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Blueberry producers buoyed by bumper crop

CENTRALIA — Washington’s blueberry producers are expecting to send 115 million pounds of fresh blueberries to market this season. The large harvest is expected to meet ballooning market demand that has been driven by increasing consumer awareness of the many health benefits associated with consuming blueberries.

City of Yakima looks to clear up property policies

YAKIMA — Efforts by two property owners to get the city of Yakima to give up alleys adjacent to their properties have been delayed due to confusion about whether or not those owners should pay for the property.

Knife-bearing man whom officer shot charged with assault

SEATTLE — A 55-year-old Seattle man was charged Wednesday with two counts of second-degree assault for allegedly threatening his husband and a Seattle police officer with large kitchen knives before the officer shot him.

Yakima school board OKs money for repairs

YAKIMA — The Yakima school board unanimously approved Tuesday about $1.3 million in nursing and police services and plumbing upgrades at two schools.

Threats by student prompt lockdown at Grays Harbor College

ABERDEEN — A student upset over problems with his schedule and financial aid sent threatening emails to staff members at Grays Harbor College on Tuesday, prompting administrators to close down the campus and send students and faculty home in the middle of the day.

Hanford tank farm contractor says it is keeping workers safe

The Hanford tank farm contractor defended its protection of workers in a letter to the Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council on Tuesday, a day after the union group issued a list of demands to better protect workers from chemical vapors.

Woman punched by cop settles civil suit for $195,000

SEATTLE — A Seattle woman who was punched by a Seattle police officer during her arrest in June 2014 has settled her civil lawsuit against the city for $195,000, the Seattle City Attorney’s Office said.

2 climbers rescued after two nights on Rainier

TACOMA — Two climbers were rescued Sunday morning after spending two nights in stormy conditions near the summit of Mount Rainier, park officials said Monday morning.

Call for Democratic unity draws boos from Sanders supporters

TACOMA — The sole U.S. senator to endorse Bernie Sanders for president urged Democrats to unite behind Hillary Clinton at Washington's Democratic convention Saturday, drawing boos from a crowd filled mainly with Sanders supporters.