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MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2016

SUNDAY, FEB. 7, 2016

Victims named in Friday’s deadly crash on Snoqualmie Pass 

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. – Authorities have identified the two people killed in a chain-reaction crash Friday morning on Snoqualmie Pass as Ronald residents. Richard B. Slightam, 52, and Carmen L. Lang, 50, were riding in the same car and died at the scene just west of the summit on Interstate 90, according to a news release Saturday from the Washington State Patrol.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 6, 2016

Washington automatic registration bill seeks to boost voter turnout 

OLYMPIA – Months after Washington state saw record low voter turnout, several lawmakers and Secretary of State Kim Wyman say they want to help increase engagement with automatic voter registration for some. Two measures, SB 6379 and HB 2682, would automatically register people who aren’t on the voter rolls but already have or apply for an enhanced driver’s license or commercial driver’s licenses. Those who receive social services that verify citizenship or get health insurance through the state health exchange also would be automatically registered.

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Tyson Niewoehner and his wife Shelley pose Jan. 25 for a photo outside their home in Bigfork, Mont. In November, Tyson gave her one of his kidneys. (Brenda Ahearn / Associated Press)

Bigfork man donates ‘powerhouse kidney’ to wife

KALISPELL, Mont. – Tyson Niewoehner simply smiles when asked how he and his wife, Shelley, will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. He already demonstrated his love for Shelley in a way few men have a chance to experience: He gave her a kidney.

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Supporters and protesters of Planned Parenthood line the intersection of Bishop Boulevard and state Highway 270 on Oct. 10 in Pullman. The clinic there reopened Friday six months after closing from damage from an arson. (COURTESY OF CHAD SOKOL / Chard Sokol The Spokesman-Review)

Planned Parenthood reopens Pullman clinic after arson

Slightly less than six months after the Pullman Planned Parenthood building was set on fire, the organization was once again offering services out of its longtime home this past week. The organization held an open house event Friday that was attended by Planned Parenthood officials and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s wife, Trudi Inslee.

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Washington Senate panel OKs bill to name agriculture whistleblowers 

YAKIMA – Are Washington farmers being bullied by anonymous informants who report suspected pollution to the state Department of Ecology, or do those tips allow people to report important concerns without fear of retaliation? Farm industry officials think the former, and this week they urged lawmakers to support a bill banning the investigation of anonymous tips. SB 6551 was passed with bipartisan support by the Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Economic Development Committee this week.

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Washington utility puts price on closing oldest Colstrip coal plants

BILLINGS – Shutting down and cleaning up the two oldest units at the Colstrip power plant in southeast Montana would cost $130 million to $200 million, according to the Washington utility that owns most of the plant. Puget Sound Energy, which owns half of Colstrip Units 1 and 2, said the two coal-fired plants can be shuttered and dismantled for $49.7 million. Cleaning up contaminated water and coal waste will take another $85 to $142.7 million.

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Washington Dept. of Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke speaks Jan. 11 during a Senate committee hearing on the first day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Olympia. On Saturday, Pacholke resigned,. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

Corrections secretary resigns amid early-release controversy 22 

SEATTLE – Washington state Corrections Secretary Dan Pacholke resigned Saturday amid controversy over the early release of prisoners, telling a Spokane Valley senator he hoped his departure would satisfy the “need for blood.” The Department of Corrections and governor’s office ...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2016

Oregon occupier’s supporters mourn his death 

Sympathizers of the Oregon armed standoff rolled into this desert town Friday in pickup trucks flying American flags, ready to mourn an Arizona rancher and occupation spokesman who was killed last week in a confrontation with authorities.

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2 killed in crashes near Snoqualmie Pass, WSP says 

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) – The Washington State Patrol says two people have been killed in separate crashes involving up to 10 vehicles on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass. Trooper Chris Webb says two semi-trucks may have been involved in ...

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Hump Day Wild Card — 2.10.16

I'm finally starting to tune in to the carnage, er, campaigns of presidential candidates on both sides of the political divide. I knew it would happen sooner or later. I ...

Transgender bathroom bill fails in Senate

OLYMPIA – Transgender people can continue to use restrooms and other public facilities based on the gender with which they identify. The Senate narrowly rejected an effort to repeal a ...



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