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Yakima County approves budget

YAKIMA — Yakima County commissioners on Tuesday approved a preliminary operating budget for next year that anticipates revenue increases in several areas and hands out roughly $1 million in pay increases to employees.

Baby Puget Sound orca L-120 presumed dead

FRIDAY HARBOR — An orca that was born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia.

Complaints filed about Dano endorsement list

OLYMPIA — Former state senator Joyce Mulliken, past Port of Moses Lake manager Col. Clyde Owen and three other Columbia Basin residents complained to the state’s public disclosure commission that county prosecutor candidate Garth Dano erroneously listed them as supporters in a political ad and Facebook post.

Report on whistleblower is inconclusive

SPOKANE — The U.S. Department of Energy’s inspector general on Monday said it could not determine if a whistleblower on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation was fired for raising safety concerns because two contractors failed to provide all the documents needed in the investigation.

Judge again orders Clint Didier deposition

SPOKANE — Congressional candidate Clint Didier has been ordered to give a deposition for the second time in as many weeks in a federal lawsuit he filed against the Washington State Potato Commission.

Seattle designates Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called for mutual respect among the city’s diverse communities Monday while signing into law a resolution designating the second Monday of each October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Teen with chest wound recovering

SPOKANE — The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the chest by a friend while playing with a gun says he’s making a miraculous recovery.

Nursing home chain to pay settlement

WASHINGTON — A nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care.

Under Rainier’s crater lies a natural laboratory

SEATTLE — Counting all the ups and downs, he had climbed more than 15,000 feet to get here — past yawning crevasses and over cliffs where a single misstep could send a rope team tumbling. His party was pummeled by a lightning storm so ferocious it stood one woman’s hair on end. Gale-force winds threatened to shred their tents.

State teachers pay most of education suit costs

SEATTLE — Public school teachers paid most of the bill for the education lawsuit that is forcing the Washington Legislature to put billions more into the state budget for K-12 education.

Hiker still missing

SNOQUALMIE PASS — As the search resumed this morning for a hiker missing near Snoqualmie Pass, the King County sheriff’s office says searchers are concerned the 21-year-old Seattle woman has been outside for three nights.

Judge denies order for mentally ill in jails

SEATTLE — A federal judge said Wednesday she has serious constitutional concerns about the way the state handles mentally ill people waiting in jails for competency evaluations and treatment, but she denied a temporary restraining order, saying she needs more information before making changes to Washington’s mental health system.

FBI: Kidnapping suspect sailed to Hawaii

HONOLULU — A Seattle man charged with the international kidnapping of his 9-year-old son could have sailed with the boy to Hawaii or other Pacific islands, the FBI said Wednesday.

Class size measure may add to woes

Education advocates in Washington state are pushing a measure limiting class sizes, but opponents say the initiative on the November ballot could make a bad budget situation worse as lawmakers scramble to pay for court-ordered reforms.

Pentagon review cites Madigan shortcomings

Madigan Army Medical Center is falling short of several national medical standards for patient safety and must take steps to improve on those measures, according to a Pentagon review of the nation’s military health system released Wednesday.