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Last victim of Washington mudslide believed found

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 20:00
Search teams in Washington state have found the remains of a person thought to be the last victim of a mudslide that buried an entire community in March and killed 43 people, county authorities said.

Last victim of deadly Washington mudslide believed found

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 18:50
Search teams in Washington State have found the remains of a person thought to be the last victim of a mudslide that buried an entire community in March and killed 43 people, county authorities said. The body believed to be that of 44-year-old Molly Kristine "Kris" Regelbrugge was located Tuesday morning on the western edge of the disaster site. Medical examiners expect to confirm identification ...

Crews make gains on massive Washington wildfire

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:50
A destructive wildfire in north-central Washington state grew slightly overnight, but firefighters have made progress in their efforts to get it under control, officials said Tuesday.

Cooler weather aids crews fighting Washington wildfires

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:01
Largest wildfire in Washington state history may be tempered by cooler weather and higher humidity, but a lightning watch remains a concern

Washington wildfires now largest in state history

Washington State News Wire - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 02:48
Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state.

Cooler weather aids crews fighting Washington fire

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:37
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

Sheriff, firefighters encouraged by cooler temps, dwindling wind at Washington wildfire

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 15:49
Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for continued cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

Weather helps firefighters battle Washington state blaze

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 14:19
SPOKANE, Wash. – Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

Better weather aiding Washington wildfire fight

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 13:23
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Calmer winds and cooler temperatures helped firefighters go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

More Washington state residents told to flee Carlton Complex fire

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:37
It wasn't the way the regular City Council meeting was supposed to begin, but Monday wasn't a regular day here in the charred wake of the Carlton Complex fire, which officials described as the most serious in the nation as more residents were ordered to flee.

No relief for Washington schools under No Child Left Behind law

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:21
Most schools in Washington state will be required to send letters to parents before school starts this fall, saying the schools are failing because not every child has passed state reading and math tests.

Planned Parenthood endorses: All Democrats

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 09:25
Planned Parenthood Votes is out with an endorsement of 53 candidates for the Washington State Senate and Washington State House of Representatives. All 53 are Democrats. It’s no surprise: PPV has become a virtual adjunct of the Democratic Party, backdrop for Sen. Patty Murray’s press conferences, and source of sound bites denouncing Republican candidates (e.g. Dino Rossi) the moment they have ...

Better weather to aid in Washington wildfire fight

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:59
Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State.

State loses exemption bid from No Child Left Behind law

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:12
Washington state has lost its latest bid for flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind law, state officials said Monday.

Donated skulls in Washington state lead to more human remains

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 05:26
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Authorities in Washington state were looking for a person who donated three human skulls to a thrift store last month, and said on Monday their pleas for information had instead prompted the handover of yet more human remains. The Seattle and King County Medical Examiner said they were hoping to speak with the person who left behind the three skulls at a ...

High taxes may slow marijuana revenue in Washington state -Moody's

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 05:15
High state and local taxes and a paucity of storefront licenses mean revenue from legalized marijuana sales in Washington state could be minimal this year, according to Moody's Investor Service. Stores opened this month in Washington, where the second state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana forecast it will collect $51.2 million in revenues during the upcoming 2015-17 biennial ...

Washington wildfire, biggest in state history, claims first fatality

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 05:08
A homeowner died over the weekend trying to save his home against what officials describe as the worst wildfire in state history, a blaze that has burned about 375 square miles and destroyed at least 150 homes.

Washington state wildfire claims first fatality, weather improving

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 03:17
By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - Cooler weather and lower winds aided firefighters on Monday as they battled a week-old wildfire in Washington state that has destroyed up to 150 homes, scorched a wide swath of wilderness east of the Cascade Mountains and left one person dead. A drop in temperatures on Sunday, with rain expected later in the week, was helping some 1,700 firefighters get ...

Calmer winds, cooler temperatures aid in Washington wildfire fight

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 02:54
Improved weather conditions were allowing firefighters to battle against the destructive wildfires in Washington state. 'There is optimism in the air, but we don't want to give the impression that all is good,' fire spokesman Andrew Sanbri said Monday, 'things are improving.'

Washington fire spokesman: 'There is optimism in the air'

Washington State News Wire - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 02:49
Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington State.