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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Former Washington Gov. Albert Rosellini, who brought an everyman personality to the state’s top office, died Monday. He was 101.

The family said Mr. Rosellini’s health had declined in recent weeks because of pneumonia.

A Democrat and son of Italian immigrants, Mr. Rosellini served as governor for eight years ending in 1965. His tenure in office was defined by efforts to reform state prisons and modernize mental health institutions.

Albert Dean Rosellini was born in Tacoma in 1910 and developed his work ethic as a child. He remembered selling newspapers at age 9 while also doing odd jobs for a woman for a penny a day.

He was elected to the state Senate in 1938, when he was 28 years old, and served for 18 years. He championed the creation of the medical and dental schools at the University of Washington.

Mr. Rosellini went on to serve as governor from 1957 until 1965 before losing to Republican Gov. Dan Evans.


New California law bans open carry

A new state law will ban open carry of guns in California. The bill by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, Pasadena Democrat, makes it a misdemeanor to carry an exposed and unloaded gun in public or in vehicles, with violators facing up to a year in prison or a potential fine of $1,000 when the law takes effect Jan. 1.

The bill exempts hunting and shooting events and does not apply to those who are given permits to carry a concealed weapon by law-enforcement authorities.

Mr. Portantino called the bill an opportunity to prevent tragedy.


Two former senators back Romney in N.H., Florida

Mitt Romney on Monday rolled out high-profile endorsements from a couple of former senators, giving him some powerful allies in two of the key early-primary states in the Republican nomination process.

Former Sens. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Mel Martinez of Florida said the former Massachusetts governor’s record in government and private industry makes him the right person for the job.

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