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Legal Pot Hearings
5:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Washington Officials Seek Public Input On Marijuana

Andre Edwards smokes marijuana, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, just after midnight at the Space Needle in Seattle.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The Washington State Liquor Control Board is kicking off a series of six public hearings around the state. The board wants public input on how to create a legal, taxed distribution system for marijuana. Budding members of the new marijuana economy say they’ll be in attendance.

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Rumors To Reality
6:08 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Hansen Confirms Deal To Bring NBA Team To Seattle

Investor Chris Hansen waves to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Seattle. The rally featured former SuperSonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

After weeks of rumors, it appears Seattle may have a new professional basketball team to replace the SuperSonics. Investor Chris Hansen said his group has entered an agreement to purchase a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings. Seattle sports fans seemed pleased by the deal, but confessed they don’t know much yet about their new home team.

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NBA Deal
9:27 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Hansen Announces Pending Purchase Of Sacramento Kings

Sonics fans showed their colors as rumors flew about a pending sale of the Sacramento Kings. Otis Williams takes a self-portrait with one of his prized Sonics Pumas.
Courtesy Otis Williams

Chris Hansen announced Monday that his investment group has a "binding agreement" to buy controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings basketball team from the Maloof family. The announcement ends weeks of rumor and speculation. 

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No Beds For Mentally Ill
12:38 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

King County Calls For Fix In State Mental Health System

Many criminal defendants waiting for mental evaluation before civil commitment end up at Harborview's emergency department.
Seattle Municipal Archives Flickr

King County is facing a major problem. It doesn’t have enough beds for mentally ill people going through the court system. The county has nowhere to send them, and some are being released without treatment.

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Plane Under Scrutiny
12:30 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

On the Deck Of Boeing's 787 Assembly Line

Credit The Boeing Company

Outside the Boeing plant in Everett, newly assembled 787s sit ready for delivery. The lineup includes new planes for LOT Polish Airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.  Inside, the production line rolls on despite this week’s setbacks for the company’s newest jetliner. Dreamliner number 94 stands at the front of the line. It’s an order for Thomson Airways, which is set to be the first British airline to fly the Dreamliner.

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Murder Case
10:25 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Military Judge Orders Sanity Review For Soldier Accused In Massacre

Credit High Desert Warrior

Attorneys for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales say they’re unsure if they’ll pursue a mental health defense in the case. 

But if they do, the judge has ordered that the soldier must undergo a so-called sanity board review.

Bales is accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians and wounding six others in an overnight rampage last March.

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Volunteers Help Scientists
9:58 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Searching The Olympic Forest For The Elusive Marten

Volunteers with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation set up motion-activated cameras in remote parts of Olympic National Forest in search of the American Marten.
Michael Murray

The American marten is a small elusive member of the weasel family. People trap them and sell their pelts on the fur market where they’re known as “sable.” Their numbers are healthy across places like Canada and northern parts of the US, but scientists worry that marten populations have severely declined in coastal mountain ranges -- like the Olympic National Forest -- but they don’t know for sure. A group of volunteers is working with scientists to help monitor the martens and gather data to help determine their future.

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Tsunami Dock Removal
9:50 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Dock Confirmed As Tsunami Debris; Salvage Bids Requested

National Park Service

Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 5:26 pm


A dock that washed ashore on a remote Washington beach last month is now confirmed as debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan. This news comes just as the federal government requests bids from salvage companies to get rid of the huge hulk.

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Dreamliner Fire Hazard
5:56 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Battery At Heart Of Safety Review Was "Key" In 787 Development

The National Transportation Safety Board released this photo of the battery involved in the Japan Airlines 787 fire last week.
NTSB Photo

The Boeing 787’s lithium-ion batteries are now the subject of intense scrutiny. The Federal Aviation Administration has grounded the entire 787 fleet in the US until it can get to the root cause of a fire hazard involving the batteries.

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Proof of Legal Status
5:36 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Wash. Lawmakers Want Citizenship Checks For Driver’s Licenses

Credit Clark County, WA

Some lawmakers in Olympia want to make the Department of Licensing an immigration checkpoint.
A proposed bill would require people to prove they are lawfully in the United States in order to get a driver’s license.

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Developing Story
4:35 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Boeing Stands By 787 Despite FAA Grounding

All Nippon Airways planes including a Boeing 787, right, are parked at Haneda Airport in Tokyo Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2013.
AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi

The Federal Aviation Administration is grounding all Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the US. That’s after a 787 in Japan was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday because of a battery problem.

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Governor Inauguration
1:24 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Governor Inslee Delivers Inaugural Address

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:19 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democrat Jay Inslee took the oath of office as Washington's 23 governor in a first-in-history Capitol Rotunda ceremony Wednesday morning. Inslee, a former Congressman and state lawmaker, was joined by his wife Trudi, his grown children and grandchildren.

In pre-swearing in remarks, Inslee's friend and environmental activist Denis Hayes focused on global climate change and said Inslee is the "first political chief executive in American history to be elected principally on a platform of combating climate disruption."

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Israel Keyes Investigation
11:50 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Search For Victims Lives On After Killer's Death

FBI

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 10:13 am

SPOKANE, Wash. - In December, a suspected serial killer from Washington killed himself in a jail cell in Anchorage, Alaska. Israel Keyes’ suicide abruptly halted progress into uncovering one of the widest-ranging serial killing sprees in the U.S.

Now, the FBI is trying to piece together exactly what he did. Investigators are struggling to connect seemingly random dots that they hope will lead them to other victims.

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Mayoral Race
9:05 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Bruce Harrell Joins Crowded Race for Seattle Mayor

Candidate for mayor Bruce Harrell outside his Central District campaign office
Deborah Wang/KUOW

Seattle’s Mayor Mike McGinn will have a fight on his hands this campaign season. Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell announced he is now joining the mayor’s race. That brings the number of candidates challenging the mayor to six.

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Boeing Emergency Landing
7:33 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Two Japanese Airlines Ground Boeing 787s After New Problems

Fire trucks surround a Boeing 787 with emergency slides deployed on a runway in Japan.
Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Major global news services are reporting that two Japanese airlines have grounded all of their Boeing 787 jets. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines made the announcements following an emergency landing Wednesday morning in Japan.

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