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

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Producers of the Syfy Network series "Z Nation" plan to shoot 13 episodes of the zombie TV series in Spokane. One of the producers, Rich Cowan of North by Northwest, tells The Spokesman-Review a five-month shoot will begin next month, bringing hundreds of jobs for extras and crew members.

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says a driver left the scene after causing a crash that damaged a trooper's car last night on Interstate 405 near Kirkland. The trooper had stopped to help a disabled car when another car was slowing to go around when it was struck by the hit-and-run driver and forced into the trooper's car. It was the second crash this week in which state patrol cars were hit.

SEATTLE (AP) - The National Weather Service is warning of avalanches on the west slopes of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon this morning because of heavy snow and rain in the mountains. More mountain snow is falling as the latest storm moves into the Northwest. Seattle is close to breaking a rainfall record this spring.

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today will unveil his plan to increase the minimum wage in the city. The mayor's announcement came as his advisory group of business, labor, non-profits and other representatives apparently did not agree on a plan. Murray had created the group late last year to chart a plan following a pledge to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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