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News Minute: Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press

Associated Press - October 20, 2007 5:25 PM ET

SEATTLE (AP) - Some Washington customers of State Farm insurance say a letter from the company about Referendum 67 seemed more like a threat than voter information. The letter says the referendum on the November ballot could coast a family as much as $205 a year in higher insurance premiums.

MASON, Wash. (AP) - The city of Mason is replacing its incandescent holiday lights with energy-efficient LED Christmas lights. The first to be changed will be on the community's Christmas tree on the lawn near the courthouse. The city expects the new bulbs will save hundreds of dollars in electricity.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire is awarding 14 grants for reading readiness programs. The grants total $1.5 million and will be awarded by Thrive by Five Washington. The grants will mostly serve children from low-income families whose parents speak a language other than English.

SURREY, British Columbia (AP) - Canadian police are investigating a crime scene in a suburban Vancouver condominium where six men were found dead yesterday. They tried to calm nearby residents' concerns by saying the killing was not a random attack.

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