AP-WA--Washington News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, WA
Good morning. Our news coverage plans Tuesday. If you have questions or suggestions about the report, please call the Seattle bureau at 206-682-1812 or 1-800-552-7694.
VANTAGE, Wash.— The central Washington town of Vantage has been evacuated and Interstate 90 has been closed in both directions by a fast-moving wildfire. KOMO-TV reports the blaze broke out around 11 p.m. Monday and forced about 120 people to leave their homes. Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue Chief John Sinclair says a 22-mile (35 kilometer) stretch of I-90 has been closed in both directions from east of Ellensburg to just east of the Columbia River. DEVELOPING
TRAIN DERAILMENT-WASHINGTON STATE
WASHINGTON D.C. — Hearings begin in Washington D.C. on the 2017 derailment of an Amtrak train south of Seattle that killed three. The train crash on December 18 killed three people and injured dozens of others. The National Transportation Safety Board said the train was traveling 79 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone before it derailed. DEVELOPING.
SALEM, Ore. — President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. By Andrew Selsky. DEVELOPING. AP Photos.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Garrett Richards faces Mike Leake when the Los Angeles Angels open a home series with the Seattle Mariners. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 7 p.m. PDT.
—GUN LAWS-SEATTLE: The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to pass legislation proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan to require gun owners to lock up their firearms.
—TORTURE-SLAYINGS: Police arrest 2 suspects in 2 recent torture-killings.
—DROWING-LAKE COEUR D’ALENE: Authorities say a 35-year-old man from Washington state drowned in Lake Coeur d’Alene.
—ORCA COUNT: A count of orcas in the Pacific Northwest indicates that no calves have been born for the last three years, resulting in a 30-year population low.
—MURDER TRIAL-SENTENCE: A man convicted of killing an Olympia woman whose body was never found has been sentenced to 41 years in prison.