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See Aerial View of Bateman Island Damage, Latest Updates

 

We expected this, the City of Richland announced Monday afternoon Bateman Island will be closed indefinitely, due to fire and habitat damage. It will likely be months before mainstream hiking, recreating and bird and wildlife watching traffic is allowed.

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Hermiston recycling cardboard fire sends smoke everywhere (Getty Images)
Hermiston recycling cardboard fire sends smoke everywhere (Getty Images)
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Cause of Hermiston Recycling Center Cardboard Stack Fire Unknown

As of Friday, officials still don't know what triggered a Wednesday afternoon blaze that consumed numerous giant bales of flattened cardboard, due to be recycled.

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Arlene's Flowers to have case heard by State Supreme Court (Arlene's Flowers Facebook)
Arlene's Flowers to have case heard by State Supreme Court (Arlene's Flowers Facebook)
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State Supreme Court Will Hear Arlene’s Flowers Case

Usually, when a judge makes a ruling and the affected party does not agree with decision, the state court of appeals hears the case. But in this situation, a little different.

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Oregon car covered in slime after wreck with eel truck (Oregon State Patrol)
Oregon car covered in slime after wreck with eel truck (Oregon State Patrol)
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REAL Slime From Eels Spilled on Oregon Highway

Oregon officials are facing a gooey cleanup, and some folks in Korea are going to be hungry.

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Move over driverless cars, here come the buses (Getty Images)
Move over driverless cars, here come the buses (Getty Images)
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Would You Ride a ‘Driverless’ Bus? One City Considering Them

So much as been said about the driverless car efforts being made by Google and others. But now, it appears one U.S. city is considering driverless shuttle buses.

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Inslee vetoed bi-partisan plan that would have helped over 10,000 manufacturers (Getty Images)
Inslee vetoed bi-partisan plan that would have helped over 10,000 manufacturers (Getty Images)
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Critics Say Gov. Inslee Caved to Unions in Vetoing Tax Cut for Manufacturers

Although he denies it, critics, especially on the GOP side, are saying Governor Inslee caved into special interests and labor unions when he vetoed part of a bill that would give the same Business and Occupation tax rate as Boeing.

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Big drone racing event coming to Columbia Park Saturday  (Bruce Bennett-getty)
Big drone racing event coming to Columbia Park Saturday (Bruce Bennett-getty)
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Drones Will Fill Skies Over Columbia Park This Weekend for Races

We're helping to get the word out, so none of them get shot down by irate citizens...just kidding!  But it will probably be the most drones you've seen at one time so far.

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Seattle City Council votes to impose income tax on wealthiest citizens (Getty Images)
Seattle City Council votes to impose income tax on wealthiest citizens (Getty Images)
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Seattle City Council Breaks State Law by Passing Income Tax on Wealthy

A quick and hostile legal challenge is expected, after the Seattle City Council voted 5-3 to place an income tax on the highest earners in the city.

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Upper Goose Lake, near Othello, Grant County (Google Earth)
Upper Goose Lake, near Othello, Grant County (Google Earth)
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Emergency Evacuation Lifted for Big Wildfire Near Othello

Sunday night, a level 3 (emergency) evacuation order was issued for the Upper Goose Lake Recreation area, which is about 15 miles Northwest of Othello.

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I-552, which would have overturned transgender bathroom policies, withdrawn. (Getty Images)
I-552, which would have overturned transgender bathroom policies, withdrawn. (Getty Images)
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Initiative That Would Overturn Transgender Bathroom Laws Withdrawn

In a late breaking story Friday afternoon, the Washington Secretary of State's office announced supporters of I-552 have withdrawn their efforts to get it on the November ballot. I-552,  best known as the Just Want Privacy campaign, would have repealed or overturned the controversial transgender bathroom laws that set off a firestorm in our state.

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