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Feds say Southwest, Northwest could see catastrophic fires

Despite a wet spring over much of the nation, the Obama administration warned Tuesday of potentially catastrophic wildfires this summer, especially in the Southwest and Northwest.

Oregon considers 20 percent tax on retail marijuana

The Oregon Legislature is considering imposing up to a 20 percent sales tax on retail sales of marijuana once it becomes available to consumers.

Attorney General to investigate indicted state auditor

Washington’s attorney general said today he is opening a criminal investigation into state Auditor Troy Kelley, separate from the federal tax evasion and other charges he already faces.

UW climatologist: Cool off drought hype

What we have, he said, is a snow drought, which means the rivers will be low in the middle of the summer. But there’s been plenty of precipitation, and most people aren’t going to even notice a difference this summer.

Republicans shift strategy in effort to increase logging

As the national forests suffer from drought, density and infestation, House Republicans are resurrecting efforts to thin more quickly millions of acres and take down dead trees.

Record heat causes US 195 near Spokane to split

Record heat in the Spokane area damaged a portion of US Highway 195.

Families of Oso slide victims plan to sue slide tour company

Families of Oso slide victims say they are preparing to sue a man who is taking people on river rafting tours through the slide zone.

Phones, emails deluged in protest of Shell’s oil-fleet lease

Opponents of Shell Oil’s lease of a Port of Seattle terminal to stage the company’s Arctic drilling fleet have employed a new tactic in their battle against the oil giant: deluging phone lines and email accounts of firms supporting the company’s stay in Seattle.

Senate budget negotiator: No deal on spending level yet

A Senate budget negotiator disputed statements made last week that indicated lawmakers had reached a tentative deal on the size of Washington state's next two-year budget, saying Monday that the announcement was "premature."

Justices to review Tyson Foods appeal over class-action suit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh new limits on the ability of workers to band together to dispute pay and workplace issues.

Soldier who murdered 16 Afghans says he was 'consumed by war'

TACOMA — The U.S. soldier who murdered 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 says he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of his four combat deployments.

One man tasked with keeping small town of Ione operating

For all intents and purposes, Curtis Thompson is Ione’s water department.

Some state health premiums to go up

SEATTLE — While some states are expecting double-digit increases in individual health care insurance premiums next year, some Washington insurers on the state exchange plan to lower their rates for 2016.

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Fake orca nearly drowns before it can scare Oregon sea lions

PORTLAND — An effort to use a fake, life-sized orca to scare off hundreds of sea lions crowding docks off the Oregon coast ended, at least temporarily, Thursday night with the fiberglass creature belly-up after it was swamped by a passing ship.

Former Pasco cop arrested for Spokane slaying

SPOKANE (AP) — Spokane police have arrested a former Pasco police officer in connection with a cold case homicide that occurred in 1986.