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Washington lawmaker floats $150G litter fine on paper that criticized him

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:51
A Washington state newspaper is crying foul after a state senator proposed making the paper pay a $150,000-a-year fine for being “one of the top polluters in the county.” It just so happens that the lawmaker, state Sen. Don Benton, had been the subject of a series of critical articles in the same newspaper.

Washington state mudslide death count expected to jump above 25

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 16:37
By Eric M. Johnson ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state officials said the confirmed death toll from a huge mudslide in the U.S. Pacific Northwest was likely to rise sharply from 25 on Friday as residents accused local authorities of a slow early response to the disaster that had cost lives. "In the next 24 to 48 hours, as the medical examiner's office catches up with the difficult ...

Washington state investigators seek help identifying body of man with possible Oklahoma ties

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:00
Investigators in Washington state are asking for help in identifying the body of a person they think may be from Oklahoma.

Washington state mudslide death count expected to jump above 25

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:51
ARLINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Washington state officials said the confirmed death toll from a huge mudslide in the U.S. Pacific Northwest was likely to rise sharply from 25 on Friday as residents accused local authorities of a slow early response to the disaster that had cost lives.        

As landslide risks remain, Washington state residents stay put

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:32
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Ken Root used to live just five minutes west of Steelhead Drive, an idyllic spot on the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Washington state that was washed away in a deadly landslide last Saturday. Root was just one of as many as 30,000 inhabitants of hilly Snohomish County - equal to 5 percent of the total county population - who are ...

Washington State mudslide deaths expected to soar as some question disaster response

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:11
Rescuers searching for 90 people still missing five days after a massive mudslide in Washington state braced the public on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) for an impending steep rise in the death toll even as they deflected grumbling about the adequacy of the early disaster response.

US state regulators hire outside lawyer in rare dispute with SEC

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 08:19
WASHINGTON: State securities regulators have hired a former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer to help them win a rare and high-stakes jurisdictional dispute with the SEC.

Washington officials warn mudslide death toll will rise

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 06:07
Washington state authorities have warned the number of people killed in the recent mudslide will go up substantially within the next two days. Sixteen bodies have been recovered, but officials say at least nine more had been found and they expect that number to rise in the next 24 to 48 hours.

As landslide risks remain, Washington state residents stay put

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:45
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - Ken Root used to live just five minutes west of Steelhead Drive, an idyllic spot on the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Washington state that was washed away in a deadly landslide last Saturday. Root was just one of as many as 30,000 inhabitants of hilly Snohomish County - equal to 5 percent of the total county population - who are ...

State regulators hire outside lawyer for dispute with SEC

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 05:43
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - State securities regulators have hired a former Securities and Exchange Commission lawyer to help them win a rare and high-stakes jurisdictional dispute with the SEC.

Washington State Landslide Not Caused by Quake

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 02:19
An earthquake is not to blame for the deadly landslide that struck Washington State on Saturday (March 22), U.S. officials say. There were no earthquakes recorded at the time the rain-soaked hillside in Oso, Wash., collapsed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). If an earthquake had led to the onset of the landslide, geologists would expect to see two high-frequency waves, called a P ...

Death toll rises in Washington state mudslide

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 01:27
Rescue teams on Thursday clawed through the moon-like surface left by a massive mudslide in Washington state that killed at least 25 people, searching for those still missing, and the community prayed for "one little miracle."

Hopes fade as 25th body found in Washington state mudslide

Washington State News Wire - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:17
By Jonathan Kaminsky DARRINGTON, Washington (Reuters) - At least 25 people were confirmed dead almost a week after landslide sent mud crashing into dozens of rural Washington state homes, searchers said, as locals faced up to the prospect that some of the 90 still missing might never be found. Stores in nearby Arlington put up handed-painted signs calling for solidarity and donations, boy scouts ...