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U.S. officials have released an environmental study for a proposed nuclear test reactor to be built in eastern Idaho that backers say is needed to revamp the nation’s fading nuclear power industry by developing safer fuel and power plants. The U.S. Department of Energy earlier this month released the environmental impact statement for the Versatile Test Reactor that would be the first new test reactor built in the U.S. in decades. It would give the nation a dedicated “fast-neutron-spectrum” testing capability. Such reactors are called fast reactors. Plans call for building the reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory by the end of 2026.

Authorities say a 14-year-old Wenatchee, Washington, girl drowned in a river near a campground. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the Lake Creek campground about 4:15 p.m. Sunday. KOMO reports the caller reported the girl had been washed away in the Entiat River and a 20-year-old East Wenatchee male was stranded in the river atop a rock. Approximately 40 rescuers from various departments responded.

Deputies have launched an investigation after a burglary attempt ended with a fatal shooting in south King County. Police received a call shortly after 3 a.m. Monday from a homeowner saying an intruder broke into their house in Skyway. The homeowner interrupted the burglar. One person was dead with a gunshot wound, but deputies were not immediately sure of the identity of the victim at the home. It's located between 80th Ave South between South 124th Street and South 125th Street. The home borders Dimmitt Middle School.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has overturned a decision to grant parole to a man who killed three people during a bar robbery in 1980. Timothy Pauley was 21 when he and associate Scott Carl Smith robbed the Barn Door Tavern near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, shooting two men and strangling a woman. The state’s Indeterminate Sentence Review Board last month unanimously found Pauley rehabilitated. It said he completed years of counseling for drug and alcohol abuse and for post-traumatic stress disorder for a workplace injury he suffered before the killings. But Inslee said he did not believe Pauley's rehabilitation was complete because he did not apologize to the victims' families.

The November race for a seat on the Benton County Board of Commissioners will come down to the incumbent against the unopposed Republican now that Pat Malone has jumped way ahead of his Democratic opponent in unofficial primary election results.

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