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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. KHQ-TV reports that Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged Tuesday with theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance. Court documents say she illegally received $8,747 in food assistance and $100 in child care assistance from August 2015 through November 2017.

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - A man arrested in the killing of a 13-year-old Tacoma girl over three decades ago has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. The News Tribune reports 60-year-old Robert Washburn pleaded not guilty Thursday in Tacoma, Washington, to murder with aggravated factors of sexual motivation and deliberate cruelty in the death of Jennifer Bastian.

DENVER (AP) - The cost of higher education in Colorado has shifted dramatically from taxpayers to students. Even after a 9 percent boost to higher education funding was secured this legislative session, top state budget writers don't expect tuition to drop any time soon.

SEATTLE (AP) - Officials say scattered power outages halted some flights on the south side of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. KOMO-TV reports airport spokesman Perry Cooper said after 12:30 p.m. Thursday that flights were slowly resuming.

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