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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.

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.

Value of farmland continues to rise

YAKIMA — The value of farmland continues to rise in Washington, largely because farm products are producing big sales numbers.
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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.

Forecast shows uptick in Washington state revenue

Slow economic growth is expected to continue in Washington state, but officials on Tuesday warned that the state still faces a “significant budget challenge” while writing a new two-year budget next year.

Future of Hanford site may include uses for public

YAKIMA — Despite setbacks and delays in cleaning up Hanford, plans to open parts of the nearly 600-square mile reservation are moving forward, a federal Department of Energy official told the Yakima Rotary Club on Thursday.

Suit filed over red-light camera refunds

The city of Spokane has not refunded traffic ticket money a judge ruled was wrongfully collected using red-light cameras, and is still trying to collect from drivers who haven’t paid, according to a lawsuit filed last week.

State must explain education funding

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court has ordered lawmakers to explain why they haven’t followed its orders to fix the way Washington pays for public education.