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Washington to apply for Race to Top funds

With 95 percent of the school districts signing on, Gov. Chris Gregoire has announced Washington will submit an application for the federal Race to the Top funds.

“The strong support we have received from districts represents the great diversity of our state,” Gregoire said.

Earlier this month, the governor said she’d reconsider applying for the federal grant if she lacked support from a majority of the districts.

If selected, Washington would receive $250 million over four years. Spokane Public Schools would receive about $1.6 million annually, Central Valley about $263,000, and Mead would receive about $198,000.

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At last battle of Deep Creek re-enactment, Union and Confederacy return to Gettysburg

UPDATED: 7:31 p.m.

updated  With the thunderous crack of a cannon and the sulfurous pop of a musket, the Battle of Gettysburg was on. The Union soldiers, clad in various shades of blue, moved slowly up the hill to the tune of artillery fire drowning out a lonely trio of musicians playing the songs of war. Beneath them and occupying a small meadow, Confederate infantry men and women fired in unison to their superior’s command, each snap bringing a flurry of gun powder dancing in the air.