MORNING BRIEFING: Drug smugglers and Sony's new mega-cassette tape


Investigators believe more than 2 million oxycodone pills were smuggled into Spokane on flights by women with ties to an L.A. gang. The drug smuggling ring was busted back in 2013, and the trafficking took place over several years. (S-R)

Washington State University has filed disciplinary charges against the WSU chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority after some of its members were reported to have publicly urinated in a Coeur d'Alene park during a chapter-sponsored event. (KHQ)

A former Colville police officer has been charged with first degree child rape of a Wenatchee girl. (KXLY)

Washington State University's Board of Regents is expected to freeze tuition for the second year in the row, which has increased by 81 percent since 2007. (KREM/King 5)


Tragedy strikes Nigeria again, with new reports today saying that on Monday, the terrorist group Boko Haram attacked a remote village being used as a staging ground to find the more than 250 kidnapped schoolgirls. More than 300 people in the village were killed during the attack. (CNN)

The Gold Basin Campground in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, with a capacity for more than 800 campers, is at risk for a mudslide like the devastating and deadly Oso event. (Seattle Times)

Sony has introduced a new cassette tape capable of storing up to 180 terabytes of data, or 47.3 million songs. (CNN)

The Federal Election Commission has approved Bitcoin as a means of political campaign donations, but says that a PAC must sell and convert the currency into U.S. dollars before depositing them into an account. (Wa Post)