Education
10:18 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Tacoma teachers contract expires, is a strike next?

With school scheduled to start tomorrow, Tacoma teachers are still without a contract.

The teachers and the district bargained late into the night last night but couldn’t reach an agreement before their three-year contract expired at midnight.

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Strange occurrences
9:25 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Another human foot washes ashore in B.C.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Police in Vancouver, British Columbia, say a human foot inside a running shoe has washed ashore, the latest in roughly a dozen such cases since 2007.

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Washington State Ferries
8:58 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Washington ferry fares going up 2.5 percent in October

New fare rates for Washington state ferries have been announced.
WSDOT

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Within the plans to increase fares, cars shorter than 14 feet will be charged a lower fare on Washington ferries and bike riders won't need an annual permit under changes approved by the state Transportation Commission.

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Food for Thought
4:30 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Is letting a kid loose in the kitchen a good idea?

Cupcakes by Nate the Great .
Nancy Leson

I'd teach my kid to cook if I had one.  I  have cats instead and they're not interested.  But if you do have a kid, there are lots of ways to get them to do the cooking.

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Student testing
6:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Update: Washington students doing better with new tests, timing

Even Washington middle school students do better with the state's new tests and testing strategy.
Bill S Flickr

Math appears to be less of a problem than it used to be for Washington students trying to graduate from high school. More than two-thirds of them passed new state tests required to get their diplomas. Some students could even clear the hurdle before they finish middle school. 

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State liquor sales
5:35 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Wash. prepares to accept bids to privatize liquor distribution

While Washington is figuring out how to judge a quality bid for distributing liquor, voters in 2012 could make the entire system private.
Chris Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state of Washington is getting ready to accept bids from private companies to take over the distribution of liquor. One question: how to evaluate the financial promises the bidders make.

This was a key topic Tuesday as state leaders met in advance of the formal bid process that’s about to get underway.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
5:13 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

$12 billion Hanford waste treatment plant may be over budget

RICHLAND, Wash. – A new Department of Energy document leaked to the press reveals that Hanford's massive waste treatment plant might be over budget. A project review committee says the plant is in jeopardy of opening on time.

The waste plant meant to treat 56 million gallons of radioactive waste is at risk, the report says. That toxic sludge is now sitting in aging underground tanks in southeast Washington not far from the Columbia River.

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Education
5:04 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Washington students testing better in math, science

“I think our quality of teaching is better," said Randy Dorn, Washington's Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Bill S Flickr

Washington’s students have made some gains on math and science tests. More kids passed state exams in those subjects last year than the year before, according to the Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn.

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Wolf hunting
4:39 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Wolf advocates call for Idaho boycott

Members of Friends of Animals protesting.
Northwest News Network

BOISE, Idaho – As Idaho opened it’s 2011 wolf hunt today, critics started voicing their concern across the country.

One group asked people at Central Park in New York City to call Idaho Governor Butch Otter and ask him to stop the hunt.

The New York based group Friends of Animals says this is a last minute effort in response to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision last week to turn down a request to stop the wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana.

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Business
3:23 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Downtown shoppers will see JC Penny after 30-year hiatus

JC Penny's new location in downtown Seattle will be in the three-story Kress building at Third Avenue and Pike Street.
Dan Neslon Flickr

It’s been almost 30 years but JC Penny is making a comeback. The Seattle Times reports the clothing-store chain is planning to set up shop just one block from where the original store once stood.

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