Inslee changes tune, opposes Washington fossil-fuel projects

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is changing course on his support of two fossil-fuel projects in the state. The News Tribune reports Inslee spoke out against projects tied to fossil fuels following a bill signing Wednesday banning hydraulic fracking for oil and natural gas statewide. He says he cannot in good conscience support the Puget Sound Energy's liquefied natural gas site under construction in Tacoma and a methanol production facility in Kalama.

Man dies in fall at Mount Rainier National Park

MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a Massachusetts man died last week while scrambling a peak in Washington's Mount Rainier National Park.The Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office identified him Thursday as 41-year-old Robert Michael Moll of Rowley, Massachusetts. The medical examiner's office says he died of traumatic injuries sustained in a fall.The News Tribune reports Moll was a journalist and author.

Man drowns after falling from paddleboard near Seattle

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man drowned after he fell off his paddleboard on Lake Washington near Seattle.KOMO-TV reports dive teams recovered the body of the 47-year-old man Sunday after he vanished under the water near Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island.Vanchan Houn says her husband Bradley Wells tried to help the man after they saw him struggling to stay on the board.Wells says he swam to the man but the man disappeared in the water when he got there.

New measles case confirmed in Seattle nurse

SEATTLE (AP) - Health officials say a new case of measles has been confirmed in a Seattle nurse.KOMO-TV reported Monday that Seattle Children's Hospital officials say the nurse contracted the disease from a patient who was being treated for measles at the facility.The hospital says the patient was in appropriate isolation and the nurse was wearing personal protective equipment while caring for the patient.

2 new measles cases confirmed in Washington outbreak

SEATTLE (AP) - Health officials say two more cases of the measles - including one in an infant - have been confirmed in a western Washington outbreak.Public Health - Seattle & King County says a teenager who lives in King County visited the Auburn Community Center July 6 while infectious and before the teen was diagnosed. Officials say the teen lives in a household of a person who was previously diagnosed.

Auditor: King County allowed ICE to access jail information

SEATTLE (AP) - A report from the King County Auditor says Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers continued to access an online jail database more than 1,000 times after the county passed a law in February 2018 prohibiting the sharing of personal information with immigration officials without a warrant.The Seattle Times reports that in doing so, the officers were able to see photos, physical descriptions, addresses and aliases for more than 40,000 bookings into King County jails.

Washington state to cut hundreds of trees to save salmon

MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) - Washington state intends to cut down more than a hundred trees along a highway in an attempt to restore a salmon habitat.The Everett Herald reports that the state Department of Transportation was scheduled to begin the clearance Monday along Highway 529 in Marysville.Officials say the trees are being removed from less than a square mile so the area can function as an estuary.

New orca calf born in May confirmed to be female

SEATTLE (AP) - Researchers have confirmed a new calf born to a pod of endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest is female.Scientists believe the whale was born in late May. They have designated her J56.She is the second calf born in the last five months to southern resident killer whales that frequent Puget Sound and other waters around Washington State and British Columbia.

Senators Cantwell and Murray want more staffing at Sea-Tac

SEATTLE (AP) - Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are concerned U.S. Customs and Border Protection staffing will be inadequate to handle passengers coming through Sea-Tac Airport's new international arrivals facility.KING-TV reports Cantwell and Murray implored Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan in a letter Wednesday to provide sufficient staffing or change how new systems will be implemented in order to better handle more passengers.

Washington state finds schools unsuited for earthquakes

SEATTLE (AP) - Most of the 222 school buildings that officials examined across Washington state would be unsafe to occupy after powerful earthquakes.The Seattle Times reported Monday that assessments by the Washington Department of Natural Resources found that about a quarter of the schools would not be able to be repaired and 43% posed a high or very high risk for loss of life from quakes.

2 men found shot, dead in rural Washington state

A homicide investigation is under way after sheriff's deputies found the bodies of two men in rural Washington state.The Clark County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrived at a home in Amboy Saturday night and found the two bodies. A news release Sunday says it appears both men were shot and one of them appeared to have died from a self-inflicted injury.Their names won't be released until family members have been identified.