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Posted on September 13, 2013 at 4:30 AM

Washington state at 1 a.m.

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SEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court has ruled the state can go ahead with plans to build light rail tracks on the Interstate 90 bridge over Lake Washington, citing agreements dating back to the 1970s that gave priority to public transit on the bridge. The justices agreed with Kittitas County Superior Court Judge Michael Cooper's grant of summary judgment that an agreement between the Washington Department of Transportation and Sound Transit does not violate the state constitution. By Donna Gordon Blankinship. SENT: 450 words.


SEATTLE — A state appeals court has overruled a public records award of nearly $650,000 made to an abuse victim. The ruling by the state Court of Appeals found that the state's public records law does not apply to juvenile records requested by Amber Wright in 2007. SENT: 300 words.


OLYMPIA — At least 1,500 people in Washington state who were victims of a timeshare and travel scam will receive up to $20,000 each under a settlement announced by Attorney General Bob Ferguson. Ferguson announced that the state has recovered $1.2 million from Jonathan Gibbs, who along with his wife, Christine, had claimed to handle over 30,000 timeshare transfers across the country. By Rachel La Corte. SENT: 360 words.


SPOKANE — The two 16-year-old boys charged in the beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran have entered not guilty pleas and will be tried in November. By Nicholas K. Geranios. SENT: 320 words.


PORTLAND, Ore. — An Eastern Washington farmer who intended to grow alfalfa that's not genetically modified had his crop rejected by a broker that said it found evidence of genetically modified pesticide resistance, the Washington State Department of Agriculture says. By Nigel Duara. SENT: 330 words.


SALEM, Ore. — Leaders in the Oregon House say momentum is building to legalize marijuana in Oregon, so the Legislature itself should write a ballot measure in hopes of getting a law that's well thought out. Two years ago, Oregon voters rejected a marijuana law written by advocate Paul Stanford. That was the same year voters in Colorado and Washington approved marijuana legalization in campaigns financed in part by backers who shunned Stanford's measure as poorly conceived and written. SENT: 490 words.


LOS ANGELES — Boeing has delivered the final C-17 produced for the U.S. Air Force, more than two decades after the mammoth and versatile transport plane was rolled out as the Cold War wound down. Military officials took delivery of the C-17 Globemaster III — the 223rd sold to the Air Force — during a ceremony Thursday attended by hundreds of workers at Boeing's Long Beach, Calif., assembly plant. By Christopher Weber. SENT: 400 words. Photos.


YAKIMA — A 360-degree view from Col. Paul Mele's hilltop vantage point in central Washington's high desert gave him a lot to smile about this week as a new Army brigade commander. Snow-capped Mount Rainier and Mount Adams loomed to the west on a crystal clear day at the Yakima Training Center. Three helicopters flew just to the north, one an Apache from his 16th Combat Aviation Brigade and two from a visiting unit from the Japan Ground Self Defense Force. AP Member Exchange by Adam Ashton, The News Tribune. SENT: 880 words.


PENDLETON, Ore. — It takes a fair amount of machismo to wear pink almost every day. Tie-down roper Tyson Durfey of Colbert, Wash., didn't wait until Tough Enough to Wear Pink Day at the Pendleton Round-Up to don the tender shade — he wears pink every time he competes. He added the color to his wardrobe in 2007 in honor of his stepmother's cancer struggle and never looked back. AP Member Exchange by Kathy Aney, The East Oregonian. SENT: 650 words, photos.



SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Safety Eric Reid's NFL debut for San Francisco came against one of the league's best quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers. Reid shined, making an interception and six tackles. The next task is equally tough for the rookie first-rounder: Defending another dynamic quarterback, Russell Wilson, in the hostile, ear-piercing confines of CenturyLink Field. By Janie McCauley. SENT: 880 words, photos.


RENTON — While the Seattle Seahawks had more high profile additions this offseason, the signing of defensive tackle Tony McDaniel could prove to be a quiet steal. SENT: 600 words.


— 49ERS-SEAHAWKS CAPSULE — 49ers-Seahawks Capsule.


SEATTLE — Some of the loudest NFL fans in the country are attempting to become the loudest in the world. This Sunday, Seattle Seahawks fans will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for loudest stadium, or officially "loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium," which was set in 2011 in Turkey at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena during a soccer match between Galatasaray SC and Fenerbahce. By Manuel Valdes. SENT: 320 words.


TULSA, Okla. — Shekinna Stricklen scored a career-high 26 points, Tina Thompson added 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Seattle Storm beat the Tulsa Shock 76-67 Thursday night to snap a three-game losing streak. SENT: 420 words.


— FIERY FATAL — State Patrol: 1 dead, 3 hurt in fiery 3-vehicle crash in Bellevue.

— SEATAC SHOOTING — Sheriff's spokeswoman: Armed suspect shoots self in woods near SeaTac after woman wounded; both taken to hospital.

— HOOD RIVER HOLDUP — Hood River, Ore., bank robber eludes ground, dog, air search; school, other lockdowns lifted.

— LUMBER TRUCK SPILL — Lumber truck spills load, blocks all 3 lanes of SB I-5 north of Vancouver.

— SCHOOL-MISSING PYTHON — Teacher's 2 ½-foot python missing inside Issaquah high school.

— RIVER RESCUE — Sheriff: Fife woman rescued from tree in Cowlitz River.

—ANACORTES BOTTLING PLANT — Plans to build a water bottling plant in Anacortes are unraveling.

— KENNEWICK MURDER — Murder conviction in Kennewick shooting.

— OIL TRAINS — State board ruling stalls oil terminal progress.

— NORTH CASCADES HIGHWAY — North Cascades Highway reopens after second mudslide closure of the summer.

— WHATCOM SLAUGHTERHOUSES — Whatcom council OKs slaughterhouses on farmland.

— BELLEVUE DEVELOPMENT — Work starting on $2.3 billion Bellevue development.

— DEATH INVESTIGATOR SETTLEMENT — Snohomish County settles lawsuit for $495,000.