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Grant County Fair closure costs nearly $100,000

MOSES LAKE — Grant County Fair Director Jerry Gingrich said the tough decision to close the fair on Tuesday afternoon because of an approaching storm cost taxpayers nearly $100,000.

Moses Lake schools consider second bond

MOSES LAKE — Moses Lake School District officials are seeking volunteers to work on a committee to determine whether or not to offer a construction bond proposal to voters.

EPA agrees to set anti-spray buffer zones

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The final agreement has been filed in a decade-long battle to get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set buffer zones to keep some harmful agricultural pesticides out of salmon streams in Oregon, California and Washington.

Labeled ‘failing,’ schools fire back

Because most Washington school districts don’t have 100 percent of their students passing state math and reading tests, the federal No Child Left Behind law says the districts must send letters to families explaining why.

Police: Be careful what you tweet

SEATTLE — Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing.
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Cold Train iced as BNSF juggles higher rail volumes

QUINCY — Cold Train Express suspended its Quincy-to-Chicago service on Thursday after executives said increased congestion across BNSF Railway’s northern routes slowed Cold Train delivery times and cut business up to 70 percent.

Pasco man pretended to be immigration lawyer

PASCO — A Pasco man who pretended to be an immigration lawyer and took money from trusting clients pleaded guilty in Franklin County Superior Court to extortion and unlawful practice of law.

Body of missing Bremerton girl found

SEATTLE — Authorities believe they have found the body of a 6-year-old Washington girl who vanished from her home last weekend and are focusing on a criminal investigation.

Missing girl’s dad had previous molestation charge

SEATTLE — Law enforcement officers searching for a 6-year-old Washington state girl who vanished last weekend say they’re aware of a past molestation charge against her father but are focused right now on finding little Jenise Wright.

Inslee seeks federal aid

SPOKANE — Gov. Jay Inslee asked President Obama today to declare parts of Eastern Washington a major disaster area because of wildfires that have destroyed more than 300 homes this year.

Missing Snohomish girl located, man arrested

LYNNWOOD — A 14-year-old developmentally disabled girl who disappeared while riding her bicycle has been located, and police have arrested a 60-year-old man found with her.

Gorge Amphitheatre planning expansion

EPHRATA — The Grant County Planning Commission is recommending a master plan permit process for the planned expansion of the Gorge Amphitheatre near Quincy.

Man gets at least 20 years for sex crimes

PROSSER — A Prosser man will spend at least 20 years in prison for sexually abusing two Kiona-Benton City High School girls he befriended on Facebook, then giving them marijuana.