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Cigarette maker owes $58M in taxes

YAKIMA — King Mountain Tobacco owes $58 million in back taxes and penalties, a U.S. District Court judge in Yakima ruled in rejecting the Yakama reservation-based cigarette manufacturer’s arguments that the assessments were inaccurate.

Prepaid tuition program recovers

SEATTLE — The state actuary says Washington’s prepaid tuition program has completely recovered from the recession.

Supreme Court explores ways to push Legislature

OLYMPIA — Based on the questions asked during a Washington Supreme Court hearing on Wednesday, it’s anyone’s guess what the court’s next step will be toward forcing the Legislature to fix the way the state pays for education.

Hastings endorses Newhouse in congressional race

YAKIMA — Retiring Congressman Doc Hastings and Dan Newhouse, one of the two Republicans seeking to replace him, will appear together at a news conference today where the Pasco Republican is widely expected to endorse the Sunnyside farmer.

5 protesters arrested after blocking oil train

SEATTLE — Five people were arrested Tuesday after tying themselves to poles erected over the railroad tracks at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe yard in Everett that about a dozen demonstrators blocked to protest train shipments of oil and coal and proposed export terminals in the Northwest.

Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.





Officials ask Feds to reconsider wildfire aid

Members of Washington state’s congressional delegation are asking the federal government to reconsider a decision denying help for individuals affected by huge wildfires.