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In brief: Washington Senate sends underage tanning bill to Inslee

OLYMPIA – Those under age 18 would be banned from using tanning beds in Washington under a measure going to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk.

Senate Bill 6065 passed through the Senate on Tuesday on a 42-6 vote after they concurred on an amendment made by the House that would allow teenagers to use a tanning bed or related device if they have a doctor’s prescription. The House passed the measure in February.

Users of tanning equipment would have to show a driver’s license or other form of government-issued identification with a birth date and photograph. Tanning facilities that allow people under age 18 to use a tanning device could be fined up to $250 per violation.

The legislation, which Inslee is likely to sign, would take effect in mid-June.

Quake felt off Oregon coast

COOS BAY, Ore. – A magnitude-5.1 quake was recorded about 250 miles off the Oregon coast. Several people reported feeling the quake but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the moderate quake that hit late Tuesday afternoon was centered about 250 miles west-northwest of Coos Bay at a fairly shallow depth of 6 miles.

Bieber song boosts fundraiser

TENINO, Wash. – High school students in the Western Washington community of Tenino who hatched the idea of endlessly playing a Justin Bieber song to raise money for African orphans have eclipsed their goal – they got classmates to donate more than $900.

KING-TV reported Tenino High School student government members started Monday, blasting the Bieber song “Baby” on repeat during breaks. Student government president Connor Stakelin noted that for some students “it’s incentive to donate because they don’t want to hear it anymore.”

The immediate goal was to raise $500 for students at a school in the West African country of Ghana.

The high school hopes to raise at least $1,200 with this fundraiser and others.

Stakelin said students raised more than $915 by first period Tuesday.

And the music stopped.


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