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October 24, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Longview tornado lifted roofs and toppled trees, but no one injured

The Associated Press LONGVIEW — The Southwest Washington city of Longview tallied the damage Friday from a rare tornado that tore off roofs, broke windows and uprooted trees, leaving residents and officials in disbelief. No one was injured in the Thursday afternoon wind blast, which covered 1.3 miles and unleashed winds as high as 110 mph,…

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October 24, 2014 at 6:48 AM

Food left cooking on stove causes fire that injures 3 in Kent

Three people were injured and four families displaced by an apartment fire in Kent early Friday. In a news release, the Kent Fire Department said firefighters were called a little after midnight to the 1600 block of Maple Lane in the Kent Valley.  When they arrived, they found a first-floor apartment ablaze and three injured people…

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October 21, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Third lawsuit filed challenging denial of protection for wolverines

Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — Another lawsuit has been filed challenging the government’s denial of federal protections for the wolverine. Thirteen advocacy groups and an ecologist were named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Montana. It claims the government relied on “contorted” data when it declined protections for the species in August. An…

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October 21, 2014 at 7:12 AM

7-week-old baby orca missing, presumed dead

Associated Press and Seattle Times staff FRIDAY HARBOR — A killer whale born to much hope in early September apparently died while its pod was in the open ocean off Washington or British Columbia, the Center for Whale Research said. The baby was the first known calf born since 2012 to a population of endangered orcas…

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October 20, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Most lanes on I-5 south near Northgate reopen; new problems near Boeing Field, Mercer Street

Update 8:43 a.m.: Traffic heading south into Seattle is finally getting past Northgate after a crash shut down multiple lanes this morning. One lane remains closed after Washington State Department of Transportation and state troopers cleaned up the mess left after a semi truck jack knifed and fuel spilled. But the State Patrol warns that the morning commute is fraught with…

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October 18, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Homeowners file wildfire claims against Washington state

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Dozens of central Washington homeowners have filed tort claims alleging that the state of Washington mishandled firefighting efforts during this summer’s Carlton Complex fire. KING-TV reports that the claims by 65 property owners target the agency that led the firefighting effort: the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Brewster lawyer Alex Thomason told…

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June 30, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Dorn asks relief from one part of No Child Left Behind law

If state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has his way, Washington schools won’t be sending out letters to parents in the fall saying their children’s schools are falling short of federal test-score requirements. Dorn has requested that schools be spared from that part of the No Child Left Behind Act for one year, calling it punitive. The state…

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June 22, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Friend: Body found near Mount Rainier is Karen Sykes

Corrected version A friend of well-known outdoors writer Karen Sykes said Sunday he has received a call from the National Park Service confirming that the body found yesterday on the east side of Mount Rainier is Sykes. Don Geyer said he believes he is one of a handful of people who received the call. Geyer was on…

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