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OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says it's time to move ahead with expanding Medicaid coverage in the state. Inslee said Wednesday the expansion laid out under President Barack Obama's health care law is a good financial deal for the state. Republicans have expressed concern that the federal government may eventually lower its commitment to the program, leaving states paying the bill.
OLYMPIA — A Senate committee holds a public hearing on a measure that would mandate parental notification for minors seeking abortions. By Rachel La Corte.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — A House bill receiving a hearing Wednesday would make it easier for non-parents to get visitation rights to a child. The measure is championed by gay and grandparent advocates and opposed by social conservatives. By Jonathan Kaminsky.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated outdoor business executive Sally Jewell to lead the Interior Department. Obama said Jewell, president and chief executive at REI, has earned national recognition for her support of outdoor recreation and habitat conservation. He also noted her experience as an engineer in oil fields and her record of achievement and environmental stewardship at REI, which sells clothing and gear for outdoor use. By Matthew Daly. AP Photos DCPM104, DCSW110, DCSW112, DCSW111.
— BIOBOX-JEWELL — Biographical information for Sally Jewell.
WASHINGTON — The use of lithium ion batteries to power aircraft systems isn't necessarily unsafe despite a battery fire in one Boeing 787 Dreamliner and smoke in another, but manufacturers need to build in reliable safeguards, the nation's top aviation safety investigator said Wednesday. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said she doesn't want to "categorically" rule out the use of lithium ion batteries to power aircraft systems, even though it's clear that safeguards failed in the case of a Japan Airlines 787 that had a battery fire while parked at Boston's Logan International Airport last month. By Joan Lowy.
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RICHLAND — Dump trucks carrying 32 tons each of freshly dug soil rolled through the dirt west of Hanford's D Reactor Tuesday. By August, they should have carried away enough soil to leave a pit 85 feet deep, stretching over the size of seven and a half football fields. AP Member Exchange by Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald. AP Photo WAKEN101.
FBC--SIGNING DAY-WASHINGTON ST
SPOKANE, wash. — Mike Leach talks about his second recruiting class at Washington State with the Cougars coming off a 3-9 season. By Nicholas K. Geranios. Developing from 2:30 p.m. availability.
SEATTLE — Washington coach Steve Sarkisian unveils what may be his finest recruiting class yet on Wednesday, a group that ranks the Huskies among the top 15 in the country according to some analysts. By Tim Booth. Developing from 2 p.m. availability.
FBC--SIGNING DAY-E WASHINGTON
CHENEY, Wash. — Eastern Washington announces its 2013 recruiting class after the Eagles reached the FCS national semifinals.
— SIGNING DAY-E WASHINGTON-LIST — EWU signs 17 high school players.
— STORM-JACKSON — Lauren Jackson to miss 2013 WNBA season.
— EVERETT HERALD-SALE — Everett Herald sold to Sound Publishing.
— VANCOUVER SCHOOL FIRE — Fire forces Vancouver students into other schools. AP Photo WAVAN101.
— GUN THREAT SIGN — Threatening sign alarms some at Bellingham school. AP Photo WABEL101.
— MIRACLE BLEACH — Feds: 4 from Wash., Ore. sold bleach as cure-all.
— WIDESPREAD FLU — Washington Health Department talks flu on Twitter.
— MISSING MAN HOMICIDE-ARREST — Army police officer arrested in Graville homicide.
— SPOKANE POLICE SHOOTING — Shot man had history of eluding police.
— SINUS FUNGUS — Everett patients may have been exposed to fungus.
— BORN IN JAIL — Woman gives birth in Snohomish County Jail.
— SEATTLE POLICE DRONES — Seattle council drafting rules for police drones.
— SOLDIER MEMORIAL — JBLM service for soldier killed in Afghanistan.
— MONROE BICYCLE CRASH — Driver who hit bike near Monroe arrested for DUI.
— WINE GRAPE CONFERENCE — Wine grape growers conference in Kennewick.
— WINTER WEATHER — Rain, wind, mountain snow in Washington forecast.
— WENATCHEE ARSON — Fire at Wenatchee Ag Supply hay barn was arson.
— SPOKANE VALLEY COIN FLIP — Coin toss determines Spokane Valley council member.