The day may soon come when just touching your cell phone while driving will get you a ticket. A bill (SB 5656) toughening the distractive driving law has passed the state Senate, and just received a hearing in the state House.
Keith Eldridge has been a reporter-anchor with KOMO 4 News since 1983. Keith handles the South Sound Newscenter covering the entire southern region of Washington from Sea-Tac Airport to the Oregon border to the Pacific Ocean.
Recent stories by Keith Eldridge
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson wants Washington to lead the country by being the first state to raise the smoking age to 21 years old. He delivered that testimony to the state House Finance Committee at a hearing Tuesday in Olympia.
More than 400 Washington foster parents are giving up on caring for children younger than 2 because they don't want to get a flu shot, which is required for the license to care for babies and toddlers.
A barred owl is recovering after being hit by a bus. A volunteer wildlife center is nursing the owl back to health.
A barred owl is recovering after being hit by a bus near the campus of The Evergreen State College.
There's an effort under way to force Boeing to stop sending jobs out of state. State lawmakers are considering a bill (HB 2147) to take tax breaks away from the aerospace giant if jobs leave.
A paving scam team is at work in the Puget Sound area and often targets seniors. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the age group is particularly vulnerable.
An effort to remove personal or philosophical opposition to vaccines as an authorized exemption from childhood school immunizations died in the House after failing to come up for a vote before a key deadline.
A weekend vandalism spree in Olympia left at least three cars with smashed windows and police searching for the culprit.
The state of Washington has not yet declared a drought this year, but they're asking the Legislature for $9 million for drought relief in case it's needed.
A soldier who recently returned from serving in Afghanistan had his moving van stolen this week in Fife.
A Seattle attorney who says she was sexually assaulted by a mentally ill man applauded the Wednesday passage of Joel's Law in the state senate.
In a vote largely along party lines the state House has passed the minimum wage bill.
A pot shop is taking shots at Pierce County's ban on recreational marijuana stores. The owners of The Gallery are planning to open the store at noon on Saturday, in direct violation of county codes.
The mayor of Tacoma says it's time to fix a deepening problem: potholes that are plentiful all over town. Marilyn Strickland announced a $500 million ballot measure to fix every street in the city.
The state Fish and Wildlife Department is alerting folks along the coast that a great white shark is operating in nearby waters.
A Lake Tapps family survived a close call Sunday night when their truck window was shot out as they clammed on the Washington coast.
A Centralia couple is shaken and heartbroken after their dog was shot to death during a Thursday night home invasion robbery.
The adoptive family of a young boy disabled for life is urging the state legislature to make Child Protective Service follow it's own rules. It's called 'Aiden's act' for the child who was placed back with his birth father despite warnings from hospital workers and doctors.
The mother of a sex trafficking victim is speaking out in hopes other families won't suffer the heartache of having a loved one trapped by the crime.
A $1000 reward has been established to help police find those responsible for leaving a puppy to hang overnight on an Aberdeen fence.
The Navy helicopter crew first on the scene at the Oso mud slide was finally honored Wednesday, and one member was awarded the country's highest non-combat medal.
The dog belonging to the victim of a hate crime is being credited with helping to scare off the attacker. The Tacoma woman was out looking for the dog early Sunday morning when she says a man attacked her, stabbing her on the side and writing a gay slur on her forehead and back in permanent marker.
Whale lovers are firing a warning shot across the bow of big mammal theme parks. They say don't even consider building a park in Washington state. They descended on the state capitol to help pass a bill to prohibit that type of theme park here.
At a time when there's talk of raising the state's minimum wage, there is also a push at the state legislature to lower the minimum wage for teenagers in certain circumstances.