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Multiple Tribes Ask Federal Government to Step In on Water Rules

An alliance of Washington tribes says it will ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step in and come up with new water-quality rules for the state.

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission sent Gov

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Background Checks on Washington State Fair Workers After Reports of Sex Offenders

Following news that several sex offenders had been employed at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, fair officials are requiring background checks of all the people working at rides and games this year.

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Yakama Tribal Member Owes Millions in Taxes

A federal judge has ruled that a tobacco company owned by a Yakama Nation tribal member owes $58 million in back taxes and penalties.

The ruling last week in Yakima sets the amount owed by King Mountain Tobacco and follows a previous decision that treaty rights didn't exempt the White Swan business from federal income taxes

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Washington State Supreme Court Grills Lawmakers

Based on the questions asked during a Washington Supreme Court hearing, it's anyone's guess what the court's next step will be toward fixing the way the state pays for education.

The court had told lawyers representing the Washington Legislature to appear in court Wednesday and explain why they had not set out a plan for fully paying for basic education, as they ordered in their 2012 McCleary decision

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Heritage University Opening Three New Buildings

In July 2012, a major fire hit Heritage University -- now this Friday the school in Toppenish will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony as they open three new buildings.

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State Supreme Court Reviewing Progress on Education Funding

The Washington Supreme Court is marking the beginning of school with a mandatory assembly for the Legislature on education finance.

The court has ordered lawmakers to come to court on Wednesday to explain why they haven't followed its orders to fix the way Washington pays for public education

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Marijuana Use Makes Roads More Dangerous

Safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize their marijuana laws.

Researchers who have studied the issue are divided.

Marijuana can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking — all those are important driving skills

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Judge Upholds Fife Pot Ban, But Ruling Limited

A Washington state judge says a small city can continue to ban licensed marijuana businesses, even if they're allowed under state law.

Pierce County Judge Ronald Culpepper issued the ruling Friday after extensive arguments in a case with big implications for Washington's experiment allowing recreational marijuana

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Olympic National Park Bans Unmanned Aircraft

Olympic National Park officials have banned the use of drones within park boundaries.

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Wentachee Hospital Lockdown Due to Pigeon Gun

A BB gun that triggered a lockdown last week at a Wenatchee medical center was meant to scare pigeons.

The Wenatchee World reports that officers from local law enforcement agencies locked down the busy Confluence Health's Wenatchee Valley Medical Center after a witness reported seeing a man with a rifle butt extending from under his coat. The incident ended after 90 minutes with no inju

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