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Idaho Governor Asks for Hearing on Gay Marriage

UPDATE: BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A federal magistrate judge has refused to put gay marriages on hold in Idaho pending an appeal from the state's governor. U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale wrote Wednesday morning that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's…

April Jobs Report Released for Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state added 7,700 jobs last month and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent. Numbers released Wednesday by the state Employment Security Department show that the job growth in April comes after a strong month…

Judge Rules Group Can't Defend Oregon Gay Marriage Ban

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that a national group cannot defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage after the state attorney general refused to do so. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane on Wednesday denied the National Organization…

Housing Market Slips

SEATTLE (AP) -- The housing market in Washington slipped in the first quarter of the year, in part because of a low inventory of homes for sale. That's according to the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University…

Oregon Woman Dies in Highway 11 Accident

A Stanfield Oregon woman dies in a crash near Adams Friday night. Oregon State Police say 53 year old Sharon Kay Monk was Northbound on Highway 11 when she traveled off the road, went down an embankment and rolled. She…

Kittitas County Will Allow Pot Growth, No Sales

Kittitas County will allow marijuana to be grown in county limits, but it can't be sold within the county limits. County commissioners voting to allow production and processing of pot in unincorporated areas of the county, however, commissioners have not…

WSU Sorority to be Disciplined

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Washington State University officials plan to discipline a sorority for an incident last weekend in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, that involved students urinating in a city park in front of families. The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority will…

Army Rocket Training

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- A unit from Joint Base Lewis-McChord is drilling at the Yakima Training Center for a return deployment to the Middle East. The 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment was previously deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan but…

Idaho Ban on Gay Marriage Heard in Court

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A federal magistrate says she will decide soon if Idaho's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale told attorneys for four couples Monday that…

Amber Alert Canceled - Child found, Female in Custody

UPDATE: Amber Alert canceled as the female and child is in custody. Deputies say they have recovered a 6-year-old boy and his mother, who abducted the boy at knifepoint Sunday night and triggered a statewide Amber Alert, following a high-speed…

UPDATE: Amber Alert Out of Port Townsend Canceled

UPDATE - Children have been located safe in Mason County, WA. Thanks to all assisting agencies and media. Earlier information: We have just received this important information regarding a missing person in Port Townsend, WA Jefferson County County. Port Townsend…

Lottery Picks Announced for Marijuana Retail Licenses

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Liquor Control Board has posted the business names and rankings from lotteries for 334 legal marijuana retail licenses, but applicants with a high score still have other requirements they must fulfill if they are…

Yakima Refusing to Keep Inmates Only at the Request of ICE

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Yakima has joined the growing number of counties refusing to keep inmates in jail only at the request of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. County Corrections Director Ed Campbell tells the Yakima Herald-Republic (http://bit.ly/1fwaum1 )…

Wanapum Dam Repairs Continue

BEVERLY, Wash. (AP) -- A utility official says repairing the Wanapum Dam will likely require anchoring the entire spillway to bedrock, not just one section where a crack was discovered. Grant County Public Utility District chief financial officer Kevin Nordt…

Multiple Transformers & Utility Poles Damaged

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Vandals who shot seven power transformers and voltage regulators on utility poles in the past month between Zillah and Sunnyside caused about $40,000 in damage. The sheriff's office says the vandalism has knocked out power, spilled…

Fewer People are Hunting in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Fewer Oregonians are hunting and fishing these days, which means less revenue for the state to pay for wildlife management and conservation. So the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is taking a new look at…

Washington's Marijuana Growers Offering Look Inside Industry

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) -- Two of Washington's first licensed marijuana growers are offering viewers a look into the state's newest industry. The Peninsula Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/RYZxPd ) that Molly and Ryan Herring, of Peninsula Cannabis, are producing videos…

Internet Explorer Security Breach

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a link to a malicious website. The vulnerability affects versions 6 through…

Got Drugs? Police Collecting used Prescriptions

To help prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription medication, the DEA has teamed up with local police departments in its "Got Drugs?" campaign. Anyone with expired, unused, or unwanted medications could drop them off at their local police department…