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Gorge resort expansion more likely in 2016

EPHRATA — Gorge Amphitheatre general manager Danny Wilde said it would be at least 2016 before concertgoers see more camping, retail space or an outdoor cinema at the world-renowned venue.

Newhouse on way to D.C.

Confident his slim lead will hold, Dan Newhouse is heading to Washington, D.C., today to begin orientation for new members of Congress.
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Newhouse maintains lead over Didier

The race to succeed retiring Congressman Doc Hastings remains tight, with Dan Newhouse slightly increasing his lead over fellow Republican Clint Didier after Thursday’s ballot counting.

Banner Bank taking over American West Bank

WALLA WALLA — Banner Bank is taking over Spokane-based American West Bank in a $702 million deal that will expand the Walla Walla bank to 190 branches in five states.

Irrigation project to expand, add 31 miles of canal

MOSES LAKE — New development in the Columbia Basin Project will allow farmers in the Odessa Subarea aquifer to start replacing ground water irrigation systems with surface water systems. The East Columbia Irrigation District board voted Monday to allocate project water for 17,639 acres that currently use ground water.

Suspect in Washington killing arrested in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 33-year-old man accused of murder in the slaying of his girlfriend in Washington state, posting photos of her body online and writing that he wanted authorities to kill him has peacefully surrendered in Oregon.
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Voters expand gun background checks

SEATTLE — Voters on Tuesday approved expanding background checks on gun sales and transfers in Washington state, a measure supporters said would help keep guns out of dangerous hands and make it easier for police to track weapons used in crimes.

Reichert re-elected

ISSAQUAH — Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert has won re-election in the race for the 8th Congressional District.

Voters split on cost, benefits of shrinking class size

After first-day returns, Washington voters were nearly evenly split on whether to hang out a big help-wanted sign for the state’s public schools to lower class sizes and to beef up the rest of schools’ staff from principals to groundskeepers.

Marysville students return amid grief, outpouring of support

MARYSVILLE — After 10 emotional days weighed down by tragedy, grief and loss, Monday’s reopening of Marysville-Pilchuck High School — amid support from hundreds of community members — was called an important step in the right direction.

Report finds problem with Hanford nuclear vapors

The U.S. Department of Energy does not have an adequate system to detect whether harmful vapors are sickening workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, the nation’s most polluted nuclear site, according to a new report issued Thursday.

11 men sentenced in international child porn ring

WASHINGTON — Eleven men from across the country have been sentenced to between 15 and 19 years in prison for their roles in what prosecutors say was an international online network for child pornography.