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SEATTLE - The people signing up for health insurance through Washington’s health care exchange have gotten a little younger since the state began ramping up its marketing to people under 35. By Donna Gordon Blankinship. SENT: 540 words.


SEATTLE - At least one part of health care reform has exceeded expectations in Washington state: Medicaid sign-ups since the state expanded eligibility for the safety-net program for low-income people. Washington health officials say 202,000 adults who became eligible for Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act have signed up as of March 1. That number is well above the state’s goal of enrolling 136,220 people by April 1. By Donna Gordon Blankinship. SENT: 650 words.


PORTLAND, Ore. - A woman who claimed ties to white supremacist prison gangs has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy that involved four deaths in three states, guaranteeing herself a life sentence. Holly Grigsby and David “Joey” Pedersen, who said he was a member of the “Aryan Soldiers” prison gang, were charged in connection with the killings of Pedersen’s father and stepmother in Everett, Wash., an Oregon teenager and a California man. By Nigel Duara. SENT: 370 words.


OLYMPIA - Those under age 18 would be banned from using tanning beds in Washington state under a measure going to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk. Senate Bill 6065 passed through the Senate Tuesday on a 42-6 vote after senators concurred on an amendment made by the House that would allow teenagers to use a tanning bed or related device if they have a doctor’s prescription. The House passed the measure in February. By Lisa Baumann. SENT: 210 words.


SEATTLE - Police are pointing to a big drop in crime since federal authorities seized three troubled motels in Tukwila last year. Seattle U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and Tukwila Police Chief Mike Villa told a news conference Tuesday that in the six months following the seizure, service calls to police from the neighborhood fell 28 percent, violent crime dropped 49 percent and robberies across the city were down 18 percent over the same period the year before. SENT: 300 words. By Gene Johnson.


TACOMA - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say five detainees at the Northwest Detention Center have been placed under medical evaluation as a hunger strike enters its fifth day. UPCOMING: 300 words.


SEATTLE - Washington has agreed to pay $3 million to a woman who says the state failed to protect her in 1995 after she gave birth in Spokane as a 12-year-old, her lawyer and a state agency said. SENT: 350 words.


CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN - An avalanche that was intentionally triggered by the Ski Patrol brought down more snow than expected and wiped out a chairlift at the Crystal Mountain resort at Mount Rainier. No one was injured. The area had been closed, and the explosion was set off at 4:45 p.m. Monday after the resort had closed, said marketing director Tiana Enger. SENT: 290 words. AP Photos SE101, 102, 103.



WALLA WALLA - Pacific lampreys, primitive fish that play a key role in river ecosystems, may find an easier path around McNary Dam thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Engineers hope a prototype structure on the dam’s Oregon shore fish ladder will help lampreys get past the structure as they migrate up the Columbia River. Work on the project was finished late last month by Marine Industrial Construction of Wilsonville, Ore., which was awarded a $336,542 contract for the job. AP Member Exchange by Andy Porter, Union-Bulletin. SENT: 450 words.


ELLENSBURG - About 500 elk surrounded a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife truck at Joe Watt Canyon on Thursday morning as they waited for their daily hay. For more than four decades, elk have been coming to the Joe Watt and Robinson canyons during the winter months to eat the alfalfa hay put out in the mornings by the department. AP Member Exchange by Nicole Klauss, Daily Record. SENT: 850 words. AP Photos WAELL101-103.



RENTON - The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed tight end Anthony McCoy to a one-year deal after he missed the entire 2013 season with a torn Achilles tendon. Seattle announced the signing Tuesday prior to the start of free agency. McCoy would have been an unrestricted free agent after spending his entire career thus far with the Seahawks. By Sports Writer Tim Booth. SENT: 470 words.


LAS VEGAS - Gonzaga plays for its fourth West Coast Conference tournament title in five years against BYU, which outlasted San Francisco in the semifinals. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. UPCOMING: 750 words. Game starts at 6 p.m.


LAS VEGAS - Keani Albanez scored 20 points and No. 18 Gonzaga dominated BYU defensively to win the West Coast Conference tournament for the sixth time in seven years, beating the Cougars 71-57 on Tuesday. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 750 words.


LAS VEGAS - Arizona is the top and has the highest ranking and UCLA spent time in the polls, while Arizona State and California will get a bye in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. The one team no one wants to face, though, is the seventh seed: Oregon. By Basketball Writer John Marshall. SENT: 730 words.


TEMPE, Ariz. - The Los Angeles Angels host the Seattle Mariners in Cactus League action. UPCOMING: 600 words.

- FBC—WSU-BROWN ARREST - A Washington State football player has been arrested in connection with a campus fight in which two people were struck.


- JUVENILE RECORDS - Washington state Legislature approves bill making it easier to seal juvenile records.

- RECYCLING CENTER BODY - Sheriff: man found dead at recycling center likely slept in bin, crushed by recycling truck.

- POT PROCESS BLAST - Marijuana processing blast at Seattle residence.

- LACEY FATALITY - Drunken driving suspected in Lacey fatality.

- WALKING SCHOOL BUS - Governor joins ‘walking school bus’ in Seattle. AP Photos WAET105, WAET103, WAET101.

- DUMPSTER SLEEPERS - Spokane couple in dumpster tossed in garbage truck.

- PUBLIC ART THEFT - Stolen Coeur d’Alene statue found in one piece.

- SPOKANE DEPUTY ACCUSED - Spokane deputy accused of illegal second job.

- SPOKANE HOMICIDE - 7 implicated in Spokane drug-related homicide.

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