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  • State board adopts rules to restrict edible pot treats, labels, packaging

    OLYMPIA — The Washington State Liquor Control Board on Wednesday adopted emergency rules to restrict edible marijuana products and packaging to try to keep the items out of the hands of children. The board’s staff will bring a specific timeline for marijuana-infused products, labels and packaging approval before the board in about two weeks, the board ruled. Pat Reichel, a grandmother of two boys, is worried when recreational pot shops open early next month that little ones could get their […]

  • State makes rules for pot packaging; gears up for July openings

    OLYMPIA- Governor Jay Inslee, along with Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and member so the Liquor Control Board (LCB) and Washington State Patrol gathered at the Capitol to discuss new pot rules. In the discussion, the leaders were quick to point out one of their top priorities as recreational pot becomes legal: Keep marijuana out of the hands of those under 21 years old. The Liquor Control Board will issue the first retail licenses on July 7, with retail sales of […]

  • Some SPU students angry over planned insanity defense by accused shooter

    SEATTLE — Aaron Ybarra, the 26-year-old man accused of killing one and wounding two others in a shooting on the Seattle Pacific University campus on June 5, pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges Monday. Ybarra and his defense team plan to pursue a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, the judge said in court. The Mountlake Terrace man is charged with killing SPU student Paul Lee and wounding Sarah Williams and Thomas Folwer in a shooting […]

  • Repeat drunk driver who killed two people sentenced for 3rd DUI

    SEATTLE — At just 18 years-old, Dawn Vrentas got her first DUI. Then in 2003, Vrentas crashed her car into a pond near Spokane, killing her friends Kyle Hutchinson and Walter Corman. She served 5 ½ years in prison, then became a tutor for former inmates. In July 2013, Washington State Patrol pulled Vrentas over on I-5 near Northgate. Officials told Q13 FOX News her blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit. “It is like the […]

  • Puyallup dad, daughter charged after teen made pot brownies that sickened classmates

    PUYALLUP — A Puyallup man and his 16-year-old daughter are behind bars — accused of bringing pot brownies to school that sickened other students. A judge set bail at $35,000 for 45-year-old Mike D. Miller. He is charged with unlawful delivery and manufacture of a controlled substance and reckless endangerment. The Pierce County Sherriff’s Department says Miller admitted to giving his daughter hash oil to make pot brownies, but that he did not know she was going to bring them to […]

  • Repeat child rapist now free man; victim’s mother terrified

    TACOMA — Kelly McGinnis is horrified that the man who brutally raped and beat her 3-year-old daughter is now a free man. In 1990, Kelly hired 13-year-old Cory Roberts to baby-sit her little girl. “He pulled her hair out, beat her with plastic tubing from a play house. The doctors said she probably was not going to live,” McGinnis said Monday. Kelly’s daughter survived but suffered permanent brain damage and now has the mental capacity of a 10-year-old child. A […]

  • Dept. of Corrections to plan for up to 15% budget cut: Will it jeopardize public safety?

    SEATTLE — Like most moms, Theresa Spraggins is extremely protective of her kids. “It’s worrisome there are people out there who can harm them, who have harmed in the past,” said Spraggins. So Theresa isn’t happy to hear the state could cut $250 million from the Department of Corrections’ budget, potentially closing prisons and releasing offenders early. Gov. Jay Inlsee’s budget office directed the DOC and other agencies to create a contingency plan by mid-September to prepare for up to […]

  • Owners of suddenly shuttered wedding venue: ‘Terribly sorry’ but no refunds

    SEATTLE — Sarah Graver and Evan Johnson are getting married on Sept. 7. Last summer, they booked their venue, the EM Fine Art Gallery on 410 Dexter Ave. N. “It’s all brick inside. It’s very rustic. They had been in business many years and had glowing reviews. We didn’t think anything was amiss,” said Graver. Until Monday morning, when Sarah and dozens of other couples got an email from EM Fine Art Gallery owners Roland and Amanda Crane, saying there […]

  • Gunman kills 14-year-old at Oregon high school; shooter also dead

    TROUTDALE, Ore. — Police identified the victim in Tuesday’s shooting at Reynolds High School as 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, a freshman soccer player. Investigators believe the shooter, a student, entered the gymnasium and shot Hoffman in the boys locker room. Police say they have tentatively identified the shooter but would not release his name or age or how he died at a news conference Tuesday night. [CNN reported: According to multiple law enforcement officials, the shooter was a student at the […]

  • VA audit flags Seattle hospital, 6 others after investigation into wait times

      SEATTLE — After a recent investigation into VA hospitals in Washington, auditors flagged seven facilities for further review. That same audit by the Office of the Inspector General found an average wait time of 58 days for new primary care patients. That is lower than the national average of 90 days. Investigators also flagged the VA Puget Sound for further review, along with VA Puget Sound American Lake, Spokane, Walla Walla VMAC, Portland VAMC Vancouver, South Sound CBOC Chehalis, […]

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