Olympia Hospital Must Start Paying Business Tax

Prov-St.Peter-Hospital-OlympiaProvidence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia will have to start paying a city business tax that will cost it an estimated $340,000 next year. The City Council voted Tuesday to remove the business and occupation tax exemption for religious and medical nonprofits with annual income of more than $30 million.

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Lawmaker Sues Opponent Over Campaign Ad

Democratic state Rep. Larry Seaquist has filed a lawsuit against his Republican challenger, saying she made libelous claims against him in campaign ads. Seaquist filed the suit against Michelle Caldier on Monday, The News Tribune of Tacoma reported. The suit alleges that Caldier's campaign photo-shopped an image of Seaquist to make it appear he was holding a camera in an ad that claimed he was caught secretly taking photos of Caldier.

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Broken Tacoma Water Pipe Affects Paper Mill

A 16-inch pipe broke Tuesday night on the Tacoma Tideflats, leaving the city's biggest water customer, the RockTenn paper mill, out of service until it can be repaired. Tacoma Public Utilities spokeswoman Chris Gleason says the main gushed water for a couple of hours before it could be turned off. That left a big hole in the street, at E. Portland Ave. and E. 11th St., just outside the former Simpson kraft mill, which makes paper for cardboard boxes.

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WSU Grad Named WA State Veterinarian

A Washington State University graduate who has spent much of his career in New Mexico has been named Washington state veterinarian. The Washington state Department of Agriculture said Monday that Joe Baker will start Nov. 3, managing the department's Animal Health Program. The Capital Press reports Baker has almost 40 years of experience in veterinary medicine and held positions with the New Mexico Livestock Board since 2006.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — 21 October, 2014

Lewis-McChord Soldier Charged In Wife's Death

The Pierce County prosecutor has charged a Lewis-McChord soldier with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Lakewood apartment. Prosecutor Mark Lindquist called the shooting last Thursday night an unfortunate example of domestic violence. He says 20-year-old Skylar Nemetz shot 19-year-old Tarrah Nemetz in the back of the head with an AR-15 rifle because he was furious another man had purchased alcohol for her. Nemetz is scheduled for arraignment Wednesday afternoon in Tacoma

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (AP) — 21 October, 2014

Car Hits jaywalker On Seattle Street In Dark, Rain

Witnesses say a man was jaywalking across a Seattle street in the rain and darkness before dawn Wednesday when he was hit by a car. He was knocked into a utility pole and suffered a critical head injury. The fire department says medics performed CPR on the 49-year-old man as they took him to Harborview Medical Center. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

SEATTLE (AP) — 21 October, 2014

Surveyors Find Skull In Lacey

A survey crew found what appears to be a skull in a wooded area of Lacey. Police and the Thurston County coroner's office responded Tuesday and found other skeletal remains, likely from an adult. Lacey detectives are investigating.

LACEY, Wash. (AP) — 21 October, 2014