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Boeing Package
12:18 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Lawmakers: Boeing's Campaign Contributions Came After Incentives Vote

Gov. Jay Inslee sits with legislation he just signed to help keep production of Boeing's new 777 in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Some lawmakers say they didn't receive campaign contributions from Boeing until after voting on a tax break for the company.

Boeing's political committee had reported in records to the state Public Disclosure Commission that it gave the maximum donation of $900 to seven lawmakers a few days before the Legislature approved tax incentives valued at some $9 billion.

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Affordable Care Act
4:34 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Wash. State Extends Deadline For Health Insurance

FILE - Nelly Kinsella demonstrates the Washington Healthplanfinder website, where consumers will be able to shop for health insurance, following a news conference Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington residents who have started but not finished their applications for insurance through the state's new health care exchange are getting a deadline extension.

State officials announced Wednesday that anyone who begins an application before Dec. 23, will have until Jan. 1 to finish. Exchange spokesman Michael Marchand says they'll get as much help as they need to make that happen.

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Marijuana Licenses
11:46 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Big Jump In Wash. Pot Business Applications

Associated Press

New figures from Washington's Liquor Control Board show a big jump in marijuana business applications as this week's deadline for submissions nears.

The board said Tuesday it has received 2,444 applications to grow, process or sell cannabis under Washington's recreational pot law passed by voters last year. As of a week ago, that figure was just under 1,700.

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Higher Education
12:58 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

State Audit Finds Misuse of Wash. College Credit Cards

dalexeenko Flickr

A new state audit has found Washington university credit cards were used to make more than $225,000 in purchases not allowed by state policies.

Most of the purchases were for alcohol or gifts. And the majority were made by people associated with the University of Washington.

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Bertha, The Boring Machine
11:53 am
Wed December 11, 2013

What's Blocking Bertha? Mystery Object Halts Tunnel Drilling

"Survey says, 'This is one big tunnel."'

The Transportation Department and contractors building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle are trying to find out what has blocked their tunnel boring machine.

The machine called Bertha ran into something Friday and was shut down Saturday about 1,000 feet from the start.

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Amber Alert
5:48 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Police: Missing Kennewick Teen Found in Mexico

Police in Kennewick, Wash., say a missing 14-year-old girl has talked with her mother and says she is in Mexico and is OK.

KNDO says police confirmed Tuesday that the mother of Elizabeth Romero spoke with her daughter by phone and the girl said she is in Jalisco, Mexico.

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budget negotiations
3:33 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Murray, Ryan Reach Modest Bipartisan Budget Pact

J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press

Congressional negotiators reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon, with votes expected in both houses in the next several days.

Officials said the increases would be offset by a variety of spending reductions and increased fees elsewhere in the budget totaling about $85 billion over a decade, leaving enough for a largely symbolic cut of more than $20 billion in the nation's $17 trillion debt.

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legal marijuana
12:49 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

1,700 Pot Business Applications Received in Wash.

Associated Press

Marijuana business license applications keep rolling in in Washington.

The state Liquor Control Board says it has received 1,696 applications from people seeking permission to grow, process or sell cannabis under the new recreational marijuana law.

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urban planning
9:36 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Seattle Planners OK 3 Globes at HQ

City of Seattle

City planners have approved the plans for three large globes that will be part of the new headquarters for in downtown Seattle.

The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce reports the connected globes will range from 80 to 95-feet tall and house retail space open to the public.

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Affordable Care Act
1:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Wash. Health Exchange Up and Then Back Down Again

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Associated Press

The website for Washington's health insurance exchangeis back down again with new technical issues after problems last week took the website down for four days.

Spokeswoman Bethany Frey says problems at the Washington Department of Social and Health Services forced to shut down Monday morning. DSHS is having problems with its own system that helps determine whether people are eligible for free or reduced cost insurance.

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Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
11:45 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Local Memorial Planned for Mandela at Seattle Center

Former South African President Nelson Mandela smiles during his meeting with a group of Mandela Rhodes Scholars for 2006, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006.
Themba Hadebe AP Photo

The Seattle Center has scheduled a public memorial to honor the life of Nelson Mandela.

A candlelight vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the International Fountain.

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seattle mariners
11:33 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mariners Mum So Far on Possible Cano Deal

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John Froschauer Associated Press

The Seattle Mariners say that cannot confirm any details of a potential deal with free agent second baseman Robinson Cano.

The team said Friday morning they will announce if an agreement is "completed and finalized" with the Yankees star. The statement came in response to an ESPN report Friday morning that Cano and the Mariners had reached agreement on a $240 million, 10-year contract pending a physical.

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boeing decision
10:49 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mo. Lawmakers Pass $1.7 Billion in Incentives for Boeing

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Reed Saxon AP Photo

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to incentives for Boeing to assemble to a new passenger airplane in the St. Louis area.

The House voted 127-20-2 Friday for the legislation that authorizes as much as $1.7 billion of incentives over more than two decades for Boeing to produce the 777X jetliner. The legislation passed the Senate on Wednesday by a 23-8 vote.

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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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