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Some Yakima County Residents Still Ignore Seatbelt Law

It's the law in Washington state but plenty of people still apparently ignore seat-belts and while the seat-belt rate in Yakima County is close to 95 percent.  State Troopers say the contacts they've made with drivers not wearing their seat belts has continued to grow since 2010 when 41 hundred citations were issued

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Remembering 911 to be Held at Performance Park

The 11th anniversary of 911 is next Tuesday.  It's a time to remember the more than 3000 people lost in the attacks and a time to remember the first responders.  Dave Brown with the Yakima County Veterans program  says a special event will be held at performance park next Tuesday morning in Yakima

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Busy Labor Day Weekend For Firefighters

The drama started Friday night.  A 7 hundred acre fire on the Ahtanum ridge that attracted a lot of attention both in terms of firefighters and onlookers.  The blaze could be seen from throughout the Yakima area

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New Section of State Route 410 Finally Open

Crews opened a new stretch of State Route 410 Thursday, nearly three years after a landslide destroyed part of the highway and cut off direct access between Chinook Pass and the town of Naches. For the residents who live along this scenic byway, it’s been a costly few years, spending time and money driving up to 20 minutes on the detour

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West Nile Cases Up 40 Percent From Last Week

No cases have been found in Yakima County so far this year but federal health officials say that West Nile virus cases are up 40 percent since last week and are on pace to rival the record years of 2002 and 2003

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Mentally Ill Inmates filling Yakima County Jail Cells

An increase of mentally ill inmates is causing overcrowding at the Yakima County Jail.  Our news partner KIMA Action News reports the increase comes at the same time the staff is being cut.  Action News discover

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Community Leaders Meet With Taylor Bridge Fire Victims

900 firefighters battling the Taylor Bridge Fire are making progress. Containment is now at 25 percent. Published reports say full containment could be expected within five to seven days.

Meetings took place Wednesday to help those affected by the Taylor Bridge Fire

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Housing Market improving in Yakima

Another report shows improving news for the housing market in Lewis County.

Call it more of a continued rebound.  Yakima County home sales are up more than    4-percent during the second quarter when compared to the same time a year ago

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Voters Turned Down Sales Tax Proposal

Yakima County voters turned down a sales tax proposal but gave a thumbs up to funding for the Selah pool in Tuesdays primary election the sales tax proposal failed 53 to 47 percent , it would have would have funded security upgrades at the Yakima County jail

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Percentage of Chlamydia Cases Grows in Yakima County

The percentage of people with Chlamydia in Yakima County continues to grow. And our news partner KIMA Action News reports if you haven't been screened for STDs you probably should.

Two years ago, Yakima County's Chlamydia rate was not only higher than the state average, but it was the second highest throughout Washington with about 464 cases for every 100,000 people

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