps up harvested hops at Perrault Farms in Toppenish in Yakima County on Sept. 16. Washington has 71 percent of the more than 60,000 acres of hops planted in the U.S. as of June. Nearly all of that acreage is in the Yakima Valley. (Matt M.

October 18, 2021, 6:05am Food

With the rise of craft breweries in the mid-2000s, Washington hop growers went from anonymous commodity suppliers for multinational beer makers to collaborators with primarily small, independent operators that used hops to shape the flavor of their beverages. Read story

The Elwood is a permanent supportive housing development at 6317 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. The building is specifically tailored to serve people with disabilities who have been chronically homeless.

Vancouver housing designed to promote healing

The Elwood is a permanent supportive housing development at 6317 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver. The building is specifically tailored to serve people with disabilities who have been chronically homeless.

October 18, 2021, 6:05am Clark County Health

When The Elwood opened its doors to tenants in March, dozens of the region’s most vulnerable residents gained access to stable, affordable housing. Read story

Dick Boushey, owner of Boushey Vineyards in the Yakima Valley, harvests grapes on Aug, 31, 2021. Boushey has been growing wine grapes in Yakima and Benton counties for more than 40 years. (Matt M.

Washington wineries considering dramatic changes for climate change

Dick Boushey, owner of Boushey Vineyards in the Yakima Valley, harvests grapes on Aug, 31, 2021. Boushey has been growing wine grapes in Yakima and Benton counties for more than 40 years. (Matt M.

October 18, 2021, 6:02am Food

Dick Boushey has been growing wine grapes in Yakima and Benton counties for more than 40 years. The 70-year-old Boushey and his employees grow 23 grape varieties on vineyards stretching over 295 acres. Read story

Christopher Smith is a stage hand working on setting up a show at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. He is back to work as the pandemic lifts -- but the end of benefits isn't what made that happen.

Less ‘ghosting,’ more hiring. Did the end of federal pandemic jobless benefits ‘solve’ Northwest’s labor crunch?

Christopher Smith is a stage hand working on setting up a show at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021. He is back to work as the pandemic lifts -- but the end of benefits isn't what made that happen.

October 18, 2021, 6:02am Business

After months of short-staffing, unanswered job listings and ghosted interviews, some Seattle-area employers say they’re seeing more job seekers since the extra $300-a-week in federal pandemic jobless benefits ended Sept. 4. Read story