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    Hundreds of medical marijuana shops to shut down with new state rule kicking in Friday

    SEATTLE — There were empty shelves Thursday at Puget Sound Health Alternatives, which is among hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries forced to shut down by July 1 because they don’t have a recreational pot license. Some say they are pleased to see the dispensaries go away because they say there are too many unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries across the state. But Meagan Holt says the vanishing industry threatens the health of her 3-year-old daughter, Maddie. “I am saving my daughter’s life […]

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    Former addict hopes to transform historic Arlington school into drug recovery center

    ARLINGTON, Wash. — There is a new vision for an old, historic Arlington fixture. “This is not about money,” Kris Wright said. It’s about a second chance. “I am grateful to be clean,” Wright said. Once a prescription pill addict, Wright now wants to transform the Trafton School into a drug recovery center. “These are somebody’s kids, somebody’s parents,” Wright said. Wright’s goal is to create more than just a rehab center. The center will be used as a bridge between rehab […]

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    Amid dry conditions, State Patrol asks that you report those who toss lit items out windows

    GIG HARBOR, Wash. — There were four brush fires in one day, from Pierce County to Kitsap County on Tuesday. In Port Orchard, three brush fires sparked at about the same time, spreading a quarter-mile long, shutting down traffic for two hours along SR 16. “I wish people were more careful,” one driver said. WSP says a tow truck hauling a car sparked the brush fires after a tire blew on the vehicle it was towing. “The tire went down, […]

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    Firefighters concerned about fireworks in dry conditions this 4th of July

    LYNNWOOD, Wash. – Fireworks sales start Tuesday across Western Washington, but firefighters are asking you to think about your home and your neighbor’s before you buy. High demand coupled with the dry conditions this year have firefighters gearing up. ”We are going to have an increase in call loads, more injuries, more structure fires,” Snohomish County fire district board chair Jim McGaughuy said Monday. Cities like Lynnwood, Everett and Mill Creek already have bans on fireworks, but Mark Miller lives in unincorporated Snohomish County where it […]

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    Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech: ‘I gotcha, I heard ya,’ prez replies

    SEATTLE (AP) —Protesters objecting to crude oil shipments on Northwest railways briefly interrupted President Barack Obama’s remarks in Seattle Friday night. Speaking at a fundraiser Friday evening for Gov. Jay Inslee, the president paused when hecklers shouted, urging him to use his authority to stop the oil trains. The president responded, saying he heard them: “I gotcha. I heard ya. You made your point, but can I go on now?” He then added, “I’ve still got six months. Give me […]

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    Parents of student killed in ‘Ride the Ducks’ crash say company is trying to block suit

    SEATTLE — They speak a different language but their pain is universal. “The accident had a tremendous impact on her body, from her face, to her neck to her ribs,” Haram’s father, Soon Won Kim, said. Soon Won Kim and his wife, Ju Hee Jeong, from South Korea are overcome by the tremendous grief of losing their 20 year-old daughter Haram Kim in the Aurora Bridge crash last September. Haram was one of five North Seattle College students killed from the […]

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    Police: Meth, heroin, guns, cash found in Lacey trailer where 3 were shot to death; victims identified

    LACEY, Wash. — Neighbors who heard the gunfire that killed three people inside a camper trailer say it looked like a scene from a movie. “I heard the first shot … I dropped and hid,” one neighbor said. As neighbors hunkered down, a 30-year-old man called 911 saying he had been shot in the stomach. “The caller stated he was shot and his friends were dead, he said he didn’t know where he was,” Thurston County sheriff’s chief deputy Dave […]

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    Population growth one reason pushing Kent to redo its crosswalk system

    KENT, Wash. — The city of Kent is hoping to give its crosswalk system a makeover. The proposed changes include redoing 47 existing crosswalks and creating 61 new ones. But some are upset with the idea. High school student Irvin Quezada uses a crosswalk on W Willis Street twice a day. “I walk with my sister, I take the bus,” Quezada said. The city of Kent wants to remove the white markings on Quezada’s crosswalk along with 46 other locations. […]

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    Study says concussions at epidemic level in children playing sports

    SEATTLE — A new study finds up to 2 million children across the U.S. every year suffer from concussions. Local doctors say football injuries are not the only cases they are worried about. The invisible injury can happen in any sport. “She had a concussion,” mom Fran Ellul said, adding that her daughter suffered the injury during cheerleading in February. “She was the base, she was lifting someone above her head,” Ellul said. Her daughter had to take the stage with […]

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    State schools superintendent urges court to shut down all public schools

    SEATTLE — Close all K-12 public schools in Washington — that is the idea from the state schools superintendent. Randy Dorn says he is fed up with state lawmakers  taking too long to comply with the state Supreme Court’s McLeary decision, which requires the Legislature to fully fund  public education. Since last August, the Supreme Court has been fining the Legislature $100,000 a day until lawmakers come up with a plan to fund schools. Now the fine has grown to $30 […]