Anna King

Northwest News Reporter

Anna King calls Richland, Washington home and loves unearthing great stories about people in the Northwest. She reports for the Northwest News Network from a studio at Washington State University, Tri–Cities. She covers the Mid–Columbia region, from nuclear reactors to Mexican rodeos.


The South Sound was her girlhood backyard and she knows its rocky beaches, mountain trails and cities well. She left the west side to attend Washington State University and spent an additional two years studying language and culture in Italy.


While not on the job, Anna enjoys snowboarding, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She lives in Richland with her husband Andy Plymale.

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Richland Florist
4:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Washington Florist Sues State, Says She 'Will Not Wilt'

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:24 pm

There’s a new development in the case of a Richland, Wash. florist who refused to sell flowers for a same sex couple’s wedding. The business owner’s lawyers announced a counter suit Thursday saying the florist “will not wilt.”

The owner of Arlene’s Flowers argues there are plenty of other shops in the Tri-Cities that could cater to a gay or lesbian wedding. But lawyers for Barronelle Stutzman say she’s refusing that business because of her religious beliefs.

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Nuclear Power Plant
4:30 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Northwest Nuclear Plant Scores Higher Safety Rating

Energy Northwest

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 3:59 pm

Federal regulators say the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant is now back on course after an 11-year safety miscalculation. The new designation means the Columbia Generating Station in southeast Washington gets a more relaxed inspection and oversight status.

Between 2000 and 2011, workers at the nuclear plant used faulty estimates for how much radiation could escape during a crisis. That mistake and others were found in an inspection just last year.

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Threatened Species
3:59 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Dozens Of Farmers Fight Threatened Designation Of Bladderpod

Carrie Cordova US Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:10 pm

Farmers in southeast Washington packed a County Commission hearing Tuesday morning in Pasco. They’re angry because a flowering desert plant called the White Bluffs bladderpod may be designated as a federally threatened species by next week.

It likes to live on high desert bluffs near the Columbia River. Since farming and development have taken over much of its desert habitat – the plant has become more rare.

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Sexual Harassment Suit Settled
5:27 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Oregon Onion Farm Settles In Sexual Harassment Case

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:28 pm

A northeast Oregon onion producer has settled a sexual harassment suit for $150,000. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, also known as the EEOC, brought the case on the behalf of a female seasonal farm worker at River Point Farms of Hermiston.

She says she faced verbal abuse from her male supervisor from 2005 to 2010. The supervisor requested sexual favors, constantly told her that women are inferior to men and that she should submit to beatings by her husband.

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Hanford Water Cleanup
5:04 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Some Hanford Water Cleanup Exceeds Expectations

CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:02 pm

Cleanup of a hazardous chemical called hexavalent chromium in the groundwater at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is going faster than expected.

Hexavalent chromium is the nasty stuff that made Erin Brockovich famous down in California. The chemical was used to inhibit rust in coolant water in Hanford’s reactors. But that water was dumped into the desert, and now the cancer-causer is making its way toward the Columbia River in large groundwater plumes.

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Northwest Wildfires
5:13 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Fire Season Predicted To Be A Scorcher This Year

Zane Brown InciWeb

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 5:05 pm

Several forest fires are already burning in Western Washington and crews are mopping up a big one in central Oregon. There were also two grass fires that burned near Middleton, Idaho just west of Boise, this past weekend.

Dry winds and above average temperatures predicted this summer and fall, have fire managers preparing for an earlier than usual season.

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Florist Faces Lawsuit
4:42 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Arlene's Flowers Stirs Back-And-Forth On Social Media

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:03 pm

Business is bustling at the Richland florist who faces a lawsuit over same-sex marriage. The shop's owner says she was standing up for her Christian values when she refused to sell flowers for a gay couple’s wedding. Now, the case has become a focal point of intense debate on social media across the globe.

On Arlene’s Flower’s Facebook page, right alongside advertisements for corsages and boutonnieres, there are hundreds of posts for and against same-sex marriage. Now there’s even a Boycott Arlene’s Flowers Facebook page. It has more than 500 likes.

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Main Canal Leak
4:58 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Irrigation Canal Rupture Could Stress Many Eastern Washington Farms

Bureau of Reclamation

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 3:41 pm

A major irrigation canal has sprung a leak in Eastern Washington. That could stress crops across a huge swath of the Columbia Basin just as the weather inches up into the 80s this weekend.

The river-like Main Canal of the aging Columbia Basin Project is largely out of commission. Six concrete panels that line it buckled and have to be replaced. Workers have to lower the flows on hundreds of miles of canals downstream from the break for days so they can pour new concrete.

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NCAA Women's Basketball
6:00 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Basketball Daughters Bring All-Out Pride To Umatilla Indian Reservation

When Louisville plays Connecticut in the NCAA women’s championship tomorrow, fans in Northwest Indian country will be cheering. That’s because two Native American sisters are leading the Louisville Cardinals, and they hail from a reservation in northeast Oregon.

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John LaChapelle
5:20 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Memorial Concert For Beloved Northwest Guitar Teacher Set For Sunday

John LaChapelle died at age 91 in March. He was a beloved jazz guitar teacher throughout the Northwest.
LaChapelle family

Jazz musicians from around the country will gather on Sunday to honor a musician who didn’t sell a lot of records, but influenced three generations of jazz guitarists. John LaChapelle died last month at the age of 91 in Richland, Wash.

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