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A group that advocates for public employees has filed an ethics complaint against northeast Washington representative Joel Kretz. Kretz, the Republican Representative from the 7th district, has been cited by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, as inappropriately pressuring WSU officials to take action against a leading wolf researcher.

An Oregon legislative panel came up empty Monday in its efforts to grill three former Oregon Health Authority employees. The committee wanted to ask about their role in a plan to discredit an Oregon health care nonprofit.

Washington is the only state with legal marijuana that doesn’t allow home grows. There have been unsuccessful efforts to change that in recent years. Now the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board is taking public comment on the issue through October 11.

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When the Freeman School District, its students and parents began recovering from last week’s shooting, they had an empathetic resource to whom they could turn.

The superintendent of the Marysville School District came to eastern Washington to offer her support to Freeman. Marysville experienced its own fatal school shooting in 2014 and the superintendent thought she could contribute to Freeman’s healing.

Supporters of a so-called “cap and invest” proposal are laying the groundwork for the Oregon Legislature to take on the issue next year.

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