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Cracking down on pot seeds

Authorities apparently are making progress in the war on marijuana seed peddling. The Associated Press reports that a deal is in the works to bring Canada's "Prince of Pot" to a federal court in Seattle to plead guilty to a charge of conspiring to maunfacture…

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009

In this photo from May 2006, Washington State Patrol Sgt. Lee Slemp removes a shotgun from an unmarked patrol car that was rear-ended on I-90 near the Garden Springs exit. 
 (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

WSP wins Best Dressed award

If you've ever found yourself admiring those Washington State Patrol uniforms, you're in good company.The WSP has been honored as the Best Dressed State Agency in America by the National Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors. The agency's heavy-weave wool uniforms are made by Blumenthal…

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009

Lethal injection under attack

Three death row inmates are seeking greater assurances that they won't feel any improper pain and suffering when they're executed. The lawsuit, being argued in Thurston County Superior Court, questions whether the state's execution procedures are sufficient.Lawyers defending the state in the case note that…

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Authorities targeting scam charities

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) Washington is cracking down on so-called "badge charities" that claim to help police, firefighters and veterans. Attorney General Rob McKenna says some are phony. And Secretary of State Sam Reed says some give very little money to the groups they claim to…

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Does anyone honestly think this will work?

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire has proclaimed Thursday "Drive Nice Day."She's challenging Washington drivers to have a collision-free day on the roads.State Licensing Director Liz Luce says a little courtesy behind the wheel can making driving safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009

David Wasson oversees coverage of politics and state and local government and assists with editing on the City Desk.

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