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HANFORD VAPORS: see updated digest line, latest is 3rd Ld-Writethru

FISH CONSUMPTION FIGHT: see updated digest line, latest is 5th Ld-Writethru

WILDFIRES: latest is 4th Ld-Writethru

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RICHLAND - About 12,000 air samples taken on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation this year after more than three dozen workers reported being sickened by chemical vapors have failed to find a cause for the problem, Hanford officials said Wednesday. But Hanford officials said that doesn’t mean that workers aren’t getting sick. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 460 words. AP Photos by Ted Warren


SEATTLE - Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed toughening the state’s clean water rules by setting a fish-consumption rate that would be among the highest in the nation. The question of how much fish Washington residents consume has been a hot issue that has pitted tribes and environmental groups against businesses such as Boeing Co. and municipalities. By Phuong Le. SENT: 770 words.


SEATTLE - A coalition of immigrant rights advocacy groups is suing the federal government over the fact that few minors have legal representation during deportation proceedings. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Seattle on behalf of eight plaintiffs, all minors. The plaintiffs are from Mexico and Central America, and they range in age from 10 to 17. By Manuel Valdes. SENT: 510 words.


VANCOUVER - Legal pot means Portlandia is going to get to know “The Couv” a little better. Mayor Tim Leavitt cut a green ribbon outside Main Street Marijuana on Wednesday, opening the doors to the first recreational marijuana store in Vancouver, Washington. By Steven Dubois. SENT: 120 words. . UPCOMING: 400 words by 6 p.m. AP Member photos


ENTIAT - Residents of about two dozen homes who were told to evacuate because of the wildfire near Entiat have been told they can return, but they should remain ready to flee. A spokesman for fire managers, Mick Mueller, in Wenatchee says the Level 3 “leave immediately” evacuation advisory was lowered Wednesday to Level 2 for residents in Mills Canyon. SENT: 230 words. AP Photos WAWEN101, WAWEN102, WAWEN103. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.


NEW YORK - Boeing has finalized a $56 billion agreement to build 150 777X aircraft for Dubai’s Emirates Airline. SENT: 220 words.



OLYMPIA - Understanding how the state’s public records and open meeting laws work is no longer an option for elected local officials in Washington. It’s a requirement. AP Member Exchange by Jerry Cornfield, The Daily Herald. SENT: 570 words.



SEATTLE - Roenis Elias makes his final start before the All-Star break for Seattle on Wednesday night against Minnesota. The Twins counter with Kyle Gibson as both pitchers seek their eighth wins of the season. UPCOMING: Game at 7:10 p.m. PT. 700 words. With hometown lead, photos.


TUKWILA, Wash. - Heated rivals the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders meet on Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup. It’s the first of two matches this week between the Cascadia foes, who meet in MLS play on Sunday. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING:. 500 words. Game at 7:30 p.m. PT


PHOENIX - The Phoenix Mercury used a huge second quarter run and stifling defense to win a franchise-record eighth straight game. Penny Taylor had 14 points to lead a balanced offense and the Mercury scored 19 straight points to rout Seattle 78-58 on Wednesday. SENT: 380 words.


LOS ANGELES - Donald Sterling, battling to stop the sale of his beloved Los Angeles Clippers, turned a courtroom into his personal stage, railing at a lawyer questioning him, denouncing doctors who deemed him incompetent and insisting he can get far more than the $2 billion price offered for the team by Steve Ballmer. Taking the stand Tuesday in a role he’ll resume on Wednesday, Sterling alternately declared his love for his wife Shelly with tears and then demeaned her as a woman intimidated by the “bad NBA” and incapable of handling such a large financial transaction. By Linda Deutsch. SENT: 600 words, photos, video. Will be updated after court resumes at 1:30 p.m. PDT.


SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Lynn Holzman took over as commissioner of the West Coast Conference last month at a tumultuous time in college athletics. A federal judge is deciding whether college players can profit on their names, images and likeness, the National Labor Relations Board is mulling whether football players at Northwestern can form a union and the NCAA is expected to give the five biggest conferences autonomy to make their own rules about how to treat student-athletes. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 700 words.


- MEDICAL COMPLEX SHOOTING - Medical examiner identifies woman shot to death by husband at Spokane medical center.

- HEAT WAVE - Heat wave forecast for Washington. AP Photos WAWAL102, WAWAL101, WAWAL103.

- GUN INITIATIVES - 2 gun initiatives attract nearly $3.5 million.

- CLASS SIZE INITIATIVE - Class size ballot measure has raised $630,000.

- INEPT CABLE THEFT - Stolen fiber optic cable worthless as metal scrap.

- BRAIN TRAUMA DRUG TEST - Seattle hospital testing brain trauma drug.

- NORTHWEST CRIME SPREE - Springfield man sentenced for part in crime spree.

- SUBSTATION BATTERY - Avista testing big battery at Pullman substation.

- FARMWORKER WHOOPING COUGH - Whooping cough among farmworkers in Grant County.



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