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Inslee says state will act on oil trains

The number of oil trains running across Washington is unacceptable, and the Legislature will consider bills in the upcoming session that mandate advance notification of oil shipments by rail as well as more funding for railroad crossings and emergency response training, Gov. Jay Inslee said Friday.

Voters approve measure to expand checks for gun buyers

As voters Tuesday night approved a measure giving Washington one of the strictest gun-purchase background-check laws in the nation, both supporters and detractors were already preparing to keep fighting over Initiative 594. In Tuesday’s vote count, nearly 60 percent of voters were supporting I-594, which would extend background checks in Washington state to private sales and transfers.

Justices deciding fate of Backpage.com lawsuit

OLYMPIA — A website sometimes used by pimps to advertise prostitutes shouldn’t be able to claim immunity from state sex-trafficking laws because it doesn’t write the ads, an attorney for three teenage victims of sex trafficking told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Pulitzer Prize poet Carolyn Kizer dies

Spokane native Carolyn Kizer, who won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry, died Thursday in Sonoma, California. She was 89. Kizer, who won the prize for her collection titled “Yin” in 1985, was known for lengthy poems and for the often biting tone in her work.