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Yakima elementary school evacuated over gas smell, responders find no leak

YAKIMA — McClure Elementary School and its 600-plus students were evacuated Thursday morning over a natural gas smell. The school has since been given the all-clear by the Yakima Fire Department, Yakima School District spokeswoman Kirsten Fitterer said. Everyone in the building is safe.

Post-9/11 scrutiny a reminder of past discrimination

TACOMA — Marotha Pasha converted to Islam in the middle of the last century and moved to Tacoma in the 1980s. Now 81, he looks back at those decades as a time his faith was an obscurity in his country.

Woman wins contest for free dental surgery

KENT — A Kent woman with a rare genetic condition that caused her teeth to break and crumble to the gum line has a bright new smile — thanks to what one doctor likens to winning a lottery for dental care.

Washington attorney general proposes assault-weapons ban

Spurred by the recent killings of three teenagers in Mukilteo, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson will propose legislation next year to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in Washington.

Jury selection opens in Bundy brothers takeover case

PORTLAND, Ore. — Jury selection began on Wednesday in the case of ranchers Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five other anti-government activists who led an armed 41-day takeover of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

State grant allows triage center to go forward

BREMERTON — Construction of a triage center that will provide an alternative to jail or hospitalization for people suffering from mental health crises is now fully funded, after the state awarded Kitsap County a $1.25 million grant last week.

Energy Northwest plans Richland solar center

RICHLAND — Energy Northwest plans a first-of-a-kind solar power generating and storage facility just north of Richland, thanks to the recent award of a Washington State Clean Energy Fund grant.

WSU student reports rape at Delta Epsilon fraternity

PULLMAN — A female Washington State University student reported being raped at the Delta Epsilon fraternity this weekend and another reported being becoming ill after drinking alcohol, according to the Pullman Police Department.

Brand inspection program leaves its mark in Washington

TOPPENISH — Here at the Toppenish Livestock Market — the largest livestock auction in the state — inspectors check every cow and steer to ensure the brands the bovines are sporting match up with the seller.

State attorneys reject cover-up allegations in Oso landslide lawsuit

OSO — Attorneys for Washington state, in a Friday court brief, rejected allegations that they were involved in a fraud to cover up deleted emails while preparing to defend the state in a lawsuit filed by victims of the 2014 Oso landslide and their families.

Spokane County employment nearly back to pre-recession levels

Labor Day was declared a federal holiday in 1894 “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers,” according to the U.S. Department of Labor. So how are workers in Spokane County doing? Here’s a quick look at some trends in wages, employment and the labor market.

Gonzaga hires fired Missouri professor

SPOKANE — Fired University of Missouri journalism professor Melissa Click has been hired as a nontenured lecturer at Gonzaga University.