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Former mayors seek to overturn raises

VANCOUVER — Two former Vancouver mayors are making moves to overturn Friday’s decision by the city salary review commission to more than double the mayor’s salary.

Inslee signs budget but vetoes cuts for performance audits

OLYMPIA — Washington can continue state programs, pay employee salaries and begin some construction projects over the next 14 months under operating and capital budgets signed Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee — although they’re a bit different than the spending plans approved by the Legislature.

School districts struggle to balance safety, fun of field trips

SEATTLE — In a court hearing last week, the lawyer for Carol Burton, a former Seattle choir teacher fired for violating rules for overnight field trips, asked Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland how he would do room checks if he were a chaperone.

Oregon defense firm chief pleads guilty to conspiracy

SEATTLE — The owner of an Oregon-based defense firm pleaded guilty on Monday to plying a U.S. official with cash, meals in Vietnam and Costa Rica, and an Alaska fishing trip during a decade-long conspiracy to win business worth $171 million, a prosecutor said.

Medical professionals team up to fight bullying

YAKIMA — If a seventh-grade boy gets shoved by a classmate in the hall every day, he might opt to take a more circuitous route to class or make sure he keeps in sight of teachers.

Animal lovers gather to remember abused dog

For the dog lovers who gathered at Thurston County Animal Services on Saturday morning, the crimes committed against Diamond, a pit bull, were unspeakable.

Court gets funds to expand services

OLYMPIA — The Olympia Community Court will expand its services — and potentially reduce local nuisance crimes — after receiving one of 10 grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Panel of judges hears oral arguments in three cases

A panel of judges from the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II, visited Vancouver on Friday to hear oral arguments in three cases, including one in which a Portland man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for beating and raping a former girlfriend.

Discovery of cars sheds no light on missing pair

OSO — Police who found a Land Rover and Jeep belonging to a missing Washington state married couple in a remote wooded area earlier this week say a search of the two vehicles turned up no evidence leading to their whereabouts.

Inslee visits temple in wake of vandalism

SPOKANE — In a show of solidarity with Sikhs in the Inland Northwest, Governor Jay Inslee traveled to Spokane on Wednesday to celebrate vaisakhi, the holiest Sikh festival.

Man driving with suspended license hits 6 boys

SEATTLE — A 19-year-old man is in custody after he lost control of his pickup and injured six middle school boys in a crash in Maple Valley, Thursday morning, said King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cindi West.