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Giffords discusses gun control at Seattle stop

SEATTLE — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was wounded three years ago in Tucson, spoke in Seattle Wednesday as part of a cross-country tour to promote gun control.

Hanford’s F Reactor passes inspection

F Reactor has passed its five-year check-up, with Hanford workers finding nothing amiss after unsealing and entering what remains of the reactor.

Lewis-McChord soldier charged in wife’s death

LAKEWOOD — Bail has been set at $1 million for a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Lakewood apartment.

Seattle-area nurse being monitored as a precaution

SEATTLE — A Seattle-area nurse being monitored for possible Ebola has shown no sign of the disease and is voluntarily restricting her movements to minimize the risk to others, health officials say.

Report: Plan falls short on water supply

The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan is designed to improve the region’s water supply security in the face of future droughts, but a new outside review says that the plan might not provide enough water storage.

Police deny mistreating actress

Auburn police are denying allegations made by relatives of Native American actress Misty Upham that officers mistreated her and didn’t take her Oct. 5 disappearance seriously.

Owner of dog killed by police seeks $350,000

The loss and pain from the unjustified police shooting of Arfee in Coeur d’Alene last July is worth $350,000, the dog’s owner says in a claim filed with the city Tuesday.

Yakima County approves budget

YAKIMA — Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday approved a preliminary operating budget for next year that anticipates revenue increases in several areas and hands out roughly $1 million in pay increases to employees.

Baby Puget Sound orca L-120 presumed dead

FRIDAY HARBOR — An orca that was born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia.

Complaints filed about Dano endorsement list

OLYMPIA — Former state senator Joyce Mulliken, past Port of Moses Lake manager Col. Clyde Owen and three other Columbia Basin residents complained to the state’s public disclosure commission that county prosecutor candidate Garth Dano erroneously listed them as supporters in a political ad and Facebook post.

Report on whistleblower is inconclusive

SPOKANE — The U.S. Department of Energy’s inspector general on Monday said it could not determine if a whistleblower on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was fired for raising safety concerns because two contractors failed to provide all the documents needed in the investigation.

Judge again orders Clint Didier deposition

SPOKANE — Congressional candidate Clint Didier has been ordered to give a deposition for the second time in as many weeks in a federal lawsuit he filed against the Washington State Potato Commission.

Seattle designates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called for mutual respect among the city’s diverse communities Monday while signing into law a resolution designating the second Monday of each October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Teen with chest wound recovering

SPOKANE — The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the chest by a friend while playing with a gun says he’s making a miraculous recovery.

Nursing home chain to pay settlement

WASHINGTON — A nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care.

Under Rainier’s crater lies a natural laboratory

SEATTLE — Counting all the ups and downs, he had climbed more than 15,000 feet to get here — past yawning crevasses and over cliffs where a single misstep could send a rope team tumbling. His party was pummeled by a lightning storm so ferocious it stood one woman’s hair on end. Gale-force winds threatened to shred their tents.

State teachers pay most of education suit costs

SEATTLE — Public school teachers paid most of the bill for the education lawsuit that is forcing the Washington Legislature to put billions more into the state budget for K-12 education.