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Long-distance hiker to finish Pacific Crest Trail this weekend

STEVENS PASS, Wash. – Jeff Garmire of Vancouver, Washington, has picked up his final resupply and plans to finish his hike of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada this weekend. That will make two down and one to go as he attempts to complete the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking in America. With the Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails behind him, Garmire will take a day off to rest and prepare for the Continental Divide Trail, then hop on a train for Glacier National Park in Montana.

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Neglect case of disabled teen reaches $5 million settlement

SEATTLE – A judge has approved a $5.5 million settlement in a case against the state for the neglect and abuse of a disabled teen. KOMO-TV reports the Department of Social and Health Services was accused of failing to remove Heather Curtis from her caretakers in North Bend after receiving several reports of neglect.

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Driver flees burning vehicle with child, women still inside 

VANCOUVER, Wash. – A driver on the Interstate 5 Bridge between Vancouver, Washington, and Portland fled from his minivan after a fiery crash, leaving a small child and two women inside. KOMO-TV reports that transportation crews who had been working on the bridge were able to rescue the women and child after the crash early Thursday by breaking a window of the minivan to help them escape before the flames could spread.

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TSA agent accused of filming under passengers’ skirts 

SEATTLE – A security worker at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has been arrested on suspicion of taking photos from underneath passengers’ skirts. The Seattle Times reports the 29-year-old Tukwila man was arrested Tuesday after police say he was caught in the act. The Transportation Security Administration agent is being investigated for voyeurism and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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Preschool closes after 2 girls sickened by E. coli

EVERETT – A Snohomish County preschool has been temporarily closed while officials try to track down the source of an E. coli contamination that has sickened two students. The Daily Herald reports the students, both under 5 years old, have been hospitalized. Snohomish Health District spokeswoman Heather Thomas said one has a potentially life-threatening complication that affects a person’s kidneys. Information on the other student’s condition wasn’t immediately available.

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Feds streamline medical benefits for former INL workers

Certain former Idaho National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory-West workers are finally eligible to receive streamlined medical benefits and other compensation for radiation exposure, federal officials said Tuesday. Two groups of Idaho workers will now be included in the nation’s ...

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App makes users Washington State Insiders

You might have heard about this new mobile game, in which people use smartphones to hunt down their targets. Probably not, though. The targets identified by this app include a haunted hospital and the breeding ground of an atomic bomb. ...

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Train hits off-road vehicle near Selah

YAKIMA – A 64-year-old man was hospitalized after he was hit by a train while riding an off-road vehicle near the Washington town of Selah. The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call at about noon Tuesday regarding ...

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King County Sheriff’s helicopter damaged during rescue

YAKIMA – A King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter was damaged and its occupants slightly injured when the chopper hit a rock outcropping during a rescue attempt. The Guardian 2 helicopter was helping the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday with ...

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Woman who collected workers’ comp pleads guilty to theft

SEATTLE – A Federal Way woman who worked fulltime as a nanny while collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits has pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge. Washington state labor officials say Yurizan Cuevas was working at a cafe in the White Center neighborhood of Seattle when it was robbed in 2010. While running from the robber, Cuevas hit a wall and hurt her back.

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Complete interview with Gabe Marks

Our most recent story about prolific Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks tells the story of a particularly insightful interview we had last spring. That story, "Gabe Marks is a ...

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