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Man gets 2 years for sending white powder letters

By By STEVEN DUBOIS PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Portland, Ore., has sentenced a man to two years in prison for sending threatening letters laced with a suspicious powder to members of Congress, journalists and comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert…. …read more

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Washington issues first legal pot business license

By By GENE JOHNSON OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state issued its first legal marijuana business license Wednesday, launching a new phase in the state’s ambitious effort to regulate a market that has been illegal for more than 75 years…. …read more

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Lawmakers consider bill to bolster Wash. tourism

By By LISA BAUMANN OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — After eliminating the state tourism office in 2011, Washington lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow those in the private sector to pick up the slack…. …read more

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Health database requirement cut from bill

By By JOHN WEBSTER SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Lobbying behind closed doors, Washington’s largest health insurance company persuaded Republicans in the state Senate to gut a widely supported bill that aimed to reveal health care price and quality information to consumers…. …read more

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Wash. Senate passes supplemental budget

By By LISA BAUMANN OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate has passed a supplemental budget that adds some money for education…. …read more

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Bill puts death penalty reprieve in spotlight

By By LISA BAUMANN OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Senate panel is weighing a measure that would prohibit a future Washington state governor from issuing a death penalty reprieve until after receiving a recommendation from a state Clemency and Pardons Board…. …read more

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Bill would gradually lower liquor taxes

By By MANUEL VALDES OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican and Democrat lawmakers are introducing a measure on Wednesday that would gradually lower liquor taxes…. …read more

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