Bill To Reduce Backlog Of Rape Kits In Washington

A bill awaiting Washington State Governor Jay Inslee’s signature would reduce a backlog of untested rape kits in the state. The measure would establish a statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence collected by law enforcement. The legislation was drafted in response to recent recommendations from a state task force. Andrea…


Initiative Seeks To Give Grandparents Visitation Rights

Washington State residents are hoping to collect 100-thousand signatures required to get I-1431 on the November ballot. The initiative would allow Grandparents the right to request visitation with grandchildren through the courts and would also apply to other prominent family members seeking similar privileges. A comparable law was struck down by the…


Okanogan Road Washed Out

Okanogan County Emergency Management reports Columbia River Road is closed because a lane’s been washed out by Omak Lake. There’s a large hole in the roadway after soil underneath the asphalt gave way and sunk.  A guardrail is dangling over the slide which took place 9 miles from State Route…


Fire Damages Three Vehicles In East Wenatchee

Three vehicles were severely damaged by fire at a duplex on Northwest 19th Street in East Wenatchee Tuesday afternoon. Two vehicles were located in front of the multi-residence, another under a portable carport.  The building had minor exterior damage and light smoke damage inside. The blaze began after a towel caught fire…


Man Charged in Head-On Collision

47-year-old Jody Hawkins is charged with vehicular assault following her role in a two vehicle accident in East Wenatchee Tuesday. According to Washington State Trooper Darren Wright, “It was a head on collision.  We do have some serious injuries.  The investigation will be continuing.” Hawkins was allegedly heading south on…


Secretary of State Wyman’s Voting Proposals Sacked by Fellow Republicans

Proposals by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman to increase voter participation died in the state Senate this year. Republicans were resistant to a bill which would automatically register people who show proof of citizenship when obtaining enhanced driver’s licenses, or certain social and health services. Spokesperson Dave Ammons says…


Jury Selection Begins For Trial Of Indicted Washington Auditor

Jury selection is underway in Tacoma for the trial of indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley. Kelley is the first state official to be indicted in 35 years. Kelley faces a wide range of charges stemming from his former real estate company. Prosecutors allege he kept more than one million dollars…


LIVE COVERAGE OF SUPER TUESDAY

Tune in this afternoon at 4 pm  for live ABC News coverage of today’s critical primaries in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Missouri and Illinois.


Dorn Still Considering Bid For Governor

Washington State Superintendent Of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says he will decide within the next month if he is going to contend for State Governor. If Dorn does decide to run, he will do so as an independent candidate. Dorn says lawmakers have not completed work to fully fund public schools in the…


Search For New Wenatchee Police Chief Underway

Wenatchee Police Chief Tom Robbins is stepping down this year and the city is currently taking applications for a new chief through the end of March. Robbins says he’ll end his 40 year career in law enforcement when his retirement takes effect late June or early July. Meanwhile, the search for a…