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Detention center escapees; Long-term care tax delay; arsons in Tacoma; Warning app; Special Olympics Washington making history.

5 males escape from Snoqualmie detention center

Five teen males escaped Wednesday from Echo Glen Children's Center, a medium/maximum security facility located near Interstate 90 and Snoqualmie Parkway, according to the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families, which oversees the facility.

One escapee, a 15-year-old convicted of murder, was taken into custody early Thursday morning without incident, according to the King County Sheriff's Office. The search continues for the four other escapees. Read more

Washington Senate passes bill to pause new long-term care tax

The decision to delay Washington state's controversial long-term care tax until 2023 now rests with Gov. Jay Inslee.

The Senate approved a bill Wednesday that will delay its implementation. The House previously approved the bill.

Inslee previously asked for a delay in the program after lawmakers "identified some areas that need adjustments." The governor is expected to sign the bill by Friday. Read more

Officials investigating at least 14 suspected arsons in north Tacoma area

Police are searching for a possible arson suspect that they believe could be responsible for as many as 14 fires in the north Tacoma area since Tuesday night.

Investigators believe the fires, which are spread out over Tacoma and Ruston, were likely the result of arson due to the close proximity of the scenes and the similar circumstances surrounding the fires. No injuries have been reported from any of the incidents. Read more

Early earthquake warning app MyShake now available in Washington

Washington residents and visitors now have access to an additional early earthquake warning tool already used in Oregon and Califonia.

MyShake, a mobile app funded by the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services, was made available Wednesday for Washington residents and visitors. Read more

Special Olympics Washington making history ahead of the Winter Games

Special Olympics Washington is making history in a somewhat disappointing winter.  

The organization is naming one of its athletes to become the chair of the board of directors.  

“Kelly Campbell has been an athlete for the majority of her life. This will be the first chair of our board to be an athlete,” said Special Olympics Washington President and CEO David Wu. Read more

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