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Commercial Air At Paine Field
8:53 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Flights To Vegas Via Everett? Not If Mukilteo Can Stop It

Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine
Sara Lerner KUOW Photo

The cities of Mukilteo and Edmonds filed an appeal this week to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to allow commercial flights out of Paine Field in Everett.  The appeal is the latest move in a debate that stretches back more than two decades.

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Public Money Crime
8:30 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Guilty Plea In Largest Public Embezzlement Case In Washington State History

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:51 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – The state of Washington’s largest public sector embezzlement case ever moves forward Thursday with a guilty plea. A public works employee admits he took the money over more than 20 years in Franklin County in the southeast part of the state.

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Food And Feelings
5:25 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Washington High Court Finds Spit-Covered Burger Could Cause Emotional Distress

A sullied burger is at the center of a Washington Supreme Court opinion. No burgers were harmed in the taking of this picture.
Flickr photo/Doran

“Under Washington law, is a consumer entitled to emotional distress damages when a fast-food employee spits in his or her hamburger even though the consumer did not eat the hamburger?” The Washington Supreme Court said Thursday that the answer may be yes.

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Agriculture Workforce
9:03 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Washington Farmers Encouraged By Senate Immigration Plan

In this Oct. 21, 2011, file photo Margarito Calderon picks apples at an orchard in Tieton, Wash.
Shannon Dininny, File AP Photo

This week, something new is sprouting in the Northwest’s fields and fruit orchards: optimism about immigration reform.

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Crude-By-Rail
8:55 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Northwest On Verge Of Becoming Pacific Crude Oil Gateway

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:19 pm

ABERDEEN, Wash. – The Northwest is on the verge of becoming a gateway for crude oil. Three different developers have plans to use docks on Grays Harbor, Washington to transfer crude oil from trains to ships. Other projects are getting off the ground in Tacoma, Vancouver, B.C. and on the lower Columbia River.

There was a huge turnout Wednesday night at an introductory public workshop in Aberdeen, Washington. The response indicates crude-by-rail may be the region’s next big environmental controversy.

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Gun Control Measure
8:51 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Eye Universal Background Gun Checks

Robert Nelson Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 5:33 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Democratic lawmakers in both Washington and Oregon are working on measures to require background checks for all gun sales. A universal check proposal was introduced Wednesday in the Washington House. A similar bill is expected in the Oregon Senate soon.

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Same-Sex Marriage
7:56 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Seattle Tourism Industry Hitched To Gay Marriage

Actor Jim Nabors during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii April 22, 2010.
Orlando Perez U.S. Marine Corps/Wikipedia

The star of the 1960s TV show Gomer Pyle, USMC, married his longtime male partner at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel this month.

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Human Slavery
7:25 am
Thu January 31, 2013

New Campaign To Fight Human Trafficking

A new King County billboard intended to fight human trafficking
King County

Seattle-area officials are touting a new campaign to fight human trafficking. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn announced the new effort Wednesday that mainly involves Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

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787 Dreamliner Crisis
4:35 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Boeing Earnings Up, Company Stands By Battery

The lithium-ion battery taken from this Japan Airlines plane Jan. 7 is now at a Navy lab for testing
AP Photo/Stephan Savoia Associated Press

The Boeing Co. said today that there has been no negative financial impact as a result of the FAA's grounding of the 787 Dreamliner. The news dampened a wave of speculation over the potential cost of its safety troubles with its 787 which was grounded two weeks ago.

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The Cost Of Driving
7:44 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mercer Islanders Concerned About Possible I-90 Tolls

Tolling booth on the Mercer Island Bridge in 1940
Flickr/WSDOT

Imagine having to pay a toll every time you left your city. People on Mercer Island have to face that possibility, because state officials are considering putting tolls on the Interstate 90 floating bridges. I-90 is the only roadway that connects the island to the mainland. A series of public meetings about the idea is being held this week. The first was held Tuesday on Mercer Island.

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Wetting China's Whistle
7:05 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Northwest Winemakers Hope To Entice China's Emerging Middle Class

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 4:38 pm

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Northwest winemakers are trying to wet-the-whistle of China's emerging middle class. Demand for wine is growing significantly there. And that’s drawn Chinese business delegations, restaurateurs and tourists to our region. There even may be a reality TV show that would feature Northwest wineries.

Back when the economy was rolling in mid-2000s, Long Shadows Wineries was jumping.

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Cloud Replaces Box
5:51 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Microsoft Launches New Office Subscription Service

A promotional photograph of Steve Ballmer for the new Office software from Microsoft
Microsoft TechNet blog

In the old days, when Microsoft Corp. unveiled new software you might have gone to the store, paid for it once, and brought it home in a box.

But with Microsoft’s new service unveiled Tuesday, Office 365, the box is gone. It’s been replaced by a digital subscription that allows you to get almost everything you need from the web. In a promotional video, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the service offers a “complete office in the cloud,” which he touted as a major leap forward.

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Economics Of Prison
9:04 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Study: Private Prisons Lead To Fewer Jobs

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Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 5:45 pm

Researchers say the economic benefits of prisons often don't materialize for rural communities. That's according to a new paper by Northwest sociologists. In fact, they found communities with private prisons fare worse than they did before.

Washington State University sociologist Gregory Hook says rural areas that opt to build prisons, even courting them with tax breaks, have one main goal in mind: jobs.

“You know, you look across the way and you say 'Oh there's a prison. Fifty people have a job there. So that's 50 new jobs in my community.' … Only it's not.”

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Alternative Energy
9:02 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Tidal Power Project In Puget Sound One Step Closer To Approval

The two 350-ton turbines could be installed in 2014 if they receive final approval. This barge could be used to do the job.
Earthfix

Snohomish County Public Utility District wants to put two turbines 150 feet below the waves near Whidbey Island. The pilot project would generate enough power for about 20 homes annually. The new report from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says that the project will not harm the environment.

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Special Election
8:53 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Seattle Voters Consider $1.25 Billion Schools Levies

For the past 17 years, Seattle voters have approved every school levy that has come before them. Seattle Public Schools officials hope voters will now approve two more levies worth $1.25 billion.

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