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Washington has first 2014 case of West Nile virus
The state Department of Health says the Walla Walla County man, who is in his 20s, was likely exposed near his home and he was hospitalized.

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Money starts to flow in for gun initiatives
Initiative 594, which is proposing universal background checks for gun sales and transfers, has a significant fundraising advantage over its rival. Initiative 591 would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws that go beyond the...
Ancient waves of grain
Ancient waves of grain
August is heavy wheat harvest in the Pacific Northwest. But there is one grower who charts a different path — growing an ancient ancestor of modern wheat.
Washington FFA gets new executive director
Washington FFA gets new executive director
Abbie DeMeerleer has been named the new executive director of the Washington FFA Association. A former state and national FFA officer DeMeerleer credits FFA with many opportunities she hopes to ensure are still available to students.
Flash flood warning issued for north-central Washington
Forecasters issued a flash flood warning for flooding, debris flows and mudslides for areas in Chelan and Douglas counties, including Entiat, Manson and Lake Chelan State Park.
Spearmint oil assessment rate goes down
The assessment fee for spearmint oil produced in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and parts of Nevada and Utah has been decreased from 10 cents to 9 cents a pound.
Fairgrounds at Moses Lake evacuated due to storm
Sheriff Tom Jones directed the fairgrounds to close as a precaution after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning.
Inslee to appeal federal denial of homeowner aid
More than 300 homes have been destroyed by the wildfires, and the cost of destroyed properties in Okanogan County alone is estimated at more than $28 million.
Foreign workers on way to Washington apple harvest
Visas through the federal H-2A guest worker program have been delayed by State Department computer problems.
Labor deal eases fears of grain export disruptions
Labor deal eases fears of grain export disruptions
Longshoremen and grain exporters have struck a tentative deal, which has eased the mind of the Northwest grain industry.
High wheat stocks, production yield lower prices
High wheat stocks, production yield lower prices
The latest USDA supply and demand estimate projects higher production and stocks for U.S. and global wheat production. Wheat prices will stay low until more demand is found, market analysts say.