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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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arbitration
3:08 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Starbucks to Pay $2.76B in Coffee Spat with Kraft

The Associated Press

An arbitrator has concluded that Starbucks must pay $2.76 billion to settle a dispute with Kraft over coffee distribution.

The two consumer products companies had been locked in a fight after Starbucks Corp. fired Kraft as its distributor of packaged coffee to grocery chains in 2010.

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Business
9:17 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Amazon, U.S. Postal Service Will Deliver on Sundays

AP Photo

Amazon says it is teaming up with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sundays.

The Seattle company says Sunday delivery will be available to customers in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas at first. Amazon and the Postal Service plan to roll out service to "a large portion of the U.S. population" next year, including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix.

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senator resigns
10:46 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Wash. State Sen. Harper Resigns from Job

Washington state Sen. Nick Harper is resigning from the job.

Harper said in a statement Saturday that he can't fully commit his time to the job while being a husband, father of two girls and an attorney. The Democrat says he's proud of his three years as a senator.

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same-sex couples
5:10 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Four Couples Sue Idaho over Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Four Idaho couples are suing the state in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states.

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boeing package
12:09 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Inslee: 49 Governors Will Call Boeing if Wash. Loses Deal

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Washington state has everything to lose with its aerospace industry and therefore must move fast to appease Boeing, said Gov. Jay Inslee during a news conference Friday morning.

“We have been fortunate like few other states, communities on the planet in having a vigorous aerospace industry here. There are 49 governors that will be calling Boeing if, in fact, this deal doesn’t go through,” Inslee said.

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Election 2013
10:41 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Ed Murray Resigns from Senate Leadership Role

Ed Murray, center, poses for a photo as he visits with guests Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at a fundraising luncheon for ROOTS, a shelter for homeless youth in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Sen. Ed Murray has resigned as leader of the Senate Democrats following his election as mayor of Seattle.

Murray announced Friday that while he was giving up his leadership role, he wasn't yet resigning from the Senate in order to continue to represent the 43rd District during the special session that started on Thursday.

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initiative 522
5:38 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Wash. State Voters Reject GMO Labeling Initiative

Toby Talbot Associated Press

Voters in Washington state have rejected a ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

The campaign over Initiative 522 drew millions of dollars from out of state and was one of the costliest initiative fights in state history.

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living wage initiative
5:33 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Maintains Lead

Ashley Gross KPLU

An initiative to create a $15 minimum wage for many SeaTac workers is maintaining a narrow lead.

Updated vote totals released Wednesday showed the measure passing with 53 percent of the vote. Because of the city's small size, the gap is only a matter of a couple hundred votes. Since ballots only needed to be postmarked by Tuesday, more votes will be counted in the coming days.

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Election 2013
5:20 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Murray Defeats McGinn in Seattle Mayor's Race

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, center, is cheered by his husband, Michael Shiosaki, left, and former Gov. Chris Gregoire at an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The leader of Washington state's successful effort to legalize gay marriage is Seattle's next mayor.

Updated election results Wednesday night show state Sen. Ed Murray has 56 percent of the vote.

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staffing change
2:04 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Inslee Names New Chief of Staff

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Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee has a new chief of staff.

Inslee on Wednesday named senior adviser Joby Shimomura to the position, replacing Mary Alice Heuschel, who has served as chief of staff since January.

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Election 2013
11:15 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Two Dead Candidates Get Majority of Votes in Wash.

Two candidates in separate races in Washington state are winning in Tuesday's election despite being dead.

In the Seattle suburb of Des Moines, John Rosentangle won 71 percent of the vote over write-in candidates in the King County Water District 54. The 63-year-old died in August of an illness.

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Business
3:28 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Boeing Offers Deal to Keep 777X in Wash., Inslee Calls Special Session

This image shows the Boeing 777x assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross

 

Boeing Co. has proposed an eight-year labor agreement that would guarantee construction of the new 777X in the Puget Sound.

In response, Gov. Jay Inslee said he would call a special legislative session on Thursday in hopes of swiftly approving a package of bills to appease Boeing.

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wind storm
3:18 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Wind Storm Wreaks Havoc in Western Washington

"Quite blustery at Greenlake earlier today–you could almost lean in to the wind. Huge waves!" says Bellamy Pailthorp.

A gusty wind storm whipped into western Washington Saturday, toppling trees, knocking down power lines and leaving some 150,000 area residents without power.

Early Saturday afternoon, Puget Sound Energy reported some 105,000 customers were without power as a result of more than 1,000 outages, half of them in Northern King County. By Sunday morning, power had been restored to all but 9,500 customers as a result of 60 outages in King and Kitsap counties. 

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