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Dozens of new state laws take effect in state

OLYMPIA — Kimberly Aleman was brought to the United States from Mexico by her parents when she was 3 years old. Now in her second quarter at Yakima Valley Community College, she is allowed to apply for a state need grant for the first time, under a law that takes effect Thursday.

On phone with daughter, a scream leads to rescue

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Omak teenager was on the phone with her mother as she hiked alone on a mountain in Alaska, saying she was nervous about the slippery terrain before her mother heard a scream, and then silence. The 18-year-old had fallen 30 feet from a cliff.

Teen gunman in Oregon likely killed self

TROUTDALE, Ore. — A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon then likely killed himself, authorities said.

FAA OKs commercial drone flights over land

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration said today it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft.
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Students helped stop gunman at Seattle university

When a lone gunman armed with a shotgun at a small Seattle university stopped firing at students to reload, another student pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others and prevented more deaths, police said.
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Inslee: Fires will worsen without emission control

OLYMPIA — With wildfire season approaching, Gov. Jay Inslee used an annual exercise to push for more controls on carbon emissions, saying forest fires will get worse in Washington if the nation doesn’t cut greenhouse gases.
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Campfire starts Eastside canyon fire

EAST WENATCHEE — Three East Wenatchee boys started a campfire Tuesday evening, sparking a wildfire that sent flames up a large canyon off of South Mary Avenue, damaging about 20 houses.
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Some who die on Mt. Rainier never found

OLYMPIA — It may be weeks or months — if ever — before rescuers can get on the ground to search for six climbers who likely plummeted to their deaths high on snow-capped Mount Rainier in Washington state.

Seattle hikes minimum wage to $15

SEATTLE — Seattle activists celebrated a successful campaign to gradually increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 by calling for a national movement to close the income and opportunity gaps between rich and poor.
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Longtime KOMO personality dead at 66

Ken Schram, who for 35 years was the gruff but, for his many fans, endearing personality and commentator at KOMO Radio and TV, died Thursday at age 66 after a long illness.

Gorge hopes to expand facilities

EPHRATA — The Grant County Planning Department is considering a request from The Gorge Amphitheatre owner Live Nation to expand its operation to include more festival-goers and more facilities for them.

‘The Weed Fairy’ visits Seattle, gives out pot

SEATTLE — A woman who calls herself the “Weed Fairy” distributed free nuggets of marijuana to people in Seattle over Memorial Day weekend, taping the free pot on fliers around a city neighborhood.