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Crime
4:02 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Agency will investigate 911 call in Powell fire

The charred rubble of the home where Josh Powell and his two sons were killed Sunday, in Graham, Wash., in what police said appeared to be a deliberately set fire is shown on Tuesday.
The Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A social worker pleaded with a 911 dispatcher throughout a nearly seven-minute call to quickly get police to Josh Powell's house after he locked himself inside with his two sons.

(The un-edited audio of that 911 call is posted above.)

But the dispatcher seemed to have trouble understanding the seriousness of the situation. It took almost two minutes from the start of the call for the dispatcher to learn Powell's address, as the social worker fumbled through paperwork, and more than three minutes to understand that she was there to supervise a child custody visit. Near the end of the call, she asked how long before officers could get there.

The agency that runs the call center said it would review the matter and start a disciplinary investigation if necessary.

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Washington State Legislature
3:27 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Bill legalizing gay marriage passes House vote: 55-43

John Baux, of Bremerton, Wash., places a sign against gay marriage in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers are poised to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Legislature has voted to legalize gay marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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Crime
2:18 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Powell family blames government, bias, media for murder-suicide

Alex Ramirez, 17, brings a balloon to a growing memorial to Charlie and Braden Powell, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Carson Elementary School in Puyallup, Wash., where Charlie attended school.
The Associated Press

An uncle and aunt of Josh Powell issued a statement saying there's no justification for the loss of his children, but Maurice and Patti Leach feel "this family tragedy was set into motion from the beginning due in part to the various questionable government agencies' practices, religious bias, the Internet kangaroo courts, and sensationalized news media."

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Investigation
9:33 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Army investigating Madigan memo on PTSD costs

The Army is investigating whether the cost of care and benefits is influencing the diagnosis of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center.

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Washington State Legislature
9:30 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Bill would require drug makers to take back drugs

Some Washington lawmakers are pushing a measure that would require drug makers to pay for a statewide program to collect unused prescription drugs and other medicine.

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Budget crisis
5:27 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Washington lawmakers push driving-related fee hikes

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state lawmakers are pressing ahead with a series of mostly driving-related fee increases to raise money for road repairs and other transportation needs.

The fee increases, which include an 80 percent hike for driver's licenses, passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee Monday. They would raise an estimated $52 million next year and an average of $80 million each year over the next decade.

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Crime
3:55 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Police: Powell planned deadly fire killing sons for some time

This pool photo provided by the Pierce Co. Sheriff's Dept. shows the charred remains of the home of Josh Powell, husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 near Frederickson, Wash.
The Associated Press

GRAHAM, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say Josh Powell planned the deadly house fire that killed him and his young sons for some time, dropping toys at charities and sending final emails to multiple acquaintances.

Powell, the husband of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, died along with his children Sunday.

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Election 2012, Governor’s race
11:25 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Candidate for Gov. Inslee releases economic plan for Washington

Jay Inslee.
The Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee has released an economic development plan that focuses on six key industries.

Inslee told a news conference in Spokane on Monday that his plan focuses on aerospace, life sciences, the military, agriculture, information technology and clean energy.

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Gay rights
11:15 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Stage set Stage set for final passage of gay marriage bill this week

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A House committee approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, setting the stage for final passage this week.

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Labor contracts
11:12 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Longview grain terminal, union working together

LONGVIEW, Wash. — After a year of sometimes-violent demonstrations with multiple arrests at the Port of Longview, the EGT terminal and Longshore union jointly announced Monday they're working together for the first time for a grain ship arriving Tuesday.

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Planned Parenthood dustup
8:50 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Komen drops plan to cut Planned Parenthood grants

NEW YORK — After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood.

"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," a Komen statement said.

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Washington State Legislature
3:36 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Update: Senate panel advances public records restrictions for Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Lawmakers are advancing a plan that could limit how governments respond to requests for public documents.

A Senate panel voted 4-2 on Thursday to approve the measure.

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Other News
3:21 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Pierce County deputies trap wallaby on the run

This photo provided by the Pierce County Sheriff’s office shows officers capturing an escaped wallaby in Gig Harbor, Wash., Thursday.
The Associated Press

Pierce County sheriff deputies and animal control officers have caught a wallaby on the run in Gig Harbor. The animal had escaped from a nearby residence.

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Boeing planes
1:22 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Glitches canceled two ANA Boeing 787 flights

All Nippon Airways had to cancel two of its first long-haul Boeing 787 flights on a new route between Tokyo and Frankfurt because of software glitches.

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Gay Rights
8:41 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Washington Senate approves bill to legalize gay marriage

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed.

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