PACKWOOD, Wash. (AP) — People living near Mount Rainier National Park report they felt a small earthquake that hit the region. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.6 quake hit a spot 13 miles (21 km) southeast of Packwood, an unincorporated community near the park, at 12:31 p.m. Sunday. The quake had a depth of 0.8 miles (1.3 km). There were no initial reports of damage.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new report recommends Washington create a centralized system for gun-purchase background checks. The state Office of Financial Management report says such a system would increase public safety with more consistent training and oversight and reduce burden on local law enforcement performing more than 440,000 checks annually. The Seattle Times reports that state lawmakers earlier this year unanimously passed legislation that authorized the report.
NORTH BEND, Wash. (AP) — A movie theater in the small Washington city of North Bend was evacuated after authorities say a packaged labeled as containing a “highly contagious human substance” was sent there in error. KOMO reports the package contained a urine sample. Sgt. Paul Graham with Snoqualmie Police says the package was supposed to have been delivered to a medical clinic in Tacoma, more than 40 miles away.
SEATTLE (AP) — Fish-farming company Cooke Aquaculture has agreed to pay $2.75 million to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit following the collapse of one of its net-pens in 2017. The Seattle Times reports that the settlement with the nonprofit Wild Fish Conservancy still needs the approval of a federal judge, but the money would pay for legal fees as well as Puget Sound restoration projects.