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School receives more threats

SEATTLE — A Washington state high school that was the scene of a shooting rampage last October was hit with a second day of phoned-in threats of violence on Thursday though police said they believed the calls were hoaxes.

Yakama steelhead project gets $4.6M fed boost

YAKIMA — Steelhead may soon find better habitat in several creeks on the Yakama Nation reservation, thanks to a $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Inslee urges new taxes in address

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday repeated calls for some new taxes, including one on carbon pollution to secure “a birthright to a healthy Washington.”
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Weed potency testing challenged

SEATTLE — When Uncle Ike’s Pot Shop opened in Seattle, owner Ian Eisenberg said he couldn’t compete with medical dispensaries’ lower prices, but he did have one advantage.
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New study says rain primed slope for Oso slide

The Oso landslide that killed 43 people originated from a relatively mild slope but still managed to gain deadly speed and power, a phenomenon that a new study attributes to a two-step process that unfolded in about a minute’s time.

Woman dies from flu

MOSES LAKE — A Grant County woman has died from flu complications, bringing the total number of influenza-related deaths in the state to 17.

Schools lift lockdown, no sign of armed man

A district-wide lockdown of Shoreline schools sparked by an employee’s report of an armed man making a threatening comment was lifted without incident by midday Wednesday. Police later said they did not locate a suspect.

State warns of landslide risks after drenching storms

SEATTLE — Washington officials expressed concern on Wednesday over the risk of landslides in the state’s southwest, where powerful storms have saturated hillsides and a mudslide knocked three homes off their foundations, cutting off access to a roadway.

School district on lockdown

SEATTLE — A Washington state school district near Seattle placed all of its schools on lockdown today after reports of an armed man on the campus of an elementary school, the King County Sheriff’s Office said.

Low mountain snowpack raises water-supply fears

A severe lack of snow in Washington’s mountains could signal trouble for the state’s water supply later this year, according to specialists who have been monitoring the mountain snowpack.
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Pursuing death penalty boosts public’s costs, study says

Seattle University has released the results of a seven-month study into the costs of the death penalty in Washington state and has found a more than $1 million price break in cases where capital punishment is not sought.

Inslee seeks tax rebate for low-income families

OLYMPIA — Most of the headlines surrounding Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent budget rollout focused on his plan to raise more than $1.4 billion in new revenue through tax increases and charges on carbon pollution.
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Boeing bullish, dismisses doubters, as record year ends

SEATTLE — As a record production year winds down at Boeing, executives shrug off analysts’ worries about a possible downturn and express full confidence in busy years ahead for Washington state’s aerospace industry.