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Newborn orca spotted in Washington waters

SEATTLE— Whale researchers are celebrating the newest member of a population of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound in Washington state.

Lawmaker’s ex-aide claims retaliation

A former aide to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers contends an ethics investigation into her campaign for a House leadership post is ramping up with allegations that she retaliated against him. An attorney for the Spokane Republican calls those comments “more frivolous allegations and information.”

Super while it lasted

The last Supermoon of 2014 peeks out from behind a layer of clouds and smoke from nearby wildfires over the Willamette Valley near Eugene, Ore., Monday. A so-called “super moon” occurs when the full moon reaches its closest point to Earth in its orbit. At 10:30 p.m., the full moon was 222,692 miles away from Earth. The moon was 222,612 miles away during the July supermoon.

Revenue needed to pay for education

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that closing tax exemptions will have to be part of the equation to put more money into Washington state’s education system.

Feds’ plan released for Columbia River hatcheries

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal agency on Thursday recommended the continued operation of hatcheries in the Columbia River Basin, with focus on programs that minimize risks to wild salmon and steelhead.

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.