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State Officials Preparing for Worst, Seeking $9 Million Drought-Relief Fund

YAKIMA (AP) — The state of Washington has not yet declared a drought this year, but they're asking the Legislature for $9 million for drought relief in case it's needed.

The Department of Ecology says snowpack levels statewide are about 28 percent of normal

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Opponents of New Gun Law File Lawsuit

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's new gun law.

Ferguson said in a motion filed on Thursday that voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 594 and that his office will vigorously defend the law that expands background checks for gun sales

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House Passes Measure To Expand Minority Voting Rights

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The House has passed a measure that aims to expand minority voting rights in local elections, but as in past years, the bill is likely to face resistance in the Senate.

On a mostly party line 52-46 vote Thursday, the Democratic-controlled chamber passed the Washington Voting Rights Act, which opens the possibility of court challenges to cities, counties and school districts to push them to switch from at-large to district elections in areas where large minority groups are present

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Pasco Shooting Pushes Group To Call For Special Prosecutor

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The Hispanic group Consejo Latino has called for a special prosecutor for the case of three Pasco officers who shot and killed a man who threw rocks at cars and police.
The group asked Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant in a letter Tuesday to step away from the case and ask the state attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor

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