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AP-WA--Washington News Coverage,ADVISORY, WA

August 29, 2018

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PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL-ASSAULT

SEATTLE — A patient with a history of violence was arrested after he punched a nurse, knocked her to the floor and repeatedly stomped on her head at a Washington state psychiatric hospital that recently lost accreditation and federal funding due to safety violations. Staff at Western State Hospital say officials have mismanaged dangerous patients by moving them to less-secure wards instead of keeping them in the high-security forensic unit. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 2 p.m. With AP Photos

POLICE DEADLY FORCE

SEATTLE — The question of whether Washington voters will have their say on a measure designed to make it easier to prosecute police for negligent shootings might not be over, after all. The day after ruling that Initiative 940 should appear on the November ballot, the state Supreme Court requested briefing by the end of the day Wednesday about how the justices’ various opinions should be interpreted. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 640 words.

TRADE WAR-WASHINGTON

SPOKANE — The trade war with China is making life difficult for many farmers across Washington state. The state’s 1,900 wheat growers, who export the vast majority of their crop, are particularly hurt. But so are cherry growers who just harvested their highly perishable crop. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 550 words.

WASHINGTON-TEACHERS STRIKE

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The school year has been delayed for more than 75,000 students in southwestern Washington state this week after teachers and districts failed to reach contract agreements mostly over teacher salaries. SENT: 130 words, UPCOMING: 350 words by 2 p.m. AP Photo.

FOREST THINNING PROJECT

A federal judge says a project to thin 2,000 acres (800 hectares) of timberland in northeastern Oregon’s Wallowa-Whitman National Forest can move forward. The Capital Press reports officials with the U.S. Forest Service have said the project aims to reduce wildfire and insect problems along roughly 11 miles (20 kilometers) of the Lostine River. SENT: 280 words.

WILDFIRES-SPANISH-SPEAKING FIREFIGHTERS

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oscar Miranda spends about 100 nights a year in a tent. “Mi casa,” he explained. “I have a little cot, so I don’t sleep on the ground.” Miranda has been a wildland firefighter his entire adult life. At 34, he’s the boss of a crew that hikes into forests too steep and dangerous for fire engines to reach. They work with hand tools to dig up burning logs and put out hidden embers. And most of the crew speaks Spanish.

HUNTING GRIZZLIES

HELENA, Mont. — A judge is expected to make a ruling this week on whether the first grizzly bear hunting season to be held in the Lower 48 states in more than four decades will open as scheduled on Saturday outside Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife advocates and Native American tribes will appear in court Thursday to urge U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen to reinstate federal protections that were lifted last year for approximately 700 grizzlies living in and around Yellowstone. They are asking him to do so before the hunts begin this weekend in Wyoming and Idaho. By Matt Volz. SENT: 849 words, photo.

BI-STATE SAGE GROUSE-ESA RULING

RENO, Nev. — A U.S. judge who earlier ruled federal wildlife officials illegally denied Endangered Species Act protection for a population of bi-state sage grouse in California and Nevada in 2015 has reinstated the proposed listing of the bird as threatened until a new review determines whether it’s on the brink of extinction. In the meantime, U.S. District Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero in San Francisco also ordered on Friday reinstatement of the proposed designation of more than 2,800 square miles (7,200 square kilometers) of critical habitat along the Sierra’s eastern front. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 644 words, photo.

CANADA-NEWSPAPER TARIFFS

WASHINGTON — In a victory for the American newspaper industry, the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday blocked tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imported newsprint, finding that American producers weren’t harmed by imports from Canadian paper mills. By Kevin Freking, SENT: 565 words.

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SOC-MLS-SOUNDERS-DEMPSEY RETIRES

SEATTLE — Former U.S. national team captain and Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey announced his retirement on Wednesday, effective immediately. In a statement issued by the Sounders, the 35-year-old Dempsey said he believes it’s the right time to call it quits after playing soccer professionally for 15 years. By Tim Booth, AP Sports Writer. SENT: 770 words, AP Photos.

FBN-PACKERS-SEAHAWKS TRADE

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are heading into the 2018 season with new backup quarterbacks. The Seahawks have acquired quarterback Brett Hundley from the Packers, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday. By Tim Booth and Genaro C. Armas, AP Sports Writers. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.

FBC--T25-Washington’s Running Duo

SEATTLE — Myles Gaskin is likely to rewrite the record book for No. 6 Washington by the end of his senior season. But he’ll have help this season in the form of sophomore Salvon Ahmed. The duo get a major test out of the gates against No. 9 Auburn. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: 650 words. By noon PT.

FBC--College Football Picks

After a rough preseason filled with bad news, college football begins with its usual marathon Labor Day weekend slate of games, highlighted by No. 6 Washington against No. 9 Auburn and No. 12 Notre Dame hosting No. 14 Michigan. Bby College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo.

IN BRIEF

ATHLETIC COMPLEX-NAMING RIGHTS: School district sells naming rights for new athletic complex

WASHINGTON SCHOOL SHOOTING: Hearing on if student will be tried as adult is Nov. 26

COLD CASE ARREST: DNA obtained by co-worker can be used in 1989 murder trial

WOLF SHOT: Officials say rancher shot, injured wolf in NE Washington

HANFORD RADIOACTIVE TUNNEL: Second Hanford radioactive tunnel collapse expected

MINE-PUGET SOUND: Bomb technicians detonate mine in Puget Sound

PET GROOMER-ABUSE CASE: Pet groomer accused of abusing animals pleads innocentOHIO AIRPORT: Airline to offer direct flights from Ohio airport to Seattle

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