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Lawmakers not done with budget squabbles

OLYMPIA — To explain the current state of the Washington Legislature, forget the philosophy of Rousseau, the ideas of Jefferson or the eloquence of Lincoln. Turn instead to the dictum of Berra: It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.

Catholic priest put on leave amid hidden camera probe

PORTLAND — An Oregon Catholic priest has been placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Portland as police investigate who placed a hidden camera, carefully disguised as an electrical outlet, in a church bathroom, the archdiocese said on Thursday.

Record-hot June fans fears of future fires

SEATTLE — The warmest June on record in the Seattle area — blistering the old mark by more than three degrees — combined with tinder-dry conditions statewide and the approach of a holiday associated with fireworks has forecasters warning of potentially devastating blazes.

Crowds count down to pot legalization

PORTLAND — Crowds counted down the minutes to midnight then lit up joints as smoking marijuana became legal in Oregon on Wednesday and the legalization movement spread to a fourth U.S. state.

Safety is high priority in putting out Paradise Fire

ABERDEEN — Olympic National Park officials said firefighters are particularly concerned about the area around Paradise Creek on the flanks of Pelton Peak as they continue working to contain the Paradise Fire, which has now claimed more than 1,000 acres.

State Legislature sends $38.2 billion budget to Inslee’s desk

OLYMPIA — After 165 days of partisan bickering over taxes and spending, the Legislature moved swiftly Monday to pass a $38.2 billion budget to run state government for the next two years. The Senate also passed and sent to the House a plan to spend $16.1 billion on transportation projects over the next 16 years.

Kidnapped woman rescued after calling 911

PORTLAND — An Oregon woman who was kidnapped, bound and held captive in her car was rescued by police after she seized the moment to call 911 when her captor left the vehicle to change a flat tire, authorities said on Tuesday.

Budget deal announced to avert shutdown

Lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee announced Saturday they have reached a deal on a new two-year state spending plan, which they said will prevent a partial shutdown of state services this week.

Judge: Petition should be reconsidered

SEATTLE — Eight students who unsuccessfully petitioned the state Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon emissions gained an initial legal victory in King County Superior Court.

FEMA grant to buy Oso properties

A $6.6 million award from FEMA will help Snohomish County buy out property and destroyed lots from Oso residents who have been struggling with worthless mortgages since the landslide.

Guard trains for big Northwest quake

SHELTON — National guardsmen from Spokane to Seattle to Grays Harbor spent the last week practicing for “the Big One” — a quake so big it would devastate some part of the Interstate 5 corridor between British Columbia and Northern California.

Paradise Fire grows to nearly 800 acres

Aberdeen — The Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park has grown to nearly 800 acres since the weekend, continuing to progress east-northeast into steep, inaccessible terrain, park officials reported on Tuesday. The fire is expected to burn for another four months or longer, according to Olympic National Park officials.