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Dozens of bills get Inslee’s signature

OLYMPIA — With strokes of a pen, Gov. Jay Inslee approved statewide suicide prevention training for medical professionals, raised some motor vehicle fees to pay for a new ferry, banned most teens from tanning salons, toughened penalties for drunken drivers and required public records training for most elected officials.

Possible source of fumes uncovered at nuclear site

RICHLAND — A contractor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has identified two possible sources of fumes that have sickened 18 workers over the past two weeks at the nation’s most contaminated nuclear weapons site.

Cashmere soldier’s trial closes in clash over experts

FORT STEWART, Ga. — The fate of an Army soldier charged with killing his pregnant wife may hinge on whether a military judge accepts a single medical expert’s conclusion that she was strangled as sufficient evidence for a conviction.
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Mudslide searchers press on with dogs, bare hands

ARLINGTON — With search and cadaver dogs leading the way, rescuers using small bulldozers and their bare hands pushed through sludge strewn with splintered homes and twisted cars to find 10 more bodies in the debris of a Washington state mudslide, authorities said.

Seattle taxi drivers sue ridesharing service

SEATTLE — A Seattle-area taxi drivers organization has sued an app-based ridesharing service, alleging that Uber violates multiple laws and regulations, thus harming taxi drivers and the public.

Gun campaigns prep for battle ahead of November vote

Washington state’s dueling gun initiatives launched their opposing campaigns this week, days after the Legislature’s adjournment ensured that voters this year will get to weigh in on gun laws for the first time since 1997.
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Copter crash could bring rule changes

SEATTLE — The news helicopter had just stopped at a helipad to refuel on its way to another assignment when it crashed and burst into flames yards from the Space Needle in the heart of Seattle, killing the two men on board and seriously injuring a third man who was on fire when he escaped from his car.

Chopper crash shocks Seattle

SEATTLE — Two people were killed when a news helicopter for KOMO-TV crashed this morning outside its station near the Seattle Space Needle, sending clouds of black smoke over the city during the morning rush hour.

James Johnson to retire from state Supreme Court

SEATTLE — Justice James M. Johnson, a voice for property rights, law enforcement and open government on Washington’s Supreme Court for the past decade, announced his retirement Monday, saying his health had prompted the decision.

State seeks help in gray wolf’s killing

SEATTLE — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking the public’s help in finding whoever is responsible for the illegal killing of a gray wolf in Stevens County last month.

State Legislature adjourns

OLYMPIA — The Washington state Legislature adjourned its 60-day session late Thursday evening, passing a supplemental budget and several other bills in its final hours.
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FBI balks at pot background checks

SEATTLE — The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that’s long been illegal under federal law.

Wash. grads improve their college chances

SEATTLE — This year’s high school graduates have a slightly better chance of getting into Washington’s public colleges and universities, thanks to a fluke of demographics.

Man likely crushed by recycling truck

SEATTLE — A King County sheriff’s spokeswoman says a man whose body was found last week in a suburban Woodinville recycling center appears to have died accidentally, likely crushed inside a recycling truck. Sgt. Cindi West said Tuesday that the King County medical examiner’s office identified the man as 65-year-old William Burns. She says Burns was a homeless man with a history of sleeping in recycling bins.