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Voters expand gun background checks

SEATTLE — Voters on Tuesday approved expanding background checks on gun sales and transfers in Washington state, a measure supporters said would help keep guns out of dangerous hands and make it easier for police to track weapons used in crimes.

Reichert re-elected

ISSAQUAH — Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert has won re-election in the race for the 8th Congressional District.

Voters split on cost, benefits of shrinking class size

After first-day returns, Washington voters were nearly evenly split on whether to hang out a big help-wanted sign for the state’s public schools to lower class sizes and to beef up the rest of schools’ staff from principals to groundskeepers.

Marysville students return amid grief, outpouring of support

MARYSVILLE — After 10 emotional days weighed down by tragedy, grief and loss, Monday’s reopening of Marysville-Pilchuck High School — amid support from hundreds of community members — was called an important step in the right direction.

Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors

The U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear site, according to a new report issued Thursday.

Yakamas give notice of Hanford cleanup lawsuit

The Yakama Nation is preparing to sue the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency over cleanup plans for the Hanford 300 Area north of Richland.

11 men sentenced in international child porn ring

WASHINGTON — Eleven men from across the country have been sentenced to between 15 and 19 years in prison for their roles in what prosecutors say was an international online network for child pornography.

Market sought for tree-thinning wood in Washington

CLE ELUM — Scientists are searching for the fuels of the future in high-tech laboratories around the world, but last week one research team debuted its new technology at a wood-chipping plant tucked in the forest outside Cle Elum.

Air-response questions after Marysville shooting

Twenty-five minutes after Friday’s shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, two air ambulances hovered near the campus, prepared to transport the critically wounded to the region’s highest-rated trauma hospital.

Giffords discusses gun control at Seattle stop

SEATTLE — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was wounded three years ago in Tucson, spoke in Seattle Wednesday as part of a cross-country tour to promote gun control.

Hanford’s F Reactor passes inspection

F Reactor has passed its five-year check-up, with Hanford workers finding nothing amiss after unsealing and entering what remains of the reactor.

Lewis-McChord soldier charged in wife’s death

LAKEWOOD — Bail has been set at $1 million for a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Lakewood apartment.

Seattle-area nurse being monitored as a precaution

SEATTLE — A Seattle-area nurse being monitored for possible Ebola has shown no sign of the disease and is voluntarily restricting her movements to minimize the risk to others, health officials say.

Report: Plan falls short on water supply

The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan is designed to improve the region’s water supply security in the face of future droughts, but a new outside review says that the plan might not provide enough water storage.

Police deny mistreating actress

Auburn police are denying allegations made by relatives of Native American actress Misty Upham that officers mistreated her and didn’t take her Oct. 5 disappearance seriously.