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Plenty of rain in forecast

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service says a series of Pacific storms is once again bringing rain to Washington through today — and with the rain comes an increased threat of mudslides and avalanches.

Members trade barbs over tax and spending proposals

OLYMPIA — In a prelude to end-of-session budget negotiations, the House dumped the Senate’s no-new-taxes budget that extended some tax loopholes for businesses, replacing it with a plan to spend an extra $140 million on education and other programs, partly by raising several taxes.

House passes $200 million supplemental budget

OLYMPIA— The House approved a supplemental budget Tuesday that would restore cost-of-living increases for teachers and put more money into the state’s public education system.

Justice misses arguments due to health issue

OLYMPIA — A Washington Supreme Court spokeswoman says “unexpected health concerns” will likely keep Justice James Johnson off the bench for the remainder of the court’s winter term.
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Federal public defender to retire after 38 years

SEATTLE — Tom Hillier, Seattle’s hell-raising, hippie federal public defender who built an office considered a model for indigent defense nationwide, is retiring after 38 years in the office, an unprecedented 28 of them as its chief.

New permit for Buckhorn Mine

OLYMPIA — A new permit issued to the Buckhorn Mine in Okanogan County will better protect water quality. It should also help correct environmental problems that have challenged the mine since it opened in 2007.

Ex-federal official pleads guilty to forgery

SEATTLE —The former agent in charge of the Seattle office of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms pleaded guilty to taking money from a fund for undercover informants.