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County Judges Have More Power Over Budget

The Yakima County Commissioners approved an agreement Tuesday, establishing new court protocols with the county's judges. .

For months now, Court Consultants and County Commissioners have been discussing ways to improve their working relationship so they can avoid the problems that are currently plaguing another Washington county

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Washington State’s Guaranteed Education Tuiton in Danger of Being Scraped

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - This may be the worst year for Washington parents looking to buy prepaid tuition credits for their children.

If a Republican-led coalition and a liberal Democrat have their way, lawmakers would spend the next couple months developing a plan to scrap the Guaranteed Education Tuition program altogether

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Union Gap Police Cutting K9 Narcotic Unit From The Department

The Union Gap Police Department is cutting it's K9 narcotic unit because of it's expense. The Chief Greg Cobb says officer Daisy would likely cost upwards of 50 thousand dollars in 2013 because of the need to replace a police vehicle with a special air conditioning system for the dog

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Yakima County Looking to Fill Budget Shortfall

Yakima County is looking for ways to fill a big deficit caused by a loss of bed rentals at the county jail. In 2010, the county was pulling in $23 million when cities from around the state were renting space for their inmates in Yakima County

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Budget Cuts Mean County Jail Layoffs

Budget cuts in the county mean layoffs at the Yakima County Jail. Nine officers and two administrators were laid off this month. The cuts were made to help fill a million dollar shortfall in the jail budget

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Review Board Recommends Changes In Justice Operations

A report presented June 7 on the county’s criminal justice operations recommended big changes to the system faced with rising costs and shrinking budgets. Yakima County Commissioners established an independent review committee earlier this year to evaluate the efficiency of our law and justice operat

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West Valley Looking For Ways To Save ROTC Program

The West Valley Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program may be saved in the West Valley School District. The board met May 29 and asked the district to find a way to save the program

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Department Of Corrections Facing More Cuts In The Budget

Fewer ex-cons are being supervised after they get out of prison.

Our News Partner KIMA Action news reports the Department of Corrections says it's now feeling the effects of legislative changes in 2009 regarding supervision time

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Protesters in Olympia Continue to Rally Against State Budget Cuts / KIT Morning News Update for Wednesday, November 30th [AUDIO]

 

Protesters continue to march in the state capitol, saying the governor's proposed cuts go to far. That story and more from KIT's Lance Tormey.

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Spokane Police Officer to Testify In His Defence/ KIT Morning News Update for Thursday, October 27th [AUDIO]

Officer Carl Thompson is expected to testify in his federal trial being held here in Yakima. That Story and more from KIT's Lance Tormey.

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