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Marijuana money boosts state’s budget by $25 million

OLYMPIA — Washington tax coffers could get a $25 million boost by next July and nearly $200 million by mid-2017 from legal marijuana, state economists estimate. But much of that money is spoken for and won’t help the general fund.

Source of fatal E. coli case unknown

Public health officials don’t know exactly how a 3-year-old Lynden girl contracted a deadly strain of E. coli bacteria.

Didier takes Newhouse campaign to court

Congressional candidate Clint Didier has filed a complaint in federal court seeking to stop a volunteer for his opponent’s campaign from “using state resources” in the campaign.

Children hospitalized with virus symptoms

SPOKANE — Spokane medical officials say seven children 10 years old or younger have been hospitalized in Spokane County with symptoms consistent with a previously rare illness that has spread rapidly across the United States this summer.

Yakima council favors district elections plan

In response to a lawsuit that successfully challenged the city’s election system, the Yakima City Council voted Tuesday to endorse a plan that would eliminate citywide voting for five of the council’s seven seats.

Washington sales tax dependence cited in report

OLYMPIA — Washington is among the states that depend most heavily on sales taxes for revenue, and a new report links a decline in growth of such funds to the rising concentration of wealth for the richest U.S. households.

UW rips WSU study on new medical school

The University of Washington on Monday criticized as “seriously flawed” a feasibility study supporting a second public medical school that would be established in Spokane by Washington State University.

Lynx protections expanded, new habitat denied

BILLINGS, Mont. — Canada lynx gained federal protections in New Mexico on Thursday, but U.S. wildlife officials again declined to designate critical habitat for the elusive animal in the Southern Rockies, parts of New England and other areas considered non-essential to their survival.

Local kids tested for severe respiratory illness

SEATTLE — Public health officials in King County are investigating whether patients being treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital have a severe respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of children nationwide.

Northwest E. coli cases: Two children die, boy improving

TACOMA — A second Northwest child has died after contracting an E. coli infection and a 5-year-old boy being treated for E. coli complications remains in critical condition but is reported steadily improving in a Tacoma hospital, authorities said Wednesday.

New rule protects endangered seabird

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Federal fisheries managers have proposed a new rule requiring West Coast commercial fishermen who unroll long lines of baited hooks on the ocean bottom also put out long lines of fluttering plastic to scare off seabirds trying to steal the bait.

Zombie show filmed in Spokane starts Friday

SPOKANE — Many Spokane residents who worked as extras in the TV series Z Nation will see themselves on screen when the show premieres Friday night at the SyFy Network. Only one more episode is left to shoot in the 13-episode first season. It was filmed in the Spokane area because of its variety of locations.