Audit: Room For Improvement On Welfare Benefits

olympiaA state audit of the Department of Social and Health Services' food and financial assistance programs to low-income residents found the state could save or recover an estimated $1 million in benefits paid out to people who are ineligible because they either make too much money or live out of state.

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Warrant Issued For Ex-Sonic Who Missed Court Date

swiftA bench warrant has been issued for ex-Sonic Robert Swift after he missed his arraignment Wednesday in King County Superior Court. The Seattle Times reports the former first-round NBA draft choice had been arrested for possession of a sawed-off shotgun. A $20,000 warrant was issued after the 29-year-old Swift didn't show up for his court date.

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Luggage Thefts, Arrests On Rise At Sea-Tac Airport

The Port of Seattle says luggage thefts, as well as arrests, are on the rise at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. KOMO-TV reports port police believe the thieves walk up and grab a bag as if they are one of the passengers. They pretend it was an honest mistake if they get caught.

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Passenger Trains Back On Tracks South Of Everett

Passenger trains are back on the tracks between Seattle and Everett, as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning. BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas says crews cleared mud, trees and debris that came down a 50-foot embankment on Monday. Freight traffic resumed that day but the railway waits 48 hours before allowing passenger trains to return to the tracks for safety reasons.

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Steven Powell In Violation Of Court Order

A judge has found that the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell is in violation of a court order for failing to get mandated sexual deviancy treatment and has been ordered to spend an additional 40 days in jail. KOMO reports the ruling against Steven Powell was made Wednesday in Pierce County Superior Court.

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Woman Rescued, No Child In Cedar River

A search for a child reportedly swept away in the Cedar River at Renton had a happy ending Wednesday afternoon when searchers learned there never was a child in the water. King County sheriff's Sgt. DB Gates says a woman in the river was rescued. She went into the water for her dog after it jumped or fell in. Witnesses who called 911 thought there was a woman and child.

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Truck Spills Dog Food In I-5 Ditch At Fife

dogfoodspillThe Washington State Patrol says the driver of semi-truck that crashed off Interstate 5 at Fife spilling a trailer load of dog food fell asleep at the wheel. Trooper Guy Gill says the driver will be charged with negligent driving. He admitted he was sleepy and there was no sign of breaking before the truck left the road and landed in a ditch. The accident happened about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, and the northbound lanes were restricted until 5 a.m. while the 50-pound bags of dog food were cleaned up. Gill says the drowsy driver is lucky he wasn't crushed in dog food. He was sore but apparently uninjured. He was checked at a hospital as a precaution. UPDATED: 10:40AM FIFE, Wash. (AP) – November 26, 2014/IMAGE: WSP