Washington State lawmakers, state workers and social service agencies are all keeping a close eye on the Washington Legislature's third special session to reach an agreement on a budget and avoid a partial government shutdown.
Kim Meline is suing the state and Western State Hospital for releasing her son Jonathan from involuntary commitment before he murdered his father in October, 2012. She describes her shock when she first received a phone call from the hospital that her son, who suffered from acute paranoid schizophrenia, was due to be released in January 2012.
The first melter at the Hanford nuclear reservation's Waste Treatment Plant has been assembled, with only some final electrical hookups needed to start turning radioactive waste into a stable glass form for disposal as soon as 2022.
Boise County hunter Marvin Jennings suffered severe wounds from a black bear that attacked him after being shot by Jennings’ uncle on May 28. "I did everything that you're supposed to do," says Jennings. "It didn't work on this one."
Dr. Peter Rork, president and pilot of the nonprofit Dog Is My CoPilot, has been flying dogs from overcrowded shelters in the South to shelters in northern states, including Idaho, since 2012. He's a former commercial pilot and retired orthopedic surgeon who donates a lot of his time and money to help rescue dogs and other animals.