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    DNR: Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget means the state Department of Natural Resources is short of money to deal with unhealthy forests. The Legislature adjourned Thursday night without passing a capital budget, costing DNR $15 million to remove trees struck by insect blight, disease or drought. Commissioner of Public […]
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    Mariners send top prospect O’Neill to Cardinals for Gonzales

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have acquired young left-hander Marco Gonzales from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for top outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill. The clubs pulled off the surprising deal Friday, the second move to add pitching help in as many days for the Mariners. Seattle acquired veteran reliever David Phelps from Miami […]
  • AP State

    Washington wildfire grows rapidly near Yakima

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A large wildfire is burning amid the grass and sagebrush of the military’s Yakima Training Center in Washington state. The fire grew to 50 square miles (129 square kilometers) on Friday morning, but was not threatening any structures. Fire spokesman Rick Acosta says the fire is being driven by winds through […]
  • AP State

    Tougher distracted driving law to take effect in Washington

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington drivers will soon have to put down their phones or else face tougher penalties under a new distracted driving law that takes effect this weekend. Texting or holding a phone to your ear is already against the law, but the new law that takes effect Sunday prohibits anything else that […]
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    Delegation from Pullman and WSU heading to American Samoa

    PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — A delegation of people from Pullman and Washington State University will be traveling to American Samoa next month. The August trip is billed as a goodwill gesture following a series of arrests last summer involving four Samoan football players at Washington State. The Moscow-Pullman Daily News reports the travelers will include […]
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    Man accused of fleeing, ramming cop cars while high on PCP

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington man accused of being high on PCP when he rammed two deputies’ cars during a police chase is facing multiple felony charges. The 27-year-old man was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, but a Pierce County court commissioner ordered him to undergo a mental health evaluation before arraignment. The […]
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    Western Washington University to raise tuition

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A 2.2-percent tuition increase is coming for resident undergraduate students at Western Washington University. The Bellingham Herald reports ( ) Western’s Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday along with the university’s 2017-18 annual operating budget of $168.8 million. Tuition rates also will rise 3.5 percent for nonresident undergraduates, resident graduates, […]
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    Convicted 21-year-old guilty of more exploitation charges

    VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A 21-year-old Washington man already convicted at trial of child exploitation has pleaded guilty to additional counts of abusing and blackmailing teenage girls. The Columbian reports ( ) 21-year-old Zachary William Akers pleaded guilty on Thursday to communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, two counts of sexual exploitation of a […]
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    Woman gets prison for embezzling $750K from former astronaut

    SEATTLE (AP) — A former Orcas Island bookkeeper will serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal charges for embezzling more than $750,000 from a former NASA astronaut and his wife. The Justice Department says Sarah Coffelt was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Seattle Thursday to prison and three years of supervised […]
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    Seattle man faces charges in North Dakota bank robbery

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Seattle man accused of robbing a bank in North Dakota is now also accused of terrorizing clerks in the business. The Minot Daily News reports that 44-year-old Jeremy Maines made an initial appearance on the four terrorizing counts on Wednesday but didn’t immediately enter pleas. Authorities allege Maines robbed American […]
  • Lifestyle

    Online network takes aim at NYC pet-sitting law

    NEW YORK (AP) — A popular online pet-care network is taking aim at a New York City law that makes unlicensed paid pet-sitting illegal. The Daily News ( ) says Seattle-based hopes to get the law changed. The city grants permits to boarding facilities but not home pet-sitters. Fines start at $1,000. Health Department […]
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    Are they pregnancy centers or faith-based ‘fronts’?

    King County Board of Health is considering a new rule for faith-based pregnancy centers that is putting the facilities at odds with pro-choice advocates.
  • The "Destination." (NOAA) Local News

    Wreckage discovered of vanished Seattle-based ship ‘Destination’

    NOAA ships located the missing "Destination" fishing vessel, a Seattle-based boat, that disappeared in the Bering Sea in the winter.
  • New York Yankees' Brett Gardner, right, and Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino watch Gardner's home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 20, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) AP State

    Severino, Gardner lead Yankees to 4-1 win over Mariners

    SEATTLE (AP) — Luis Severino pitched around trouble to throw seven shutout innings, Brett Gardner hit a solo home run off Felix Hernandez and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 on Thursday night. Severino (6-4) was overpowering when he needed to be, striking out six and getting his fastball to flash triple-digits […]
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    Stars beat Fever 85-61 for 2nd series victory in 8 days

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Isabelle Harrison had 18 points and nine rebounds, rookie Kelsey Plum scored a season-high 16 points and the San Antonio Stars beat the Indiana Fever 85-61 on Thursday night for their second series victory in eight days. San Antonio raced to an 11-2 lead, held San Antonio to 12 first-quarter points […]

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