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Recruiting Of New Officers In Yakima A Challenge After Police Killings

The Yakima Police Department is looking for officers to fill the ranks and the Chief is concerned recent killings of officers could impact recruitment. Chief Dominic Rizzi tells KIT News "You have a lot of individuals that never really considered law enforcement and if it's brought up to them this will have a negative impact

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Weather Helping Firefighters Battle State Wildfires

OMAK, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters are starting to get a handle on two giant wildfires burning in northcentral Washington.

The largest wildfire in state history, the Okanogan Complex, has now grown to 231 square miles but as Wednesday morning it was 45 percent contained

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$15 Minimum Wage Push Comes To Yakima Valley

An effort to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour comes to Yakima on Wednesday. Officials with Working Washington will launch the campaign at the Washington Event Center at 2801 Washington Avenue. Officials with the campaign say airport workers with Working Washington led the way to Seatac’s $15 law, and fast food strikers with Working Washington helped spark the movement for $15 in Seattle

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No Damage Found After Quake North Of Grand Coulee Dam

COULEE DAM, Wash. (AP) — A magnitude 4.3 earthquake has been recorded north of the town of Coulee Dam.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake was recorded at 9:42 a.m. on Tuesday.
It was recorded about 22 miles north of Coulee Dam, at a depth of nine kilometers

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Firefighters Gaining Ground On State’s Big Wildfires

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Lower temperatures and higher humidity were giving firefighters the upper hand on Tuesday against some giant wildfires burning in north-central Washington.

A wildfire north of Nespelem that burned 320 square miles was 25 percent contained

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Water Temps Lowering Helping Fish In Columbia River

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — Cooler water temperatures in the Columbia River are good news for sturgeon.

Warm water conditions this summer killed more than 80 sturgeon in the Tri-Cities area.

The Tri-City Herald reports that sturgeon more than 5 feet long were washing up along the shores of the Columbia in the Tri-Cities region

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Semi, School Bus Collide at 40th and Tieton

A tractor-trailer rig and a Yakima School District bus collided near Eisenhower High School Tuesday morning, but the wreck appears to be minor.

Yakima Police could offer few details, though spokesman Mike Bastinelli said one student on the bus suffered minor injuries

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Firefighter Undergoes Third Surgery As Fires Burn In State

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State fire officials say they have not had time to test drones over the major fires in Okanogan County, though federal officials did fly some over a more remote fire in Olympia National Park

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First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported In Yakima County

The year's first human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Yakima County.

Few details are available on the case, but earlier this year, an 80-year-old man from Benton County died of the virus

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Watch Sweet Boy Play Peek-a-Boo With Toddler Gorilla at Zoo

It's a shame kids have to go back to school because they're missing out on these precious moments.

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