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Gun rights
11:02 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Wash. Court Says Gun Limits OK before Conviction

Washington's high court is upholding a state law that prohibits some people from possessing a firearm before they have been found guilty of a crime.

The state Supreme Court said in a 5-4 ruling on Thursday that the law did not violate the Second Amendment rights of a man who was eventually convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. Justices in the majority opinion wrote that the law is limited in both scope and duration.

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work and pay
4:18 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

CEO of Wash. Health Exchange Gets 13 Percent Raise

File image
Associated Press

The CEO of the Washington state health exchange is getting a 13 percent raise.

The board of the exchange voted 7-1 Wednesday to increase Richard Onizuka's salary from $157,000 per year to just over $177,400. Only one board member, Teresa Mosqueda, voted against the raise, said Michael Marchand, spokesman for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.

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boeing decision
9:48 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Ala. State Officials Wooing Boeing 777X Plant

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

State and local leaders are working to lure a Boeing Co. aircraft assembly plant to the Huntsville area.

Gov. Robert Bentley, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and economic developers met Tuesday in Birmingham with representatives of the aircraft manufacturer.

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7:46 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Former Gov. Gary Locke Stepping Down as Ambassador to China

U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke speaks at a Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. embassy in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.
Andy Wong AP Photo

The American ambassador to China says he will step down from his post early next year to rejoin his family in Seattle.

Gary Locke says he informed President Barack Obama of his decision when they met earlier this month.

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9:24 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Gates Chokes Up at Ballmer's Shareholder Goodbye

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates chokes up as he end his remarks at the company's annual shareholders meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Redmond, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates choked up while reading from prepared remarks during Steve Ballmer's final shareholders meeting as chief executive.

The co-founder of the software giant said progress was being made to find Ballmer's replacement and he thanked him for serving as CEO for the last 13 years. Only Gates and Ballmer have led Microsoft Corp. since its founding 38 years ago. Ballmer announced in August that he’ll step down within the year. 

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Coal Export
1:07 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Thousands Weigh in on SW Wash. Coal-Export Plan

FILE - A protester rides in a mock coal train as other protesters demonstrate against trains carrying coal for export moving through Washington state on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Tacoma, Wash.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Regulators have received an unprecedented number of public comments on a controversial proposal to export millions of tons of coal out of southwest Washington.

The Army Corps of Engineers, Washington's Ecology Department and Cowlitz County are preparing to sift through more than 163,000 comments to decide what environmental impacts should be reviewed.

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10:51 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Wash. State Wins $610,000 in Google Settlement

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state will receive $610,600 dollars from Google as part of a settlement with 37 states and Washington, D.C.

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7:45 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Ace Hotel Chain Co-Founder Dies in London at 47

Sean Davis Flickr

Alex Calderwood, the Seattle co-founder of the hip Ace Hotel chain, has died in London at age 47.

The company said on its website he passed away Thursday, but released no information about the cause. The statement calls Calderwood "our teacher, mentor, guru and most importantly our dear friend."

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1:35 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Co-Founder of Dave's Killer Bread Arrested in Oregon

This booking photo provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office shows David Thompson, founder of Dave's Killer Bread.
Washington County Sheriff's Office

The co-founder of Dave’s Killer Bread was arrested Thursday after allegedly injuring three deputies in Milwaukie, Oregon.

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boeing decision
11:59 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Gov of S.C. Says State Will Be Supportive of Boeing

Jack Jones, left, Boeing vice president and general manager of the company's North Charleston, S.C., plant, speaks with reporters on April 9, 2013 as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt look on.
Bruce Smith Associated Press

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she feels bad for the governor of Washington after this week's union vote on the Boeing 777X.

Haley, who has long opposed unions, says it's terrible when a company like Boeing is trying to work in a state and the union, as she put it, "comes in and kills it."

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11:11 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Zulily Leaps in 1st Day as Publicly Traded Company

Zulily's stock is surging 75 percent in its first day as a publicly traded company.

The initial public offering of 11.5 million shares priced at $22 each, above the projected price range of $18 to $20.

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boeing decision
3:46 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Boeing Reaches Out to Utah about 777x Production

Boeing's 777 assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross KPLU

Boeing Co. leaders have reached out to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert about the state's interest in bringing the production line of 777X airplanes to the state.

Michael Sullivan, a spokesman for the Governor's Office of Economic Development, says Herbert received the call Thursday afternoon and has begun preliminary discussions with Boeing leaders.

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gas tax
6:12 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Senate Leaders Propose 11.5-Cent Gas Tax Increase

Fall foliage frames the Washington State Capitol on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 in Olympia, Wash.
Rachel La Corte Associated Press

Senate leaders are proposing a $12.3 billion transportation revenue package that includes a gas tax increase of 11.5 cents.

The proposal was put forth by Senate Transportation Committee co-chair Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and is part of ongoing negotiations between the House and the Senate. 

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Affordable Care Act
2:57 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Wash. Behind Only Calif., N.Y. in Health Care Sign-Ups

Associated Press

New federal statistics show Washington state has signed more people up for health insurance since open enrollment began Oct. 1 than any state other than New York and California.

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Election 2013
4:34 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Socialist Sawant Takes Lead Over Conlin in Seattle Council Race

FILE - In this photo taken Aug. 1, 2013, Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, right, speaks with a restaurant worker during a demonstration in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

A Socialist candidate has taken the lead as an updated ballot count was released on Tuesday afternoon in a close Seattle City Council race.

Kshama Sawant initially trailed incumbent Richard Conlin by more than 6,000 votes, but is now leading by about 40 votes—79,751 to 79,710.

“I think the results that we got today confirm that people in Seattle and, indeed, everywhere in the country are actually eager and hungry for a big political shift,” Sawant said Tuesday.

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