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Wassup: May 6

OLYMPIA -- Thursday is state Supreme Court decision day, and the high court handed down several rulings, including one involving pornography, the Internet and public libraries. Quick synopsis: By a 6-3 vote, you don't have a right to surf the net for porn in a public library.

Read a story about it here, or for those really interested, read the majority opinion here, a concurring opinion here and the dissent here.

There's also a decision involving a Spokane man's request to own a firearm after being convicted of vehicular homicide. Quick synopsis: By a 9-0 vote, James Rivard gets his gun. Read that opinion here.

The state is releasing a study on pay scale and benefits for state employees. Early reports say most state workers make less than their counterparts in the private sector but have better benefits.

Attorney General Rob McKenna announced a $10 million settlement with drug manufacturer AstraZeneca over the marketing of Seroquel, a drug used to treat schizophrenia and manic depression. More details here.

State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, who would like to become U.S. Sen. Don Benton, R-Washington, is airing  his first TV ads against incumbent Patty Murray.

Murray, meanwhile, is holding the first meeting of the congressional Aerospace Caucus, hosting a luncheon with U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., that features Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. Odds are that somewhere before dessert was served, Murray turned to Donley and said "Whose stupid idea was it to put off the selecting the bidder for tne new Air Force tanker until Nov. 12?"

And a coalition of environmental groups, commercial and sport fishermen and energy organizations introduced a plan for a process to restore salmon runs in the Snake River. They're trying to push Murray and Washington's other senator, Maria Cantwell, to join in the process. More information about Working Snake River for Washington can be found here.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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