News Minute: Here is the latest Washington news from The Associated Press - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

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

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Forecasters expect more showers and thunderstorms into this evening in north central Washington that could bring further flash flooding in areas left bare by summer wildfires. Heavy rain amounts will be spotty but storms could drop a half-inch of rain in a short time. Forecasters say the flash flood watch also includes areas in Chelan and Okanogan counties that were scarred by fires last summer.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - How hot has it been this summer in Spokane County? It's so hot and dry the gravel roads are too dusty for roadway graders. The Spokesman-Review reports the county engineer told county commissioners to expect complaints from residents waiting for graders to fill holes and smooth out ruts. There's also a risk of grader blades starting a wildfire when they hit rocks and throw off sparks.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - There goes the marijuana party bus idea. Washington state regulators have told charter and tour bus operators that marijuana use by passengers is prohibited. A notice issued yesterday cites the health and safety of drivers who would be exposed to smoke. It also said the buses and passengers are considered to be in view of the public, where marijuana consumption is prohibited.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - An environmental and industrial testing laboratory in Spokane has been certified to test recreational marijuana. KXLY reports Anatek Labs is the first in Spokane and the second in Eastern Washington to make sure marijuana meets state standards for purity and potency. The other is in Yakima. Anatek planned to begin testing marijuana on Friday to supply retail stores.

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