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In brief: Sound Transit puts noise reduction on fast track

From Wire Reports

SEATTLE – Sound Transit has issued an emergency order to speed up work to reduce noise on the new light rail line in Seattle.

Various spots on the 14-mile line between downtown Seattle and Tukwila exceed federal transit standards for noise.

The Seattle Times reports neighbors are complaining about one trouble spot near the Mount Baker Station where trains screech as they round a curve.

Feds raid Idaho company in steroid investigation

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Federal authorities said they raided an online fitness and bodybuilding business in southwest Idaho after 23 products bought by an agent tested positive for one or more of five anabolic steroids.

Robert Blenkinsop, a special agent with the Food and Drug Administration, said in an affidavit he bought 31 products from in four separate purchases.

Nearly two dozen tested positive for madol, tren, superdrol, androstenedione or turinabol, he said.

Blenkinsop also said there was probable cause to believe some of the products were “falsely and misleadingly labeled as dietary supplements.”

Many of the products were not “safe nor legal” and by selling them the company was “misleading, defrauding and endangering its customers,” he said.

The company, which does about $150 million in online sales a year, said it was working with the FDA on its inquiry.

The company was founded by Ryan DeLuca and his family about 10 years ago. The searches were part of a two-year investigation.

King County shutting down animal services, shelters

SEATTLE – King County plans to end animal control services and close shelters in Kent and Bellevue to save money.

County Executive Kurt Triplett said Thursday that animal care is not a core business of the county. He proposes a six-month transition to help 32 cities find a new contractor for animal services.

The cities pay $5.6 million a year in fees, but the county says that’s $1.5 million short of paying the costs.

Triplett said the county would spend $3 million on the transition. If the County Council agrees it would shut down the agency in June.

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