News Minute: Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. PDT
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Restoration work on a century-old former hotel in eastern Washington has been halted after air quality inspectors say they found signs of asbestos. The Spokesman-Review reports that the state Department of Labor and Industries stopped work on the Otis Hotel in downtown Spokane earlier this month.
SEATTLE (AP) - A sex offender who attacked a female jogger in a Seattle park bathroom has been sentenced to a minimum of three years in prison. Gary Steiner received the sentence Friday in a King County courtroom.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Officials in Oregon and Washington have extended how long motorists can keep studded tires on their vehicles several weeks due to expected wintery weather. The transportation departments in each state say motorists can keep the studded tires on to April 15.
SUMNER, Wash. (AP) - A person found dead Thursday alongside train tracks east of Tacoma has been identified as a 38-year-old homeless man. The News Tribune reports Justin Potter's body was spotted about 8 a.m. on the side of the tracks near the Zehnder Street crossing in Sumner.
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