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Pollution levels lower than reported

OLYMPIA – The Spokane River has some of the highest levels of a cancer-causing pollutant in the state, and the county’s new wastewater treatment plant will put more of that chemical into the water, an expert hired by an environmental group said Tuesday. But under sharp questioning from an attorney representing the county, environmental biologist Peter deFuhr admitted his math was wrong on some computations and his earlier assumptions about the level of polychlorinated biphenyls from the plant were high. The new plant, he added, does a much better job of removing PCB than the city’s treatment plant, which before 2011 was processing some 8 million gallons of county sewage each day.

Levels of toxin focus of fight on wastewater

OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s new wastewater treatment plant may be cleaning sewage so well that a key pollutant can’t be detected. But that doesn’t allay concerns the Sierra Club and the Spokane Tribe have about the plant, and the amount of polychlorinated biphenyl, or PCB, in the Spokane River.

FDA warns doctors of counterfeit Botox

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have warned more than 350 medical practices that Botox they may have received from a Canadian supplier is unapproved and could be counterfeit or unsafe. The Food and Drug Administration said in a letter sent last month, a letter released publicly last week, that batches of the wrinkle treatment shipped by suppliers owned by pharmacy Canada Drugs have not been approved by the FDA and that the agency cannot assure their effectiveness or their safety.

President’s pot comments prompt call for policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama says he won't go after pot users in Colorado and Washington, two states that just legalized the drug for recreational use. But advocates argue the president said the same thing about medical marijuana — and yet U.S. attorneys continue to force the closure of dispensaries across the U.S. Welcome to the confusing and often conflicting policy on pot in the U.S., where medical marijuana is legal in many states, but it is increasingly difficult to grow, distribute or sell it. And at the federal level, at least officially, it is still an illegal drug everywhere.

Pot proponents hopeful, wary after Obama comments

SEATTLE (AP) — Officials and pot advocates looking for any sign of whether the Obama administration will sue to block legal pot laws in Washington state and Colorado or stand idly by as they are implemented got one from the president himself. But it did little to clear the air.

Calif Gov. Brown being treated for prostate cancer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is being treated with radiation for early stage prostate cancer, his office announced Wednesday. The 74-year-old Brown is receiving a short course of conventional radiotherapy for "localized prostate cancer," the statement said.

Washington could become pot source for neighbors

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Now that marijuana is legal in neighboring Washington state, Portland police are offering some helpful advice to Oregon pot users. Sure, you can go over to Washington state to "smoke some weed," a police advisory states, but you might get arrested for driving under the influence if you're pulled over coming home, even if you're on a bike. And if you are among the 55,000 people with an Oregon medical marijuana card, Portland police say you'll be able to get your allowed amount of medicine in Washington state. Still, even though you now can't get busted for toking in Tacoma or elsewhere in Washington (though you could get a ticket for public use), it will be a year before selling or buying it is legal.

For Washington state, legal pot _ and now what?

SEATTLE (AP) — People openly lit joints under the Space Needle and on Seattle's sidewalks — then blew the smoke at TV news cameras. To those looking to "get baked," the city's police department suggested pizza and a "Lord of the Rings" movie marathon. What, exactly, is going on in Washington state?