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Leavenworth Commerical
8:36 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Bavarian themed hip-hop video boosts Leavenworth tourism

"Woody Goomsba" kicks back in the sun in Leavenworth's latest tourism ad campaign.
Leavenworth Area Promotions

Tourism promoters in Leavenworth say they have a hit with a sexy YouTube video showing dancing girls, a Nutracker figure and scenes from the Bavarian-themed North Cascades town.

The Wenatchee World reports the hip-hop spoof cost the Leavenworth Area Promotions board $11,000, and it has already been viewed nearly 85,000 times as of Wednesday:

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News Roundup
8:29 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Governor to announce $5 billion budget cut plan, war claims a soldier from Yelm, and Seattle Center's big announcement today.

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Public Health
3:40 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Whooping cough hits Tacoma elementary school

A whooping cough outbreak at an elementary school in north Tacoma has sickened at least six children.  Investigators are looking into additional cases. 

The disease, also known as pertussis, can cause serious illness in young children, especially infants.  More than one-third of infants less than one year old who get the disease must be hospitalized, according to the Tacoma - Pierce County Health Department.  

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New Laws
3:37 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Alarms required to detect carbon monoxide in homes

If your home has smoke detectors, that’s an important safety step.  Starting in January, new homes, and existing homes that are sold, also need to have a carbon monoxide detector.   A new state law requires the sensors to prevent accidental poisonings. 

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Public Health
12:35 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

State ranks high in disaster response - for now

A Seattle Fire Department ladder unit responds to an emergency in the Belltown neighborhood last week. The state is getting kudos for its overall emergency and disaster response efforts in protecting public health.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Washington gets a top grade for being ready to handle disasters. A new study ranks the state among the most adept a wide variety of public health threats, from flood response, handling disease outbreak, and reacting to chemical spills, among other emergencies. But the report warns gains in emergency preparedness could be lost to budget cuts. 

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News Roundup
7:39 am
Tue December 14, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

A road sign down near Stanwood in Snohomish County.
Twitpic/KING5unit9

Overnight storm knocks out power to tens of thousands, flooding rivers are receding, video of a water rescue near Everett, and rail commuters get a reprieve.

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Pineapple Express
5:50 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Landslide risk high, state asks public's help

This Twitter-shared photo is of trees downed by a mudslide along the Burke Gilman trail in the northeast Seattle neighborhood of Lake City, Monday, Dec 13, 2010.
Twitpic/JonRepp

The heavy rains dumped by the Pineapple Express have caused so many landslides, the state is asking your help in keeping track of them. 

The National Weather Service reports 29 major landslides since Friday. 

Washington's Department of Natural Resources reports the slides have damaged roads, houses, and power lines across western Washington, and portions of the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle. 

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Pineapple Express
8:21 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Monday morning headlines

Flooding near Granite Falls, Snohomish County, on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. Most rivers are receding today, but officials are keeping an eye on the Snohomish River, which will crest at near record levels Monday.
Twitpic/PeterM_KOMO

Floods and mudslides follow heavy rains, commuters can expect delays, and Seattle counts the landslides.

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Pineapple Express
8:01 am
Mon December 13, 2010

Record rains flood western Washington rivers

Flooding along the Stillaguamish River near Arlington, in Snohomish County.
KOMO TV via YouTube

Record rainfall in the Pacific Northwest has triggered mudslides and caused record flooding along some Western Washington rivers.  As many rivers recede this morning, some are still cresting, including the Snohomish River, where water levels are expected to remain above flood stage through Tuesday.

The Herald of Everett reports the Snohomish is being fed by the flooding Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers:

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Seattle Mariners
11:45 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Dave Niehaus 'life celebration' Saturday at Safeco Field

Famed Mariner broadcaster Dave Niehaus waves to fans at Safeco Field, May 7, 2000, upon the announcement of his induction to Baseball's Hall of Fame. A public memorial for Niehaus, who died last month, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11th.
AP

The Seattle Mariners will hold a “Public Celebration of Life” for late broadcaster Dave Niehaus tomorrow.  Scheduled start is just after 1 p.m. Saturday at Safeco Field. 

Family, players and close associates will pay tribute to Niehaus, the only play-by-play announcer the team has ever had.  He died of a heart attack last month at the age of 75. 

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Technology and Democracy
7:19 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Local debate on secret information and Wikileaks

A protester in Australia makes a statement about the Wikileaks release of secret government documents. It's sparked international debate, and is the focus of a Seattle forum tonight.
AP

Was it justified when Amazon.com and the big credit card companies pulled the plug on Wikileaks?  Did it hurt the free flow of information, or advance important dialogue about world affairs? A discussion in Seattle this evening will dive into those questions. 

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News Roundup
6:33 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Friday morning's headlines

An Amtrak Cascades train pulls into Seattle in this AP file photo. A federal diversion of transportation funds aimed at high-speed rail projects are giving a big boost to Washington State.
AP

Rains expected to cause flooding, high-speed rail in Washington gets a windfall, lawmakers convene for a day. 

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K-12 Education
2:28 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Supreme Court says state not shortchanging special education

The Washington Supreme Court has dealt a blow to a dozen school districts across the state that sought more money for special education.  Today, the court said the districts did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the state underfunds the programs, a violation of its constitution

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King County Budget
12:52 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Extra room in the jail: a surprise with costly implications

King County Jail in downtown Seattle.
Flickr?ManuelW

King County says it now has a glut of jail space and must consider cutting the rate it charges to cities to house offenders.  That comes after years of dire warnings about jail over-crowding.  Cities in south King County are building a new jail (which opens next year) for $56 million in Des Moines. 

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Education
6:23 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Goodloe-Johnson apologizes for misrepresenting high school rates

Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson apologized for an oft-repeated bad statistic about high school college-readiness rates. Goodloe-Johnson is seen here in at a school board meeting earlier this year.
Gary Davis/KPLU

It was a mistake that led to misinforming the public, says Seattle schools chief Maria Goodloe-Johnson.  She apologized at last night’s Seattle School Board meeting.  Goodloe-Johnson says she wants to assure the public that changes have been made to ensure it doesn’t happen again. 

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