The Two-Way
1:38 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Review Of Juan Williams' Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns

(8 a.m. ET, Jan. 7: We've added quite a bit to this post, as you'll see below. The additions include comments from Ellen Weiss, the NPR news executive who has resigned, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller and Juan Williams -- the news analyst who was dismissed last October, setting in motion the events that led to today's announcements. Read through to see how the story developed. We're rearranging things so that it's all in chronological order, starting with our original post.)

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The Two-Way
1:38 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

Review Of Juan Williams' Firing Done; NPR News Exec Resigns

(8 a.m. ET, Jan. 7: We've added quite a bit to this post, as you'll see below. The additions include comments from Ellen Weiss, the NPR news executive who has resigned, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller and Juan Williams -- the news analyst who was dismissed last October, setting in motion the events that led to today's announcements. Read through to see how the story developed. We're rearranging things so that it's all in chronological order, starting with our original post.)

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520 Floating Bridge
8:00 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Tolls coming to Lake Washington's SR-520, with unintended impacts

The 520 Floating Bridge, spanning Lake Washington between Seattle and the Eastside, June 12, 2010.
Flickr/Marc_Smith

Tolls costing $7 for a peak-period round-trip are coming to the highway-520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.  The tolls, approved Wednesday night, will pay for a new, wider bridge – although that bridge won’t open until 2014, at the earliest.   

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Law
7:54 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Traffic court getting tougher for speeders?

If you challenge a speeding ticket in traffic court, you’ve had a good chance of getting it thrown out in recent years.  That’s because prosecutors in western Washington have been cutting their budgets and prioritizing for bigger crimes. 

Prosecutors have been absent from traffic court for at least five years, according to The Seattle Times.  At the urging of presiding King County District Court judge Barbara Linde, that's changing. 

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News Roundup
6:48 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Making headlines this morning:

  • Flap Over Govenor's Education Proposal Intensifies
  • Domestic violence victims face system "failures"
  • Governors meet to discuss Columbia River coal-shipping terminal

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Business
6:46 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Home sales send mixed message

Home sales bumped up in December, in King County.  Analysts disagree over whether it’s sign of an important trend or not.  The Seattle Times calls it the biggest month for home sales since a federal tax credit expired last summer. 

But the Seattle P-I quotes Glenn Crellin of Washington State University as saying the real estate market is likely to stay sluggish for several months or longer:

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Education
6:00 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Superintendent fumes over Gregoire’s education plan

Washington voters elected him state superintendent of public schools. Now Governor Chris Gregoire wants to takeover his portfolio. Randy Dorn is fuming over the Governor’s proposal to create a cabinet-level Department of Education.

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Record Bin Roulette
3:50 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Singing about the birds

This is just one of the bird 'stars' featured on this week's Record Bin Roulette. John Maynard and John Kessler comb through racks of old vinly to bring us a flock of memories: a review of songs about birds.
Flickr/Alan LIght

With birds falling out of the sky lately, Record Bin Roulette turns attention to songs about our feathered friends.

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K-12 Education
4:00 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Seattle school officials proposing changes to enrollment plan

Some high school freshman could get new assignments for the 2011-2012 school year
Seattle Office for Education

Now that Seattle schoolchildren have settled in to the new student assignment plan, some changes are on the way.  The effort to place kids at neighborhood schools this year has hit a few bumps. 

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Endangered Species Act
2:22 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Habitat protection plan for Pacific smelt

This photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Tuesday, March 16, 2010 shows Pacific Smelt. The small silvery fish that was a staple of Northwest tribes when the Lewis and Clark expedition arrived, is getting federal protection.
AP/Oregon Fish & Wildlife

NOAA Fisheries Service is proposing habitat protection for the threatened Pacific smelt. The proposal released Wednesday would designate about 292 miles of freshwater creeks, rivers and estuaries in Washington, Oregon and California as critical habitat areas.

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