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Judge hearing Washington’s case against 3 opioid distributors gets a medical history lesson

November 18, 2021, 7:47am Health

SEATTLE — Medicinal morphine, derived from opium poppies, triggered the country’s first major opioid epidemic in the late 19th century, with imports and consumption of medical opiates tripling between 1870 and 1890. Read story

Landslides block most roads in and out of Makah Reservation

November 18, 2021, 7:46am Northwest

A series of landslides that closed the major highway leading to Neah Bay and the Makah Reservation have led to a gasoline and grocery shortage. Read story

Washington Supreme Court sends case of Seattle officers who attended Jan. 6 rally back to trial court

November 18, 2021, 7:45am Northwest

SEATTLE — A legal fight over whether public records must be disclosed to identify a half-dozen Seattle police officers who attended the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C., is headed back to a King County court. Read story

Wuhan, China - East Asia, Corona virus, Pneumonia

Latest COVID-19 numbers in Washington: More than 9,000 dead

Wuhan, China - East Asia, Corona virus, Pneumonia

November 18, 2021, 7:44am Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 9,000 Washington residents, according to the Washington state Department of Health. On Wednesday, the agency reported 2,189 new COVID-19 cases and 27 new deaths. Read story

Man fatally shot had crawled through window to help a Tri-Cities woman who was locked out

November 18, 2021, 7:43am Latest News

KENNEWICK — A 22-year-old man was fatally shot Monday night after he crawled through the window of a Kennewick apartment to open the front door for one of its residents. Read story

Seattle School Board urges DOH to make COVID vaccines mandatory for students

November 18, 2021, 7:43am Latest News

SEATTLE — After delaying a vote on the issue twice, Seattle Public Schools board members are now urging the state Department of Health to begin a review to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of immunizations required to attend school. Read story

FILE - In this April 8, 2019, file photo, a jar of medical marijuana sits on the counter at a dispensary in Sherwood, Ore. Registered marijuana growers are upset that thousands of illegal marijuana farms have recently been built in southern Oregon.

Legal pot growers frustrated by illegal operations in Oregon

FILE - In this April 8, 2019, file photo, a jar of medical marijuana sits on the counter at a dispensary in Sherwood, Ore. Registered marijuana growers are upset that thousands of illegal marijuana farms have recently been built in southern Oregon.

November 17, 2021, 4:10pm Northwest

SALEM, Ore. — Amanda Metzler, a licensed cannabis grower, has beefed up security around her property and no longer dares to go out after dark because she’s afraid of armed cartel members who run illegal marijuana farms in her region — even directly across the street. Read story

Supreme Court sends Seattle officer case to trial court

November 17, 2021, 4:10pm Northwest

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court has declined to decide a case that sought to expose the identities of Seattle police officers who attended events in Washington D.C., on the day of the insurrection. Read story

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2020, file photo, police use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Portland, Ore. A year after Portland's police department underwent significant budget cuts amid demands to defund the police, the city is looking to spend more than $5 million for police investments, including hiring more officers and buying body-worn cameras.

Portland among U.S. cities looking to ‘refund’ police

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2020, file photo, police use chemical irritants and crowd control munitions to disperse protesters during a demonstration in Portland, Ore. A year after Portland's police department underwent significant budget cuts amid demands to defund the police, the city is looking to spend more than $5 million for police investments, including hiring more officers and buying body-worn cameras.

November 17, 2021, 2:26pm Latest News

PORTLAND — Night after night, hundreds of people marched the streets of Oregon’s largest city, demanding racial justice following the murder of George Floyd by a white officer. Read story

Tony Golik (The Columbian files)

Golik among picks for advisory board for Washington’s new police accountability office

Tony Golik (The Columbian files)

November 17, 2021, 1:24pm Clark County Politics

SEATTLE — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced his picks Tuesday for an 11-member panel to oversee the state’s newly created police accountability office with powers to independently investigate cases of law enforcement’s use of deadly force. Read story