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Government Workings
3:07 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Wash. State's Volunteer Drivers Collect Tens Of Thousands In Mileage Reimbursements

This screenshot of Washington’s Open Checkbook shows the mileage reimbursements paid to volunteer driver Lavaughn Nuner in the first nine months of the current fiscal year.

Imagine driving your personal car for work so much that your boss cuts you a $10,000 mileage reimbursement check. That’s what happened recently at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services.

But the person who got the check isn’t an employee, and she’s not the only one who’s logging high miles and collecting large reimbursements from DSHS. So far this fiscal year, the agency has reimbursed volunteer drivers more than $300,000.

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News Roundup
7:58 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle of Seattle were killed after the yacht on which they were passengers was hijacked off the coast of Oman. Thirteen men accused of the hijacking have been indicted in a Virginia court. This photo is from 2005.
Courtesy Joe Grande

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Pirates in Fatal Yacht Hijacking Indicted
  • Arrest in Spokane MLK Day Bomb Plot
    • State Details Patient Escape from Western State
    • UW-WSU Meet Tonight in Pac-10 Championships

     

    Indictments in High Seas Hijacking, Murders

    Fourteen men are charged today with the hijacking of a yacht on which four Americans - including a Seattle couple - were shot to death.

    The US Justice Department is holding the 13 Somalis and a man from Yemen in Norfolk, Virginia. They are expected to make a court appearance today, according to The Associated Press.

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    Law and Justice
    2:41 pm
    Mon March 7, 2011

    State investigates patient's escape from Western State Hospital

    The Washington Department of Social and Health Services is reviewing how a patient was able to escape from
    Western State Hospital at Lakewood.

    Jonathan D. Wilson remained in Pierce County Jail over the weekend, and Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis says officials are deciding Monday where he should be transferred. 

    The News Tribune's Stacia Glenn reports Wilson may be headed to Mason County.

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    Welfare Cards
    2:28 pm
    Mon December 20, 2010

    Welfare recipients rack up millions in ATM fees

    Washington welfare recipients are racking-up hundreds of thousand of dollars in ATM fees at non-Chase machines
    Austin Jenkins N3

    Welfare dollars are supposed to help the poorest of families pay for the necessities of life. But Washington welfare recipients are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each month on ATM surcharges. That’s what correspondent Austin Jenkins found through a public disclosure request. The finding comes as Washington’s welfare program faces budget cuts. 

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