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EDUCATION TESTING: latest is 2nd Ld-Writethru

TACOMA POLICE-SURVEILLANCE: see updated digest line, latest is 2nd Ld, writethru upcoming

PORT LABOR: new, latest is 2nd Ld-Writethru

OREGON WOLVES-KILL ORDER: new, latest is 1st Ld-Writethru


SEATTLE - Washington public school students are doing about as well on state tests as they have done over the past few years, but many more schools in Washington state are failing to meet federal progress standards, state education officials announced Wednesday. By Donna Gordon Blankinship. SENT: 520 words.


SEATTLE - People who buy their own health insurance through the state’s health exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder, will have more choices next year and will only see a small change in rates. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 450 words.


NEW YORK - Women still have a hard time getting small business loans. Sen. Maria Cantwell is determined to close the gap. By Business Writer Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 824 words, photo.


TACOMA - Police in Tacoma say they have been using surveillance equipment that can sweep up records of cell phone calls and text messages up to a half mile away to find suspects of felonies since 2009. However The News Tribune reports the department has been deploying the device, called a Stingray, in ways contrary to how elected officials expected. UPCOMING: 560 words.


GRANTS PASS, Ore. - An Oregon wolf pack in the northeast part of the state is one livestock attack away from becoming the first to be considered for a kill order under the state’s unique rules. By Jeff Barnard. SENT: 420 words.


LOS ANGELES - Negotiators hoping to forge a new contract for dockworkers and keep hundreds of billions of dollars in cargo moving smoothly through West Coast seaports made significant progress with a tentative deal on health care benefits, a knotty issue that tied up talks for months. By Justin Pritchard. SENT: 580 words.


PORT ANGELES - Nothing but rubble is left of the dams blocking the Elwha River, as the last bit of concrete structure was demolished this week. SENT: 310 words.


EVERETT - Pete Graven got hooked on aviation as a young boy, listening to stories from his uncle, a WWI fighter pilot. Jim Jackson was among the first mechanics to work on the B-29 bomber during WWII. Norm Constan spent nearly four decades with the Boeing Co., delivering airplanes. Now, in their golden years, these volunteers spend a day or two a week at Paine Field, fixing up vintage aircraft at the Museum of Flight Restoration Center. Many are well into their 80s. The oldest is 99. An AP Member Exchange by Noah Haglund, The Daily Herald. SENT: 1250 words, photos.



OAKLAND, Calif. - Oakland Raiders fans might get the chance for a close look at their past and future at quarterback in Thursday night’s exhibition finale against the Seattle Seahawks. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 710 words.


SEATTLE - Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says he’s disappointed his team has been docked two practices next offseason for excessive physical contact in a minicamp in June. SENT: 300 words.


SEATTLE - Rougned Odor hit a third-inning grand slam to back Colby Lewis, and the last-place Texas Rangers beat Seattle 12-4 Wednesday to take two of three from the Mariners. SENT: 630 words, photos.


SEATTLE - Rutgers’ debut as a member of the Big Ten Conference will likely be Washington State’s farewell to Seattle. By Sports Writer Tim Booth. SENT: 700 words.


- TRANSPORTATION PACT-VANCOUVER - ND, port in Wash. sign agreement to increase shipments of state ag products to West Coast.

-MARIJUANA LAWSUIT - A marijuana-shop owner in Ephrata, Wash., is being sued by a media empire that labels itself as the biggest brand name in pot.

-SCHOOL BUS CAMERAS - Two Puget Sound school districts are installing cameras on their school buses to catch drivers who speed around them.

-MULTIPLE CAR FIRE - The Spokane Fire Department says multiple cars caught fire in a used car lot early Wednesday.

-SEX ABUSE SENTENCE - Five sisters who were molested as children were in Clackamas County Circuit Court Tuesday morning to see Eric Michael Freeburg sentenced to 25 years in prison.

-INTERIM SHERIFF - A Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy with 21 years on the job will serve as acting sheriff when the current sheriff resigns to take a police chief’s job.

-MOTORCYCLE FATAL - The Washington State Patrol says a motorcycle rider is dead and his passenger seriously injured after an early morning crash on the West Seattle freeway.

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