K-12 Education
7:32 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Tacoma schools to start on time after teacher strike vote falls short

Tacoma students will head back to school today, despite their teachers having no contract.

Teachers voted on whether to strike last night, but fell about 30 votes short of the majority needed to boycott the district, according to a letter sent to teachers by Andy Coons, president of the Tacoma Education Association.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 1, 2011

'Hi-Ho' and other songs that lead the way on Labor Day

Stamping Hams is hard work.
Wisconsin Historical Images

It's a shame that the only thing a person can do for eight hours a day is work. Can't eat for eight hours; can't drink for eight hours; can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a person can do for eight hours is work.

So it makes sense that we would have a national holiday dedicated to work and working people, and an episode of iconic and quirky worky songs.

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Law
5:50 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Idaho woman charged with illegal abortion challenges laws

An Idaho woman who was prosecuted on felony charges for ending a pregnancy is now challenging state anti-abortion laws in federal court. It's the first constitutional challenge to a so-called "fetal pain" law that several states passed recently.

Police in Pocatello, Idaho, said Jennie McCormack ordered medication online to terminate her pregnancy at around 20 weeks. Under a 1972 state law, however, it's illegal to have an abortion unless it's performed by a doctor.

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Child sex trafficking
5:26 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

McKenna threatens legal action against Backpage, if necessary

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna says Backpage.com has to prove it has strong protections in place or legal action could follow.

The Washington State Attorney General wants a top provider of online adult sex ads to prove it’s operating legally, calls Backpage.com a hub for human trafficking.

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Protests
4:48 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Oregon rallies tell Congress to end corporate tax breaks

Demonstrators prepare to march to the Salem office of Democratic Congressman Kurt Schrader.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – Members of Congress are getting an earful from their constituents during their summer recess. This week, a coalition of left-leaning groups is holding a series of rallies across Oregon.

The demonstrations are targeting members of Congress from both parties.

In Salem, a group marched toward the office of Democrat Kurt Schrader. The march was sponsored by an alliance of public employee unions and liberal activist groups.

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Merger blocked
4:42 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

AT&T, T-Mobile merger could have big impact on Wash. jobs

The T-Mobile corporate headquarters photographed today in Bellevue, Wash. The challenged merger between AT&T and T-Mobile is of great concern to the more than 3,300 T-Mobile workers in the state.
Associated Press

The justice department is suing to block AT&T’s acquisition of Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA, arguing it’s a bad deal for consumers. But here in Washington, an even greater threat is the impact the merger could have on local jobs and the economy.

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Other News
3:15 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Atheist group launches ad campaign on Spokane buses

Courtesy of United Coalition of Reason

A coalition of atheist groups in Spokane is trying to get the word out to other atheists who might feel they’re on their own. This week the group launched an ad campaign on public buses and at the Spokane County Fair.

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Washington wines
2:56 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Wine grape growers hoping for blast of warmth before first frost

John Derrick, manager, does a check of wine grapes in a vineyard called the Spice Cabinet overlooking the Columbia River.
Anna King Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. – Northwest wine grape growers are sure hoping their grapes hurry up. The countdown is on until the first freeze when grapes will lose their leaves and stop ripening. And certain red varietals need more sun-time than others to be ready for the bottle.

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Education
2:40 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

35 Washington schools beat odds to get off failing list

More than a thousand schools in Washington state are failing to make adequate progress under federal law. But a handful of others are beating the odds and improving enough to work their way off the growing list of failing schools.

Among Seattle Public Schools, the improved schools are Greenwood Elementary School, Middle College High School, Sacajawea Elementary School.

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Business
2:20 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

State's first premier liquor store opens in West Seattle

The store's tasting bar
Washington State Liquor Control Board

The Washington State Liquor Control Board has opened its first premier liquor store. The West Seattle store, at 4100 SW Alaska St., is the first of two new high volume, specialty stores the state is opening in urban areas.

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