Impeachment hearings continue, Yakima demographic changes mirror the nation's, and other headlines


House impeachment investigators are looking into whether President Trump lied to Robert Mueller during his inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with the Trump campaign.

NEWS: The Washington State Board of Health adopted an emergency rule yesterday banning the sale of vaping products containing vitamin E acetate. The move is based on findings from federal health officials linking the ingredient to cases of vaping-related lung issues.

NEWS: Five dischargers of pollutants into the Spokane river have applied for a variance from water quality standards, saying that the standard is impossible to meet. The state Department of Ecology is conducting an environmental impact study and looking at alternatives before signing off.


Impeachment (continued)
Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top expert on Ukraine for the National Security Council, and Jennifer Williams, an advisor to Vice President Mike Pence, are testifying to the House Intelligence Committee today as part of the impeachment inquiry. (New York Times)

Jail negligence
Two federal workers who were on duty the night that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in his cell at the Manhattan Correctional Complex were charged on Tuesday for allegedly failing in their duty to check on him regularly. (New York Times)

Demographic microcosm
In Yakima, Washington, Latinos now make up over half of the population, while nonwhites make up the majority of the young population, while whites comprise the majority of residents over the age of 45. The changes in Yakima mirror demographic changes in cities across the nation. (New York Times)

Fraternity death
A fraternity at Washington State University has been suspended following the death of a 19-year-old freshman at a party last week. (Spokesman-Review)