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MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - A substitute teacher and assistant coach at Mount Vernon High School has been arrested and charged for alleged sexual misconduct with a student. The Skagit Valley Herald reports 26-year-old Todd J. Wright Jr. turned himself in to the Mount Vernon Police Department Wednesday.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Washington State University researchers are halting their development of a marijuana breath test for fear of backlash from the federal government. Researchers hoped the breathalyzer would help law enforcement officers detect THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in motorists.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Tracking systems in marijuana-legal states are designed to ensure that growers, processers and vendors obey the rules. But with the recreational market expanding, short-staffed regulators have become inby a flood of data on tons of marijuana. Oregon's experience reflects one of the significant challenges in the legal U.S. marijuana industry: the ability of governments to keep track of their own markets.

CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) - A company that treats medical waste from Washington, Oregon and Idaho has been fined for a series of improper releases of polluted wastewater. The Chronicle newspaper of Centralia reports that Washington's Department of Ecology fined Stericycle Inc. $72,000 for the pollution from its medical waste processing plant in the southwestern Washington city of Morton.

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