The new parliament, elected on Sunday, will vote on the president at its first meeting, which must be held by October 24. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble will be nominated as the next president of the Bundestag, Bild reported Wednesday.Parliamentary leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance will propose Schäuble for the post, Bild said. Schäuble has signaled that he is ready to take up the job, Bild also reported, citing sources within the CDU/CSU parliamentary group.Bild said Merkel and CDU/CSU parliamentary leader Volker Kauder had asked Schäuble to take over the role, which will have greater significance with the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) entering the Bundestag for the first time. Schäuble is by far the longest-serving Bundestag member, having been in parliament for 45 years.
Spring chinook salmon caught in the Lewis and Kalama rivers must be released beginning Saturday.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced on Thursday both streams are far behind reaching their hatchery spawning needs with only light sport catches and no evidence of large numbers of salmon holding in the river.Fewer than 100 chinook have entered the traps on the Lewis River, far below the spawning need of 1,300. State biologists initially forecasted a return of 3,400 spring chinook.Only 11 adult spring chinook, including three wild salmon, had returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery as on May 20. The hatchery needs 400 and only 600 were predicted to return to the river this year.Both streams remain open for hatchery steelhead.