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Barbara McLemore touches her granddaughter Alyssa McLemore’s image on the side of a long-haul truck at the unveiling Wednesday. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste stands beside her. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)
Barbara McLemore touches her granddaughter Alyssa McLemore’s image on the side of a long-haul truck at the unveiling Wednesday. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste stands beside her. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

‘Please help find me’: Photos of missing Kent woman to hit states’ highways

Alyssa McLemore is the first missing Native American woman to be featured on semitruck trailers as part of the Washington State Patrol’s 14-year-old “Homeward Bound” program, which features posters bearing the likeness of missing people to raise awareness and possibly aid in their recovery.  VIEW

Politics

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Here’s how area members of Congress voted on major issues during the legislative week ending Nov. 1.

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Health

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

SHANGHAI (AP) — OxyContin is a dying business in the United States. Purdue Pharma, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is collapsing under an avalanche of lawsuits that accuse the company of using false claims to push its blockbuster painkiller in the U.S., profiting as an unsuspecting nation slipped into a devastating drug crisis. Meanwhile,...  VIEW

Science

California puts brakes on fracking permits in oil crackdown

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom cracked down on oil producers Tuesday, halting approval of hundreds of fracking permits until independent scientists can review them and temporarily banning new wells using another drilling method that regulators believe is linked to one of the largest spills in state history. The state Division of Oil,...