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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Authorities say a pilot and mechanic were in a helicopter that crashed after taking off at Olympia Regional Airport in Tumwater. The Olympian reports police and fire crews responded to the crash shortly Friday morning. Both men were taken to a hospital in Olympia with injuries that authorities say were not life-threatening.

SEATTLE (AP) - Three finalists have been named to become Seattle's next police chief after a national search. Multiple news outlets report the finalists are former Pittsburgh police chief Cameron McLay; Minneapolis Police Department deputy chief of patrol Eddie Frizell and assistant chief Ely Reyes of the Austin Police Department in Texas.

SEATTLE (AP) - Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels. KIRO-TV reported that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained clean mussels from Penn Cove on Whidbey Island and put them into different areas to test for water contamination. Scientists worked with the Puget Sound Institute to analyze the data and discovered three out of 18 locations came back positive for trace amounts of oxycodone.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A formerly prominent civil rights leader from Washington state who was exposed as white now faces welfare fraud charges. After the revelation, Nkechi Diallo lost her job at a local NAACP chapter and later enrolled in welfare. News station KHQ-TV in Spokane, Washington, says the fraud investigation started after an investigator learned she published a book. Diallo changed her name from Rachel Dolezal in 2016.

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