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Nov. 6, 2018

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Northwest winter weather

Winter weather pounded a swath of the U.S. West on Monday, closing schools, snarling traffic and turning coastal cities like Seattle that rarely get much snow unusually white, while the Midwest warmed up from a dangerous blast of cold last week.

Fake fish invented in Richland will help save real fish

Mechanical fish developed in Richland have made their way through dams from Ice Harbor near Pasco to the Mekong River in Southeast Asia.

Boy, 4, finds gun and shoots pregnant mom in the face

Authorities say a pregnant Washington state woman was shot in the face Saturday by her 4-year-old son after the boy found a loaded, unsecured gun under a mattress.

Thousands celebrate new traffic tunnel in Seattle with race

Seattle began a three-day goodbye party Saturday for an aging, double-decker viaduct that’s served as a main artery for commuters for decades.

Jurors to begin deliberations in civil trial over Ride the Ducks crash in Seattle

SEATTLE – After four months of testimony from dozens of victims, mechanics and civil engineers, jurors in the civil trial in the deadly 2015 Ride the Ducks crash are expected to begin their deliberations Monday. In closing arguments Thursday and Friday in King County Superior Court, attorneys for the victims and three of the defendants agreed on one thing: Ride the Ducks International carries most of the blame for the Aurora Bridge crash that killed five people and injured more than 60.

Hanford cleanup costs triple. And that’s the ‘best case scenario’ in a new report

The expected cost to finish cleaning up the Hanford nuclear reservation has tripled in three years, and that’s under the best case scenario, according to a Department of Energy report released Friday.

Hoquiam Middle School teacher charged with writing threats directed at himself

Threatening messages drawn on the walls of Hoquiam Middle School, apparently directed at teacher Robert P. McElliott, and prompting a lockdown at the school, were written by McElliott himself, according to Hoquiam Municipal Court documents.

Washington legislators roll out school safety proposals

School resource officers, threat assessment and statewide school safety are the topics of five new bills in Olympia. The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee heard public testimony on the bills Wednesday.

Washington Supreme Court sides with railway in fight over video of man’s death

The Washington Supreme Court has sided with BNSF Railway, ruling the Pierce County medical examiner has no right to a copy of a video showing a man being struck by a train

Aberdeen hotel employee found dead in suspected homicide

A woman was found dead in the main lobby of the GuestHouse Inn in Aberdeen Wednesday afternoon, in what police suspect was a stabbing incident. The victim was in her mid-50s, and working at the inn at the time of her death, according to Police Chief Steve Shumate in a press release. A 35-year-old female has been arrested under suspicion of homicide.

Investigation finds former lawmaker harassed assistant

An outside investigation into improper conduct allegations against former Sen. Kevin Ranker found he sexually harassed a former legislative assistant and created a hostile work environment for her once she left to work for a state agency.

Pullman School District monitoring state’s measles outbreak

Local school officials say Pullman students are at low risk of contracting measles despite an outbreak of the virus in a southwestern Washington county that prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency Friday.

Montana authorities deciding on charges in bus hijacking

Montana authorities are deciding on charges against a 52-year-old Spokane man who they say hijacked a bus and forced a nearly 10-hour standoff with police.

North Dakota sends specialized team to help with measles breakout in Pacific Northwest

North Dakota is sending an emergency response team to assist in efforts to control an escalating measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest.

Yakima County sheriff won’t enforce new gun law

Yakima County Sheriff Bob Udell has joined the ranks of law enforcement officers who say they will not enforce the new Washington gun control initiative that places stiff requirements on the sale and purchase of semiautomatic rifles.

Patients in Northwest measles outbreak traveled to Hawaii

A measles outbreak in the Pacific Northwest became more worrisome Wednesday with word that people infected with the extremely contagious viral illness traveled to Hawaii and central Oregon after being exposed.

Crews reach wreckage of small plane, find body on Mt. Hood

Rescuers have reached the wreckage of a plane that was found crashed on the north side of Mount Hood near Eliot Glacier.

100 years ago in Puget Sound: 130 unions to participate in general strike

The Puget Sound area was bracing for the biggest labor crisis in its history: a general strike.

Wyoming lawmakers seek bigger role in coal-export litigation

Lawmakers expressed frustration Tuesday that Wyoming isn’t being more aggressive with legal action involving a disputed coal-export facility and advanced a measure to pursue their own lawsuit against Washington state.

Kids traveling from Washington develop measles in Hawaii

Two confirmed cases of measles in Hawaii were in unvaccinated children who traveled to Hawaii from Washington state.