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Father pleads not guilty to illegal gun possession

SEATTLE — The father of a teenager who fatally shot four classmates then killed himself at a Washington state high school last year pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges he illegally bought the handgun used in the rampage.

State’s jobless rate falls

Washington state's jobless rate fell in March after rising late last year and holding steady the past several months.

Subcontractor had past safety violations

A subcontractor that was working on a highway overpass in Bonney Lake Monday when part of the bridge’s concrete wall fell and killed three people has been cited in the past for not protecting its workers from potential falls.

School district removes students over vaccines

SEATTLE — A Washington state school district pulled 143 students who lacked documentation proving they had received required immunizations from classrooms on Monday, in a first-in-the-state clamp-down triggered by a recent measles epidemic.

UW, biotech firm may have cure for colorblindness

SEATTLE — For the more than 10 million Americans with colorblindness, there’s never been a treatment, let alone a cure, for the condition that leaves them unable to distinguish certain hues.

Plane leaves Seattle with napping airport worker stuck in cargo

SEATTLE — A Los Angeles-bound Alaska Airlines flight made an emergency landing at a Seattle-area airport on Monday afternoon after it took off with a worker trapped in a cargo area under the cabin where he had fallen asleep, the U.S. carrier said.

Providers applaud passage of telemedicine bill

YAKIMA — If a patient wants to talk to her psychologist via video conferencing, or a physician needs to consult with a specialist hundreds of miles away, the Legislature just made it a lot easier for that to happen.

Farm workers advance case; claim they lost jobs to H-2A workers

KENNEWICK — A federal judge has granted class-action status to a group of farm workers who claim that Mercer Canyons illegally denied employment to domestic workers in favor of imported guest workers under the federal H-2A program.

Community college students learn math by using it

SEATTLE — The grinding sound of metal on metal filtered through the walls of Chris Lindberg's math class at Shoreline Community College, but his students had no trouble tuning out the noise.

Campaign brings in $1.6 million for United Way

YAKIMA — The United Way of Central Washington is praising its volunteers and donors for the recent fundraising campaign that has collected $1.6 million to support social programs in Yakima and Kittitas counties.

Drug bust suspect shot by police pleads not guilty

EPHRATA — The Warden man who was shot by a Moses Lake police officer during an alleged drug bust in the Moses Lake Lep-re-kon parking lot in September pleaded not guilty to his charges recently.

Senate OKs budget plan calling for another class-size vote

OLYMPIA — Washington voters could be asked this fall whether they really want smaller class sizes in all public schools like they approved in November, or if they’d settle for just dropping numbers in kindergarten and the primary grades.

3 teenagers injured in rollover accident

MOSES LAKE — About 1 p.m., a 14-year-old Moses Lake girl was driving a 1991 Nissan Maxima north on state Route 17, according to the Washington State Patrol.

State to lease summer water

YAKIMA — Eyeing forecasts of a water shortage this summer, state officials are looking into leasing water from irrigators to keep streams flowing in the Upper Yakima Basin.