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Child shot
11:00 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Update: Manslaughter charged in Tacoma boy's shooting death 

TACOMA, Wash. — Manslaughter charges have been filed in the death of a 3-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with a gun he found under a car seat while his mother and the gun owner had stopped at a Tacoma service station.

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Spring storm
8:36 am
Wed March 28, 2012

Storm bringing more mountain snow in Washington

It may be spring, but the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch through Thursday for the Olympics and Cascades.

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Japanese Tsunami
9:44 am
Tue March 27, 2012

More suspected tsunami debris on Washington coast

LONGVIEW, Wash. — More debris swept away in the Japanese tsunami a year ago is apparently washing ashore on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula.

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Environment
8:39 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Battle over building in Puget Sound flood plains

A federal judge is hearing arguments Tuesday over whether to stop the federal government from issuing flood insurance policies for new development in flood-prone areas around Puget Sound.

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Election 2012
2:55 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

McKenna challenges Inslee to 15 debates

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has challenged his Democratic opponent Jay Inslee to 15 debates in the coming months. Inslee's campaign says they had already confirmed three so far.

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Prisons
10:22 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Washington prisons running out of room

Marc Soller Flickr

With about 16,000 inmates, the Department of Corrections says Washington prisons are at 102 percent of capacity and they need to find space by this summer to hold 160 more.

The department found space last week for 140 inmates by deciding to house two inmates each in single-inmate cells at the state Reformatory in Monroe.

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Healthcare overhaul
5:09 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Gov. Gregoire signs insurance exchange bill into law

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a bill setting rules for insurers preparing for the state's online insurance exchange.

Online exchanges are key to the federal health care overhaul signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The state exchanges for individual and small-group plans are set go live January 1, 2014.

The U.S. Supreme Court will start hearing on Monday a challenge to the federal health care law. If it is overturned in its entirety, the state's exchange could still be put in place but federal funding would likely be lost.

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Diversions
2:12 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Tacoma leopard cubs to meet public, need names!

You can help the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium name these cubs! Go to the survey link in the story.

TACOMA, Wash. — Two newborn leopard cubs are making their first public appearance Saturday at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma.

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Seattle landmark
11:39 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Seattle's Smith Tower sold for nearly $37 million

Petra Franklin, producer of Artists Toolbox in her apartment in the Smith Tower.
Monica Spain KPLU

Seattle's historic Smith Tower was sold Friday for nearly $37 million in a foreclosure auction on the steps of the King County Administration Building.

The buyer is CBRE Capital of New York, which acquired the delinquent mortgage last fall after Chicago-based Walton Street Capital defaulted on $43 million in loans. When it bought the building in 2006 it intended to convert the tower into condos, but the condo market collapsed in the recession.

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War in Afghanistan
4:25 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Bales to be charged with murder; had two assault cases

A U.S. official says Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who had been stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.

It has also come to light that Bales was accused in a second incident involving alcohol and violence.

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Planned Parenthood dustup
2:41 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Several executives leave Komen after controversy

Susan G. Komen Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker from her "Straight Talk" video (which is no longer available on Youtube).

DALLAS — At least five high-ranking executives with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity have resigned in the aftermath of the organization's decision to eliminate its funding for Planned Parenthood.

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Transportation
11:48 am
Thu March 22, 2012

520 bridge toll will hit $4.35 in 2016

The peak toll on the Highway 520 floating bridge that began at $3.50 at the end of last year will rise to $4.35 in 2016 after a series of scheduled increases.

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Animal cruelty
9:07 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Montana man charged with getting small dog drunk

HELENA, Mont. — A Montana man is charged with animal cruelty after his 20-pound dog was so intoxicated it couldn't stand up.

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Snow and Ice
6:41 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Studded tire deadline extended for Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Transportation Department has extended the deadline to remove studded tires to April 16.

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Same-sex marriage
1:43 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Anti-gay marriage group wants Starbucks boycott

Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz, center, listens to a question from an audience member with general counsel Paul Boggs, left, and CFO Troy Alstead at the annual Starbucks shareholders meeting Wednesday in Seattle.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A national group opposed to gay marriage is calling for a boycott of Starbucks in response to the company's public support of a new same-sex marriage law in Washington state.

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