3 at (time) it's time now for our (day) morning sprint here on good morning northwest... rio barber is live at --- with --- we will check in with chief meteorologist kristin walls in just a minute but first heres a look at todays top stories.
One person is dead and another person is injured following a crash in yakima county.... according to troopers, a black toyota camry was driving west on i-82, just east of sunnyside around 10:20 last night... that's when a buick verano traveling east struck the camry head on... the driver of the camry was pronounced dead --their identity is being withheld until their family is notified... the other driver, 21-year-old leandra ramirez, was injured and taken to kadlec... it's not known if drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.
A richland student has been expelled after he jokingly made a threat toward the school.
The 15-year-old was detained on wednesday after a parent reported he made a gun threat through text.
Police said their investigation revealed that the texts were taken out of context by the parent and there was no intention to carry out the threat.
Officers have sent the report to the prosecutor's office who will determine if the student will be charged.
> red light cameras have been at two pasco intersections for exactly one month.> and the police department has issued 857 tickets.
Take a look at this video.
Some of the crashes involved near misses -- almost causing an accident.
This is at road 68 and burden.
406 tickets were given to red light runners going southbound.
The other camera is at court and 20-th.
The decision to get them came after a traffic study showed both intersections had a high number of drivers running red lights.
Kennewick school district has announced their plan to make up the days that were missed due to the teacher strike.
At the end of august... school was canceled for four days in a row after the kennewick education association voted to strike.
School eventually resumed at the beginning of this month after the union and district were able to agree on a new contract.
At a board meeting last night... the district decided to make the following changes: october 18 and february 7 are now regular school days.
And the new last day of school is now june 11.
May 22 will be a staff development day but there will be no school for students.
Deconstruction of the former kennewick high building is underway.
The building opened in 1951... over a half a century ago.
As a replacement, voters approved a bond which will fund a new building costing over 87-million-dollars.
The new high school is expected to be finished by 2021.
After much anticipation-- el fat cat has announced they will officially be opening today with a brand new look.
The food truck has been closed while the owners replaced it with a permanent, bright red building with artwork from local artists.
There's also new outdoor tables for people to sit at.
The owners say the building will allow them to stay open regardless of weather.
El fat cat will open today in kennewick at 9 a-m and will be open 9 a-m to 5 p-m monday through friday.
Over in walla walla today the community can join for prisoner of war and missing in action recognition day.
The day is nationally recognized as a day to remember those we have lost and their families.
Special guest robert brundo will speak about his brother who died as a prisoner of war.
The event will begin at 11 am at the walla walla veterans hospital.
Authorities say a firefighter died in the line of duty in southwestern washington.
Kelso police department said cowlitz-2-fire and rescue battalion chief mike zainfeld died thursday.
Zainfeld began with the fire department in 1994 and was hired full time in 2000.
He leaves behind a wife and two boys.
Cowlitz-2-fire chief said in a statement----"this hurts.
We will remember mike and his family, and what they contributed to our organizaiton."
No further information on his death is available and information will only be released if approved by family.
Josh turner has cancelled his performance at the central washington state fair.
The announcement was made after one of his crew members was killed, and others were injured in a tour bus crash in california wednesday.
In a statement - a representative for turner says they suffered a devastating loss.
Turner was not on the bus that crashed.
He was scheduled to perform tonight in yakima.
Fair officials shared their thoughts and prayers with the singer and his team.
People who bought tickets to see josh turner can get a refund.
The central washington state fair is now finally here... gates open today at noon and the fun lasts through the 29th.
Some of the big events happening this weekend include the demolition derby sunday at 2 p-m.
Country music singer phil vassar will replace josh turner at the fair today at 7-30.
Nelly will also be performing saturday at 7-30.
Tri-cities officials are continuing to work to get a new animal shelter up and running.
All three cities are partnering up for the project-- which looks to replace the current shelter building that is decades old.
They've met with a construction company and are estimating the building to cost around six million dollars.
The cities are now working the costs into their budget..but are aiming for construction to start in february next year.
Kittitas county sheriff gene dana announced that he will be retiring at the end of october after serving 46-years in law enforcement---including 25-years with the washington state patrol.
He was elected 6-times as kittitas county sheriff and is currently the longest serving sheriff in washington state and has served more terms than any sheriff in the history of kittitas county.
Sheriff dana said he's enjoyed seeing the sheriff's office grow over the past 20-plus years.
(toss to kristin) from the legends skycam network, here's a look from toppenish.
Partly sunnday today with highs in the mid to low 70s.
Wind speeds up to 13 mph but a mostly clear and calm night with low 50s.
On saturday more sunshine is expected with temperatures increasing to mid to high 70s.
Sunday rain is likely for most areas but may clear up by monday.
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