Author: NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

State official supports delisting wolves in all Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state official says wolves should be removed from the federal endangered species list in the entirety of the state.Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind in April wrote a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in support of the proposal to delist wolves in the Lower 48 states.Susewind calls the proposal "appropriate and timely" as wolves are recovering.Wolves in the eastern third of Washington are already delisted.

Democrats demand reprimand of GOP Rep. Matt Shea

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Democrats in the state House of Representatives are demanding that conservative Republican Rep. Matt Shea be publicly reprimanded for extremist activities.The Democrats sent a letter Friday to House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox of Yelm, also demanding that Shea, of Spokane Valley, be removed as the top Republican on the House Committee on Environment and Energy.

Eastern Washington beats Maine 50-19 in FCS semifinals

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) - Eric Barriere threw seven touchdown passes as Eastern Washington beat Maine 50-19 in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs on Saturday, to advance to the national title game against powerhouse North Dakota State.Nsimba Webster caught four touchdown passes for third-seeded Eastern Washington (12-2), which was playing in the national semifinals for the fifth time in nine years.

In the red zone: WSU aims to pay off athletics debt

Officials for Washington State University say the athletics budget will no longer be accruing annual deficits in five years, but it will take longer to pay off a budget hole estimated to grow to $85.1 million.

Lawmakers battle over bill to prevent breaching of dams

Three Republican U.S. House members from Washington state are criticizing Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., for opposing their legislation that would prevent the breaching of four dams on the Snake River to help improve endangered salmon runs.