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WA Marine Warnings and Forecast for Friday, April 19, 2019 _____ GALE WATCH URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Seattle WA 252 AM PDT Fri Apr 19 2019 ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 3 AM PDT SATURDAY... The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Small Craft Advisory...which is in effect from 5 PM this afternoon to 3 AM PDT Saturday. The Gale Watch is no longer in effect. * WIND...West 15 to 30 knots. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 3 AM PDT SATURDAY... The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Small Craft Advisory...which is in effect from 5 PM this afternoon to 3 AM PDT Saturday. The Gale Watch is no longer in effect. * WIND...West 15 to 30 knots. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Small Craft Advisory means that wind speeds of 21 to 33 knots are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 3 AM PDT SATURDAY... ...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IS CANCELLED... The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Small Craft Advisory...which is in effect from 5 PM this afternoon to 3 AM PDT Saturday. * WIND...Northwest 15 to 25 knots. . ..
Marineros vienen de abajo, vencen 11-10 a los Angelinos
ANAHEIM, California, EE.UU. (AP) - Jay Bruce rompió el empate con un sencillo en el noveno para los Marineros de Seattle, que desperdiciaron una ventaja de ocho carreras en las postrimerías pero vencieron el jueves a los Angelinos de Los Ángeles 11-10. Ryon Healy jonroneó dos veces y empujó cinco carreras y Omar Narváez añadió un toletazo de tres carreras por Seattle, que había perdido seis en fila. David Fletcher empató las acciones abriendo el octavo por los Angelinos luego que su equipo había anotado siete en el séptimo. Pero los Marineros remontaron contra el taponero Cody Allen (0-1) para su novena victoria en 10 juegos como visitante esta campaña. Kole Calhoun bateó un jonrón de dos carreras y Andrelton Simmons tuvo tres hits y dos empujadas por los Angelinos, que perdieron su cuarto consecutivo. Albert Pujols también empujó dos, lo que le dio 1.999 en su carrera, quinto en la historia. Roenis Elias trabajó el noveno, para su tercer salvamento.
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Washington Legislature votes to end surprise medical billing
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Legislature has passed a measure to end so-called surprise medical billing. The House on Thursday voted unanimously to concur on changes made in the Senate, which unanimously passed the measure last week. Surprise billing, also called balanced billing, is when patients receive a bill for the difference between what a provider expects to be reimbursed from an insurer and what the insurer thinks they should pay. Disputes often arrive when out-of-network providers, such as anesthesiologists, are working at in-network hospitals. The bill removes patients from billing disputes between the health insurers and hospitals or doctors, and it prohibits an out-of-network provider or facility to balance bill a patient for emergency services and hospital services. Under the measure, patients also must not be balance billed for nonemergency health care services at an in-network hospital or facility if the services include surgical or ancillary services and are provided by an out-of-network provider.
Washington Supreme Court baffles lawyers with split opinion
SEATTLE (AP) - An evenly split ruling from the Washington Supreme Court has lawyers scratching their heads. The court on Thursday issued a 4-4 ruling in the case of a Shoreline man who had been convicted of obstructing police. Justice Barbara Madsen did not participate in the case. Normally in such a split ruling, the lower court's decision would stand. But Justice Steven González's opinion was designated the lead opinion, and it ordered the conviction vacated and sent the case back to the trial court. Justice Debra Stephens' opinion, which would have upheld the conviction, was designated the dissent. Several lawyers and law professors said they didn't know how a 4-4 split could result in a conviction being overturned. The court didn't immediately respond to an email seeking clarification. Even defense attorney David Iannotti, who nominally won the case, said he didn't understand. He added: "Everyone I've talked to is befuddled."
Affirmative action initiative reaches Washington Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - An initiative that would bring back affirmative action in Washington has had a contentious hearing at the state Legislature, where advocates and critics alike questioned the role of opportunity and privilege in society. The initiative would allow the state to use hiring and recruitment goals - but not quotas - to bring minority candidates into state jobs, education, and contracting. Lawmakers Thursday presided over a lengthy hearing for the measure. Because the measure is an initiative to the Legislature, lawmakers have the option to approve or reject the measure. If they reject it outright it would automatically go on the fall ballot. They also could also suggest an alternative to go on the ballot beside it.
Washington set to be 1st state with long-term care benefit
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington is poised to become the first state to establish an employee-paid program creating an insurance benefit to help offset the costs of long-term care, a step advocates say will help an aging population that is likely not prepared for the increasing costs needed for daily assistance. The measure creates a benefit for those who pay into the program, with a lifetime maximum of $36,500 per person, indexed to inflation, paid for by an employee payroll premium. It has cleared both the House and the Senate, but because the Senate made several changes before passing it earlier this week, the measure now heads back to the House for a final vote. According to AARP of Washington, 70% of residents 65 and older will require some type of assistance to live independently. Only an estimated 7 million to 8 million Americans have private long-term care insurance, which is costly and generally requires applicants to pass a health screening. Many assume that Medicare covers long-term care, but that's not the case except for limited care for skilled nursing care or rehabilitation. Qualifying for public coverage under Medicaid, which covers low-income people, involves spending down lifetime savings. "This is a way to try and give people a benefit that they've paid into that will be able to keep them out of poverty and accessing a broad array of services they may need," said Democratic Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma, the bill's sponsor. Opponents call it an unnecessary intrusion by government and an additional tax on employees who haven't had a say on whether they want such a program. Proposed referendum amendments to require voters to weigh in were rejected by lawmakers. "I do believe people need long-term care insurance," said Republican Sen. Maureen Walsh of Walla Walla. "But to have a state-run...
Kent man suspected of murder arrested at Canadian border
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a man accused of fatally shooting a man and leaving his body in an Auburn vacant lot in March was arrested Saturday while trying to cross the Canadian border. The Bellingham Herald reports Abbas Salah Zghair of Kent was arrested on suspicion of murder and criminal impersonation, according to Whatcom County Jail records. On March 24, Auburn police were called to the former drive-in movie theater after a body was found, according to Commander Steve Stocker. He says a 31-year-old Kent man had died of an apparent gunshot wound. Stocker says the victim's identity and other information aren't being released because it's still an active homicide investigation. Stocker says video from nearby businesses showed a license plate which led to Zghair. Sumas police say officers were called to the border crossing after Zghair presented an ID that was not his. ___ Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com
Senate approves bill limiting measles vaccine exemptions
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A measure to remove the option of a philosophical exemption for the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine has cleared the Washington state Senate. After some initial confusion about whether the bill was properly brought to the floor ahead of a 5 p.m. PDT deadline, majority Democrats returned to the floor in the evening to debate the measure and passed it on a 25-22 vote late Wednesday night. The House passed the measure last month, but because it was amended by a Senate committee the bill heads back across the rotunda for a final vote. The bill was introduced amid a measles outbreak in the state that sickened 74 people. Washington is among 17 states that allow some type of non-medical vaccine exemption for personal or philosophical beliefs.
Carrasco K's 12, Indians sweep Mariners with 1-0 win
SEATTLE (AP) - Carlos Carrasco rebounded from one of his worst starts with 12 strikeouts, Jake Bauers hit a solo homer and the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Carrasco (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, dominating as the Indians handed Seattle its sixth straight loss. The right-hander struck out the side three times and only allowed one baserunner to reach third base. The 12 strikeouts were the most for Carrasco since striking out 14 last September against Toronto. He walked two. It was a drastic turnaround after his last start, when Carrasco got just two outs, allowing six hits and six earned runs against Kansas City. It was the shortest outing of his career that wasn't cut short by injury. The Mariners ended their 20-game home run streak, a record to open a season. Seattle appeared to make it to 21 games in the third, when Ryon Healy hit a line drive down the left field line that was initially ruled a homer. It was overturned to a foul ball via replay, and Healy struck out. Seattle's only hits were doubles by Mallex Smith and Domingo Santana and a single by Edwin Encarnación. Santana reached third base with two outs in the sixth after a wild pitch but was stranded there as Jay Bruce struck out for a third time. Nick Wittgren pitched the final two innings for his first career save. Seattle's Erik Swanson surpassed the expectations of manager Scott Servais in his first big league start. Servais was hopeful of getting five innings out of Swanson (0-1) in his first big league start, but the rookie nearly matched Carrasco. Swanson allowed two hits over six innings, struck out five and didn't walk a batter. Bauers was the only Cleveland hitter to solve Swanson, with a single in the second and his...
Wilson looking at next decade after new deal with Seahawks
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - When Russell Wilson and his representatives started negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks on a contract extension, they were looking far beyond five more seasons. Having turned 30 late last season, Wilson tried to project into the next decade and the chances of playing his entire career with one team. "The next deal was going to be the place where, 'Hey, if we're going to be in Seattle, wherever it's going to be, I want to make sure that's where I'm going to be for the next 10-12 years hopefully,'" Wilson said Wednesday, a day after signing the $140 million, four-year contract extension that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. "That was kind of my mindset, from (age) 30 to 40. And then you reassess, you add on, and everything else. But the reality was for the next 10 years." His new deal will cover half that 10-year window. He has the highest yearly average salary at $35 million per season. He has the highest signing bonus ($65 million) and guaranteed money ($107 million) in league history. He's under contract through the 2023 season. The negotiations wrapped up just before midnight as Monday clicked over into Tuesday. It was the deadline Wilson set for getting a long-term extension done before accepting the likelihood he had only three more seasons in Seattle. The deadline was real in Wilson's mind. "I have an obsession with football. I just want to play the game. I just want to be able to focus on that. I remember the first time, (with) the other contract, it was one of those things that took us all the way to the summertime, right before training camp - literally to 11:50 that night and everything else. The next day, we were practicing," Wilson said. "For me, and for everyone involved really, the whole organization, it was really more so of a 'Hey, let's make sure we don't have...
Inslee signs measure to codify some health care rules
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a measure to ensure that some of the Affordable Care Act's federal protections are protected in state law. Inslee signed the measure Wednesday. It duplicates protections created by the health care law, known as Obamacare, including rules that insurers can't block patients with pre-existing conditions from purchasing their plans, and can't retroactively deny coverage except for fraud or misrepresentation. Pre-existing condition rules are considered a key part of the Affordable Care Act, allowing many with chronic illness to buy insurance from companies that might otherwise have blocked them. The bill imports other federal protections including yearly out-of-pocket maximums and a list of must-cover health benefits. Inslee and state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler note that the new law won't offer full protection if the ACA is repealed, since Medicaid expansion and low-income subsidies would be eliminated.
Russell Wilson got his mega deal. So what's next for the Seahawks?
With Russell Wilson's mega deal now in place, and the need still to pay All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner - a deal, whenever it comes, that should be record-setting for his position - the question becomes, 'is it possible for Clark to get his slice of the pie, too?'
Legislature: Breed bans must have 'good citizen' exemption
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Finding out just who's a good dog is set to become the responsibility of local jurisdictions under new rules on breed bans passed by the Legislature. Passed by the Senate Wednesday on a 25-23 vote, the rules wouldn't block breed bans entirely, but would require exceptions for owners who can prove their pets are well-behaved. Often targeting larger, muscular breeds including Pitbulls and Rottweilers, bans have been an instrument of critics who say some breeds are innately dangerous. The rules would allow owners to get around such bans based on completion of the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen programs, which includes tests of whether an animal will react aggressively to strangers, being petted, and interacting with unfamiliar dogs. Local jurisdictions would be allowed to enforce breed bans, but would have to exempt dogs that passed the test. The proposal now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee for consideration.
Fisheries managers set Nooksack River chinook salmon limits
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - State wildlife officials are again setting limits on Nooksack River chinook salmon because of projected low returns. The Bellingham Herald reports a statement issued Tuesday by the Department of Fish and Wildlife says closures of local fisheries for threatened chinook include the San Juan Islands in August and Deception Pass in December and January. Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind says reducing fisheries is not a long-term solution to the dwindling number of chinook salmon. He says the chinook population will continue to decline if the habitat isn't improved. Susewind says the limits will have an indirect effect on the health of southern resident orcas, whose primary food source is chinook, by reducing boat noise and competition for food. ___ Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com
WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart tears Achilles tendon in right leg
NEW YORK (AP) - Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart is expected to miss the upcoming season after she ruptured the Achilles' tendon in her right leg. Stewart injured the leg on Sunday in the EuroLeague Women championship game. She flew to Los Angeles where test results confirmed the injury. The Storm announced the diagnosis on Wednesday. Stewart was playing for Dynamo Kursk, a Russian club, when she appeared to land awkwardly on the foot of fellow WNBA star Brittney Griner after attempting a jumper late in the first half against UMMC Ekaterinburg. The former UConn star immediately grabbed at her lower right leg while grimacing in obvious pain. She was attended to by trainers on the court before being helped to the locker room while not putting any weight on her right leg.
Kent man arrested in fatal carjacking
KENT, Wash. (AP) - Police have arrested a suspect in a carjacking in Kent, Washington, that ended with the death of a 38-year-old man. KOMO reports the suspect is a 23-year-old Kent man. His name was not immediately released because he has not been formally charged yet. Police said a second person of interest in the case also has been identified. He is cooperating with the investigation and it has been determined that he is not a suspect in this case. The carjacking happened about 8 p.m. Monday. A suspect made a forced entry into a pickup as it was stopped at the gate of a storage facility. The suspect then drove from the scene - with owner Jered Sperling still inside the truck - before officers arrived. The truck was found later at a Kent apartment complex with Sperling's body in the truck bed.
Everett man pleads not guilty in 1972 killing of young woman
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - A 77-year-old man charged with murder in the 1972 killing of a young woman has pleaded not guilty. The Daily Herald reports Terrence Miller of Edmonds entered the plea in Snohomish County Superior Court in the death of Jody Loomis. Charging papers say Miller's DNA was found on a boot Loomis wore the day she was shot in the head and left to die in the woods near Mill Creek. A forensic tool known as genetic genealogy led detectives to Miller. Authorities say a genealogist used the DNA to build built a suspect family tree and that last year the research pointed to a family that included Miller. Police watched Miller sip a cup of coffee at a casino in August and got it out of the garbage so the DNA could be compared. Miller remains jailed on $1 million bail. ___ Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com
Malnourished gray whale found dead in Seattle's Elliott Bay
SEATTLE (AP) - Whale researchers say a dead gray whale whose carcass was found floating in Seattle's Elliott Bay Sunday had likely died some time ago and showed signs of malnourishment. KOMO-TV reports the 39-foot (12-meter) whale was discovered near the Coast Guard station at Elliott Bay and was examined by whale researchers and veterinarian organizations. Whale researchers with Cascadia Research Collective said Tuesday that researchers found the whale was in poor body condition with some woody debris in the stomach, but no sign of food. There were no signs it had been entangled or struck by a ship. Researches will compare photos of the whale to others taken over the past several years to try to determine the whale's sighting history. Researchers say it was the seventh stranded gray whale spotted in Washington waters this year, which is near the annual average.
Bieber, bullpen lead Indians to 4-2 win over Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) - Shane Bieber struck out five and combined with three relievers to hold Seattle to six hits as the Cleveland Indians beat the Mariners 4-2 Tuesday night and stretched their winning streak to three games. The Mariners extended their major league record home-run streak to start the season to 20 games. Seattle now has 42 home runs, yet is mired in a five-game losing streak after a stretch of six straight wins that once had the Mariners atop the standings. It wasn't the cleanest effort by Bieber (2-0), who worked out of trouble several times to keep the Mariners at one run for much of the game. Bieber matched his season total with three walks, but improved to 9-0 on the road in his career. His 13 straight road starts without a loss to start his career is the third-longest streak in the major leagues since 2000. Jay Bruce hit his eighth home run, a solo shot to right-center field in the eighth. That homer made Seattle just the 10th team since 1908 with a 20-game home run streak. Seattle entered the game leading the major leagues in extra-base hits (82), but was stymied by Bieber. The Mariners manufactured a run in the second to take a 1-0 lead. After Tim Beckham reached on a walk, he advanced to third on a wild pitch by Bieber that catcher Kevin Plawecki lost view of as it dribbled about 15 feet away from the plate. He then scored on a single by Tom Murphy. From there, Bieber worked out of trouble in the first of five different innings in which the Mariners had runners in scoring position. He got Dee Gordon to hit a weak grounder with two on base after Beckham's score in the second. In the fourth, he struck out Murphy with a runner on second. He issued his third walk to Gordon to start the fifth. It marked just the second time in 22 starts that Bieber gave up more than two walks in a start for the...
Police find body in truck carjacked in Washington state
KENT, Wash. (AP) - Police say they believe a body found in the back of a stolen pickup truck is that of a carjacking victim who went missing south of Seattle. KING-TV reports an unknown person entered the truck that 38-year-old Jared Sperling was driving when he stopped at the gate to a storage facility in Kent on Monday evening. Kent police say the person drove off in the truck with Sperling still inside. Police say Sperling's truck was found at an apartment complex Tuesday morning. Police are investigating the death as a homicide. Police say they are looking for two people of interest in the case. ___ Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/
Panel: Pilots won't need simulator training for Boeing jet
A group that advises federal aviation regulators says pilots won't need new training on flight simulators to learn how to operate the Boeing plane that was grounded after two deadly crashes involving a new anti-stall system. The group says there should be computer and classroom instruction about new software on the Boeing 737 Max. The advisory group says that should be adequate training for pilots who have flown earlier versions of the 737. On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration posted a draft report by the group, the flight standardization board. The FAA will take public comments through April 30, then make a final decision on training requirements. .
Resurrected Seattle traffic camera proposal clears House
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A proposal to expand the use of traffic cameras in Seattle passed the state House, after earlier stalling amid controversy over how to use the footage. Bus lane cheaters and intersection blockers would be the main targets of the bill, which would allow Seattle to try out the devices on main arterials - including the West Seattle Bridge, a traffic chokepoint in the city. "We rely really heavily on these bus lanes to move people to work, to school, to medical care, and those transit lanes can't operate when people are driving in them and violating the rules of the road," said the bill's sponsor, Seattle Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon. He said at least one other city that had implemented a similar program had seen bus performance improve, and cited blocked crosswalks as impacting especially the disabled. "It's a huge frustration for people in my community." In debate over the measure Monday night, Fitzgibbon said the cameras would solve a dilemma faced especially by police, who sometimes lack the physical space on roadways to pull over scofflaws without blocking traffic. Fitzgibbon, whose district includes the West Seattle Bridge, said the problem was especially acute there. The measure's approval on a 57-41 vote late Monday night marked a victory for supporters after the proposal earlier missed a key deadline amid conflict over use of the footage by law enforcement. Before the vote, the American Civil Liberties Union had said it would pull support of the bill if police were allowed to access the footage for other investigations. "If we want to have that debate we should have it in the context of putting street cameras on the corner for that purpose, not repurposing cameras that we already have put out there, " said Shankar Narayan, director...
Body found belongs to suspect in woman's decapitation
CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a body found in a California river belongs to a man charged in the killing and decapitating of a woman on Washington's Camano Island. The Island County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the body of Jacob Gonzales was positively identified through DNA this month after it was found in the Feather River in northern California in April 2018. Police in March 2018 found the body of 26-year-old Katherine Cunningham on an undeveloped parcel of land near a gun- and ammo-filled bunker on Camano Island. Authorities said Gonzales lived with Cunningham. He was charged with murder after investigators said they found a samurai sword with DNA evidence. Court documents say Cunningham likely died in mid-February. Her body was found by a couple looking to buy the property. Documents say Gonzales stole Cunningham's car and fled, with the car found abandoned in Yreka, California.
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House OKs bill to vacate some marijuana convictions
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - People with previous misdemeanor marijuana possession convictions in Washington state are a step closer to more easily having those convictions vacated. The bill passed the House on a bipartisan 69-29 vote Tuesday. Because the House amended the measure, the bill heads back to the Senate - where it passed last month - for a final vote. Under current law, a sentencing court already has the discretion to vacate an applicant's misdemeanor conviction record, except in several circumstances, including where criminal charges are pending against the person, fewer than three years have passed since they completed their sentence, or if they've been convicted of a new crime since the date of conviction. The measure that passed the House Tuesday would require the court to vacate any applicant's conviction record provided they were 21 or older when the prior misdemeanor marijuana conviction occurred.
Wilson se queda en Seattle, será el mejor pagado en la NFL
RENTON, Washington (AP) - Russell Wilson se queda con los Seahawks de Seattle, como el jugador mejor pagado en la NFL. El quarterback colocó un video en medios sociales el martes por la mañana para anunciar el acuerdo. Se trata de una extensión de contrato por cuatro años que le pagará 140 millones de dólares, según dijo su agente Mark Rodgers a The Associated Press. El nuevo acuerdo llega hasta el final de la campaña del 2023 e incluye una bonificación por firma de 65 millones de dólares y 107 millones en dinero garantizado. El promedio de Wilson de 35 millones por año supera el salario anual promedio de 33,5 millones del también mariscal de campo Aaron Rodgers como parte de su extensión de contrato de 134 millones firmada el año pasado con los Packers de Green Bay. El contrato actual de Wilson - 87,6 millones por cuatro años - expiraba al final de la próxima campaña. "El objetivo y la esperanza de Russell eran que iba a continuar su carrera con los Seahawks y continuar trayendo campeonatos a la ciudad", dijo Rodgers. "Piensa que aún quedan cosas por hacer y está deseoso de proceder sin tener que preocuparse por contratos y su futuro". Wilson, de 30 años, había fijado un plazo hasta la medianoche para un nuevo acuerdo con Seattle. Quería certidumbre sobre su contrato antes de arrancar los programas de entrenamientos de pretemporada del equipo, que comenzaron el lunes. Wilson se presentó el primer día y para el final de la noche estaba colocando un video con su esposa Ciara anunciando el acuerdo. El anuncio pone fin a los debates sobre el futuro de Wilson en Seattle, aunque no pareció haber muchas dudas de que seguiría con el equipo por un buen tiempo. Los Seahawks tenían cierto control al saber que casi seguramente tendrían al menos tras campañas más con su estelar...
Starbucks expanding solar, enough to power 360 Texas stores
HOUSTON (AP) - Starbucks Corp. has announced plans to expand its investment in solar farms and use the energy to power hundreds of its coffee-serving stores in Texas. Seattle-based Starbucks on Monday announced the deal with Cypress Creek Renewables and U.S. Bank. A statement says the companies are combining forces on solar farm operations throughout Texas. Terms weren't released. Two solar farms built and operated by Cypress Creek currently provide enough energy for the equivalent of 360 Starbucks in Texas, including sites in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Arlington. Company officials say Starbucks is separately investing in six Cypress Creek-owned solar farms in Texas. Starbucks and U.S. bank earlier worked to develop and finance a solar farm in Maxton, North Carolina.
New deal with Seahawks makes Wilson highest-paid NFL player
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks as the highest paid player in the NFL. Wilson posted a video on social media early Tuesday saying, "Seattle, we got a deal," shortly after agreeing to a $140 million, four-year extension with the Seahawks, his agent Mark Rodgers told The Associated Press. Wilson's new deal runs through the 2023 season and includes a $65 million signing bonus, a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money. Wilson's per year average of $35 million tops Aaron Rodgers' average annual salary of $33.5 million as part of the $134 million extension he signed last year with the Green Bay Packers. Wilson's current $87.6 million, four-year deal was signed at the beginning of training camp in 2015 and was set to expire after next season. "Russell's goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town," Rodgers said. "He believes there is still unfinished business and he is looking forward to pursuing that without having to worry about contracts and his future." The 30-year-old Wilson had set a midnight deadline for a new deal with Seattle. He wanted certainty about his contract before the start of the team's offseason workout program, which began on Monday. Wilson showed up for the first day and by the end of the night was posting a video with wife Ciara announcing the agreement. The deal ends the debate about Wilson's future with the Seahawks, although there seemed to be little doubt he would remain in Seattle for a while. The team held leverage knowing it likely had at least three more seasons with Wilson under center. Even if he played out 2019 under his current deal, Seattle could have used the franchise tag if needed to keep him...
Police in Washington state seize $1.16M worth of narcotics
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Police in Washington state say they seized $1.16 million worth of narcotics in separate weekend arrests. The Olympian reported Monday that the Thurston County narcotics tasks force announced seizures of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. Police say two seizures took place April 13. Police say a man was arrested in Tumwater on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver heroin and that they seized 2 kilograms (about 4 pounds) of heroin valued at $440,000. Authorities say two men were taken into custody in Olympia on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver methamphetamine and cocaine. Police say that seizure netted 4 kilograms (about 9 pounds) of methamphetamine valued at $600,000 and 1 kilogram (about 2 pounds) of cocaine valued at $125,000. ___ Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com
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Seattle signs Jefferson, Fant to restricted free agent deals
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Offensive lineman George Fant and defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson both signed their restricted free agent contracts with the Seattle Seahawks on the first day of the team's offseason workout program. Fant and Jefferson finalized their deals Monday. Fant signed a second-round tender worth $3.095 million for the upcoming season. Jefferson signed an original-round tender that will pay him more than $2 million. Jefferson was a fifth-round pick. Fant has played both tackle positions during his time in Seattle and last year regularly served as a sixth offensive lineman reporting as an extra tight end. Fant even had one catch for 9 yards last season. Jefferson appeared in all 16 games last season for Seattle with 12 starts. He had 25 total tackles and three sacks in a breakout season after seeing limited action in his first two years with the Seahawks. Seattle also signed nine exclusive rights free agents: LB Austin Calitro, LB Emmanuel Ellerbee, C Joey Hunt, DE Branden Jackson, S Shalom Luani, RB J.D. McKissic, LS Tyler Ott, CB Kalan Reed and G Jordan Simmons. ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
In wake of Duck crash, Legislature updates century-old law
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Legislature has approved an update to the state's wrongful death law, the latest reverberation from a fatal 2015 crash that cast a spotlight on a century-old state law. The proposal would remove requirements that, after an accidental death in the state, family members must live in the United States and be economically dependent on the victim to be able file a wrongful death claim here. The law dates to 1909. The state House passed the bill on a 61-37 vote Monday. Having previously passed the Senate, it now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature. A fatal 2015 crash in Seattle put the law in the spotlight. In that incident, a "Ride-the-Ducks" amphibious vehicle veered into oncoming traffic, killing five and injuring 69 when it struck a bus filled with foreign students. At least one family of a victim in the crash was restricted by the law and later challenged it, calling it discriminatory.
New restrictions on debt collections advance in Legislature
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A trio of consumer protection bills has cleared major votes in the state Legislature, including one targeting a type of undated lawsuit which the state attorney general called potentially confusing for consumers. The proposals also target the handling of medical debt and the timeline for reporting debt to scorekeeping credit agencies, along with revisions to wage garnishing rules and interest rates. All three bills passed floor votes in the Senate Monday, and had earlier passed the House. Although one of the three still needs House approval of an amendment, clearing full votes of both chambers is a key hurdle before Legislation is sent to Gov. Jay Inslee for a signature. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson requested one of the bills, which targets a practice where debt collectors serve a lawsuit before filing it, potentially leading debtors to miss court dates. In a release Monday Ferguson called the practice "confusing."
Washington Democrats want presidential debate in Seattle
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state Democrats are making a push for the third presidential primary debate to be held in Seattle. The state party announced Monday that it is asking Washingtonians to sign a public petition to the Democratic National Committee. Party chairwoman Tina Podlodowski plans to hand deliver the petition on April 25 when she's in Washington, DC. The petition action comes following a letter Podlodowski, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Theater Group Executive Director Josh Labelle sent to DNC chairman Tom Perez in February suggesting Seattle's Paramount Theatre as a debate location in either 2019 or 2020. Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee, who is among a growing group of Democratic presidential contenders, signed a measure moving the state's presidential primary from May to the second Tuesday in March. State Democrats recently changed the state's democratic nominee selection process from caucus to primary. The DNC is already planning debates in Miami in June and Detroit in July.
Police seek driver who dragged officer attempting arrest
SEATTLE (AP) - Police in Burlington are seeking the driver of a pickup that dragged an officer attempting to make an arrest. Seattle television station KIRO reports a Burlington officer was dragged about 30 feet (9 meters) Saturday afternoon. The officer at around noon contacted a 29-year-old woman with warrants for her arrest. As the officer tried to take the woman into custody, she drove away, dragging the officer behind the pickup. More officers responded and tried to stop the truck. Police say the pickup accelerated, ran a red light and hit a car with two people inside. Pursuing officers stopped to give aid to the people in the car and the pickup sped off. A 78-year-old woman and the 31-year-old officer were transported to Skagit Valley Hospital for treatment. ___ Information from: KIRO-TV, htthttp://www.kirotv.com/index.html
Cause of Seattle utility pole collapse still unknown
SEATTLE (AP) - The chief executive officer of Seattle City Light says company officials still don't know why 26 utility poles collapsed near the Museum of Flight. The Seattle Times reports the poles fell April 5 along East Marginal Way in Tukwila. One crashed into a car and narrowly missed two people inside. Seattle City Light CEO Debra Smith says one of the most important things the company wants to know is which pole fell first. She says she guesses that one pole fell and pulled down the others. Smith says finding a qualified firm to conduct a review is taking longer than expected. Utility officials are in talks with a national engineering firm. The two oldest poles were installed in 1954 and the five newest in 2011. ___ Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com
Family takes Pierce County coroner to court over suicide
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The family of a 16-year-old boy who died from a fall off a Washington state bridge is asking the court to intervene on his official death certificate. Michael Gish on Wednesday petitioned a Pierce County Superior Court judge to review Pierce County Medical Examiner Thomas Clark's determination that his son, Jordon Gish, died by suicide. The family says the boy's death was an accident and the suicide ruling is affecting benefit claims. The teenager died in July 2017 while playing on a Puyallup bridge with a friend. The lawyer on the Gish case also represented a whistleblower who filed a complaint against Clark this year, accusing the coroner of mismanaging death investigations. A Pierce County spokeswoman in a statement said that the review process can be difficult for loved ones.
Apollo 11 exhibit opens at Museum of Flight
SEATTLE (AP) - "Destination Moon," the Apollo 11 exhibit at the Museum of Flight, is opening this weekend. The exhibit, which is a partnership between the Museum of Flight, NASA, and the Smithsonian, features artifacts from the NASA space program. It opens Saturday and runs through September 2. KING reports the star of the exhibit is the Columbia, the Apollo 11 Command Module. It's on tour for the first time in 40 years. Also on display are Buzz Aldrin's visor and gloves immortalized forever in images from the moon landing.