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The Washington state Legislature has adjourned its 60-day session, passing a supplemental budget and several other bills in its final hours.

The bipartisan budget agreement that passed out of both chambers will add more money to basic education and cap tuition increases for public college students for the second year in a row.

While lawmakers approved several other bills before adjourning, including one that would allow military veterans to pay in-state college tuition without waiting a year to establish Washington residency, several other bills died, including one that sought to merge the state's medical marijuana system with the new recreational system.



A standoff at a Moses Lake mobile home park ended early Friday when a SWAT team entered a home and found a 23-year-old man hiding in a clothes dryer.

The Grant County sheriff's gang unit went to the home Thursday night to arrest Sergio Herrera Jiron because he had failed to appear in court to face drug charges. When he refused to come out or negotiate, the Moses Lake SWAT team fired flash bangs and gas canisters into the trailer.

Grant County sheriff's spokesman Kyle Foreman said when Jiron refused to come out of the dryer... officers shot him with rubber bullets.




The effort to reopen the North Cascades Highway will begin Monday, March31. Despite the heavy late season snowfall, those responsible for the annual reopening effort are optimistic that State Route 20 could be open by early May.