MORNING BRIEFING: Tree fungus and minimum wage


River Park Square unveiled a new outdoor patio at its north side Post Street entrance yesterday, as a new community gathering place downtown. (KXLY)

If you've noticed that some area ponderosa pines seem to be turning a shade of brown, it's caused by a non-deadly fungus, and the trees are not dying. (KREM)

The Logan Neighborhood Council wants to make a stretch of Hamilton near Gonzaga more pedestrian- and parking-friendly by reducing the four-lane street to two lanes. (KXLY)

Washington State University safety Deone Bucannon was a 27th pick in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL draft. (KREM)


Oklahoma has stayed the execution of a death-row inmate for six months as officials investigate the botched lethal-injection execution of Clayton Lockett last week. (AP via S-R)

Mitt Romney is breaking with other Republicans by supporting an increase of the federal minimum wage, after Senate Republicans rejected a bill to up the rate to $10.10 an hour. (Politico)

Boko Haram, the terrorist group holding hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian girls, has said it's willing to trade the girls for its own members being held prisoner. (US Daily News)

Vibram, the company that makes the barefoot-mimicking running shoes FiveFingers has settled a class-action lawsuit for $3.5 million for claiming its shoes offered health benefits that turned out to be unfounded. (USA Today)