Sen. Patty Murray
Payment comes as President Obama tours landslide area.
A state judge from the Tri-Cities has been nominated by President Obama to become a federal judge for Eastern Washington.
Tom Foley, the first Speaker of the House to be booted from office by his constituents since the Civil War, died Friday at the age of 84 of complications from a stroke, according to his wife, Heather.
Government regulators and watchdog groups say they want more information about a new Department of Energy proposal to speed cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
U.S. Patty Murray wants to be chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee.