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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks Sept. 10 at a press conference in Malden, Wash. Inslee's gift of homegrown apples from Olympia violated the state's ban on apples from maggot-infested counties coming to pest-free zones.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee won't face penalties for bringing homegrown apples picked in Olympia to a fire-devastated town in Eastern Washington, apparently violating a law meant to protect the state's No. 1 crop from apple maggots.

Inslee presented the apples Thursday to Malden's mayor in Whitman County. The agriculture department informed the governor's office Monday that taking apples from maggot-infested Western Washington to maggot-free zones, such as Whitman County, was illegal.

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