Stories for March 8, 2012
Gregoire calls for special session
OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire has called for a special session as the Washington state Legislature prepared to adjourn without passing a supplemental budget plan.
TRONDHEIM, Norway (AP) -- American teenager Sarah Hendrickson won the final competition in the World Cup ski jumping season on Friday.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision says Illinois basketball coach Bruce Weber has been fired after nine seasons.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A person familiar with the decision says Illinois basketball coach Bruce Webber has been fired after nine seasons.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Salem police say they recovered a stolen car used as a getaway car in a Vancouver, Wash., robbery and arrested two suspects.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian officials say an Israeli airstrike has struck a vehicle in Gaza, killing two and critically injuring one.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Salem police say a patrol car had its lights flashing during a traffic stop Thursday night when it was rear-ended.
Vancouver eighth-grader who took her own life was bullied at school, online, sister says
A sad evening at Cascade Middle School began and ended in song Thursday.
House fires in West Hazel Dell, Northwest neighborhoods
On the warmest day of the year, firefighters knocked out two house fires within about four hours Thursday. In one house, a family with two children escaped. In the other, Fire District 5 and Vancouver firefighters coaxed a dog from a second story room when no one was home.
MADRID (AP) -- Michael Schumacher enters the last season of his three-year Formula One comeback with plenty of questions unanswered, while expectations for his Mercedes team remain muted after a series of disappointing results for the seven-time world champion.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office won't file a domestic violence assault charge against environmental activist Tre Arrow.
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- A Kennewick 17-year-old who never got his wish to serve in the military will be buried in a uniform.
A Woodland man was not injured Thursday after his small plane flipped upon landing at an airport in Kelso, according to Cowlitz 2 Fire and Rescue.
TOKYO (AP) -- Reconstructed documents show Japanese leaders knew hours after the tsunami that the Fukushima nuclear power plant's reactors could melt, but kept their knowledge from the public for months.
A 45-year-old man was sent to the hospital Thursday after he was hit while riding his bike on Southeast Ellsworth Road, officials said.
Police responded to a reported armed robbery at a market in the Orchards Marketplace shopping center near the intersection of state Highway 500 and Fourth Plain Boulevard.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington state corrections officer has been charged with bigamy after Facebook discovered two women were connected to him and suggested they might want to "friend."
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Pierce County corrections officer has been charged with bigamy.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Visitors to the Ohio Statehouse must now wear shoes.
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stock market futures are nearly flat even after European leaders cleared a major hurdle in avoiding bankruptcy in Greece and after government figures showed the unemployment rate stayed flat in February.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in January to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession began. The unemployment rate was unchanged, largely because more people streamed into the work force.
WALLA WALLA, Wash. (AP) -- The recovery of a gun from the Snake River at Burbank has led Walla Walla police to make an arrest in a fatal shooting.
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA will interview the match referee and players during a probe of Bahrain's "unusual" 10-0 win over Indonesia in a World Cup qualifier.
Clark County tree farmers strive to protect themselves, their children and their land
Steve Stinson sees it all the time: A family reluctant to tackle the complex world of estate planning, afraid they’re too dysfunctional to make it work. Toss a tree farm into the equation, and the task seems downright daunting for some.
The $31,500 mailing outlines her take on controversial bridge
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, who has frequently called for a local vote on light rail, has spent $31,500 of taxpayer money to ask Clark County taxpayers what they think about it.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN (AP) -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone attack has killed 12 militants close to the Afghan border.
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) -- A Portland lawyer has told federal Department of Homeland Security representatives that the no-fly list is being used as a "cudgel" against Muslims traveling abroad to get them to give up their rights as U.S. citizens in exchange for the right to return home.
MADRID (AP) -- Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says Barcelona and Valencia have agreed to alternate as hosts of Grand Prix races in Spain starting in 2013.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities in South Florida say a man is facing charges after he was seen in a photo on Facebook holding a judge's stolen nameplate.
ARE, Sweden (AP) -- Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the World Cup giant slalom race in Are on Friday to clinch her fourth overall title.
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Nataliya Dobrynska set a world record in the pentathlon at the world indoor championships, showing she is ready for a repeat Olympic gold medal at the London Games.
ISTANBUL (AP) -- Born in the United States but competing for Britain, hurdler Tiffany Porter is causing a stir at the world indoor championships.
Washington state begins the process of privatizing its alcoholic beverage business Thursday when a public auction of state-run liquor stores opens online, marking a historic change for a state that has tightly controlled its booze since the end of Prohibition.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Australia will continue its fierce rivalry with Japan after the regional powers were drawn together in the final round of Asian qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
SHANGHAI (AP) -- The eyes of soccer fans across Asia will be on China this weekend as Shanghai Shenhua and star striker Nicolas Anelka kick off the most eagerly awaited Chinese Super League season ever.
SHANGHAI (AP) -- South Korean and Chinese skaters captured most of the podium finishes in the 1,500-meter races Friday to open the world short-track speedskating championships.
Slows to 65 MPH at fourth speed trap
A Las Vegas, Nevada man may have gotten the message to slow down Wednesday morning after an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper stopped him along Interstate 84 west of The Dalles. During the traffic stop, the trooper discovered the man had been stopped and cited by two other police officers within the last hour for similar high speed traffic violations.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington state Legislature has passed a supplemental transportation budget with $57 million in new spending paid for by increased fees for drivers.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan and U.S. military officials have signed a deal to transfer oversight of the main U.S. detention center in the country to the Afghan government within six months.
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan and Western officials say an agreement has been reached on the contentious issue of transferring control of U.S. detention facilities in the country to the Afghan government.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Amaurys Fermin scored 16 points and Cal Poly outscored UC Riverside 22-5 to start the second half en route to a 66-54 victory Thursday night in the opening round of the Big West tournament.
Garage damaged in Cherry Street blaze
Firefighters rescued a dog from a burning home on Northwest Cherry Street. It was the second house fire in that area Thursday.
FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) -- Police say a 48-year-old Oregon man accused of beaning a fast food restaurant worker with a breakfast sandwich has been arrested for investigation of harassment and disorderly conduct.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington's Legislature has voted to revive a tax incentive program designed to lure movie production to the state.
A candlelight vigil will be held on Thursday for a young girl from Cascade Middle School who died this week.
Three Washington state lawmakers are raising concerns about the use of labor on a major construction project at the Port of Vancouver, alleging the company involved employed foreign rather than local workers.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Eugene Phelps scored 18 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career, as Long Beach State beat UC Davis 80-46 Thursday night in the first round of the Big West tournament.
KATY, Texas (AP) -- Patrick Richard scored 20 points and Dontae Cannon had 18 as McNeese State knocked off top-seeded Texas-Arlington 92-72 Thursday night in the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament.
COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (AP) -- Police in the Willamette Valley city of Cottage Grove, Ore., say a pickup truck sideswiped an SUV before hitting a park bench and crashing through the front of a Bank of America branch.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The governor has signed a measure that will add improvement in student test scores to the list of things principals use to evaluate teachers.
MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) -- Six middle school boys in Marysville, Wash., have been barred from school as police and school district officials investigate what is described as a sexually motivated assault on a 13-year-old girl on a school bus.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -- Garrius Holloman hit the game-winning jumper with 6 seconds left, the only points in the game's final 312 minutes, to propel Bethune-Cookman past North Carolina Central 60-59 Thursday night in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- U.S. Coast Guard officials say they have recovered the body of the fourth crewmember that had been missing since a helicopter crashed in Mobile Bay in Alabama.
KELSO, Wash. (AP) -- Fire officials in Kelso, Wash., say a strong crosswind overturned a single-engine plane as it was landing. The pilot was the only person aboard and was unhurt.
All About Nutrition will offer free wellness evaluations throughout the month of March in honor of National Nutrition Month.
Oregon Health & Science University will host its annual Mark O. Hatfield Lecture this month.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A former city councilman in Talent, Ore., who was accused of attempting to take nude photographs of a teenage girl has entered a modified guilty plea to a charge of coercion.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Traffic officers along Interstate 84 in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge say a lead-footed driver was in such a hurry to make a court date on a meth possession charge that he racked up $2,000 worth of speeding tickets in an hour.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Traffic officers along Interstate 84 in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge say a lead-footed driver was in such a hurry to make a court date on a meth possession charge that he racked up $2,000 worth of speeding tickets in an hour.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- Gem of Soul beat Caelis by 2 3/4 lengths Thursday in the $60,094 Special 28FX Purse for older fillies and mares at Santa Anita.
Heavy smoke pours from house's basement
A vintage home in the West Hazel Dell neighborhood suffered significant smoke, fire and other structural damage Thursday morning.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Robby Ginepri became the first American to win his way into the second round of the BNP Paribas Open by beating Paoli Lorenzi of Italy 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Solomon Hill scored 25 points and Arizona defeated UCLA despite going 812 minutes without a field goal in the second half of a 66-58 quarterfinal victory in the Pac-12 tournament on Thursday.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers have signed defensive tackle Will Tukuafu to a two-year contract extension through the 2013 season.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A longtime Nike attorney and one of Oregon's chief literary patrons has died.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Chris McNealy hit four 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points Thursday to lead UC Irvine to a 65-59 upset of Cal State Fullerton in the quarterfinals of the Big West tournament.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Pierce Hornung had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead six players in double figures for No. 4 seed Colorado State, which routed No. 5 seed TCU 81-60 in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference tournament on Thursday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- DeAndre Kane scored a career-high 40 points to lead Marshall to a 105-100 victory over Tulsa in triple overtime Thursday in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jonathan Papelbon has already endeared himself to Phillies fans without throwing a meaningful pitch.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Carpenter said he has been dealing with neck stiffness for several days and missed his scheduled throw on Wednesday.
One of the strongest solar storms in years engulfed Earth early Thursday, but scientists say the planet may have lucked out.
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Jarrod Lyle has had a recurrence of leukemia at home in Australia, just as the 30-year-old is preparing to become a father for the first time.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith will undergo season-ending surgery next week to repair a right hip tear and hernia.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer for his first hit of spring training but Chris Heisey had an RBI triple and Juan Francisco hit a solo homer in a four-run fifth inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Retired NFL safety Coy Wire says he was part of a small group of Buffalo Bills players who pooled money and rewarded themselves for hurting opponents during his rookie season in 2002.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Clippers plan to raise ticket prices by an average of 15 percent next season. It's the first price hike in six years.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer to extend his torrid start to spring training, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago Cubs 10-3 on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama, an avid basketball fan, is bringing British Prime Minister David Cameron to an NCAA Tournament game in Ohio.
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Dan Haren worked two hitless innings for Los Angeles in his spring debut and the Angels beat the Cleveland Indians 6-5 Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Isaiah Wilkerson scored 20 points to help NJIT edge Houston Baptist 65-64 in the first round of the Great West Conference tournament Thursday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- University of New Orleans President Peter Fos says the school will halt its transition to NCAA Division II status and instead remain in Division I.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The NCAA issued a statement clarifying the timing of Syracuse's self-reporting of possible violations of its internal drug policy.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Josh Beckett pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, for the Boston Red Sox in a 9-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday in St. Louis' 9-3 victory, allowing two hits.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- UC Santa Barbara got 15 points from its season scoring leader, Orlando Johnson, and took a big step toward winning its third straight Big West title with a 72-52 victory over Pacific on Thursday in the opening round of the conference tournament at the Honda Center.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Nikola Pekovic says he is ready to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves starting lineup, and not a moment too soon.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Senate has soundly rejected a bill that would have required Amazon.com to collect sales tax on purchases made by Arizona residents.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) -- Verizon Wireless says it's closing its suburban Detroit call center by the end of June, affecting 750 jobs.
Two women standing on a Portland street corner were hit by a cab involved in a collision Wednesday night and knocked through a store window.
ATLANTA (AP) -- An official who ejected two former North Carolina State stars from the stands last month is not taking part in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
SEBRING, Fla. (AP) -- Rubens Barrichello had his first full day as an official IndyCar Series driver and showed again what everyone already knows: The Brazilian is very fast.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon is rejoining a longstanding national debate over Native American-related mascots, nicknames and logos in schools.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jamaal Franklin made an off-balance 3-pointer at the buzzer to give top-seeded and No. 18 San Diego State a 65-62 win over No. 8 seed Boise State in the Mountain West Conference tournament opener Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Cashmere Wright banked in a runner with 7.6 seconds left, and Cincinnati beat No. 13 Georgetown in double overtime 72-70 on Thursday in another multiple-OT classic at the Big East tournament.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Western Kentucky has fired Mary Taylor Cowles as women's basketball coach after a disappointing 9-21 season.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Fourteen former Syracuse players worked out for NFL scouts on Thursday in Manley Field House, including punter Rob Long.
Spring chinook angling slow in lower Columbia River, although two fish counted at Bonneville Dam this week
C-Tran’s bus rapid transit, light rail planswill be reviewed by objective outsiders
Even with all the respect we have for the fine folks of Clark County, we acknowledge that people in other places might also know a thing or two about transportation. And although we’ve been leery of too many cooks crowding into the local transportation kitchen, there’s something to be said for out-of-town experts. For one thing, as independent observers they usually supply light rather than heat to controversial subjects. They illuminate solutions that many emotion-charged local observers might overlook.Hats off, then, to state officials who have appointed five experts from far away to evaluate financing plans for maintaining and operating two C-Tran proposals: a proposed bus rapid transit line (BRT) along Fourth Plain Boulevard, and a light rail extension into Clark College as part of the Columbia River Crossing.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) -- Rural county officials were happy to see the Senate pass a one-year extension of federal timber payments, but know full well that they are not out of the woods on closing their budget gaps.
Items about Washington razor clam seasons, state hunting proposals, improvements to Lewis River road No. 90 and the opening of state parks on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge
Our priority-challenged president, who spent a few blinks of the eye talking about a potentially catastrophic national debt in his State of the Union speech, decided recently to comfort a female law student for an insult proffered by a radio-talk-show host thereby achieving what?
Inaugural event marks rebirth of similar program
Lisa Nisenfeld, Sally Schaefer and Mary Strehlow will be recognized as women of achievement in Southwest Washington at the inaugural Iris Awards presented by Clark College on Thursday night in the college’s Gaiser Student Center. A 5 p.m. reception will be followed by the 6 p.m. awards ceremony.
Artistry, function inform current crop of designs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Coffee tables with two levels have been popular for a while. Because people want places to set their laptops, tablet computers and smartphones, you’re starting to see coffee tables designed with three levels.
A daily listing of death notices.
Tsugawa Nursery: 410 E. Scott Ave., Woodland. Events are free unless noted. * Register: 360-225-8750 or http://tsugawanursery.com.n 11 a.m. March 17: Beginning Bonsai Class. Learn where to begin and what plants, pots, soil and tools are needed. n 1 p.m. March 17: Bonsai Group. Learn tips and techniques from experienced bonsai enthusiasts.
Once my thoughts turn to spring, I begin searching my own garden for every emerging sign of the season. Established clumps of early snowdrops surprise me with their obvious vigor. A month ago they were invisible below the ground’s surface. Last week they began to poke exploratory green fingers of foliage up through the soil. Today they stand in clusters of upright stems, arching at the uppermost tip to display their delicate, porcelain-white blossoms reminiscent of miniature Tiffany lamps.
Since Clark Public Utilities installed the first public electric vehicle charging station in the county last summer at its 1200 Fort Vancouver Way location near downtown Vancouver, many more have popped up.
What’s happening in Clark College athletics:
Michael Nguyen, Matthew Nguyen, Evergreen High School
Evergreen wrestlers share All-Region honor
What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
Tina Anderson, office assistant and media technician at Pleasant Valley Middle School, has been named Southwest Washington classified school employee of the year by Educational Service District 112.
Congressional candidate Elizabeth Uelmen plans to host a campaign kickoff event March 20 at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s Artillery Barracks Building.
I agree 100 percent with Tim Coe’s Feb. 22 letter, “Take care not to restrict free will,” and his statement, “God gave us all free will.
The March 1 story, “Theory of First Americans Places Stone Age Europeans in U.S.,” and photos supported evidence America’s first visitors may have come from European Salutreans 20,000 years ago
As a Feb. 5 story, “Refineries closing, gas prices climbing,” reported, oil companies are closing two refineries this year and one next year because they are not profitable. The quarterly profits in the billions per quarter make the oil companies’ claim unbelievable.
I visited a little 3-year-old girl in the hospital who had surgery to repair damage done to her intestines from swallowing small, magnetic metal balls. She is not the first little one to swallow these “toys,” but I pray she will be the last
OK, so the new bridge won’t be tall enough, and if it were to be raised, it would infringe on Pearson air space.
Regarding the March 2 story, “Official: Planned bridge too low,” I am very concerned about the ongoing series of miscues by the Columbia River Crossing planning process.
Lots of weather tidbits to pass along so let’s talk weather! It was downright cold early Wednesday after that cold frontal passage earlier in the week. Most locations in Clark County dipped well into the 20s with Vancouver officially bottoming out with 26 degrees. I had 25 degrees in Salmon Creek and other lows reaching the 20-degree mark.
Thanks to County Commissioner Marc Boldt for outlining the top priorities of Clark County in 2012 during the recent State of the County address.
Fort Vancouver graduate claims indoor crown
Concordia University senior Junia Limage broke her own school record in the 800-meter run while winning the NAIA indoor national championships in the event Saturday at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has rejected several Republican-backed attempts to overturn President Barack Obama's environmental and energy policies as it deals with a bill to keep federal aid flowing to transportation projects across the country.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- The evidence gathered in a lawsuit over the fatal police shooting of a New York college football player might soon be made public.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Doug Fister pitched three scoreless innings and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer for the Detroit Tigers in an 8-1 win Thursday over a Tampa Bay Rays split squad that lost David Price to an injury.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks Corp. says it will soon sell a single-cup coffee machine for people to brew lattes and other coffee drinks at home.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Newt Gingrich spent his first day under Secret Service protection Thursday campaigning in Mississippi, part of his do-or-die push in the South.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Carlos Zambrano struggled with his control in his first start for Miami, allowing three runs while getting just four outs, and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-4 on Thursday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jordan Hulls scored 20 points and Cody Zeller finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 15 Indiana pull away from Penn State 75-58 in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Francisco Liriano struck out five of the nine batters he faced in the Minnesota Twins' 1-0 loss to a Tampa Bay Rays split squad on Thursday.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Neil Watson scored 17 points and Darnell Dodson's 3-pointer put Southern Mississippi ahead to stay in an 81-78 victory over East Carolina in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Minor pitched three scoreless innings in his second spring outing but the Atlanta Braves lost to the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 on Thursday.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Even though he'll open his mailbox later this year to find his AARP card, Jamie Moyer swears he doesn't feel old.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota receiver Ge'Shun Harris has been dismissed by the team after being charged with felony credit card fraud.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Yahoo Sports reports that federal authorities are investigating suspended Auburn point guard Varez Ward for alleged point shaving.
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) -- Oklahoma authorities say they're searching for a suspected trespasser after a burning vehicle was found near the home of country singer Garth Brooks.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Johnny O'Bryant scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, and LSU pulled away for a 70-54 victory over Arkansas in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate has agreed to keep compensating rural counties for a decline in federal timber payments because of environmental protections for the spotted owl, salmon and other species.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Seattle Mariners catcher Adam Moore has suffered a broken right wrist after blocking a ball in the dirt during a spring training game.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Justin Tuck expects Peyton Manning to make any team he signs for an instant NFL powerhouse. The New York Giants defensive end just hopes it's not a team in the NFC East.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Clemson's top NFL prospects in tight end Dwayne Allen and defensive end Andre Branch worked out for nearly four dozen pro personnel on Thursday, including New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Legislature has adjourned without passing a supplemental budget plan, and Gov. Chris Gregoire has called for a special session.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire has called for a special session as the Washington state Legislature prepared to adjourn without passing a supplemental budget plan.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- House Democrats have passed a budget agreement that keeps in place a delayed payment to schools that Senate Republicans have said will ensure its failure in the Senate.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- House and Senate Democrats have come to an agreement on a new budget proposal, but Senate Republicans say that if majority Democrats try to bring it up on the Senate floor, it won't pass.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center says police tell it a shooting at a psychiatric clinic has killed two people and left seven injured.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Authorities say several people have been injured in a shooting at a psychiatric clinic at the University of Pittsburgh, and police are looking for a gunman.
OAKLAND, Pa. (AP) -- Police say several people have been injured in a shooting at a psychiatric clinic at the University of Pittsburgh.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The Washington Supreme Court says city laws allowing for red-light traffic cameras are not subject to repeal by local initiatives.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) skated for the first time Thursday since he was injured nearly three weeks ago.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The state Senate has approved an education reform bill championed by the governor, but ridiculed by some lawmakers as not doing enough to help kids.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have added forward Maksim Mayorov to the roster on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Ashton Gibbs began the season as the Big East preseason Player of the Year. The Pittsburgh senior guard will likely end it in the NIT.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Pacific Coast fishermen can start gearing up for what's expected to be the best salmon fishing season in years.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A spokesman for Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich says he's not looking to Washington state after losing his primary.
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities in Medford say they arrested a teenager at North Medford High School carrying a loaded pistol he'd just stolen from an unlocked car.
TRONDHEIM, Norway (AP) -- Daiki Ito of Japan won his fourth ski jump World Cup event of the year Thursday after setting a hill record in Trondheim.
AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) -- If Peyton Manning has questions about Miami, Dan Marino will be happy to take his call.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Tight end Scott Chandler has agreed in principal to a two-year contract to re-sign with the Buffalo Bills less than a week before he was eligible to become a free agent, the player's agent has told The Associated Press.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Boaters are being warned to steer clear of a mother gray whale and calf that wandered off course into San Francisco Bay during spring migration.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Eight of the richest people in the world live in Washington state.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The Port of Everett says a ship loaded with logs this week is the first full log shipment the port has handled since 2002.
SEATTLE (AP) -- Doctors have no plans to remove a bullet from an 8-year-old Bremerton girl who was wounded in a classroom shooting.
SEATTLE (AP) -- The 8-year-old Bremerton girl who was wounded in a school shooting is breathing on her own, but she remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Everett welcomed the latest aircraft carrier to call the naval station its home port with the arrival Friday of the USS Nimitz.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Everett welcomes the latest aircraft carrier to call the naval station its home port.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The Navy says the aircraft carrier Nimitz will arrive at its new home port in Everett on Friday.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- United States goalkeeper Tim Howard has extended his contract at Everton, tying him to the Premier League club until 2016.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Left-handed pitcher Glen Perkins has signed a three-year extension with the Minnesota Twins.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed backup running back Jason Snelling.
SEATTLE (AP) -- A Seattle landmark, the P-I globe, should keep on spinning, but it will likely be moved by the end of the year from the waterfront building that once housed the Post-Intelligencer newspaper.
INDICATORE, Italy (AP) -- World champion Mark Cavendish won the second stage of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race in a sprint finish Thursday, while Australian Matthew Goss retained the overall lead.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- The Cleveland Browns are not likely to enter the Peyton Manning sweepstakes.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Jim Lanier has taken the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race but has not yet taken a mandatory 24-hour break.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) -- Police say a shooting that wounded a 19-year-old Wednesday afternoon in Yakima appears to be gang-related.