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Airline problems
9:37 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Significant flight delays for Alaska Airlines

The airline has been unable to check in passengers for any flight since 7:40 a.m. Monday.
Eric Prado Flickr

Company officials say a computer problem is causing significant delays for all Alaska Airlines flights.

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Food Safety
11:09 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Tainted peanut butter confirmed in plant and Washington home

KevinElliottChi Flickr

The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe's and several other grocery chains. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states.

The FDA said Friday that Washington state health officials have also confirmed the presence of salmonella in a jar of the Trader Joe's peanut butter found in a victim's home.

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Environment
11:37 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court says pollution tax constitutional

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that the state's existing hazardous substances tax, which was approved by voters in 1988, is constitutional.

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wildfires
11:32 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Wildfire danger moves to western Washington, Oregon

Dry east winds are bringing a higher risk of wildfires to most of western Washington and western Oregon.

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2012 elections
6:19 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

GOP Senate hopeful latest to endorse legal pot

The campaign to legalize and tax marijuana for adults in Washington state is rolling, with more than $1 million in new contributions reported since last week and a surprising endorsement from Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Baumgartner.

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Other News
9:44 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Washington family reunited with missing python

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A Vancouver, Wash.-area family has been reunited with a 4-foot-long pet python inadvertently left behind in a move two months ago.

KATU-TV reports (http://is.gd/TEWv1E) that the python named "Snake" caused a stir when it was found on Monday. A Clark County animal control officer went to an apartment Tuesday to evict the creature and found it hiding behind a baseboard below a sink.

Snake's owner Carrie Olin says there was a mix-up during her move over who exactly had the python. She says she looked everywhere but then assumed a friend had taken the snake.

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Budget woes
9:40 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Tacoma may have to cut 217 city positions

TACOMA, Wash. — The Tacoma city manager says the city will have to cut 217 employee positions and impose a $20 car license tax to help close a $63 million gap in next year's budget.

City Manager T.C. Broadnax delivered the grim news Tuesday to the city council with his $396 million spending plan.

The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/QXoGmm) the budget will go through public hearings before the council adopts a final plan in December.

Boeing union
10:19 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Boeing engineers union rejects contract offer 


Boeing's union of engineers and technical workers has rejected the aerospace giant's first contract offer in ballots tallied Monday night.

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Environment
2:13 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Study: Hatchery fish can succeed if bred from wild

A Chinook salmon at Dagger Falls, Idaho.
The Associated Press

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – New research has found that a hatchery using wild salmon to spawn the next generation can help rebuild endangered salmon runs without passing on genetic problems that threaten future generations.

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maritime trouble
10:38 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Coast Guard investigating collision off Washington coast

The Coast Guard has declared the fatal collision of two fishing boats off the Washington coast a "serious marine incident" and an investigation is under way.

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Environment
4:18 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Scientist who reported drowned polar bears reprimanded

This undated file photo shows a polar bear in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
Subhankar Banerjee AP

JUNEAU, Alaska – An Alaska scientist whose observations of drowned polar bears helped galvanize the global warming movement has been reprimanded for improper release of government documents.

An Interior Department official says emails released by Charles Monnett were cited by a federal appeals court in decisions to vacate approval of an oil company's Arctic exploration plan.

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Environment
10:52 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Tree cutting by heli-skiing outfit criticized

MAZAMA, Wash. — Officials say numerous high elevation trees – some of them apparently hundreds of years old – were cut down or topped in the North Cascades last winter by a Mazama-based helicopter skiing company.

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Environment
10:11 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Some Mount Rainier sewage diverted to river

TACOMA, Wash. – A waste treatment operator at Mount Rainier National Park has been charged with dumping 200,000 gallons of sewage into the Nisqually River.

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Biking rules
8:56 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Biking while drinking arrest in Gresham

GRESHAM, Ore. — A Gresham man was arrested for riding his bike under the influence of alcohol after he collided with a Multnomah County sheriff's car. Gresham police and the deputy say the 32-year-old man admitted having three drinks and had an open container on his bike when he ran through a red light about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at an intersection. The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/KMoHTn ) the bike wasn't knocked over in the collision but the back wheel was bent. The rider had a minor injury.

Animal cruelty
3:02 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

39 sick horses seized from Pierce County property

"Animal control and Vets work on a horse - From a flea bag hotel to the Hilton," said Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.
Ed Troyer Pierce Co. Sheriff's Department

GRAHAM, Wash. – Dozens of horses were seized Wednesday from a Pierce County property where authorities said they were living in squalid conditions.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department took 39 sick or starving horses from the property in Graham. Among the horses recovered were a dozen Arabians and some stallions.

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