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Inspector: Research animals lived in filth

Dozens of goats and sheep used by a Seattle medical research firm backed by a prominent food-safety expert were found in dirty, dilapidated conditions that endangered the animals’ welfare, a federal inspection found.

Two charged with hunting bighorns

PORTLAND, Ore. — Two men accused of hunting a pair of protected bighorn sheep on private land and beheading them alongside an interstate highway in northern Oregon have been arrested on suspicion of poaching, police say.

New state laws could prevent suicides, keep people warm during power outages

OLYMPIA — New laws in Washington will allow police officers to refer a person who attempts suicide to a mental health worker, let Mead School District use an older middle school for kindergarten classrooms, and allow homeowners to use wood stoves when the power’s out during a burn ban.

Project to evaluate prescribed burns

SEATTLE —The state Department of Natural Resources will conduct a pilot project to evaluate the benefits of prescribed burns under legislation signed last week by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Alaska Air takes Virgin America deal

SEATTLE — Alaska Air Group, parent company of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines, agreed Sunday to purchase San Francisco-based carrier Virgin America for approximately $2.6 billion.

New push to change racially offensive place names in state

OLYMPIA — Washington state remains dotted with racially offensive place names. Glance at a map and in any part of the state, and one might see landmarks such as Negro Creek, Squaw Lake, Redman Slough and Coon Creek.

Alaska Air nears deal to buy Virgin America

Alaska Air Group Inc is nearing a deal to acquire Virgin America Inc for more than $2 billion, having outbid JetBlue Airways Corp, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

Bill to review use of deadly force by police signed

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Friday to set up a joint legislative task force to review laws, practices and training programs related to the use of deadly force by police in Washington and other states, including nonlethal alternatives.

Rules approved for vaping, e-cigarettes

A bill approved by state lawmakers shortly before they adjourned late Tuesday night will regulate the state’s growing vaping and e-cigarette industry.

Birds, staff return to refuge

MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Ore. — Linda Beck is a fish biologist in charge of a struggle against millions of invasive carp that have uprooted aquatic plants, severely diminishing the food supply here for waterfowl.