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Don Jenkins

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Asian giant hornets, popularly called "murder hornets," should be commonly known as "northern giant hornets," according to the Entomological Society of America's committee on naming insects. The society's "Better Common Names Project" has been targeting what the society calls "problematic names (that) perpetuate harm against people of various ethnicities and races."

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A northeast Washington wolf pack's renewed attacks on calves won't be met with a lethal response, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday. The department's director, Kelly Susewind, opted against authorizing the removal of one or two wolves in the Togo pack.

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A judge Tuesday gave ex-cattleman Cody Easterday more time to liquidate his Eastern Washington ranching and farming operations before being sentenced for defrauding Tyson Fresh Meats and a second victim out of $244 million.

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The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported Monday the retail cost of on-road diesel fell by a few pennies per gallon nationally and in most regions in the past week, but rose again in California, the leader in high fuel prices.

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A northeast Washington wolf pack with a history of attacking cattle has killed one calf and wounded another in the past week, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said. The Togo pack has been designated for lethal control by the department five times in the past four years because of chronic attacks on cattle.

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A Canadian company has asked the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council to overrule a Central Washington county and allow a 470-megawatt solar-power plant on farmland. The project in Benton County would be built on pastureland and cropland, including 756 acres that are irrigated.

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