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U.S. approves biotech apple that resists browning

U.S. regulators today approved two genetically engineered apple varieties designed to resist browning, rejecting efforts by the organic industry and other GMO critics to block the new fruit.

Port of Seattle inks 2-year lease for Shell oil fleet

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle on Monday signed a lease that allows short-term moorage and vessel operations for a Shell oil fleet assembled to conduct exploration off Alaska’s North Slope.

Med school bills advance

OLYMPIA — Washington State University is two steps closer to starting its own medical school in Spokane.

West Coast port operations resume after partial shutdown

LOS ANGELES — U.S. West Coast port operations resumed in full on Monday after shipping companies halted loading and unloading of freighters for the weekend, citing chronic cargo backups that shippers and dockworkers have blamed on each other during months of labor tensions.

Comment sought on Clean Fuel Program

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Ecology is inviting the public to comment on a potential clean fuel standard aimed at reducing carbon pollution and adopting cleaner fuels in the state.

House to address disparities in pot laws

OLYMPIA — A House panel rolled 18 different proposals to change Washington’s marijuana laws into a single wide-ranging bill Monday, hoping to address at least some problems with the state’s medical and recreational pot systems.

Lawmakers consider statewide ridesharing rules

SEATTLE — Lawmakers in Washington state considered legislation on Monday to regulate smartphone-enabled car services like Uber and Lyft, possibly overriding rules imposed in Seattle last year to manage how the companies compete with traditional taxis.
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Graduation rates up, below goal

State calculations show 77.2 percent of the class of 2014 graduated from high school in four years, an improvement of 1.2 percentage points from the 2013 class.