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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.

Oil-by-rail fight in Washington threatens California gasoline prices

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 19:33
By Kristen Hays VANCOUVER Washington (Reuters) - California's chance to keep a lid on some of the nation's highest gas prices and join in the spoils of a domestic oil production boom is threatened by quickly growing opposition to a rail terminal in Washington state. The hitch in the long-planned project by Tesoro Corp exemplifies growing problems for moving crude oil on trains around the country ...

Firefighters could get help against Washington wildfires from lighter winds, cooler temps

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:23
Forecasters say calmer winds and cooler temperatures are headed for a fire-scorched region of Washington state, conditions that could help firefighters in their battle against wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of terrain.

Weather forecast to aid fight against Wash. wildfire

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 18:23
WINTHROP, Wash. – Cooler temperatures and lighter winds are forecast to descend on wildfire-stricken Washington state, helping firefighters battle flames that have been growing unfettered for a week and have covered hundreds of square miles.

Better weather to aid in Wash. wildfire fight

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 17:59
WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) — Forecasters say calmer winds and cooler temperatures are headed for a fire-scorched region of Washington state, conditions that could help firefighters in their battle against wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of terrain.