Investigation

Washington Lt. Governor Brad Owen traveled to China last year and touted a company that’s now at the center of a federal fraud investigation.

The former NAACP chapter president at the center of a controversy about her race also engaged in misconduct as the head of a police oversight committee.

Wash AG Launches New Investigation of State Auditor Troy Kelley

Jun 9, 2015
PHOTO BY AUSTIN JENKINS NORTHWEST PUBLIC RADIO

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Tuesday that he's opening a criminal investigation into state auditor Troy Kelley.

Kelley has been indicted on federal tax evasion charges and is currently on unpaid leave.

The AG's investigation is separate from the federal charges that Kelley already faces.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson declined to specify what the state investigation entails.

He would only say the investigation will focus on the relationship between Kelley and a former part-time worker at the auditor's office, Jason Jerue.

Spokane police say they believe a former Pasco, Washington, police officer accused of a 1986 homicide may have assaulted other women.

Seattle Lab Received Potentially Live Anthrax Sample

Jun 2, 2015

The list of locations with labs that have mistakenly been sent live anthrax samples keeps growing.

Washington state and Canada also received the samples, according to the Pentagon. 

The Washington State Department of Health says one sample went to a commercial lab in King County.

Why would someone who had been accused of financial misdeeds run for political office? That’s a recurring question in the case of indicted Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.

The first-term Democrat is accused of corrupt business practices and tax evasion -- allegations that have dogged him since before he ran for statewide office.

Now, Kelley has pleaded not guilty to federal charges and is on leave.

An impressive résumé

Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley was elected to root out waste and fraud in state and local government. Now, the first-term Democrat faces federal charges that he defrauded escrow company customers and the IRS.

TGPRN Premera Blue Cross / Associated Press

Washington state insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler announced Tuesday he’ll lead a multi-state investigation of Premera Blue Cross. That follows the cyber attack that may have compromised the social security numbers and medical information of 11 million customers in January.

Kreidler said Premera owes the public a more detailed explanation.

The state probe into ethics allegations against former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is being halted, at least for now.

The Oregon Department of Administrative Services has requested a criminal investigation over the matter of who leaked some sensitive emails to the media.

Pages