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OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Senate on Wednesday passed a measure delaying a deadline for a reduction in the amount of money school districts can collect through local property tax levies, something school superintendents have said they need as they ready their budgets. By Rachel La Corte. SENT: 520 words.


SEATTLE — A judge on Wednesday upheld the $1,000 fines issued by the Washington secretary of state against three electors who broke their vote pledge and cast their vote for someone other than Democrat Hillary Clinton in December. SENT: 290 words.


SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors have dropped child pornography charges against a Washington teacher after the U.S. Justice Department refused to disclose information about a software weakness it exploited during an investigation last year. SENT: 510 words.


SEATTLE —A federal magistrate said Wednesday he expects to decide early next week whether to free a Mexican man who was picked up by immigration agents near Seattle despite participating in a federal program for those brought to the country illegally as children. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 620 words. With AP Photos.


SEATTLE_The lawyer for the father of the Washington teenager who fatally shot his classmates in a high school cafeteria in 2014 asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to throw out the father’s conviction for illegally possessing firearms. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 450 words. With AP Photos.


HONOLULU – A federal judge in Honolulu is allowing Hawaii’s amended lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban to move forward. DEVELOPING.


TACOMA, Wash. — The Tacoma City Council has approved an emergency ordinance that would temporarily limit new or expanded correctional facilities in the city, including the federal immigration detention center. SENT: 250 words.


CONCORD, N.H. — U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Susan Collins of Maine are leading a coalition of senators on a resolution commemorating the achievements of women around the world in recognition of International Women’s Day. SENT: 280 words.


SAN FRANCISCO – As more states legalize marijuana for humans, more pet owners are giving medical-cannabis products to their furry companions to treat everything from arthritis and anxiety to seizures and cancer. But veterinarians say there isn’t enough scientific data to show cannabis is safe and effective for treating animals. Although medical marijuana is legal in 28 states, it remains illegal under federal law, so there has been relatively little research into its medical benefits for humans or animals. By Terence Chea. SENT: 700 words. AP Photos, video.



LAS VEGAS — Faced with a game it could not afford to lose, Colorado came out flat at both ends. The Buffaloes were disjointed on offense, unable to stop Washington State on defense. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 620 words. With AP photos.


LAS VEGAS — Southern California looks to boost its NCAA Tournament resume by avoiding a letdown against Washington in the Pac-12 Tournament. By Mike Cranston. UPCOMING: 700 words. Starts at 8:30 PST


PEORIA, Ariz. — Some viewed young outfielder Mitch Haniger as a throw-in prospect in the offseason deal that got the Seattle Mariners a top-notch shortstop. The Mariners never felt that way. Not only did they want Jean Segura in their lineup, they expect Haniger to be their starting right fielder after only 34 major league games. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos by 4 p.m. MT.


Colin Kaepernick is looking for work, after a season more memorable for what he did before the games than anything he did while in them. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 830 words. With AP photos.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn’t think Reuben Foster’s run-in with a hospital worker at the NFL combine should affect his draft status. By John Zenor. SENT: 630 words. With AP photos.


PORTLAND, Ore. After the opening weekend of Major League Soccer, it looks as though Atlanta is doing everything right. Now all the team needs is a first victory. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 960 words. With AP Photos.


—RAILROAD LAND MINE: Officials planned to close part of Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord early Thursday for removal of what appeared to be a buried land mine.

—XGR–EQUAL PAY: The Washington House passed a measure that seeks to provide working-women with equal pay, growth opportunities and fair treatment in the workplace.

—XGR–POLICE-HATE CRIME: The Senate has passed a measure that would make crimes and threats against police officers a hate crime.

—SEATTLE HOMELESS: Mayor Murray revealed details of a proposed property-tax levy to raise $275 million over five years to fight homelessness.

—XGR–SEXUAL ASSAULT PROTECTIONS: The Washington Senate passed a measure that seeks to protect victims of sexual assault in Washington state by removing a two-year limit protection order from the existing law.

—SERIAL RAPIST DEATH: A prison official says a man serving a prison sentence for sexual assaults in the South Puget Sound area has died.

—LAWMAKER SOMERS-OBIT: Ex-state Rep. Helen Sommers dies; served in House 36 years.

—OFFICER-IMPERSONATION: Man accused of posing as officer, pulling gun on victim.

—WOMEN’S DAY-RESOLUTION: US Senate resolution commemorates women’s achievements.

—HANFORD WHISTLEBLOWERS: Senators seek return of protections for whistleblowers.

—FATAL SEATTLE FIRE: Woman killed, 3 people injured in West Seattle house fire.

—SPOKANE SHOOTING: Man who died at standoff identified as Spokane banker.

—INTERSTATE 90 CLOSURE: I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass open again after crashes closed it.