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    Local family at a loss to hear IRS delaying tax refunds for some low-income Americans

    SEATTLE –For Gregory Potter and his wife, their federal tax refund equates to the first and last month’s rent on a permanent apartment. “We were definitely depending on that money to move forward into the next phase in life,” Potter said. The IRS announced this week it is delaying tax refunds for more than 40 million low-income families as the agency steps up efforts to fight identity theft and fraud. The delays will affect families claiming the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit. These tax breaks are […]

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    School bus seat belts could be coming to Washington

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – A state lawmaker said Thursday she will be proposing a bill  in the new legislative session that would require all school buses to be outfitted with three-point harness seat belts. “Kids on a school bus on a rollover are equivalent to clothes in a dryer,” said state Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale, who represents Washington’s 14th Legislative District, which includes all of Klickitat and Skamania counties, most of western Yakima County, and a slice of eastern Clark County. […]

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    Police: Everett cab driver beat two female passengers with baton; injuries required stitches

    EVERETT, Wash. – Two women say a cab ride last Friday changed their lives forever when, they allege, the driver refused to bring them to their Everett home and instead forced them out of the car and beat them to the point of needing stitches. The cab driver, Jeremy Stack, 40, has since been charged with two counts of assault for allegedly delivering repeated blows to the women with a  baton after prosecutors say they asked a question about the […]

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    Want to see the Hawks in Atlanta? It will cost you

    SEATTLE – If your sights are settled on seeing the Seahawks play this weekend in Atlanta, plan on shelling out a small fortune to make it happen. “I have been a Seahawks fan for as basically as long as I can remember,” said Chris Turple, via Skype on Sunday. He’s stationed in Georgia, which means he can easily drive to Saturday’s game. “I haven’t been to a football game in 15 years,” he said. In the army for 13 years, […]

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    Passengers aboard flight out of Fort Lauderdale say they learned of mass shooting while in air

    SEATTLE – Passengers aboard one of the last flights out of Fort Lauderdale said upon landing in Sea-Tac Friday night that they found out midair about the airport shooting that killed five people and injured 8. “I was kind of scared coming into this baggage area,” Ashlin Dolin said. She heard about the shooting from a man seated in front of her on the return flight home from Fort Lauderdale. “I asked him if that happened after we left, and he said, […]

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    West Seattle neighbors coin ‘Sledgy’ to describe area’s cold conditions

    SEATTLE – The cold snap isn’t getting neighbors down in West Seattle. Instead, they’re adapting. “It’s been cold,” said Evan Hales, in between skateboarding at the park in West Seattle. “Bitter.” When asked to describe the current conditions, he coined “sledgy,” a mixture of ice and snow, which melts in the afternoon to freeze at night. “It’s usually on the car windshield and the windows of the car,” he said. Another skateboarder said he had hit a patch of ice […]

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    What to expect if you get a DUI

    If you’ve been drinking and get pulled over, Trooper Kyle Yarbrough, with Washington State Patrol, said you will be arrested.

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    One bad decision: The harrowing tale of survival in the Cascades

    Wally Fosmore said it came down to prayer, focus and 10 essentials to stay alive on Saturday night when he found himself trapped on the wrong side of the mountain snowshoeing from Scottish High Camp.

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    Lynnwood Police commander turns home into lighted tribute for officers killed in the line of duty

    MILL CREEK, Wash. – An officer’s home is glowing tonight for the 6th year in a row. Their Christmas display is unlike any other: 139 candlelit bags line the outside of their home, illuminating the names of every fallen officer in 2016. “This year a Tacoma officer was killed in the line of duty,” said Commander Steve Rider with Lynnwood Police. “That one hits closest to home, so we’re going to keep it closest to home,” he said, motioning to […]

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    Critically injured Mount Vernon police officer showing signs of improvement, say doctors

    SEATTLE – Mount Vernon officer Mike McClaughry, who was shot in the head while in the line of duty last week, is making small incremental improvements, said the doctor charged with his care. “We want to see him get to the point of simple commands,” said Dr. Louis Kim, a UW professor of neurological surgery and chief of neurological surgery at Harborview Medical Center/UW Medicine. The officer is listed as stable, but remains in the ICU at Harborview in critical […]