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CHILDREN’S VIRUS-WASHINGTON: latest is 2nd Ld-Writethru

NORTHWEST E. COLI DEATHS: 4th Ld upcoming, with boy’s updated, improved condition

WSU-MEDICAL SCHOOL: see updated digest line, latest is 1st Ld-Writethru

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SEATTLE - The Washington Supreme Court issued a decision Thursday holding the Legislature in contempt for its lack of progress on fixing the way the state pays for public education but withheld possible punishment until after the 2015 session. By Donna Gordon Blankinship. SENT: 690 words. AP Photos WAET110, WAET109, WAET101, WAET102, WAET103, WAET106.


SEATTLE - Public health officials in King County are investigating whether patients being treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital have a severe respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of children nationwide. Health officials said Thursday that additional testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will confirm whether it is enterovirus 68, an uncommon strain of a common family of viruses that typically hit from summer through fall. By Phuong Le. SENT: 320 words.


Investigators say they don’t expect to find the specific sources of fatal strains of E. coli that killed two children in the Pacific Northwest and left a Washington boy hospitalized. Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director of the communicable disease section of the Oregon Health Authority, said Thursday they need at least twice as many cases to pin down a source, which might be tainted food, lake water, or contact with livestock. By Jeff Barnard. SENT: 350 words.


SEATTLE - Lawyers for the Russian man charged with hacking into the computer systems of businesses throughout the U.S. have asked a federal judge in Seattle to hold a hearing as soon as possible so they can make their case for moving Roman Seleznev out of a Special Housing Unit. By Martha Bellisle. SENT: 260 words.


SPOKANE - Washington State University is well-positioned to develop an accredited medical school in the near future with a relatively modest investment from the state. That’s the conclusion of a feasibility study released Thursday and commissioned by Washington State University. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 580 words.


SEATTLE - Environmental groups are suing the U.S. Department of Transportation over the shipment of volatile crude oil in older railroad tank cars. The lawsuit filed Thursday by the Sierra Club and ForestEthics says the agency failed to respond a legal petition the groups filed in July. SENT: 260 words.


SEATTLE - Health officials secured a court order telling a man who has infected at least eight people with HIV to stop spreading the virus that causes AIDS. The King County Superior Court order issued Sept. 4 orders the man to follow a health department cease and desist order and to show up for counseling and treatment appointments. SENT: 270 words.


BILLINGS, Mont. - U.S. wildlife officials are expanding protections for Canada lynx to include animals in New Mexico, while again denying critical habitat designations for the elusive wild cats in the Southern Rockies. Thursday’s two-part finding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service means the lynx will be protected as threatened throughout the lower 48 states. By Matthew Brown. SENT: 400 words.



RENTON - For all the touches Percy Harvin got in the Seattle Seahawks season opener, their first touchdown of the season came from Ricardo Lockette. Between his improvement as a receiver and contributions on special teams, Lockette is no longer a fringe player on Seattle’s roster. UPCOMING: 550 words by 6 p.m.


SAN DIEGO - Frank Reich hopes first impressions are overrated. Reich’s debut as the San Diego Chargers’ offensive coordinator on Monday night wasn’t a success. The Chargers, who averaged 24 points last season, managed just 17 in losing by one to the Arizona Cardinals. SENT: 320 words.


The Pac-12 winds down its non-conference schedule with a handful of games and three times getting a bye. One big game stands out: No. 12 UCLA against Texas at the Dallas Cowboys’ massive stadium. SENT: 400 words.


- SEATTLE FLIGHT INCIDENT - Flight delayed, passenger detained at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport; no danger to plane.

- PAUL ALLEN-EBOLA - Paul Allen donates $9M to CDC, $2.8M to Red Cross for Ebola fight, sets up matching grant.

- BREMERTON FUGITIVE - Bremerton fugitive caught in hotel.

- SEATTLE APARTMENT FIRE - 2-alarm apartment fire in Seattle. AP Photo WASET102.

- TACOMA BEAR - Bear seen around Tacoma caught near Tacoma Dome. AP Photo WATAC101.

- VANCOUVER OIL TERMINAL - Vancouver council holding oil terminal meeting.

- BREMERTON PEDESTRIAN FATALITY - Driver, Bremerton crash victims were at same bar.

- ELK-AMBULANCE COLLISION - Ambulance hits elk on I-5 near Napavine.

- SNOHOMISH COUNTY JAIL DEATH - Inmate hangs himself in Snohomish County Jail.

- ALCOA-BOEING - Alcoa lands $1 billion-plus contract with Boeing.

- YACHT PILOTS - Yachts need maritime pilot to enter Columbia River.

- WILDFIRE SEASON - Wildfires burned 567 square miles in Washington.

- KENNEWICK POLICE SHOOTING - Review finds Kennewick police shooting justified.

- PROSECUTOR-INMATE RELATIONSHIP - Spokane deputy prosecutor linked to inmate resigns.

- CHANGING WEATHER - Wildfire, freezing risks in Washington forecast.

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