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SOUNDER-PERSONS STRUCK

2 people fatally hit by Sounder trains, another possibly hit

SUMNER, Wash. (AP) — Officials say two pedestrians were struck and killed by Sound Transit trains in separate incidents in Sumner and Kent, and a third person may have been hit in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports a train headed from Lakewood to Seattle hit a person around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in Pierce County. Spokeswoman Rachelle Cunningham says a second person was fatally struck by a train in Kent that was headed to Seattle from Tacoma around 5 p.m.

FISH KILLED-FARMER FINED

Feds: Bellingham farm’s waste flowed into creek, killed fish

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A Bellingham farmer has agreed to pay $6,750 to settle a federal complaint that he discharged animal waste into a restored creek, killing about 300 fish _ including threatened steelhead. NOAA Fisheries said Tuesday that Harold Carbee discharged waste into Anderson Creek during a period of at least 12 hours in May 2018. A local resident noticed the discharge and called authorities.

YAKIMA COUNTY-HEPATITIS

Yakima County reports 18 hepatitis A cases

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima County has 18 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, a number authorities say will likely increase in the weeks and months ahead. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports all cases are all tied to people experiencing homelessness and those using illicit drugs.

MISSING CAT

Man’s cat found after 2 months at Oregon rest area

(Information from: East Oregonian, )

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A man has been reunited with his cat more than two months after she slipped out of his car at an eastern Oregon rest area. The East Oregonian reports Antonio Martinez stopped at the Deadman Pass rest area east of Pendleton during his move from Texas to Beaverton. He says that’s when his tabby cat Korra slipped out. Last week, a motorist headed home to Aberdeen, Washington, stopped at the rest area and spotted Korra. Robert Holt says he used a ham sandwich to lure the feline into his car.

VAPING ILLNESS-OREGON

More severe vaping-related illness cases confirmed in Oregon

(Information from: KATU-TV, )

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed three more Oregon cases of severe lung illness linked to vaping, bringing the statewide total to 20 cases with two resulting in death. KATU-TV reports some of those who were hospitalized vaped cannabis or nicotine only, while others used a combination of both.

PORTLAND-ARSONS

Man pleads not guilty to Portland arson fires

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man has pleaded not guilty to multiple arson charges stemming from fires authorities say caused devastating damage in Portland, Oregon. KOIN reports that Allen Singerhouse’s attorney pleaded not guilty Tuesday on his behalf. It is alleged that the 39-year-old Singerhouse started two fires in a Portland residential neighborhood in August that destroyed two commercial buildings, five homes and about 50 cars in a parking lot.

SCHOOL BUS-SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT

Washington state district settles sexual misconduct lawsuit

(Information from: Kitsap Sun, )

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state school district has agreed to pay $5 million to the families of four students allegedly sexually assaulted by another student on school bus trips. The Kitsap Sun reported that the lawsuit was filed in 2018 claiming four developmentally disabled children were assaulted by a behaviorally disabled student during the 2014-2015 school year. Officials say North Kitsap School District has settled the lawsuit which claimed the district did not provide adequate supervision.

WASHINGTON-CAR TAB INITIATIVE

Washington AG asks court to let car-tab cuts happen

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington State Attorney General’s Office is asking the state Supreme Court to allow voter-approved car-tab tax cuts to take effect this week, despite a lower-court ruling putting the cuts on hold. The state filed an emergency motion Monday saying Washington voters’ wishes are being “stymied” by a King County Superior Court judge’s decision to stop Initiative 976 from taking effect while a legal fight over the $30-car tab initiative’s constitutionality plays out.

DRIVER-PEDESTRIANS STRUCK

Police: Driver who hit pedestrians was high, had eyes shut

(Information from: The Seattle Times, )

SEATTLE (AP) — A second person has died after police say a woman who was driving high with her eyes closed plowed her car into a group of four pedestrians last week. The Seattle Times reports that the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office confirmed the second death Monday, but offered no further details.

AIRPORT DELAYS

Washington’s Sea-Tac airport expects delays caused by storm

(Information from: KING-TV, )

SEATTLE (AP) — Sea-Tac International Airport has warned passengers to expect delays as a winter storm hampers holiday travel. KING-TV reports the airport in Washington state recommends travelers plan for congested drive times. Officials have also asked customers to consider using public transportation to reach the airport 14 miles south of Seattle and 25 miles north of Tacoma.

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