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

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says investigators are searching in the Spokane area for a self-professed minister accused of sexually abusing at least two girls in rural Minnesota. The Spokesman-Review reports investigators have acted on 20 to 30 tips in the search for 52-year-old Victor Barnard.

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Asparagus growers in Washington say the season is off to a good start. Asparagus Commission executive director Alan Schreiber says spring weather in the mid-Columba area has been ideal with no frost. The Tri-City Herald reports the harvest started early this month and should last into June.

NEW YORK (AP) - Seattle Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The urine sample was collected from Choi before March 28, when Major League Baseball and the players' union increased the penalty for some violations. Choi is the third MLB player suspended this year.

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - The Port Angeles School District is telling students not to bring urine samples to school. The district sent letters home to parents this week telling them to ignore prank calls. KONP reports the calls told some students they needed to provide a urine sample to test for marijuana.

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