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employment
11:19 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Washington jobless who exhausted benefits still lack work

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Thousands of Washington workers who have exhausted their unemployment benefits still do not have jobs.

An Employment Security Department report released Thursday shows that 75 percent of people who have run out of benefits since November 2009 are still out of work.

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Charity Fundraiser
9:50 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Update: More than $550,000 raised in honor of girl who died

Rachel Beckwith hoped to raise money to help bring clean water to poor people.
Courtesy of charity : water

In honor of her 9th birthday, Rachel Beckwith asked friends and family to donate money to bring clean water to an African village. She was close to her goal when she died over the weekend.

Nearly 16,000 people have made donations to a clean water project in honor of a nine-year-old Washington state girl. By Wednesday afternoon, there were donations totaling more than $550,000 to "charity: water" in Rachel's honor.

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Kurt Cobain
9:20 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Cobain's name doesn't get the bridge, but small landing

It'll be up to Cobain's fans to name the bridge in Aberdeen after the Nirvana front man because the city council said no.
Flickr

ABERDEEN, Wash. — The City Council in Aberdeen, Wash., voted 10-1 against a resolution to rename a bridge after the late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. The council did vote to name a small body of land on the Wishkah River the Cobain Landing.

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Traffic Woes
9:08 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Was your morning commute the pits? Crash blocks southbound I-5

TUMWATER, Wash. — The Washington State Patrol says a semi-truck driver fell asleep and crashed into a state Transportation Department truck on Interstate 5 about 5:30 a.m. Thursday near Tumwater.

No one was in the state truck and the semi driver suffered only a scratch on an arm. Southbound lanes of the freeway are blocked and rush hour traffic is diverted on side roads.

The Department of Ecology was called to help clean up about 50 gallons of fuel that spilled from the semi-truck.

Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:55 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Layoff notices for up to 1,200 Hanford workers

RICHLAND, Wash. — Hanford nuclear reservation cleanup contractors are beginning Thursday to notify up to 1,200 workers they will be laid off at the end of September.

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Medical Marijuana
4:19 pm
Wed July 27, 2011

Seattle mayor signs city's medical marijuana law

Mayor McGinn on Wednesday signed an ordinance creating a regulatory framework for medical cannabis operations within the City of Seattle.
Jen Nance Office of Seattle Mayor

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has signed an ordinance that will regulate medical marijuana shops like any other business.

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Puget Sound
11:18 am
Wed July 27, 2011

Dead gray whale calf on Bremerton beach was very emaciated

BREMERTON, Wash. – A gray whale that washed up on a Bremerton beach was alive when the stranding was reported this morning but it was dead when a National Marine Fisheries employee arrived on the site on Dyes Inlet.

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Airport trouble
2:05 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

Smoking landing gear and other problems today at Sea-Tac

Problems with two planes and a suspicious bag kept emergency crews busy Tuesday at Sea-Tac Airport.

Spokesman Perry Cooper says there were no injuries or serious damage.

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Business
10:59 am
Tue July 26, 2011

How's your trash can smell? Redmond company has solution

Screen grab of the company's website.

A new business is cleaning up trash cans in the Seattle area.

Steam and Clean of Redmond uses what look like garbage trucks. They pick up garbage cans at the curb and clean them with blasts of steam.

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Other News
7:10 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Helicopter used to dry cherries crashes and burns, pilot killed

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Chelan County sheriff's officers say a helicopter flying low to dry cherries in a northcentral Washington orchard hit power lines, crashed and burned, killing the pilot.

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Other News
6:51 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Hayride accident dumps people on road, injures several

SHAW ISLAND, Wash. — The San Juan County Sheriff says he won't decide whether to cite the driver in a hayride accident on Shaw Island until the investigation is done.

Sheriff Rob Nou said about 50 people, mostly teenagers, were riding on a flatbed trailer being pulled by a farm tractor Sunday morning. The trailer was laden with about two dozen stumps of wood being used as seats.

The trailer overpowered the tractor as it went down a steep road and caused it to jackknife, dumping passengers onto the road.

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Washington state legislature
10:58 am
Mon July 25, 2011

Washington's supermajority tax rule target of lawsuit

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A dozen Democratic lawmakers are asking a judge to overturn a voter-approved initiative that requires the Legislature to have a supermajority to raise taxes.

The lawsuit filed Monday is led by the League of Education Voters and the Washington Education Association.

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Animal health care
4:00 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Update with video: Tortoise's artificial limb from Ace Hardware

Gamera, a 12-year-old African spur-thighed tortoise, shows off his new front "leg" at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., on July 15.
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. — The artificial limb put on an African tortoise at Washington State University didn't come from a high-tech prosthetics lab. It came from Ace Hardware in Pullman.

(Video inside)

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Killer Whales
9:15 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Inbreeding is new concern for Puget Sound orcas

Killer whales that spend their summer in the Puget Sound have been breeding within their own family groups.
Associated Press

Scientists have a new concern about the killer whales that spend their summer in the Puget Sound. The orcas have been breeding within their own family groups, which may mean the population is more fragile than scientists thought.

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Economy
10:41 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Washington jobs figures show mixed signals

Employment surveys were indicating positive numbers about the economy earlier this year, but those signals have grown less clear in the past couple months.
Associated Press

Washington's employment data is showing mixed signals about the direction of the state's economy.

New figures released Wednesday morning by the Employment Security Department show Washington's unemployment rate grew to 9.2 percent in June, even though a separate indicator showed that the state added 3,600 jobs.

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