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crab fishing
6:11 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Ore. Decides Dungeness Crab Ready for Eating

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Paul Sakuma Associated Press

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says Oregon's Dungeness crabs are ready to eat in time for holiday feasting and fishing can begin Dec. 16.

Now it is up to the fishermen to decide if they are willing to go get them. Hugh Link of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission says price negotiations between fishermen and processors start Monday in Newport.

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boeing decision
9:43 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Kansas Joins Bidding for Boeing Contract

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

Kansas is assembling an economic incentive package geared at landing a new Boeing contract to build the aviation giant's 777X commercial aircraft.

Administration officials say Wednesday they can't divulge details of the Kansas package, citing a nondisclosure agreement signed with Boeing when talks began in recent weeks.

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Seafair Stars
1:34 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Navy's Blue Angels Returning to Seattle Seafair

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U.S. Navy/AP Photo

The Navy Blue Angels flight team will return to Seattle's Seafair celebration next summer with air shows over Lake Washington during the hydroplane races on the first weekend in August.

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unemployment
1:15 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Wash. to Regain Some Long-Term Jobless Benefits

Michael Dwyer Associated Press

A worsening unemployment rate in Washington state is leading to extended unemployment benefits for some.

The state's Employment Security Department said Monday that the state's three-month unemployment rate average has risen back to 7 percent. That means some additional federally-funded emergency unemployment compensation will restart Sunday, extending benefits for nine weeks.

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amanda knox
8:47 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Prosecutor Argues to Reinstate Knox Guilty Verdict

Associated Press

The state's prosecutor is arguing his case that an Italian appeals court should reinstate the guilty verdict against U.S. exchange student Amanda Knox for the grisly 2007 murder of her roommate.

Prosecutor Alessandro Crini said Monday that Italy's highest court had "razed to the ground" the Perugia appellate court's 2011 decision to throw out the guilty verdicts, freeing Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito.

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initiative 522
4:32 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

GMA: Contributions Reported in Food-Label Fight

Tom Paulson Associated Press

An industry group that contributed heavily to defeat a measure that would have required labeling genetically engineered foods says it reported its activity to state watchdogs and hopes to resolve a lawsuit alleging it violated Washington's campaign finance laws.

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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

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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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Politics
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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Microsoft
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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settlement
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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Obituary
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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arrest
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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