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OLYMPIA — Thousands of state employees will start receiving notice as early as Monday that they may be temporarily laid off on July 1 unless lawmakers move forward with a budget agreement soon. Mary Alice Heuschel, Gov. Jay Inslee's chief of staff, said Thursday if the Legislature fails to pass a budget by June 30, when the current budget cycle ends, 34 state agencies or offices will be completely shut down, 24 will face partial shutdowns and 25 will remain open. By Rachel La Corte.
OLYMPIA — Starting in the 1970s, Washington state bridge inspectors made note of evidence that large loads were clipping the Interstate 5 span that recently collapsed into the Skagit River. By the middle of last year, an inspector identified eight different points on the bridge that had high-load damage, including some portions in which components were deformed by the impact. Then, last fall, inspectors encountered perhaps the worst damage yet: A tall vehicle traveling northbound had struck the overhead bridge structure, ripping a 3-inch gash in the steel, causing three portions to distort and tearing off surrounding paint, according to images and documents obtained by The Associated Press under public records law. By Mike Baker.
AP Photos SE103, SE102, SE101, SE104, WAMVE101, WAMVE102.
SPOKANE — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a former Colville man should not have gotten a harsher penalty for a crime because a judge had investigated his previous offenses. The 8-1 decision came in the case of Matthew Descamps, who was convicted of possessing a firearm in 2005. He could have been sentenced to a decade in prison. But since he had been convicted of multiple crimes, he fell under the Armed Career Criminal Act. That required a longer sentence if the defendant has three prior convictions for violent felonies. By Nicholas K. Geranios.
BOEING 787 DIVERTED
NEWARK, N.J. — A United Airlines Boeing 787 flying from London to Houston was diverted to Newark, N.J., on Thursday because of a low engine oil indicator. The Federal Aviation Administration said it would look into the incident. There was a similar incident earlier this week in which a United Boeing 787 was diverted to Seattle.
RESTORING FISH RUNS
BRIDGEPORT — A new fish hatchery that will release nearly 3 million salmon to the wild each year is set to be dedicated Thursday in rural north-central Washington, marking the opening of the first hatchery designed and built under new scientific recommendations intended to boost fish survival rates in the Pacific Northwest. The $51 million hatchery near Chief Joseph Dam will help to rebuild naturally occurring spawning salmon runs in areas where they were damaged by the construction and operation of Columbia River hydropower dams. By Shannon Dininny. AP Photo.
BILLINGS, Mont. — The U.S. government approved plans by a Montana Indian tribe to lease an estimated 1.4 billion tons of coal to a Wyoming company that's moving aggressively to increase coal exports to Asia, the company and tribe announced Thursday. By Matthew Brown.
LE BOURGET, France — Airbus beat its rival Boeing in the orders stakes at the Paris Air Show but both aircraft manufacturers were encouraged that their lucrative wide-body planes were finding new customers — a sign that the global economy could be on the mend. The show at Le Bourget, which alternates with the Farnborough Air Show on an annual basis, is a platform for the sales race between the world's two major aircraft makers, whose customers are increasingly interested in the new-generation, energy-efficient planes to offset huge increases in the price of jet fuel. By Lori Hinnant. AP Photos XFM122, XFM115, DLM124, XFM106.
PURDY — A gray whale that appeared to be trapped for a time Wednesday in the shallow water of Burley Lagoon in south Puget Sound made its way into deeper water, but it's probably still in trouble, a whale expert said. "This is, at best, a straggler of the migration along the Pacific Coast," said John Calambokidis of Cascadia Research in Olympia. AP Photo WASET101.
TUMWATER — Ten years ago Thursday the whistle at the former Olympia brewery sounded for the last time, a final symbolic toot to signify the end of an era: The brewery was closing after more than 100 years of beer-brewing tradition. The final whistle blew on June 20, 2003, and the plant finally shut its doors a week later, with hundreds losing jobs and the community losing "the legacy of a well run business that supported a community," said Carla Wulfsberg, a former city of Tumwater museum coordinator and local historian. AP Member Exchange by Rolf Boone, The Olympian. AP Photos WATAC101-102.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Tommy Hanson takes the mound when the Los Angeles Angels go for their sixth win in eight games in their series finale against the Seattle Mariners, who counter with Felix Hernandez.
— ASSISTED SUICIDE — Wash. state report: 83 people died from assisted suicide in 2012.
— GUN LAWS — Gun-rights initiative planned in Washington state.
— BRITAIN-AMANDA KNOX — UK tabloid publishes photos of what it calls reunion of Amanda Knox, ex-boyfriend in NYC.
— BOTHELL HOMICIDE-ARREST — Husband of slain Bothell woman arrested.
— SEATTLE POLICE — Seattle police union head: Accept reforms.
— KENMORE STUDENT HAZING — School group banned over hazing Kenmore student.
— BREMERTON BUSINESS — Broker knocks Bremerton business climate.
— SEX OFFENDER AGREEMENT — Woodland sex offender avoids civil commitment.
— FRANK HERBERT PARK — Tacoma park could be named for sci-fi author. Pursuing AP Photo.
— FREEWAY BEAR KILLED — Male bear killed on I-205 near Vancouver. AP Photo WAVAN101.
— SKULL IN TRUNK — Body found in car belonging to missing Prosser man.
— WAPATO GANG SHOOTING — Boy, 16, wounded in apparent Wapato gang shooting.