TACOMA. Wash. (AP) - The Northwest Detention Center locked down areas holding violent offenders as a precaution amid a hunger strike by detainees protesting their treatment and calling for an end to deportations. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said about 330 detainees refused to eat lunch yesterday. On Saturday, ICE said 750 wouldn't eat. Meanwhile, immigrant-rights activists say a group of more than 20 detainees had been segregated in a small room. And ICE spokesman says he couldn't immediately comment on those reports.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Fire officials say Kennewick fire crews followed department protocol before they left the scene of an apartment fire last month that eventually rekindled. The Tri-City Herald reports that the investigation into two fires Feb. 12 found firefighters made sure the first blaze was out before leaving. One firefighter was treated at a local hospital.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - Public health officials in Port Angeles are warning people away from waters of Port Angeles Harbor after heavy rains sent about 6 million gallons of combined rain and raw sewage into the harbor. The public health warning is in effect through Friday.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A system set up to send emergency alerts to thousands of cellphone users has experienced problems during its rollout in Washington state. The News Tribune reports that the mobile notification system mistakenly warned people in the lowlands of Western Washington of a blizzard that was happening in the Cascade Mountains. Still, officials say, the system is working despite problems.
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