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FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

LOS ANGELES — The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called “last mile” connection to people’s homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don’t harm competition or limit free speech.

Oregon official: Drug-related deaths down slightly in 2013

But Umatilla County, which had no such deaths reported in 2012, had three last year.

Oregon State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson released 2013 drug-related death statistics reflecting one fewer death from last year and a near 7 percent drop from 2012 when deaths reached their highest level since 2000.

State loses education waiver; schools lose dollars

Federal officials will not renew Washington's waiver from a law that sets accountability standards for schools, taking away control of federal funds distributed to state schools.

Trial again delayed for man accused of murdering Walla Walla woman

WALLA WALLA — The trial for a man accused of shooting to death a Walla Walla woman is being postponed again in Superior Court to allow for further investigation and analysis by both sides in the case.

Washington health exchange reports 164,062 signed up for private plans

More than 164,000 state residents signed up to buy private-sector health plans under the Affordable Care Act before enrollment for coverage in 2014 ended last month. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange released a report Wednesday that showed details from the open-enrollment period that began Oct. 1.

Avalanche warning issued for Mount Hood, Mount Rainier

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon Thursday morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains.

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FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON — The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.

Birth defect again found at high rate in south-central Washington

YAKIMA — Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties together logged seven cases of the rare birth defect anencephaly in 2013, the fourth year of unusually high numbers of cases, the state Department of Health reported Tuesday.

McMorris Rodgers campaigns in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA — Jobs, tax reform, deficit reduction and veteran support are on Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ to-do list if the Spokane Republican is re-elected to a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, she said Tuesday in Walla Walla.

Walla Walla School District regroups after bond measure fails

WALLA WALLA — Regrouping is the order of the day after proponents of a $10.2 million bond to build a new Walla Walla High School science building suffered defeat in a special election Tuesday.