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Group sues UW regents

An animal-rights group has filed a lawsuit against the University of Washington’s governing board, claiming it broke the state’s open-meetings law before approving construction of a $123 million animal-research laboratory building.

Seattle police accused of wasting $1M on overtime

SEATTLE — A Seattle police oversight office says the department wasted more than $1 million on loosely controlled overtime last year as officers trained to comply with a Justice Department agreement to curb excessive force.

DOE given more time to pump Hanford

RICHLAND —The state of Washington has agreed to give the Department of Energy 18 more months to start emptying radioactive waste from a Hanford double-shell tank with a leak between its shells.

What would 15 percent cut mean for state colleges?

Double-digit tuition increases. Class cuts that would make it harder to finish a degree in four years. Enrollment cutbacks that would make it more difficult to get admitted to a state university.

How well do you know Washington?

Everyone from wizened Washington historians to newcomers still trying to figure out how to pronounce Puyallup will find something to like about “Simply Washington,” a 53-page online booklet filled with snippets of state history, culture, industry, people and politics.
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Study: Emissions not cause of Pacific warming

A well-documented rise in temperatures along the U.S. West Coast during the past century is almost entirely the result of natural forces - not human emissions of greenhouse gases, according to a major new study released Monday.

Marijuana money boosts state’s budget by $25 million

OLYMPIA — Washington tax coffers could get a $25 million boost by next July and nearly $200 million by mid-2017 from legal marijuana, state economists estimate. But much of that money is spoken for and won’t help the general fund.

Didier takes Newhouse campaign to court

Congressional candidate Clint Didier has filed a complaint in federal court seeking to stop a volunteer for his opponent’s campaign from “using state resources” in the campaign.

Children hospitalized with virus symptoms

SPOKANE — Spokane medical officials say seven children 10 years old or younger have been hospitalized in Spokane County with symptoms consistent with a previously rare illness that has spread rapidly across the United States this summer.

Yakima council favors district elections plan

In response to a lawsuit that successfully challenged the city’s election system, the Yakima City Council voted Tuesday to endorse a plan that would eliminate citywide voting for five of the council’s seven seats.

Washington sales tax dependence cited in report

OLYMPIA — Washington is among the states that depend most heavily on sales taxes for revenue, and a new report links a decline in growth of such funds to the rising concentration of wealth for the richest U.S. households.

UW rips WSU study on new medical school

The University of Washington on Monday criticized as “seriously flawed” a feasibility study supporting a second public medical school that would be established in Spokane by Washington State University.