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Booming Tri-City economy absorbs job losses

Washington state lost 500 jobs in June as private hiring failed to overcome public sector declines. The Tri-City economy added 1,400 jobs in the past year. The Tri-City unemployment rate for June was a steady 6.3 percent.

Crime

Kennewick rape suspect flies to Dubai days before trial

Khalid A. Fathey, 49, was a no-show at his trial July 25 in Benton County Superior Court on allegations of child rape and child molestation. Judge Vic VanderSchoor issued a nationwide arrest warrant, which reportedly led the U.S. Marshals Service to discover Fathey had boarded a flight July 23 from Seattle to Dubai. A political refugee from northern Iraq, Fathey and his family had moved from Kennewick to Spokane about six months ago.

Crime

2-year-old rescued from hot car in Pasco

Pasco police are urging parents to be extra careful after they had to rescue a 2-year-old from a hot car Monday. A mom had accidentally locked the doors of her van with the keys inside and the toddler still strapped in a car seat.

Crime

Kennewick driver slams car into tree

A Kennewick man was cited for negligent driving when he lost control of his car Tuesday and hit a tree in Kennewick. Jimmy L. Rowly, 39, was driving east at 12:25 p.m. on Seventh Avenue when he lost control and failed to make a left turn onto Highway 395.

Crime

Pasco man hurt after losing tire on I-82

A Pasco man was hurt after losing a tire and rolling his Honda four miles east of Benton City on Tuesday morning. Camillo Aragon-Morales, 33, of Pasco, lost control of his Honda Accord at 3:33 a.m. when one of his tires came off while driving east on Interstate 82, said the Washington State Patrol.

Northwest News

Yakama Nation: Cleanup plans for Superfund site not good enough

Yakama Nation wants Environmental Protection Agency to improve plans for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The Environmental Protection Agency last month released its $746 million plan for cleaning up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. Yakama Nation wants Environmental Protection Agency to take more aggressive route.

Crime

Idaho RV flips after tire fails near Pasco

An Idaho man was hurt after his when a tire on his RV failed causing him to lose control and flip on Highway 395 on July 25.Ray E. Evans, 65, of Wallace, was driving south at 12:53 p.m. in a Ford Coachman motorhome towing a Jeep when the driver’s side front tire collapsed, said the Washington State Patrol.

Politics & Government

Democratic National Convention: A step toward ‘Madame President’

The Democratic Party made it official Tuesday night, nominating Hillary Clinton, the first woman ever to lead a major national presidential ticket. It was a step toward unity, in a party recently fractured between two candidates. The headliner, and highlight, of the night was Bill Clinton, who offered a lengthy and intimate speech that began simply with the words, “In the spring of 1971, I met a girl.”

Politics & Government

Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys and Elizabeth Banks among host of stars at Democratic convention

Donald Trump promised not to throw a “boring” political convention like ones he’d seen in the past. He promised a convention full of celebrities — and then social media slammed him because B-lister Scott Baio was the most high-profile celebrity in Cleveland. No ifs, ands, or buts about it, the Democrats have already staged the most star-studded convention — if that counts for anything.

Tri-City Dust Devils

Three Dust Devils make NWL All-Star team

After losing the Northwest League North division first-half championship on the last day, three Tri-City Dust Devil players were named to the NWL All-Star team. Shortstop Chris Baker, starting pitcher Emmanuel Ramirez and reliver Diomar Lopez will play for the Northwest League against the Pioneer League All-Stars on August 2. Several Mariners prospects playing for the Everett AquaSox were also named to the NWL All-Star team.

Local

Water Follies targeted for stopping sex trafficking

A Tri-City church Mirror Ministries trains local hotel operators and staff to recognize sex trafficking activity on their properties. The outreach is in its fifth season and covers all Tri-City hotels. Its goal is to detect sex trafficking and intervene earlier when minors are being sold for sex.

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Official who oversees whistleblower complaints files one of his own

The Obama administration’s top official overseeing how intelligence agencies handle whistleblower retaliation claims, Daniel Meyer, has lodged his own complaint, alleging he was punished for disclosing “public corruption.” Meyer’s claims add to a barrage of allegations that the federal government’s handling of defense and intelligence whistleblower cases is flawed.