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PASCO, Wash. -- The 22 year old accused of killing 19 year old Shenay Greenough makes his first court appearance today. Kurtis Chapman was arrested Tuesday in Pendleton. He is accused of killing the pregnant teenager, who was also his ex-girlfriend. Court documents show Chapman admitted he killed Greenough, but he says he didn't mean to. We'll have the latest in what happened inside the courtroom this afternoon tonight at 5 and 6.


PASCO, Wash -- The Franklin County prosecutor hopes to get a murder trial back on track by next week. A state appellate court judge put the trial on hold Tuesday while she reviews defense attorneys claim that the jurors know too much about the case and can't be fair and impartial. Vicente Ruiz is accused of murdering five men in a Pasco auto body shop in 1987. Prosecutor Steve Lowe says the he expects the appellate court will make a relatively quick decision on whether to disqualify the jury. That decision could come by tomorrow or early next week.


WEST RICHLAND, Wash -- West Richland city leaders are discussing what to do with their animal control facility. Right now the city has a small, outdoor shelter near a new housing development. The city says it can move the facility, expand it, contract animal services out, or join with Benton County's proposed new animal control facility. It may be another year or two before anything is decided. Benton County commissioners say somehow integrating West Richland is also an option for them. Commissioners are currently in the process of looking into specifics of cost and ordinances for the county's new facility.


KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Benton-Franklin Public Health District has issued a health alert, because of a sewage leak in Grandview that dumped 300,000 gallons of untreated waste water into the Yakima River. The Kennewick Irrigation District receives their irrigation water from the Yakima River. Leaders are advising people not to swim in the river, and to avoid direct contact with irrigation water. They say if you do come in contact, to wash with soap and warm water in order to remove potential bacterial contamination.