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Water boil advisory lifted after E. coli contamination

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. (AP) — The Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District near Spokane says most of its customers no longer need to boil their water after a water sample from a fire hydrant tested positive for E. coli.

The sewer and water district said Wednesday it had isolated the area where the contamination was found, then disinfected and flushed the entire system. The boil water advisory will remain in effect for a very small portion of customers.

The water district found E. coli bacteria on Nov. 17 in water that served two homes. On Nov. 20, tests in an adjacent part of the system were also found to have E. coli bacteria.

The water system serves more than 10,000 people in Liberty Lake and the surrounding area approximately 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Spokane.


Colorado State takes 5th place at Cayman Islands Classic

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — Adam Thistlewood made five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points, Nico Carvacho had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Colorado State pulled away from Washington State in the second half for a 79-69 victory on Wednesday in the fifth-place game of the Cayman Islands Classic.

Colorado State made 17 of its first 24 field goals of the second half (70.8%) to help wrap up the tournament with two wins after an overtime loss to New Mexico State in its opener. CSU went on a 14-2 run over nearly four minutes in the second half to go up 53-42 with 12:34 to play.

David Roddy added 12 points and Kris Martin 11 for Colorado State (5-3). The Rams finished shooting 54.9% and outrebounded the Cougars 44-28 to overcome 20 turnovers.

CJ Elleby and Jeff Pollard scored 16 points apiece to lead Washington State (3-4). Elleby, who has scored 20 points in five games this season, was 7-of-19 shooting but missed 9 of 11 3-point attempts. Pollard matched his career-best 16 points, made 6 of 7 shots including three 3-pointers.

Isaac Bonton added 11 points and Tony Miller had 10 for the Cougars, who built a 31-30 halftime edge. Washington State was just 3 of 14 from beyond the arc in the first half, but stayed in it by forcing 12 turnovers.

The Cougars pulled to 60-57 with 8:33 to play on consecutive 3s from Bonton and Jervae Robinson, but Martin answered with a 3-pointer and Isaiah Stevens made a layup to extend CSU’s lead. The Cougars never got closer, making just three layups and six free throws from there.

Carvacho and Elleby were each named to the all-tournament team.


Colorado State hosts Utah Valley on Sunday.

Washington State plays at Idaho on Wednesday.


Lawsuit: County officials wouldn’t release daughter’s body

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Northern Idaho tribal members have filed a federal civil lawsuit contending Kootenai County officials refused to return their daughter’s body after she died in a car crash and planned an autopsy despite the family’s objections due to religious beliefs.

Nichole and Hemene James of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe filed the lawsuit last week seeking unspecified damages.

The family prevented the autopsy after getting a restraining order in state court, but says the delay in receiving the body of 21-year-old Olivia Pakootas prevented them from performing important tribal ceremonies involving the afterlife.

The family also wants the court to force the county to remove from the death certificate that intoxication was a factor in the cause of death.

Idaho State Police say Pakootas died in June 2018 when she crashed on a northern Idaho road and was ejected from the vehicle.


Ruckelshaus, who defied Nixon in Watergate firing, dies

SEATTLE (AP) — William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed his death in a statement Wednesday. Ruckelshaus served as the agency’s first administrator.

The lifelong Republican also served as acting director of the FBI.

But his moment of fame came in 1973, when he was a deputy attorney general and joined his boss, Elliot Richardson, in resigning rather than carrying out Nixon’s order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

The firings became known as the “Saturday Night Massacre.”

In his later years, he was a high-profile champion of cleaning up Puget Sound in Washington state, where he lived.


King County judge blocks Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab measure

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge has blocked Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab measure from taking effect in Washington state, citing “substantial concerns” that the initiative’s description on the ballot was misleading.

Voters approved Initiative 976 earlier this month. It caps most taxes paid through annual vehicle registration at $30 and also largely revokes the authority of state and local governments to add new taxes and fees.

The city of Seattle, King County and other groups sued to stop the measure. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the reductions caused by the measure would cut more than 100,000 bus hours and would hamper her program to provide free bus access for high school students and low-income residents.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office, which is defending I-976, disputed those claims, pointing to the city’s growing transportation budget.


Man wanted for fatal hit-run arrested in Washington

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a man wanted in a hit-and-run crash that killed a baby in Rapid City last year has been arrested in Washington.

The Rapid City Journal reports 37-year-old George Matousek is being held in the Spokane County Jail on $100,000 bond. Rapid City police say they are working to extradite Matousek.

He’s wanted for fleeing from a car crash that killed 1-year-old Mackayla Dillon about a year ago. Police say Matousek was speeding when he hit two cars, killing the girl and injuring two others.

The Spokane County Jail contacted Rapid City police when Matousek was picked up there on an unrelated warrant.



The Latest: I-5 to fully reopen later Wednesday after storm

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 have reopened heading from Redding, California all the way to the Oregon border.

California transportation officials said Wednesday the freeway was clear and no chains are required.

I-5 was closed in both directions near the California-Oregon border Tuesday, stranding hundreds of people.

The southbound lanes reopened at Ashland, Oregon early Wednesday.

Don Anderson, deputy director of the California Department of Transportation in Redding, says Caltrans and many other agencies worked hard to communicate the seriousness of the storm but that many drivers were still caught by surprise.



A California transportation official says a major highway connecting California to Oregon that was closed after cars and trucks spun out during a major storm will fully open later Wednesday.

Interstate 5 was closed in both directions near the California-Oregon border Tuesday, stranding hundreds of people. The southbound lanes reopened at Ashland, Oregon early Wednesday.

Don Anderson, deputy director of the California Department of Transportation in Redding, says northbound lanes will reopen late Wednesday afternoon.

Anderson says Caltrans and many other agencies worked hard to communicate the seriousness of the storm but that many drivers were still caught by surprise.


From modest beginnings, Washington now a force in wine world

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — From less than 20 wineries in 1981, the Washington wine industry has grown to more than 1,000 this year. And the growth is likely to continue.

Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wines in the United States, trailing only California.

The state’s wine industry generates about $2.4 billion a year in revenues and contributes more than $7 billion a year to Washington’s economy.

Experts say most of the industry’s success stems from the state’s climate and soils.

Wine grapes like long sunny days and cool nights, which the vineyards located in the central and eastern part of the state enjoy. The area also gets little rainfall compared with other grape-growing regions, which is a plus.


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Snow squall leads to dozens of crashes on I-90 near Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Dozens of vehicles crashed on Interstate 90 just west of Spokane shortly after a squall dumped heavy snow.

The Spokesman-Review reports between 50 and 100 vehicles were involved in the collisions Tuesday, according to Trooper Jeff Sevigney. No life-threatening injuries were reported.

Sevigney says conditions changed rapidly and when drivers didn’t adjust their speed in time, one crash started a chain reaction.

The freeway was reduced to one lane in each direction, but all lanes reopened at about 5:30 p.m.

The squall hit the West Plains after 1 p.m. The state Department of Transportation said there were multiple spinouts in both directions.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center spokeswoman Beth Hegde said by 5 p.m., about five people involved in the crashes had been admitted with minor injuries.


2 senators back revoking Wounded Knee medals for US soldiers

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Two Democratic senators plan to introduce a companion bill to a U.S. House measure to revoke Medals of Honor for soldiers who participated in the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Medals of Honor were given to 20 soldiers for participating in the massacre that killed an estimated 250 Native Americans, many of whom were women and children.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Jeff Merkley of Oregon announced Wednesday they will sponsor the Remove the Stain Act. It was first introduced in the House by Democrats Denny Heck of Washington and Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Republican Paul Cook of California.

Republican Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota has said he does not support the effort because “we’re now guessing” about the roles of individual soldiers.

The Associated Press