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TOP STORIES

TAX INITIATIVE

OLYMPIA - A measure seeking to lower the state sales tax unless lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment on tax increases will be decided by voters Tuesday, the latest effort to limit Washington state lawmakers’ ability to raise taxes. By Rachel La Corte. 400 words. Will be updated after 8 p.m.

WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING INITIATIVE

OLYMPIA - An effort to outlaw sales related to wildlife trafficking is on the ballot in Washington state Tuesday, when voters will determine whether or not state penalties to violators of federal law and expand the number of animals prohibited for trade. By Rachel La Corte. 600 words. Will be updated after 8 p.m.

CHIPOTLE-ECOLI

SEATTLE - Old-fashioned detective work, medical science and high-tech food supply technology should help scientists searching for clues in the E. coli outbreak linked to Chipotle restaurants in Washington state and Oregon, state health officials said Tuesday. By Donna Blankinship. SENT: 700 words. AP Photos, video.

W/FOOD POISONING-OUTBREAKS: CDC: More food poisoning outbreaks cross state lines.

CHIPOTLE-ECOLI-THE LATEST

CHIPOTLE-ECOLI-5 THINGS

MED-FOOD POISONING-OUTBREAKS

NEW YORK - The government is reporting an increase in food poisoning outbreaks that span multiple states, like the one that this week prompted Chipotle to close 43 of its restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 340 words.

AMAZON BOOK STORE

SEATTLE - Online retail giant Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore on Tuesday, two decades after it began selling books over the Internet and helped drive a number of shops out of business. By Phuong Le. SENT: 460 words. With AP Photos.

MURDER FOR HIRE

SPOKANE, Wash. - A North Dakota man who earlier pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire plot that left two people dead withdrew his guilty plea Tuesday in the wake of a certain life sentence. SENT: 390 words.

2015 ELECTIONS-NEWS GUIDE

In most states, the big elections will come next year. But on Tuesday, voters in a few states are electing governors and legislators, some cities will select mayors, and a variety of major issues will be settled at the ballot box. By David A. Lieb. SENT: 1280 words.

TOXIC ALGAE BLOOM-WILDLIFE

SEATTLE - Federal biologists say tests on dead or dying marine wildlife show the animals were exposed to a vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says a neurotoxin produced by the algae, known as domoic acid, was detected in about three dozen whales, dolphins, seabirds and other animals from Washington to California. SENT: 130 words, UPCOMING: 250 by 5 p.m.

SNAKE RIVER CHINOOK-RECOVERY

BOISE, Idaho - Federal authorities are looking at returning Snake River fall chinook salmon above the Hells Canyon Complex of dams as part of a plan to eventually lift Endangered Species Act protections. By Keith Ridler. SENT: 430 words.

PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL-SAFETY

SEATTLE - The head of the Washington state health services agency said concerns about safety have led him to end all expansion at Western State Hospital until they can hire more staff at the psychiatric facility. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 500 words.

SPORTS

FBC—PAC-12-PLAYOFF PROBLEM

PHOENIX - The Pac-12 got an invite to the inaugural College Football Playoff, with Oregon making it to the national championship game.

The conference may have a tougher road this season as the teams have taken turns knocking each other off. By John Marshall. SENT: 930 words. With AP Photos.

FBC—ARIZONA ST-STEALING SIGNS

TEMPE, Ariz. - A day after Washington State coach Mike Leach said the Pac-12 should investigate Arizona State for stealing opponents’ offensive signals, Sun Devils coach Todd Graham said there was nothing wrong with what his team was doing - and most of the conference’s coaches agreed with him. By John Marshall. SENT: 390 words.

FBC—T25-UTAH-BOOKER

SALT LAKE CITY - LSU running back Leonard Fournette is the Heisman favorite with a month to go in the regular season. Florida State’s Dalvin Cook would be right there if not for injuries. By Kareem Copeland. SENT: 660 words. With AP Photos.

IN BRIEF

-HIKER DEATH-MT SI: Officials say a Renton man has died while hiking on Mt. Si.

-ABDUCTION ESCAPE-KENNEWICK: Officials say an 86-year-old Washington woman escaped from a car trunk in Oregon after she was reportedly abducted by teenagers.

-SUSPICIOUS DEATH SULTAN-ARREST: Authorities have arrested a man in connection with a suspicious death in Sultan.

-SEATTLE TOUR BUS CRASH: Ride the Ducks unlikely to resume operations until next year.

-BEATING DEATH-SENTENCE: A man who pleaded guilty to beating a woman to death with a car jack has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

-TRIAL-TRIPLE HOMICIDE: Trial under way for Umatilla man accused of triple homicide.

-DEPUTY CRASH: Deputy totals patrol car during heavy rain.

-DRUG ARREST: A suspected drug dealer is in the Spokane County jail after fighting with a police dog during a traffic stop.

-FERRY-JUMPER STOPPED: Ferry worker stops man from jumping from ship.

-FATAL SHOOTINGS: Another person has been fatally shot in Tacoma.

-SEX TRAFFICKING-SENTENCE: Man who recruited teens as prostitutes sentenced to 10 years.

-MAYOR-ASSAULT INVESTIGATION: Washington mayor up for election, accused of assault.

-ALCOA SMELTERS CLOSING: Alcoa is shutting down smelters in Ferndale and Wenatchee as the company cuts back its aluminum output and prepares to split the company.

-STRIP SHOOTING-CRASH: Testimony to resume in penalty phase of Vegas fireball case.

-WASHINGTON MUDSLIDE -LITIGATION: A King County judge says a timber company that says its logging had nothing to do with the deadly landslide in Oso will have to convince a jury.

-DISABLED WOMAN ABUSED-SENTENCE: Three Rochester residents have been sentenced to prison for beating and starving their roommate, who is developmentally disabled.

-STRANGLING DEATH-SENTENCE: A man who admitted strangling his wife with a belt has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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