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State commission rejects petition to limit killing of wolves

Jun. 26, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A petition that called for new rules to limit when the state can kill endangered wolves that prey on livestock was rejected Friday by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The petition was filed in May by four conservation groups who sought to prevent conflicts that have led to...

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2019, file photo, the Bayer logo shines at night at the main chemical plant of German Bayer AG in Leverkusen, Germany. The German pharmaceutical company announced Wednesday, June 24, 2020, it’s paying up to $10.9 billion to settle a lawsuit over subsidiary Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup, which has faced numerous lawsuits over claims it causes cancer.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Monsanto to pay $95M over PCB pollution in Washington state

Jun. 24, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The agrochemical giant Monsanto has agreed to pay Washington state $95 million to settle a lawsuit that blamed it for pervasive pollution from PCBs — toxic industrial chemicals that have accumulated in plants, fish and people around the globe for decades. The announcement Wednesday...

Man arrested at Oregon truck stop on suspicion of kidnapping

Jun. 20, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Spokane man was arrested at an Oregon truck stop after reportedly holding a woman against her will and assaulting her while traveling from California, deputies say. Lanny Bieroth, 49, is accused of second-degree kidnapping. He’s being held in the Multnomah County Detention...

Washington approves killing of 2 wolves that prey on cattle

Jun. 19, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington on Friday authorized the killing of two wolves in the Togo pack in Ferry County because of repeated depredations of cattle grazing in the Kettle River Range. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said the pack has been involved in seven cattle...

Shea still hopes to create 51st state in eastern Washington

Jun. 15, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Matt Shea is giving up his seat in the Washington House of Representatives, but he hasn't given up his dream of creating a 51st state out of the eastern half of the state. Shea spoke Saturday at a rally in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, that featured many prominent figures in the...

Officers in swat gear work at the intersection of West Fond du Lac Avenue and West Burleigh Street near a Jet Beauty store that was looted in Milwaukee on Sunday, May 31, 2020. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: 10 resign from SWAT team amid safety concerns

Jun. 12, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Dallas officials agree to 90-day ban on use of tear gas against demonstrators. — Judge orders pause on use of tear gas against protesters in Seattle. — Minneapolis council takes step toward abolishing police department. ___ HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Ten members of a...

The Latest: California closes all downtown state buildings

Jun. 1, 2020 3:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: ___ SAN FRANCISCO — The state Department of Human Resources sent a directive to close all California state buildings “with offices in downtown city...

A woman helping to clean up downtown walks near graffiti Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Seattle, following  a night of unrest and protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Inslee orders statewide Guard activation following unrest

Jun. 1, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee late Sunday ordered a statewide activation of the National Guard following vandalism and thefts in stores and shopping malls in multiple cities following protests over the killing of George Floyd. And police in Portland, Oregon, deployed incendiary devices to...

FILE - In this May 7, 2020 file photo Washington State Department of Agriculture entomologist Chris Looney displays a dead Asian giant hornet, a sample brought in from Japan for research in Blaine, Wash. A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday, May 29, 2020, they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Pool,File)

Another Asian giant hornet found in northwestern Washington

May. 29, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A dead Asian giant hornet has been found in Washington state, and officials said Friday they were trying to learn if the honey bee predators have established colonies here. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said it was the first confirmed sighting of an Asian giant hornet...

FILE - In this April 10, 2020 file photo, Missael Lopez, left, and Laura McIlrath Riel bundle asparagus at McIlrath Family Farm stand in Yakima, Wash., during the coronavirus outbreak. The state of Washington is implementing safety recommendations to battle a large outbreak of the coronavirus in the agricultural area in the central part of the state (Evan Abell/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP, File)

New virus rules for farms, nursing homes in Washington state

May. 28, 2020 9:21 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Employers must provide agricultural workers with face masks, more hand-washing stations and more frequently disinfect work surfaces under new coronavirus rules established Thursday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Also Thursday, Secretary of Health John Wiesman signed an order for all...