Company Recalls Outdoor Gas Fire Pits Sold Exclusively at Home Depot

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LEWISTON, ID - The manufacturer of Hampton Bay 50,000 BTU outdoor gas fire pits is recalling the product after receiving three separate reports of consumers suffering burns while turning off the propane tank.  Approximately 58,000 pits were sold at Home Depot stores nationwide and online from August 2016 to last November.

Potlatch & Deltic Timber Complete Merger

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SPOKANE, WA / EL DORADO, AR - The Potlatch Corporation today announced that it has completed its merger with an Arkansas company.  In an all-stock transaction with Deltic Timber Corporation, the company now becomes known as PotlatchDeltic Corporation.  Officials say this move will create a leading domestic timberland owner and top-tier wood products manufacturer.  Combined, the company has a diverse timberland portfolio of nearly 2 million acres as well as several manufacturing facilities.

Rural Broadband Bill From Pomeroy Representative Mary Dye is Making Way Through Senate After Gaining Approval From House

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington residents who live in rural areas are one step closer to having high-speed internet. House Bill 2664, which is sponsored by Representative Mary Dye (R-Pomeroy), is in the Senate after gaining approval from the House.

Technology Helps Move Freight in Washington Faster, More Efficiently

Truck drivers have new option to bypass weigh stations

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OLYMPIA, WA – Commercial truck drivers in Washington now have a faster way to travel both in- and out-of-state, using a new technology that also saves money. Drivers can register for PrePass weigh station transponder which allows them to bypass weigh stations and travel without multiple transponders.

Pullman Psychologist Accused of Raping Patient Found Hanging in Jail Cell

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COLFAX, WA - A 67-year-old Pullman psychologist who was arrested a week and a half ago on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female patient in January was found hanging from the bed in his cell at the Whitman County Jail late last night.  According to KXLY, Dean Funabiki was unresponsive and despite efforts by jail personnel and medics, he died after being transported to Whitman Community Hospital.

High Wind Warning Issued For the Region

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SPOKANE, WA - The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a High Wind Warning for 11:00 a.m. this morning until about 10:00 p.m. tonight.  Winds are expected to be 25 to 40 miles per hour with gusts up to 60 mph.

The strongest winds will occur between 1:00 and 8:00 p.m. in the Columbia Basin, southern Whitman County, and along US 12 in southeast Washington.  The winds should decrease late tonight.

Pullman Psychologist Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Patient

Police say Dean Funabiki’s DNA matched swabs collected from the alleged victim’s body consistent with the reported incident

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PULLMAN, WA - A 67-year-old Pullman therapist and psychologist was arrested Friday on suspicion of sexually assaulting a female patient last month.  According to a press release from the Pullman Police Department, a female Pullman resident in her 40’s reported to police that her therapist, Dr. Dean Funabiki, sexually assaulted her.

Public Invited to Help Plan for Recreation and Other Land Uses at Steptoe State Park

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OLYMPIA, WA - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to help create plans for long-term recreation and land-use at Steptoe Butte and Steptoe Battlefield state park heritage sites in Whitman County. The public can participate at two upcoming workshops: 

  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, Whitman County Library, Main Branch, 102 S. Main St., Colfax. (Driving directions.)
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, Rosalia Elementary and High School, 916 S. Josephine Ave., Rosalia. (Driving directions.)

New Washington AGO Program Helps Local Governments Maintain Transparency

Public Records Consultation Program assists local governments with compliance

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OLYMPIA, WA - Washington State's Attorney General today announced a new initiative that offers help to local agencies in complying with the increasing number of public records requests.  The Local Government Public Records Consultation Program will provide information and assistance to local government agencies so they can adopt the best practices for the requests.

“Local officials from across our state have reached out to my office with questions about handling public records requests,” Ferguson says. “We now have a dedicated program to provide them with the help they need to ensure that all Washington residents have access to the information they are entitled to.”

More Flu Expected in Washington; Vaccine Effectiveness Estimates Released

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OLYMPIA, WA - Preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday estimates the 2017-2018 influenza vaccine to be 36% effective at preventing the flu.  Since the illness is expected to be active for several more weeks, Washington health officials want residents to know it is not too late to get a flu shot.

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