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Dirty tracking tag likely caused orca’s death, experts say

SEATTLE — An endangered orca that died earlier this year likely developed a fatal infection after a scientist failed to adequately sterilize a research tag that was shot into its body, according to a report released Wednesday.

Bundy testifies on Malheur takeover

PORTLAND — In a second day of testimony in his own defense, Ammon Bundy offered no regrets about leading a Jan. 2 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, asserting he was guided by religious beliefs and the U.S. Constitution

Tacoma police discuss data they’re making public

Days after making some policing data more accessible to the public, Tacoma police hosted a public forum Wednesday night at The Evergreen State College to discuss the data and how it’s used.

Orchard workers sue over 2014 pesticide drift

YAKIMA — A group of farmworkers who were hit with pesticides being sprayed on a neighboring field while working in a Mattawa orchard have filed a lawsuit against the pesticide applicator and the farmer.

Facing the affordable housing crisis

The character of a community, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt once said, is defined by how it cares for its most vulnerable citizens.

Students not getting degrees to land jobs

Only about 31 percent of the high-school class of 2006 had earned a postsecondary credential, including a college degree, by 2013 — a significant mismatch with the types of jobs being created in Washington and the level of education needed to get them, according to a new study by the Washington Roundtable.

Clown hysteria makes its way to Inland Northwest

At about 7 p.m. Sunday, 14-year-old Brooklyn Bergquist claims she was chased by a young man wearing a light-up clown mask while she was walking home near East 44th Avenue and South Bowdish Road in Spokane Valley. She ran to a friend’s house and called her mom.

USS Nimitz heads out for trials at sea

BREMERTON — The USS Nimitz got underway Wednesday after 20 months of maintenance, upgrades and training at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.