Washington trade
5:10 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Wash. governor defers to State Dept. on human rights in China

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has returned from her second trade mission to China. The state’s Tibetan community wanted her to press Communist officials on the issue of human rights.

But the Democratic governor believes that’s the role of the State Department.

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4:19 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Study: Using NW forests for biofuels will not reduce carbon

A new study says using wood from thinned forests in the Northwest for biofuels would not offset carbon created with fossil fuels.
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A new study from Oregon State University says that producing biofuels from forests in the Northwest could increase the region’s carbon emissions.

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The Impact of War
3:45 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Father of Northwest soldier killed in Iraq reacts to troop withdrawal

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 5:09 pm

President Obama's announcement that all remaining U-S troops in Iraq will withdraw by the end of the year was welcome news at Joint Base Lewis-McChord .

The 420 Washington-based soldiers remaining there were already scheduled to return home. But the base has a long and painful history in Iraq.

Since the invasion in 2003, 200 soldiers and one airman from Joint Base Lewis-McChord have lost their lives there. The peak of the casualties came during the troop surge of 2007.

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Sockeye Salmon
2:45 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

U.S. Senate approves rapid response to fish-killing virus

Adult Sockeye salmon in the lower section of Adams River, British Columbia. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response to the ISA virus found in B.C. Sockeye.
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Alarm over a potentially deadly salmon virus has reached the halls of Congress. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response. Last week, scientists in British Columbia announced they've found the fish-killing virus in wild Pacific Salmon for the first time.

It's the second virus suspected in salmon deaths to be discovered this year.

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Aerospace workers
2:03 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Boeing employs 80,000; many more workers needed soon

Boeing moved to Chicago, but it's still employing more than 80,000 workers in Washington state.

The same day Boeing announced it is employing more than 80,000 workers in Washington for the first time in nearly a dozen years, Sen. Maria Cantwell said the state needs 21,000 more educated and trained workers to fill jobs in the aviation industry in the next decade.

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1:04 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Lesson From Japan: Tsunami Warnings Via Mobile Phones

Originally published on Fri October 21, 2011 5:28 pm

SEATTLE – A tsunami expert from Japan shared this advice at a meeting of West Coast emergency planners and earthquake scientists Friday: make greater use of mobile phones to spread tsunami warnings.

More than a hundred disaster planners gathered in Seattle to parse the lessons from last March's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Japan has the world's most advanced earthquake warning system. It's so fast that sometimes a text alert reaches cellphone owners before the ground even starts shaking where they are.

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12:48 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

National outdoors effort includes 2 Washington trails

Olympic Discovery Trail along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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A national initiative to improve access to the outdoors will focus on expanding two trails in Washington state.

President Barack Obama's Great Outdoors Initiative includes efforts to extend the Pacific Northwest Trail on the Olympic Peninsula and create a water trail along the entire length of the Columbia River through Washington.

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The Fish patrol
12:04 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Fish fraud police: Are you getting what you pay for?

WDFW Officer Erik Olson inspects a seafood market for mislabeled fish.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

SEATTLE – Some seafood sold in the Northwest isn't what it seems.

Mislabeled fish is more common than you might think according to the few cops trying to make sure you get the species you paid for. Now those who are on patrol are looking for higher penalties to deter fish cheaters.

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Jazz & Blues
11:41 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Mehldau shines in unforgettable solo performance at Earshot

Friday night during the Earshot Jazz Festival, Nordstrom Recital Hall was the scene of a mesmerizing solo piano performance from Brad Mehldau. The intimate setting was perfect for this concert, which was completely acoustic. No wires, no amps, no microphones, simply Mehldau and the piano.

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K-12 Education
11:27 am
Mon October 24, 2011

State launches 'jobs for graduates' effort to help dropouts

The unemployment rate for teens and young adults in Washington is one of the highest in the nation – and it’s especially tough on high school dropouts. That’s why state education leaders are trying to ramp up an effort to help students get diplomas and jobs or college placements at the same time.

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