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Major Storm Wreaks Havoc on Central and Eastern Washington

A massive, dramatic dust storm more often associated with the Southwest blew through Eastern Washington and north Idaho on Tuesday evening in advance of thunderstorms, lightning and rain.

Washington state troopers say the dust storm reduced visibility to zero in parts of Whitman and Adams counties, leading to numerous traffic accidents, especially in the Ritzville area southwest of Spokane

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40th Avenue and Washington Avenue is a popular location for political signs. (Lance Tormey/News Talk KIT)
40th Avenue and Washington Avenue is a popular location for political signs. (Lance Tormey/News Talk KIT)
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Time and Place Restrictions Help Moses Lake Control Political Signs

The city of Moses Lake has found a way to restrict the placement of political signs after the city was flooded with political signs in city parks and other city-owned property.

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Hot Temps, Lightning Challenging Firefighters

Firefighters across the Northwest reacted as triple-digit heat and lightning made their job even more difficult in an area where two dozen large wildfires are already burning.

The Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center says roughly 1,500 lightning strikes started nearly 20 new wildfires by Monday evening in central Oregon

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Thousands of Building Threatened by Wildfires

A dozen wildfires are actively burning in central and eastern Washington on Saturday, but firefighters are starting to get control of about half of them.

Fire officials report more than a thousand homes and structures are still in some danger, however, and the weather report calls for more hot and windy weather

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Technology Helping Builders Expedite Paperwork

Kittitas County is one of the first counties in the state to use technology to help speed up the building process.

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Pot Sales Contribute More Than a Million in Tax Revenue

Pot sales are burning up state sales tax charts despite many cities in Eastern and Central Washington having bans or moratoriums on pot sales. One of the few local cities that allows it is now reconsidering, however

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Benton County Sheriff Investigating Triple Homicide

Sheriff's officials say they have identified the three people found dead on a farm near Finley in Benton County.

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Body Found, Believed to Be 6-Year-Old Girl

A four-day search for a missing 6-year-old Washington girl ended tragically Thursday, as authorities say they believe they have found the body of Jenise Wright.

Authorities in Kitsap County say it's a criminal investigation, and they're trying to narrow in on a suspect

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Snag Canyon and Colville Fires Increasing in Size

Fire spokesmen say a wildfire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation in northeastern Washington has burned across about 7,000 acres.

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Snag Canyon Fire Increasing While New Fire Near Colville

Fire officials say a lightning-sparked wildfire burning about 10 miles north of Ellensburg, Washington, has grown to more than 3,500 acres and destroyed more than a dozen structures, including six homes or cabins, and threatens dozens of other homes

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