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The Lakewood High School jazz choir, Swingbeat, brought home their seventh consecutive trophy from the annual Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, held April 17-19 in Springfield, Oregon. They finished in second place in their division. Comment?
A plan to bring Washington state into compliance with tougher federal requirements for proof of U.S. residency for driver's licenses and other government-sanctioned ID has not been immediately embraced by lawmakers. The proposed bill, requested by the state Department of Licensing and supported by Gov. Jay Inslee, would create a two-tier system for licenses and would also repeal a 2007 law that prohibits spending state money to comply with the national standards unless federal funding was provided and other concerns were allayed. Comment?
A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation. U.S. District Judge Thomas O. Rice of Spokane ruled Wednesday that the pollution posed an 'imminent and substantial endangerment' to the environment and to people who drink the water. Comment?
The Washington apple industry is losing tens of millions of dollars weekly in sales because of the longshoremen's work slowdown at West Coast ports over contract negotiations. 'Individual firms have lost millions of dollars a week in orders. Comment?
A year ago, the Mountlake Terrace girls cross country team surprised some by finishing fifth at the 3A state meet. Saturday, the Hawks proved it was no fluke as they finished second behind Holy Names in this year's state championship. Comment?
An unusually hot summer didn't stop Northwest growers from hand-picking their largest-ever sweet cherry crop this year. Workers harvested more than 23.2 million 20-pound boxes of cherries this summer, just a smidgen above the record set in 2012, according to the Yakima-based Washington State Fruit Commission. Comment?
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