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

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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)

NEAR

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)

AMERICA, F**CK YEAH!

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

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