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Lewis River smolt shortage prompts questions

ARIEL — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife expects to be short about 55,000 young spring chinook for release in the North Fork of the Lewis River this fall and next spring.

Police fired 17 times at Mexican farm worker

PASCO — Police officers who fatally shot a Mexican farm worker in Pasco after he pelted them with rocks fired 17 shots at the man, striking him five or six times, police said on Wednesday, in an incident that has fueled protests.

Patch a possible solution to peanut allergies

A skin patch that experts say could be a breakthrough treatment for peanut-allergy sufferers appears to be both safe and effective, according to an early stage clinical trial that involved Seattle-area children, among others, to test the potentially lifesaving technology.

Pressure mounts to settle U.S. West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES — Two U.S. Cabinet secretaries joined congressional leaders, three governors and a big-city mayor on Wednesday in pushing shipping lines and the dockworkers’ union to settle a contract dispute that has led to months of turmoil and cargo backups at 29 West Coast ports.

Judge rules against florist who refused gay wedding

A judge in Washington state on Wednesday ruled that a florist who refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay couple’s wedding violated state anti-discrimination law, court records show.

Oregon’s new governor blazes a trail in U.S.

SALEM, Ore. — Kate Brown made history in more ways than one Wednesday when she was sworn in as Oregon’s new governor while her mother and husband stood proudly by.

U.S. labor secretary to hold more talks in West Coast ports dispute

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez planned to hold a second round of talks with shipping company executives and union leaders for 20,000 dockworkers on Wednesday, seeking to broker a deal to end months of labor turmoil clogging cargo traffic at 29 West Coast ports.

Mental health care needs still unmet

Washington has more known mental illness than in nearly every other state, according to a survey — yet Washingtonians with mental illness are less likely to be hospitalized.

U.S. approves biotech apple that resists browning

U.S. regulators today approved two genetically engineered apple varieties designed to resist browning, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit.