MORNING BRIEFING: Hillyard shooting, gun control initiative, and a new GOP strategy in the great budget showdown



A botched deal for a Blu-ray player in exchange for pills and sex took a deadly turn in Hillyard last night. (S-R)

A PAC supported by Mayor David Condon helped pay for a new TV ad attacking City Council candidates Candace Mumm and Jon Snyder. (Inlander) 

A fired Spokane firefighter is suing the city for $2.5 million following his termination. The city says he was threatening subordinates; he says he's being punished for whistleblowing. (KXLY)


State officials pulled permits for two oil train terminals planned in Port of Grays Harbor, citing a need for greater environmental scrutiny. (Seattle Times) 

Gun-control supporters turned in 250,000 signatures for a statewide initiative to close the "gun-show loophole" in Washington state. I-594 appears headed for a vote in 2014. (Seattle PI)

The feds will likely miss more deadlines in cleaning up the radioactive sludge leaking from Hanford's underground tanks. Yay! (NWPR)


House Republicans reveal their latest budget battle strategy: Temporarily increase the debt ceiling, but keep the government closed. (TPM)

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