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Driving across the Washington Cascades is expected to remain a challenge through Thursday after another 1-to-2 feet of snow falls.

Snoqualmie and Stevens passes were closed at times Tuesday and Wednesday morning for avalanche control and multiple spinouts and accidents. Eastbound traffic over Snoqualmie Pass was temporarily halted Wednesday evening to clear vehicles.

Drivers should be prepared to chain up.

A break in the snow and colder weather this weekend should give skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to head for resorts to enjoy all the fresh snow.



A judge in Spokane has declared a mistrial in the retrial of a man who was accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend out of a moving car.

The Spokane County Superior Court jury said Wednesday it was deadlocked.

The Spokesman-Review reports a third trial for 30-year-old John Lipinski of Cheney is tentatively set for May.

He was found guilty in 2006 of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2004 deaths of Melissa Salvidar and their unborn daughter.

Lipinski won a new trial last year after an appeals ruling that lawyers should not have questioned some potential jurors in private.




Police in Pullman say the body of a Washington State University professor has been found in a pond at Sunnyside Park.

Police found the body of 51-year-old Scott Stratton early Wednesday morning.

Authorities say Stratton's family reported him missing Tuesday night after his dog came home from a walk without him. Police searched overnight and found Stratton floating in a park pond around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The Whitman County coroner has tentatively ruled the death an accident and police say there is no suspicion of foul play.

Stratton was a history professor at Washington State.