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The Latest: Judge rejects request to clarify travel order
HONOLULU (AP) — A federal judge has rejected the Justice Department’s request for clarification on his temporary order blocking President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson said in court records Sunday that there’s nothing unclear about his order and the federal government can’t ask for a distinction that officials failed to make in earlier briefs and arguments.
The Justice Department had asked Watson to clarify that his temporary restraining order only applied to the ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries and not a global freeze on refugees entering the United States.
Watson issued the order in response to a lawsuit filed by the state of Hawaii, concluding there was “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus” behind the travel ban.
WASHINGTON POLICE SHOOTING-TRAIL
Trial set Monday for 2 men shot by Olympia officer in 2015
(Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com)
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Two men who were shot and injured by an Olympia police officer in 2015 are to stand trial Monday for assault.
The Olympian reports that Bryson Chaplin and Andre Thompson are charged in Thurston County Superior Court with assaulting Olympia police officer Ryan Donald.
Prosecutors declined to criminally charge the officer and a review board found he did not violate department policies. The May 21, 2015 shooting set off a series of protests in the state capital. The half-brothers are black, and the officer is white.
Donald encountered the men as he responded to a report that two men carrying skateboards tried to steal beer from a grocery store. Donald reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard before the shooting.
The suspects’ mother, Crystal Chaplin, says the process has been stressful and emotional but her family has stayed strong since the shooting.
OSO LANDSLIDE-BIKE RIDE
Bicyclists ride to remember victims of deadly Oso landslide
(Information from: KOMO-TV, http://www.komotv.com/)
OSO, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee joined hundreds of community members Sunday on a bike ride to remember the victims of the deadly Oso landslide.
The cyclists pedaled from downtown Arlington to Darrington along State Route 530.
They passed the area where a mudslide on March 22, 2014, killed 43 people when it wiped out a rural neighborhood in Oso, northeast of Seattle.
KOMO-TV reports that cyclists and community members later gathered at Darrington Community Center following the 28-mile ride.
The slide struck after weeks of heavy rains. The neighborhood that was destroyed was a development of about 35 single-family homes, some dating to the 1960s, across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River from a hillside in the Cascade Mountains.
COLUMBIA RIVER-OIL SHEEN
Crews place booms to contain oil sheen on Columbia River
WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — Crews have placed oil absorbent boom on the Columbia River near Wenatchee to contain an oil-like substance that has gotten into the river.
The Department of Ecology said Sunday that crews have not been to determine the source of the sheen since it was first spotted on the river Friday evening. A diesel odor was also reported in the area at the time.
State officials say so far it doesn’t appear that ducks, geese and other wildlife have been coated by the petroleum-like substance.
Several state and local agencies have responded. They’ve inspected nearby facilities but haven’t been able to find the source. Ecology spill responders have collected samples to try to identify it.
High winds and fast-moving water have posed safety concerns for response crews. An Ecology spokeswoman says booms were deployed on the river early Sunday morning once conditions improved.
OREGON DATA CENTER
Amazon planning third data complex near Hermiston
(Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.com)
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Amazon is proposing to build a third data complex west of Hermiston consisting of four data centers.
The East Oregonian reports that the Seattle-based e-commerce giant recently bought 120 acres of land next to the Hermiston Generating Plant. It already operates two server farms in eastern Oregon.
Amazon, doing business through a holding company called Vadata, has continued to expand at Port of Umatilla and Port of Morrow sites along the Columbia River. The buildings are home to racks of computer servers that host everything from email to streaming movies.
According to Vadata’s Jim Footh, the company needs to build multiple data center campuses to provide a backup in case one center goes down.
Umatilla County Board of Commissioners must first approve rezoning the proposed site from farm use to light industrial. A public hearing on that issue is scheduled Thursday night.
Environmentalists warn about Trump Puget Sound budget
SEATTLE (AP) — State officials, environmental advocates and others are warning of dire environmental and economic consequences if President Donald Trump’s cuts to Puget Sound and other environmental programs go through as proposed.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s funding for Puget Sound — about $28 million last year — would be gutted under Trump’s budget blueprint released Thursday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 50-year-old program that focuses on creating a healthy coastal environment and economy would also be axed.
U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, a Washington state Democrat, called the cuts “completely irresponsible” and vowed to fight the president’s proposal.
Todd Myers with the Washington Policy Center said Puget Sound recovery should be a local priority and local funding will mean more local control.
HIGH SCHOOL COACH-SUSPENSION
Spokane high school coach suspended amid investigation
(Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com)
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane school officials have suspended a high school football coach as they investigate allegations he exposed himself to players at a camp last summer.
The Spokesman-Review reports that Jim Sharkey called the allegations false and denied that the incident took place. The Ferris High School coach vowed to fight the allegations.
After a leadership camp last summer, a football player reported to school officials that Sharkey exposed his penis inside a hot dog bun.
Public documents obtained by the newspaper Friday show a district official wrote in September she was unable to substantiate allegations the coach had exposed himself but gave him a written reprimand for allowing alcohol to be consumed in front of students.
But Sharkey was placed on administrative leave Feb. 1 when more players claimed to have seen the hot dog incident and others students reported questionable behavior by the coach.
Train deaths in Washington state return to normal numbers
(Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com)
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Figures released by Washington officials show that deaths on the state’s railroad tracks returned to normal levels last year after reaching a high number in 2015.
The News Tribune reports that the Washington State Department of Transportation released numbers last week showing that 13 people were killed statewide in 2016 in train-related incidents.
That’s down from 27 people killed in 2015. That year had the most train-related deaths in the state since 2011, when 29 people died.
Thirteen people were killed on the tracks in 2014 and three have died so far in 2017.
State and railroad officials say they are relieved that 2016 numbers were down from 2015 but that the ultimate goal is to have zero train-related deaths.
Fire commissioners apologize after racial remarks
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Two members of the Snohomish County Fire District Board of Commissioners who made racially insensitive comments about Mexican laborers avoided disciplinary action by voting against the idea.
Commissioners Bob Meador and David Chan on Friday each voted no, resulting in a 2-2 tie and the action failed. One member of the five-member panel was absent.
At a March 7 public meeting during a break but with microphones turned on, Chan joked about hiring a Mexican paramedic because that would be cheaper.
Meador said he didn’t want to hire immigrants because they can’t do the job.
A union for firefighters provided recordings of the remarks to news media. Union leadership says the two commissioners should resign.
Meador and Chan apologized repeatedly at the meeting on Friday.
Chelsea Clinton joins Expedia board of directors
NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton is joining the board of directors of online travel booking site Expedia.
Documents filed with securities regulators say the daughter of defeated U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has joined its 14-member board. The company is controlled by Barry Diller. Chelsea Clinton is also a director of another company that Diller controls, IAC/InterActiveCorp.
Expedia did not disclose how much she would be paid, but non-employee directors each earned more than $250,000 in 2015, according to the most recent regulatory filings.
Filings for IAC say Chelsea Clinton is entitled to receive $300,000 in a mix of stock and cash each year for serving as a director.
The Expedia filing on Friday came a day after publishers Penguin Young Readers announced it will publish a children’s book by Chelsea Clinton on May 30. The book is called “She Persisted.”
In the book, Clinton will honor 13 American women “who never take no for an answer,” including Harriet Tubman, Sonia Sotomayor and Oprah Winfrey.