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 trail running, clam digging, hiking and wine tasting with friends. She's most at peace on top a Northwest mountain with her husband Andy Plymale and their muddy Aussie-dog Poa.

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Federal courts may force the U.S. Department of Energy to adhere to new timelines to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington state.

The Roza Irrigation District in Eastern Washington’s Yakima Valley is shutting off the water for two weeks because of drought. About a billion dollars in crops are on the line.

A drive across the Northwest quickly reveals things look really dry everywhere.

From Wenatchee, Washington, to Bend, Oregon, whitewater rafting guides are preparing for a flood of business as school lets out. But this year’s low snowpack could mean less whitewater and more demand for trips.

In Pasco, Washington a group of protesters has regularly closed down main streets and staged “die-ins” since February’s police shooting of farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

A group of Tri-Cities, Washington, residents hiked 14 miles across Richland, Kennewick and Pasco Tuesday to protest the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by police officers.

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In Pasco, it’s been more than two months since the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Officials say the full police report will be complete in several weeks, and will be made public a month later. It’s sure to make big national news, again. Another major Pasco shooting protest event is happening today. It includes a 14-mile walk from Richland to Kennewick and ending up in Pasco. Battle plans for how that report’s findings will be interpreted are growing more sophisticated.

It’s been two months since police in Pasco, Washington, shot and killed an orchard worker in a case that received national attention.

Friday marks two months since Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot by police in Pasco, Washington after he was reportedly throwing rocks in a crowded intersection.

Across the Northwest, farmers are already making tough calls because of this year’s drought. The dismal snowpack is to blame.

Northwest asparagus fields are sprouting about 10 days earlier than usual this spring. It’s in time for Easter brunch, but a headache for farmers.

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In World War Two, the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was brand new. Sue Olson was there as a young secretary. She took shorthand, pumped out calculations and locked up top-secret papers. She's become known as one of the "Daughters of Hanford."

At Washington State University Tri-Cities, more than 60 percent of the undergrads are female. So leaders there decided to launch “Million Women Mentors.”

A Richland, Washington, florist will pay $1,000 in fines to the state. The flower shop had discriminated against a same-sex couple that wanted flowers for their wedding in 2013.

The region's recent stretch of warm weather means Northwest sweet cherries will likely be going early to market this year.

Several high mountain passes in the Northwest are set to have historically-early openings this year due to low snowpack.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee declared drought today in three regions of the Evergreen state: the Olympic Peninsula, the east side of the Cascade Mountains including Yakima and Wenatchee, and the Walla Walla region. 

Several artists in southcentral Washington state are responding to last month’s Pasco shooting.

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is one of the most contaminated sites on earth. And Susan Leckband is using her natural curiosity to help clean it up.

The family of a man shot by police in Pasco, Washington, this month is challenging police investigators’ autopsy findings.

Kennewick police investigating the police shooting this month of Antonio Zambrano-Montes told reporters Wednesday bullets entered him from the front, and a rock was found near his body.

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Kennewick police investigating the police shooting this month of Antonio Zambrano-Montes say so far they know bullets entered him from the front, and a rock was found near his body.

People have demonstrated against Pasco police and questioned whether officers used excessive force to stop him when, witnesses say, he was throwing rocks in traffic.

People from the Tri-Cities’ large Latino population gathered outside Wednesday’s Kennewick police media briefing to give reporters their opinions.

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In the Tri-Cities new facts emerged in the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes . Investigators said none of the three Pasco officers involved in the shooting were certified Spanish speakers. Latinos in Pasco have been protesting and calling for a federal investigation. 

Pasco is a farming town nestled snug into the confluence of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima rivers in southeast Washington. Onion peels flit like butterflies along the highways. But the shooting of a Latino man by Pasco police last week has thrust this fast-growing town into the national spotlight.

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Some Latinos in the Tri-Cities are renewing their call for a federal investigation into last week’s Pasco police shooting. They talked with the press outside a Kennewick police media briefing yesterday.

Felix Vargas of the Pasco business group Consejo Latino says he’s meeting with the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington next week. Vargas says he doesn’t want just the neighboring town of Kennewick’s police to conduct the investigation into the death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes last week.

All the bullet fragments have been recovered from the Pasco police shooting scene and body of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

Local investigations of last week's police shooting in Pasco are ongoing.

When he was shot dead by police officers in Pasco, Washington, Antonio Zambrano-Montes did not have a gun or knife, investigators said at a press conference on Friday.

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Tuesday night’s shooting of a man near a popular grocery store by three Pasco police officers has angered many residents there. The shooting was captured in several phone videos now on YouTube. A protest was held outside of Pasco City Hall Wednesday night.

Demonstrators gathered in Pasco, Washington, Wednesday afternoon, to protest the fatal police shooting of a man killed after allegedly throwing rocks on Tuesday night.

Last week a dusty rain coated cars and windows across eastern Washington, Oregon and north Idaho.

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