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Federal lawsuit alleges Craigslist and several South Sound hotels profited from child sex trafficking

December 6, 2019, 6:56am Latest News

SEATTLE -- A Western Washington woman who says she was forced into prostitution at age 12 and sex-trafficked for years before escaping at age 18 has sued San Francisco-based Craigslist and hotel chains Motel 6, Wyndham and Howard Johnson, alleging they knew their businesses were being used to promote, protect and profit from child rape and sexual exploitation. Read story

British Columbia to stop logging in Skagit headwaters

December 5, 2019, 8:06pm Northwest

SEATTLE — British Columbia’s government announced Wednesday amid an international dispute that it will no longer allow timber sales in the Skagit River’s headwaters. Read story

EPA rejects ban on use of poison bombs against cattle predators

December 5, 2019, 8:02pm Northwest

WASHINGTON — Trappers can keep using sodium cyanide bombs to kill coyotes and other livestock predators, the Trump administration said Thursday, rejecting calls for a ban despite repeated instances of the devices also poisoning other wildlife, pets and people. Read story

House leaders briefed on investigation of Rep. Matt Shea

December 5, 2019, 8:02pm Northwest

OLYMPIA — Top House members of both parties were informed Wednesday of the results of a four-month investigation of Rep. Matt Shea, but it may be next week — at the earliest — before the public sees some version of that report. Read story

Feds award $4B contract for services at Hanford Nuclear site

December 5, 2019, 1:10pm Latest News

RICHLAND — The federal government has awarded a new $4 billion contract to provide some services on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland. Read story

5 people struck by trains within days in Washington

December 5, 2019, 1:09pm Northwest

SEATTLE— Washington state authorities have confirmed five people in three days have been hit by trains, including three fatally struck. Read story

WSU study links cannabis businesses to poorer neighborhoods, as local laws limit locations

December 5, 2019, 9:55am Northwest

Spokane — Washington’s licensed marijuana businesses are more likely to be found in poorer, less-educated neighborhoods across the state, according to a new study by researchers at Washington State University. Read story

Robber shoots second clerk in two days in Pierce County, remains at large

December 5, 2019, 9:55am Northwest

Tacoma — A robber shot a Pierce County gas station clerk Thursday, critically injuring him, and authorities believe the gunman is the same person who shot a convenience store worker in Tacoma the day before. Read story

Half of Seattle bike-share rental bikes were inoperable in late-summer maintenance slump, city audit says

December 5, 2019, 9:54am Northwest

Half the rental bikes along Seattle roadsides were inoperable because of low batteries or broken parts in September, the city’s latest quarterly audit says. Read story

Kelso to get its own police dog program with help from long-time residents

December 5, 2019, 9:53am Northwest

Longview — The Kelso Police Department expects to have its first K-9 program by the spring, prodded by a private donation that will cover nearly a third of the startup costs, Police Chief Darr Kirk announced to the City Council Tuesday night. Read story