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BC-Washington News Coverage

April 5, 2019

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STATE BUDGET

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Senate has passed its proposal for a two-year state budget Thursday as lawmakers move next to negotiating and passing a final plan before the legislative session ends later this month. By Rachel La Corte. SENT: 350 words.

WHALING DECISION

SEATTLE — Federal officials are supporting a decadeslong request by a Native American tribe in Washington state to resume what would be the only authorized whale hunts in the mainland U.S., a long-held custom that animal rights activists oppose as outdated and cruel. By Sally Ho. SENT: 690 words. AP Photos.

MOTEL 6-LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT

SEATTLE —The national chain Motel 6 agreed Thursday to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Washington state claiming names of hotel guests were improperly provided to immigration officials for two years, the state attorney general said. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 460 words. With AP photos.

WOLF CENSUS-WASHINGTON

SPOKANE, Wash. — The number of gray wolves in Washington state kept growing last year and for the first time the state documented a pack living west of the Cascade Range, wildlife officials said Thursday. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 570 words. AP Photos.

JUVENILE MURDER CONVICTION-RESENTENCING

SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing hearing for a man who was 15-years-old when he fatally shot two men and injured another. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 420 words.

BOEING-ETHIOPIA-PLANE CRASH

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - The crew of the Ethiopian Airlines jet that crashed six minutes after takeoff last month performed all procedures recommended by Boeing when the plane started to nose dive but could not save it, according to findings from a preliminary report by Ethiopia’s government. By Elias Meseret. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

JEFF BEZOS-DIVORCE

NEW YORK — Amazon said Thursday that founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has finalized his divorce with wife MacKenzie, who will get a stake in the online shopping giant worth more than $35 billion. By Joseph Pisani. SENT: 450 words. AP Photos.

SUV OFF CLIFF

SAN FRANCISCO — A special coroner’s jury in California ruled the deaths of two women and their six adopted children was a murder-suicide after hearing testimony that one of the women had searched death by drowning online and the other deliberately stepped on the gas, sending their SUV plunging off a cliff. By Janie Har. SENT: 630 words. With AP photos.

ALASKA DEMOCRATS-PRIMARY

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Democrats have proposed swapping their long-standing caucus system with a primary to determine state-level support for Democratic presidential candidates. By Becky Bohrer. SENT: 370 words.

SPORTS

FBN--SEAHAWKS MOVES: Seahawks sign pass rushers Nate Orchard and Cassius Marsh.

IN BRIEF:

_DROUGHT EMERGENCY: Gov. declares drought emergency in Central Washington.

_ATTORNEY GENERAL RACE: Solicitor general exploring bid for attorney general.

_SAFE INJECTION SITES: Seattle’s new US Attorney says no to safe-injection site.

_HATE CRIMEINVESTIGATION: Man ordered to trial in alleged attack on Jewish men in LA.

_SPOKANE VALLEY-CITY HALL: Spokane Valley files claim after damage found in City Hall.

_WOMAN’S DEATH-INVESTIGATION: Mount Vernon police investigate woman’s death.