Governor Signs Medal Of Valor Bill For Oso Rescuers

inslee sigining2Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill to allow awarding the medal of valor to a group of recipients rather than a single person, clearing the way to give one of Washington's highest honors to communities for rescue efforts after last year's deadly Oso mudslide. Later this month, Inslee plans to award the medal collectively to the communities of Oso, Darrington and Arlington, and the Sauk-Suiattle Tribe, for their responses to the March 2014 mudslide that killed 43 people.

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2 Spokane Charter Schools Holding Student Lotteries

Spokane's first two charter schools have had so many applicants they are holding student lotteries to see who will attend next fall. The lotteries were scheduled for Monday evening. Pride Prep will be enrolling 75 sixth graders and 75 seventh graders in its school with a focus on hands-on learning, career development and working in the community. Spokane International Academy will be enrolling 50 students in kindergarten and first grade and 60 students in sixth grade in its elementary school with a focus on global learning and college-prep. Six other schools, approved by the statewide Charter School Commission, are scheduled to open in the Puget Sound region in fall 2015. The state's first charter school opened in Seattle this past fall. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – March 2, 2015

Plea Deal For Second Suspect In Spokane Beating Death

The second teen accused of beating a World War II veteran to death during a robbery in Spokane accepted a deal Monday and pleaded guilty to murder. In return for the plea from 17-year-old Demetruis Glenn, prosecutors dropped a robbery charge. The Spokesman-Review reports prosecutors will recommend a 16-year prison term when Glenn is sentenced March 19. The first 17-year-old prosecuted in the case, Kenan Adams-Kinard, also pleaded guilty to murder. He was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say the two killed 88-year-old Delbert "Shorty" Belton in August 2013 outside an Eagles Lodge. They say Belton, who survived the Battle of Okinawa, was killed for his wallet. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – March 2, 2015

Carpet Cleaning Powder Blamed For Pet Deaths

policelineyellowInvestigators say a carpet-cleaning powder is to blame for the deaths of two pets in Lakewood. The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that the cat and bird were found dead when a man returned to his home Saturday and discovered a strange odor. Local responders were unable to pinpoint the source of the odor. Hazardous materials teams from Pierce County and nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord were called in, along with support teams from Camp Murray and the state Department of Ecology.

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Gas Going Up – Avg. $2.72

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gas in Washington has risen 28 cents in one week to $2.72. That's up 59 cents in a month. It's 29 cents higher than the national average. Some metro prices from the AAA's Monday survey: Bellingham $2.95, Bremerton $2.88, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $2.89, Tacoma $2.89, Olympia $2.86, Vancouver $2.82, Yakima $2.38-caliber, Tri-Cities $2.23, Spokane $2.16. BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) – March 2, 2015

Marysville School Won't Reopen Cafeteria Where Students Shot

Marysville-Pilchuck High School won't reopen the cafeteria where a student fatally shot four friends and wounded another before killing himself last October. The Daily Herald reports ( ) that the school board of Marysville-Pilchuck High School is following wishes expressed at a December forum and in a recent survey. Since 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg opened fire Oct. 24, students have been eating lunch in the gym. The district is looking for funds for a new cafeteria, and some have recommended replacing the entire school, which is 44 years old. Fryberg killed three 14-year-old girls and a 15-year-old boy who was his cousin after inviting them to lunch. He injured another one of his cousins, a 14-year-old boy. MARYSVILLE, Wash. (AP) – March 2, 2015

Driver Jailed In Redmond Hit-And-Run Fatality

A driver who fled from a fatal collision in Redmond Saturday was jailed Sunday for investigation of vehicular homicide and hit-and-run. Police say the 21-year-old Lynnwood man was tracked down Saturday by a police dog following the early morning rear-end collision that killed a 30-year-old man at the scene. After his arrest, the Lynnwood man was treated and jailed after his release from a hospital. REDMOND, Wash. (AP) – March 2, 2015