Booked and buried: Northwest jails' mounting death toll

Apr 2, 2019
 Incomplete data tracking hides a crisis of rising death rates in overburdened Northwest jails that have been set up to fail the inmates they are tasked with keeping safe.
Jonathan Levinson/OPB

In 2012, Michael Saffioti turned himself in on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. The next day at the Snohomish County Jail in Everett, Washington, he was served oatmeal that contained milk. The 22-year-old with severe asthma and a dairy allergy went into anaphylaxis and died.

OSU/Shell Eco-marathon

Astonishing feats in automotive fuel efficiency will be tested in competition later this week by high school and university students from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Senate Democrats on Friday proposed a capital gains tax that would fund a suite of tax reductions for low-income families, small businesses and senior citizen homeowners. The tax proposal was rolled out in conjunction with the Senate Democrats' unveiling of a $52 billion two-year state spending plan, which followed a House Democratic budget presentation earlier in the week. 

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Washington's Gov. Jay Inslee is releasing 12 years of his tax returns and calling on President Donald Trump to do the same. Inslee, who’s running for president, made his announcement Friday morning on the TV show 'Fox and Friends' on the Fox News Network.

ANNA KING / NW News Network

Circle irrigation pivot lines fan out in the distance -- dark skeletons against the dirty snow and matching sky.

Ed Schneider has grown french-fry-making spuds here near Pasco, Wash., for 40 years. But this year America’s fries are on the line.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington's largest state-run psychiatric hospital has been cited and fined for failing to protect workers from assaults by patients. 


There's a good chance that people who ride Washington State Ferries will see a permanent fare increase this fall. As part of the deal, passengers could glide across Puget Sound on the state's first hybrid-electric ferries three to five years from now.

Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington House Democrats on Monday unveiled a proposed $1.4 billion tax package, including a new capital gains tax, to fund a two-year budget with ongoing commitments to public schools, increased spending for people with mental illness and higher reimbursement rates for a wide-range of social service providers.

Washington State University researcher Leah Sheppard
WSU News

Highly attractive businesswomen are considered to be less trustworthy, less truthful and more deserving to be fired, according to a researcher at Washington State University. Her provocative findings were just published online in the peer-reviewed gender studies journal Sex Roles.

Austin Jenkins / NW News Network

To keep up with Gov. Jay Inslee as he campaigns around the country for president, the Washington State Patrol is preparing to nearly double the size and more than double the budget of the specialty unit that protects him.