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Officials: Missouri woman drowned in Big River as state park

Jun. 16, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

DE SOTO, Mo. (AP) — An eastern Missouri woman has drowned in Big River at a state park in Washington County, authorities there said. The incident happened Tuesday afternoon, when Monica Boyer, 67, of Cadet, was wading in the river near the Washington State Park boat...

Oregon Gov. Brown signs human composting bill

Jun. 16, 2021 09:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill passed by the Legislature legalizing human composting. Brown signed House Bill 2574 on Tuesday, which will legalize what’s also known as natural organic reduction, KOIN-TV reported. It also clarifies...

Climate change threat: Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan

Jun. 16, 2021 08:19 AM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes listing a bird found in the North Cascades as threatened under the Endangered Species Act due to the likelihood that climate change will shrink its high-elevation habitat throughout the state. The...

State transportation panel recommends ferry fare increase

Jun. 16, 2021 08:05 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state Transportation Commission has recommended an across-the-board fare increase to cover the costs of Washington State Ferries for the next two years. Fares for vehicles and walk-ons would rise 2.5% on Oct. 1 and another 2.5% on Oct. 1, 2022,...

Mariners pounce on Twins early, cruise to 10-0 victory

Jun. 16, 2021 01:56 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — J.P. Crawford homered on J.A. Happ's first pitch, Shed Long Jr. hit a three-run triple an inning later and the Seattle Mariners thumped the Minnesota Twins 10-0 on Tuesday night. Seattle starter Chris Flexen tossed eight sharp innings while striking out...

Jamal Adams excused as Seahawks open mandatory minicamp

Jun. 15, 2021 20:42 PM EDT

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — There was a player wearing a white defensive jersey with “Adams” written across the back taking part in the first practice of the Seattle Seahawks' mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. All due respect to second-year defensive tackle Myles Adams, but...

Jury deciding if immigration detainees must get minimum wage

Jun. 15, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A federal jury is deciding whether one of the nation's biggest private prison companies must pay minimum wage — instead of $1 a day — to immigration detainees who perform tasks like cooking and cleaning at its jail in Washington state. Democratic...

Man fatally shot over catalytic converter theft identified

Jun. 15, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The name of a man who was fatally shot and dragged behind a truck south of Tacoma after allegedly trying to steal a catalytic converter has been released. The News Tribune reports 40-year-old Brent Jalmari Peltomaa of University Place died Saturday...

King County: COVID mask mandate to end June 29

Jun. 15, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officials said Tuesday that 70% of eligible people in Washington state's most populous county have received either the one-dose Johnson and Johnson COIVD vaccine or both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. That means 70% of people 16 and older...

Storm get defensive, move back atop the AP power poll

Jun. 15, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There were questions about the defending champion Seattle Storm's defense coming into the season with stalwarts Alysha Clark and Natasha Howard no longer on the roster. After a sluggish start the Storm have found some answers and are becoming more...