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Drones used to find hidden pot grows in Washington state

Sep. 20, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — Washington state authorities have seized 70,000 illegal marijuana plants from farmers' fields this year after they were detected growing with other crops. Tri-City Herald reported Thursday that Franklin County deputies have discovered illegal operations using airplanes and drones to...

Washington state sues Trump over diverted military funding

Sep. 19, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's attorney general sued President Donald Trump on Thursday over his plan to shift more than $3.6 billion in military construction funding to help build a border wall. In Washington state, Trump's plan would divert $89 million from a pier project at a submarine base west of...

State investigating Vancouver woman's death after root canal

Sep. 18, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Washington State Department of Health is investigating a report of a 64-year-old woman who died after having a root canal treatment in Vancouver. The Columbian reports on Sept. 3, Cynthia Pheil received a root canal from Wright & Beatty Endodontics and about 30 minutes into...

Washington announces first female firefighter in Longview

Sep. 17, 2019 9:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Washington fire department has sworn in its first-ever female firefighter at the Longview Fire Department. KPTV-TV reported Monday that 24-year-old Chelsey Miller joined the department after spending about five years interning with the fire crew. Officials say the Pacific Northwest...

Officials: Statewide outbreak in vaping-related illness

Sep. 16, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington State Department of Health officials say two more Washington residents have received medical treatment for severe lung disease linked to vaping in what officials say is now a statewide outbreak. Officials said Monday that the Spokane Regional Health District reported the...

Inslee wants more oversight of private psychiatric hospitals

Sep. 14, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says he wants more oversight of private psychiatric hospitals in the state. Inslee made the comments in a letter to Health Department Secretary John Wiesman this week, following an investigation by The Seattle Times. The Times found that as psychiatric...

Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Sep. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a...

Washington Supreme Court set to hear public transit case

Sep. 11, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court is set to hear a lawsuit seeking to overturn a voter-approved measure to raise public transit funds. The Everett Herald reported the court was scheduled to hear the case Wednesday. Seven residents filed the lawsuit that seeks to overturn a rate increase by...

States led by Texas target Google in new antitrust probe

Sep. 9, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fifty U.S. states and territories, led by Texas, announced an investigation into Google's "potential monopolistic behavior." The Monday announcement closely followed one from a separate group of states Friday that disclosed an investigation into Facebook's market dominance. The two probes...

Report: No sign of sexist, racist comments by Democrats

Sep. 9, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state Senate inquiry found no evidence that sexist or racist statements were made by Democratic lawmakers during caucus meetings earlier this year, a report released Monday states. The inquiry was launched after Democratic Sen. Mona Das told a Kent Chamber of Commerce...