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Budget crisis
2:00 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Layoff notices to 166 Tacoma city employees

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma is notifying 166 city employees Monday their jobs could be cut as the city deals with a $23 million budget deficit.

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Weather report
1:52 pm
Mon December 5, 2011

Stagnant air advisory in place for much of Washington

You've seen it before: bad air stuck over western Washington. And here we are again, a stagnant air advisory is in effect for much of the state.
Andrew W. Sieber Flickr

The National Weather Service says a high pressure system over the Northwest is keeping the lid on air pollutants.

A stagnant air advisory is in effect for much of Washington, except for the mountains and part of the coast, until Friday afternoon.

Forecasters say the high pressure is trapping cooler air near the ground. With poor mixing of the lower atmosphere because of the inversion, wood smoke and car exhausts can build up.

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Protesting Wall Street
5:04 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Seattle college can evict Occupy protesters, judge rules

A camper at Occupy Seattle pulls on a jacket and walks among the dozens of tents there at Seattle Central Community College Nov. 15. A judge says they all have to go.
Associated Press

A Thurston County Superior Court judge says Seattle Central Community College can evict Occupy protesters who have been staying on campus.

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Environment
11:58 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Washington must restrict refineries' emissions, judge orders

A federal judge in Seattle says Washington must restrict greenhouse gas emissions from the state's five oil refineries.

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Environment
11:09 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Whale activists sue to free killer whale 'Lolita' from captivity

In this 1970 photo by Wallie Funk, orca whales are held captive near Whidbey Island. Seven of the dozens of whales captured, including Lolita, who has been performing stunts for Miami Seaquarium for the past four decades, were sold to marine parks.
Associated Press

Supporters have offered $1 million for her release. Annual demonstrations have demanded her return to the Northwest.

Over the years, celebrities, schoolchildren and even a Washington state governor have campaigned to free Lolita, a killer whale captured from Puget Sound in 1970 and who has performed at Miami Seaquarium for the past four decades.

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Business
10:56 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Power up: Boeing flips switch on solar array

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Boeing has flipped the switch on the solar power array on the roof of its new South Carolina assembly plant.

Officials of Boeing and South Carolina Electric & Gas on Friday dedicated the 10-acre project which officials say is the largest rooftop solar installation in the Southeast, ranked by production capacity.

The array on the roof of Boeing's 787 final assembly plant generates 2.6-megawatts of power.

Scana Chairman and CEO Kevin Marsh said the array generates enough power for 250 homes.

Seattle city workers
10:50 am
Fri December 2, 2011

3 Seattle utilities employees fired over $440

The Seattle Public Utilities agency fired three employees Friday and suspended a fourth for tampering with billing records.

The agency says an investigation found they waived late fees, readjusted payment periods or manipulated payment arrangements.

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Gun laws
5:19 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Seattle wants gun ban reinstated by state high court

The city of Seattle is asking the Washington Supreme Court to determine whether municipalities can ban people from carrying guns in local parks and community centers where children gather.

Seattle instituted its ban in 2009. Several individuals with concealed weapons permits challenged the ban, and a King County Superior Court judge struck down the ban as preempted by state law governing firearms regulation.

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Budget crisis
3:47 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Olympia eyes new plan as Wenatchee agency defaults

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Wenatchee-area agency is defaulting on its debt but still may get support from the state Legislature.

Democratic Rep. Ross Hunter said Thursday that his committee will consider a measure that would make a belated payment on the $42 million bond debt.

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Budget surprises
9:59 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Dirty dome, budget cuts blamed for Washington Capitol leaks

The state's Capitol dome is leaking and budget cuts have been blamed.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A dirty dome is blamed for leaks at the Capitol in Olympia.

State Department of Enterprise Services spokesman Jim Erskine says with cleaning postponed by budget cuts, it's possible mold and grime are widening cracks in the mortar and allowing water into the building.

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Medical Marijuana
12:39 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Gov. Gregoire wants DEA to reclassify marijuana

Efforts to decriminalize marijuana just took a big step today.
Alexodus Flickr

Olympia, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee have filed a petition with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration asking the agency to reclassify marijuana so that doctors can prescribe it and pharmacists can fill the prescription.

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Boeing
12:05 pm
Wed November 30, 2011

Secret negotiations at Boeing net several key deals with union

Tom Wroblewski, center, president of Boeing Machinists Union District Lodge 751, announces Wednesday that the Boeing Co. and the Machinists union had reached a tentative agreement to build the new Boeing 737 MAX airplane in Renton, Wash.
Associated Press

Boeing and the Machinists union have apparently reached a four-year contract deal as well as a deal to build the 737 MAX in Renton and have the union’s labor complaint dropped.

“We look forward to new era of prosperity for IAM and Boeing,” said Tom Wroblewski, president of Machinists Union District 751.

Wroblewski added that the secret meetings started out as conversations about the 737 and evolved into a full-blown contract deal because outside influences were dampened and the negotiation climate was right.

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Salmon virus controversy
10:23 am
Wed November 30, 2011

For 2nd time, salmon virus information withheld in Canada

Adult Sockeye salmon in the lower section of Adams River, British Columbia. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response to the ISA virus found in B.C. Sockeye.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Flickr

Sen. Maria Cantwell is calling for stronger communication between American and Canadian officials following the disclosure that Canada failed to reveal the results of tests that appear to show the presence of a potentially deadly salmon virus nearly a decade before a salmon-virus scare this fall.

This is the second time that Canadian officials have been accused of muffling a scientist’s findings concerning viruses and salmon.

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Protesting Wall Street
5:41 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

Occupy Seattle gets reprieve from eviction, takes up squatting

An Occupy Seattle protester, who declined to be identified, enters a formerly boarded-up duplex Nov. 22 that protesters have taken over in Seattle's Central District to protest foreclosures.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Occupy Seattle can occupy the community college campus on Capitol Hill in Seattle at least until Friday, when a court hearing will decide if the college has the right to boot them off campus.

Meanwhile, some Occupy members in Seattle and along the West Coast have shifted from occupying with tents to occupying abandoned houses.

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Budget crisis
12:45 pm
Tue November 29, 2011

6 troopers injured in demonstration at state Capitol

Washington State Patrol troopers use tasers to control a crowd of protestors who rushed at the locked doors of the Capitol and attempted to let people inside after the building was closed, in Olympia, Wash., on Monday.
Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — After compiling reports on Monday night's demonstration at the Capitol in Olympia, the Washington State Patrol says a total of six troopers were injured in clashes with protesters, five more than first reported.

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