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Congress will blow past today’s deadline to pass a bill to pay for running the federal government through 2016. Lawmakers had been negotiating a trillion-dollar spending bill, but those talks have stalled over multiple issues ranging from guns to abortion to endangered species. To prevent the government from shutting down, the Senate passed Thursday and the House will pass today a five-day spending bill that will fund the government through next Wednesday. That gives lawmakers more time to try to work out a global deal on government programs. USA TODAY
The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Battle Ground, Washington yesterday. The city of Battle Ground reported that at least 36 homes were damaged by the tornado. No reported injuries. KOMO
Deputies in Pierce County are trying to track down a barista bandit that has robbed stories in Tacoma and Spanaway. Police say Coffee stand caper strikes 7 times in one month. KOMO
Is ten dollars too much to pay to drive on the freeway? That’s what they charged yesterday morning for people commuting from Lynwood to Bellevue. They say the goal is to keep the traffic flowing at about 45 mph. If it gets slower, the toll goes up to discourage people from going into the toll lanes. Right now $10 is the highest amount they are allowed to charge but the State Department of Transportation may ask for the authority to go higher.