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SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015

Wealthy Russian wins free legal advice – for now

SEATTLE – A federal judge will not make a Russian man accused of hacking U.S. businesses pay for his court-appointed attorneys. Federal prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Richard Jones to force Roman Seleznev to pay for his federal public defenders. They argued that he lived a lavish lifestyle before his arrest in the Maldives in July and made millions stealing credit card numbers from U.S. businesses and restaurants. He is in custody awaiting a Nov. 2 trial on a 40-count indictment on charges of wire fraud, computer hacking and identity theft.

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Worsening drought prompts emergency declaration from Inslee 43 

OLYMPIA – Nearly half of Washington is expected to face hardships due to worsening drought and snowpack conditions, and state officials say they are on the lookout for problems across the state. State agencies project the amount of runoff from melting snow this summer will be the lowest since records began to be kept 64 years ago, threatening farmers and wildlife throughout Western and Central Washington and as far east as Walla Walla.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015


Theia

Surgery scheduled for Theia, the dog that was buried alive

Theia, the Moses Lake “miracle dog” who survived being hit by a car, beaten and buried alive, is due for treatment at Washington State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Pullman starting Tuesday. The 1-year-old bully breed mix was a stray before she wandered into a Moses Lake shop early this year. Workers there cared for her until she was hit by a car in mid-February. That’s when someone attempted a misguided mercy killing, hitting Theia over the head with a hammer.

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Budget talks stall along partisan lines 

OLYMPIA – Budget negotiations between Washington House Democrats and Senate Republicans stalled Wednesday evening, with each side accusing the other of forcing the legislative session past its scheduled April 26 adjournment date. The budget battle revolves around a $1.3 billion tax package that the House has yet to vote on. Senate Republicans, who have already passed a $37 billion operating budget with no new taxes, refused to consider the House Democrats’ competing budget until the House takes action.

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Troy Kelley must forfeit more than $1 million.

Jury indicts state auditor on fraud, tax charges 

A federal grand jury indicted state Auditor Troy Kelley Thursday on charges of fraud, lying to federal investigators, filing false tax returns and “corrupt interference with Internal Revenue laws.” The 10-count indictment, handed down by a grand jury in Seattle, calls for Kelley to forfeit more than $1 million he allegedly collected between June 2008 and January 2012 from fraud schemes involving his work for title companies.

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Repair plan reviewed in fall of slab fatal to family 

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. – Officials in the city where a concrete slab fell from an overpass and killed a young family in a pickup below say they would’ve closed the roadway if they had known heavy work was being performed on the structure. John Woodcock, chief engineer for Bonney Lake, told KING-TV the contractor, WHH Nisqually Federal Services, and its subcontractors told the city they would be performing work elsewhere on the site early this week.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015


Longview proposing oil refinery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Port of Longview says it’s working with an energy company on a proposal for a new crude oil refinery, the first such facility on the Columbia River.

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Peaceful paddling: A muskrat paddles through the shallows Wednesday as it forages for food on the shore of Medical Lake. Muskrats are an aquatic rodent found across all states. (Jesse Tinsley)

Photo: Out for a spring swim 

Peaceful paddling: A muskrat paddles through the shallows Wednesday as it forages for food on the shore of Medical Lake. Muskrats are an aquatic rodent found across all states.

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Auditor employee’s computer hard drive shows damage

OLYMPIA – The hard drive of a state worker’s laptop computer was damaged when he turned it over as part of a federal investigation involving Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley, but officials say there is no evidence of an intentional effort to destroy data. According to documents provided to The Associated Press under a public records request, officials with the Auditor’s Office wrote that in late March they attempted to image a laptop assigned to Jason JeRue, a longtime business associate of Kelley who has emerged as a key figure in the investigation, but the back of the computer had been removed and replaced improperly.

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Elephants leave Seattle 

SEATTLE – A Seattle zoo has sent its two elephants, Bamboo and Chai, on their long journey to a new home in Oklahoma City after a federal appeals court declined to block the transfer. A flatbed truck carrying the elephants’ climate-controlled crates left the Woodland Park Zoo early Wednesday evening on the 2,000-mile trip, expected to take about 40 hours.

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The Columbia River flows past the Vista House on Crown Point near Corbett, Ore. The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to re-authorize the landmark Columbia River Treaty. (Associated Press)

NW lawmakers seeking talks on Columbia dam treaty 

The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana states is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to update a landmark treaty that governs the operation of dams on North America’s fourth-largest river. The treaty, signed in 1964, is important because the Columbia River basin’s dams affect the economy, environment and flood-control needs of millions of residents in the four states, along with more than 1,200 miles of the river and its tributaries.

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Blogs

GU men’s basketball: Bulldogs at Pilots

WCC Men's Basketball Gonzaga Bulldogs (19-5, 11-2) at Portland Pilots (11-15, 5-8) Thursday, Feb. 11, 8 p.m. | Chiles Center, Portland Watch: TV: ESPNU, Online: WatchESPN.com Outlook: Portland had dropped ...



The works of Catholics nuns in Spokane

The nuns of Spokane have been Franciscans, Dominicans, Sisters of the Good Shepherd and the Holy Names and several other orders and their works and presence has been powerful in ...


Wild Card/Thursday — 2.11.16

During the last two days, I've made trips after work to my bank and Costco. At the bank, I'm greeted by tellers as I walk in who later ask, "How's ...






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