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No job, housing for berry pickers

MOUNT VERNON — A Skagit Valley berry grower that was ordered to include families in farmworker housing isn’t housing anyone more right now.

Washington high court considers wage issue

SEATTLE — State, federal and local law may all play a role in the Washington Supreme Court’s decision on whether a new $15 minimum wage law in SeaTac applies to airport workers, if the questions asked by justices during oral arguments Thursday are any indication.
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Pot advocates have high hopes for Oregon ballot

SALEM, Ore. — Sponsors of an initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana prepared Thursday to take boxes stuffed with more than 145,000 signed petitions to the state Capitol — far more than are needed for the measure to qualify for the November ballot.

Rush-hour protest by teachers to target the Gates Foundation

About 300 teachers and their supporters critical of the influence the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wields in U.S. education policy planned to march to the foundation’s Seattle offices late Thursday afternoon around rush hour.
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Despite decade of protection, Puget Sound orcas still in trouble

SEATTLE — In the decade since Puget Sound’s southern resident killer whales were protected under the Endangered Species Act, scientists have figured out where they go in winter, learned that they eat mostly chinook and have documented the many ways orcas shift their behavior in response to noise from boats.
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Hiker died of hypothermia on Mount Rainier

SEATTLE — A 70-year-old hiker who died of hypothermia in rugged terrain in Mount Rainier National Park over the weekend was experienced, prepared and knew the mountain well after having written dozens of stories about treks through the area.

Logging threatens wandering wolf’s den, pups

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A conservation group is challenging a national forest timber sale because it may be too close to the den where Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7, is raising pups.

Feds to help keep sage grouse off threatened list

RENO, Nev. — The Obama administration is launching an effort to accelerate protection of sage grouse along the California-Nevada line with $31 million in spending commitments through 2024 to help ranchers and others improve grouse habitat.

Seattle student accused of online death threats

SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors have charged a University of Washington student accused of posting online threats to kill women in solidarity with Elliot Rodger, who went on a murderous rampage last month in California.

House candidate offers to give away 3 guns

SPOKANE — U.S. House candidate Clint Didier is offering to give away three guns as part of his campaign to replace retiring Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.