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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Washington State University faces a class-action lawsuit over allegations that its negligence led to a burglary that put Social Security numbers, health records and other personal data of nearly 1.2 million people at risk. University researchers had the data on a hard drive that they kept in a safe at an Olympia self-storage facility. Last year, burglars stole the safe. The Spokesman-Review reports the lawsuit filed recently in King County consolidates several complaints that were filed earlier.
SEATTLE (AP) - When law enforcement agencies in Washington and other states sell guns they've confiscated, they're not just selling pistols and hunting rifles _ they're also putting assault weapons back on the street. An Associated Press review found sheriff's offices and police departments across Washington have sold dozens of AR-15s, AK47s and other assault weapons since 2010. A bill being considered at the Legislature would allow the State Patrol to destroy seized guns, but it's stalled in the House.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The Washington Legislature has overwhelmingly approved legislation meant to circumvent a recent court ruling that found that state lawmakers were fully subject to the state's public disclosure laws. The measure passed the Senate on a 41-7 vote Friday, and then was quickly approved by the House 83-14. The bill heads to Gov. Jay Inslee with a veto-proof margin. The bill would retroactively remove the legislative branch from the state's voter-approved Public Records Act
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - Thousands are expected to enter a longshoremen union's first public drawing for jobs in seven years. It generally takes years for a job-lottery winner to become a full-fledged member of the Longview-based International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 21. But for those who persevere, it's one of the most generously paid union jobs in the country. August 2011 was the last time ILWU 21 offered such a lottery. About 5,000 people entered
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