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Wash. state just 1 week away from gov’t shutdown

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is now just one week away from a government shutdown. Legislators from both parties said Sunday they were still searching for a final budget compromise that would avert government closure. Republican Rep. Gary Alexander said he expected a deal would come together by the end of day Monday, with hopes of passing the budget by the middle of the week.

Even without terminals, coal trains will cross WA

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle company that wants to build a coal train terminal in Bellingham says the trains will still pass through Washington on their way to Canada even if three proposed Washington coal terminals are not built. The Herald reports (http://is.gd/hPPzFU ) coal from Montana and Wyoming is already shipped from British Columbia, and terminals there are expanding.

Trains full of North Dakota oil heading to PNW

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Trains full of North Dakota crude oil are chugging toward the Pacific Northwest. The Daily News of Longview reports (http://is.gd/HDB8Qi ) says the oil is brining jobs and business opportunities to the Lower Columbia region but it also is raising fears that the river will become a fossil fuel highway.

3 rescued from Green River after raft deflates

FLAMING GEYSER STATE PARK, Wash. (AP) — A mother and her two young children were rescued from the Green River on Saturday evening after their inflatable raft deflated in the water. KOMO-TV reports (http://is.gd/Ycff3P ) the incident happened at Flaming Geyser State Park, between Auburn and Black Diamond.

Wash. officials undergo national disaster training

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. (AP) — Depending on the season, Washington state faces a variety of natural disasters. Wildfires in the summer give way to floods and storms in the winter. And earthquakes, tsunamis and volcano eruptions are a risk year round.

Bill would limit Wash. teacher raises

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — As lawmakers debate how to put up to $1 billion more into public schools, Republicans in the Senate want to make sure that money doesn't support pay raises for teachers. The Daily Herald reports (http://is.gd/46lL90 ) Democrats in the House oppose the bill, which has already been approved by the Senate. The measure would push most new education dollars toward teacher training and hiring new teachers to improve the reading skills and academic performance of students.

La Center man rescued after lawn chair flight

LA CENTER, Wash. (AP) — Joe Barbera had big plans for his 60th birthday. He wanted to fly 268 miles in a lawn chair carried by balloons. But Northwest Cable News reports (http://is.gd/MOiJIz) the La Center, Wash., man had to be rescued just before noon on Saturday after getting stuck 40 feet up in a tree near the Lewis River in Washington.

JBLM focuses on preventing sexual assaults

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A fast-developing sexual assault prevention program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has the Army mustering up new victim advocates, spreading a "zero tolerance" message down the ranks, and cracking down on misbehavior in the barracks. It's intended to reverse a rising number of reported military sexual assaults across the Armed Forces that is fraying relationships among service members and causing lawmakers to consider changes to the Army's justice system.
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S. Oregon mountain bikers work to improve image

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — Mountain biking has become more extreme in the past two decades — with the trend fueled by better bikes, advanced protective gear, increasingly skilled cyclists and the growing popularity of downhill riding. The growth of the sport also has increased the chance for trail conflicts among cyclists, hikers, runners, equestrians and others who use the maze of trails in the forested mountains above Ashland.

Woman hit and killed in Ephrata by freight train

EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — A woman was hit and killed by an empty coal train passing through Ephrata on Saturday morning. The Columbia Basin Herald (http://www.columbiabasinherald.com ) reports the pedestrian was hit at the Amtrak depot just before 10 a.m. The train was on its way from British Columbia to Montana.

Former Gov. Gregoire named to Hutch board

SEATTLE (AP) — Former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has been appointed to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center's board of trustees. She is one of four new board members appointed on Friday. Their terms begin July 1.

Rural Wash. clinics work to end doctor shortages

SEATTLE (AP) — Hospitals and clinics in central Washington are trying to get out in front of expected doctor shortages when the national health care overhaul takes full effect next year. Washington officials expect more than 325,000 state residents to become eligible for health insurance after an expected expansion of Medicaid eligibility in the state. Thousands more are expected to buy health insurance through the state's new health insurance exchange, which opens in October.

Rural WA clinics working to end doctor shortages

SEATTLE (AP) — Hospitals and clinics in central Washington are trying to get out in front of expected doctor shortages when national health care reform takes full effect next year. Washington officials expect more than 325,000 state residents to become eligible for health insurance after an expected expansion of Medicaid eligibility in the state. Thousands more are expected to buy health insurance through the state's new health insurance exchange, which opens in October.

Timber sale expands company’s regional footprint

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Weyerhaeuser Co.'s takeover of a competing landowner for $2.65 billion means the timber company is betting big on its foremost asset. The Daily Astorian reports (http://bit.ly/12V4w6z ) the company has struck a deal to buy Longview Timber, increasing its land holdings in Oregon and Washington by one-third, to 2.6 million acres.

Snohomish island center of farm-environment debate

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Biologists see Snohomish County's Smith Island project as their best chance to revive threatened chinook salmon in the Puget Sound basin. Others consider it a threat to their livelihood.

Yakima County, tribe sign unique arrest agreement

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The Yakima County sheriff and the Yakama Nation have signed a unique agreement concerning arrests on tribal lands. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://is.gd/fFi2TZ ) the agreement ends decades of dispute on the 1.2 million-acre reservation.

Seattle woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison plus three years of probation for illegally collecting her dad's Social Security benefits for more than 19 years after he died. Fifty-seven-year-old Patty Buchanan was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court.

Backhoe hits railroad overpass in Gorst

GORST, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says a backhoe being towed behind a state Department of Transportation truck hit a railroad overpass near the intersection of Highways 3 and 16 in Gorst, Wash., at about 4 p.m. Friday. The Kitsap Sun repots (http://is.gd/i3xPaA ) a 50-year-old woman driving a 2001 Ford SUV called 911 to report the incident. Trooper Russell Winger says the woman told authorities she saw the backhoe arm hit the overpass, causing concrete to fall on her car, breaking her windshield.
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June a good time for fishing on the Grande Ronde

ASOTIN, Wash. (AP) — The Grande Ronde River in June offers the rare pleasure of hot fishing and no crowds — a treat that's savored as much by a fishing guide as it is by the average angler. "This is the most relaxing guiding I do all year," said Clarkston-based outfitter Toby Wyatt as he stashed an arsenal of spinning and fly-fishing rods along the gunnels of his drift boat.
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Wonderland Trail: hard hike with stunning rewards

MOUNT RAINER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — For an hour we stared at the mountain. Four tired hikers at the end of a long day, settling in at Klapatche Park with our freeze-dried dinners, and watching nature's version of television.