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Animals
3:02 pm
Sat April 14, 2012

Boy rescues penguin egg at Seattle zoo

This is a Humboldt penguin.
The Associated Press

Seattle zoo officials want to thank a young visitor whose sharp eyes helped save a penguin egg that was close to hatching.

The boy was at the Humboldt penguin exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo when he spotted an egg set on a cliff and alerted a zoo keeper.

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Education
7:47 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Threats prompt closure of Lynnwood school

EDMONDS, Wash. — Classes at a high school in the Edmonds School District have been canceled following threats to student safety.

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Washington State Legislature
6:48 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Tort claim filed over state Sen. Pam Roach

The complainant, who has been on leave since last week, says he was subjected to a hostile and abusive workplace because of Sen. Pam Roach.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Senate Republican senior attorney is a step closer to filing a lawsuit against the state in response to what he says was a hostile work environment that increased when a controversial senator was allowed back into the GOP caucus.

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Budget crisis
3:38 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Washington bar association scrambling after lawyers cut dues

The organization that oversees Washington state's nearly 29,000 lawyers is scrambling to deal with a big budget gap, after the attorneys voted to reduce their own dues.

The Washington State Bar Association says it will likely have to cut a variety of programs, including those that support legal aid to the poor.

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Weapons
7:24 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Anti-tank weapon found in Pierce County home

An M72-style weapon.
Flickr

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Joint Base Lewis-McChord says an anti-tank weapon that was found at a home in Pierce County is not from the Army base.

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Education
3:32 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

K-12 health insurance deal may not rein in costs

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers have approved changes to health insurance benefits for K-12 school employees that will improve transparency and help those who pay the most for coverage but may not bring down costs.

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Global Warming
12:24 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Study blames ocean CO2 for oyster declines

oyster farms up and down the coast have been hit by the problem.
Claudia Wedell Flickr

Scientists are blaming slightly higher levels of carbon dioxide in Pacific Ocean waters caused by global warming for the failure of oyster larvae to survive in an Oregon hatchery.

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Native Americans
12:14 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Tribes, government agree to $1 billion settlement

YAKIMA, Wash. — The federal government says it will pay more than $1 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of trust lands.

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Beautiful diversion
11:31 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Skagit Valley tulip festival in full bloom

The color of the farmlands in Washington's Skagit Valley, near Mount Vernon, Wash., during the annual Tulip Festival, is shown in this undated photo. About 850,000 people travel to the area each year to see the farmland color during the Tulip Festival.
The Associated Press

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Sunshine in recent days has Skagit Valley tulips blooming.

Tulip festival spokeswoman Betsy Nevi in Mount Vernon says the fields of flowers are showing lots of color.

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Election 2012
11:08 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Inslee raises $550k, but now McKenna can fundraise

The Legislature's adjournment is good news for Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna's gubernatorial campaign coffers.

McKenna now can start fundraising again and try to close the gap between him and Democratic candidate Jay Inslee in the race for the governor's office.

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Environment
10:31 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Wash. nuclear plant a step closer to new license

RICHLAND, Wash. — The only commercial nuclear power plant in the Northwest is one step closer to a new, 20-year license.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday issued its final supplemental environmental impact statement for renewing the operating license for Columbia Generating Station.

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Televison
2:02 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

'Simpsons' creator: Real Springfield is in Oregon

Matt Groening, creator of the animated series "The Simpsons," poses with his character creations Bart Simpson, left, and Homer Simpson earlier this year.
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been unmasked when "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening revealed the Springfield in Oregon as the basis for the hometown of his characters.

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Tolling
10:47 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Bill's in the mail for 520, Tacoma bridge tolls

People who have been tardy about paying their tolls for crossing the State Route 520 and Tacoma Narrows bridges will be mailed civil penalty notices this week.

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Education
10:27 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Report: State dollars not going far enough for pre-K

A new national report released Tuesday says Washington preschool programs that receive government dollars are among the best in the country. But the researchers also believe too few kids benefit from the $54 million Washington spends on preschool each school year.

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Prisons
10:15 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Some Washington prison inmates given pet cats

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Larch Corrections Center near Yacolt is testing how pet cats may soften the behavior of hardened criminals.

Two cats were given to inmates in two cells at the minimum-security prison.

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