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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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News Roundup
6:17 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

Downtown Tacoma's historic Elks Lodge, seen here in its vintage fineness. Renovation plans for the building include retail shops, apartments and, perhaps, a park.
Courtest elksonbroadway.com

 Get ready for changes in health insurance for kids next week, a Tacoma historic preservation project takes shape, Bremerton welcomes the USS Nimitz, and a hospital lockdown in Mt. Vernon following a man's death.

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News Roundup
5:46 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Improvements to Highway 520 through Redmond could cut commute times by 15 minutes or more, according to state transportation leaders. The new roads opened officially Wednesday morning.
WSDOT

The state will investigate Seattle police actions; a faster 520 for commuters; and bridge toll plan under fire.

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King County Budget
11:23 am
Tue December 7, 2010

King County deputies vote on cutting pay

As King County makes massive cuts to help balance its budget, the union representing King County sheriff’s deputies has, for months, refused to consider a wage freeze next year.  Even as other unions in the county have agreed to do so.  But deputies are voting on a proposal to reduce their upcoming pay increase. 

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News Roundup
5:48 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

Pearl Harbor Suvivors Association President Art Herriford, left, is seen talking to his wife Shirley at the group's convention in Honolulu on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. The group met in Waikiki a day before the Pearl Harbor anniversary.
AP (Audrey McEvoy)

Local vets remember Pearl Harbor attack; guilty verdicts for some accused of helping Maurice Clemmons avoid police; vandalism punctures more than car tires in Bremerton; and questions remain over how a dog was electrocuted on a Seattle sidewalk. 

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Other News
12:57 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Most lights on again across San Juan Islands

View of the San Juan Islands from Mt. Constitution on Orcas Island. The power outage that hit Monday morning is expected to be repaired by 2:30 this afternoon.
AP

KPLU Staff update at 4:32 pm, Monday

The light are on again for more than 9,000 Orcas Power and Light customers in the San Juan Islands. A late morning outage was caused by a problem at a substation operated by the Bonneville Power Administration.

In a short statement from Orcas Power and Light's website:

 

Power has been restored to all members with the exception of scattered areas of San Juan Island. Outage was caused by equipment failure at the BPA transmission station. 

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Sports
7:33 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Former Mariner GM Gillick elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Pat Gillick, former Seattle Mariners general manager, was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame on Monday. Gillick led the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies during World Series championship years. He was also GM at Baltimore.
AP

Former Seattle Mariner general manager Pat Gillick has been elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Gillick won three World Series titles during his 27 years as general manager of Toronto, Baltimore, Seattle and Philadelphia.

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News Roundup
6:13 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

Eyes turn to Olympia on eve of budget talks, Bellevue takes a hit, Pierce County plans protections against nature's hits,  and the Huskies fight their way to a Holiday. 

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Public Health
10:28 am
Fri December 3, 2010

MRSA study of fire station shows the deadly bacteria is everywhere

Firefighters and medics may be at higher risk for carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than the average person, according to results from a UW study.
UW / Marc Beaudreau

The drug-resistant strain of staph infection MRSA is known to be a problem for many hospitals.  A pioneering study from the University of Washington shows that it's also resilient enough to spread from medic units all the way into the living quarters of firefighters. 

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News Roundup
6:15 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Friday morning's headlines

Predicting the Apple Cup winner was easy for Chai the Elephant. The Woodland Park Zoo's lead sports authority enjoyed the apples in the UW box, rejecting WSU's. Coug fans take heart: Art Thiel predicts your on the eve of an upset.
Woodland Park Zoo via YouTube

Apple Cup weekend for football rivals, tough travel expected for game road-trippers,  and allegations of Army spying on an Olympia anti-war group lead today's news headlines.

 

Apple Cup in White

Snow covers the stands in Pullman today, but the field has been cleared in preparation for tomorrow's renewal of the rivalry between WSU and the UW. If the Huskies win, they'll finish the season at 6 and 6, and earn their first trip to a bowl game since 2002.  

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K-12 Education
2:41 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Seattle may close another school

Alternative School #1 is a K-8 Seattle Schools program located in the norheast part of the city.
Seattle Public Schools

Seattle is considering yet another school closure, along with re-assigning some students away from popular but overcrowded schools. Closures and assignment changes caused conflict within the city’s public schools over the past few years.  That was supposed to be finished last year. 


But the Seattle Times reports some schools are under-enrolled and some are over-enrolled.  Alternative School #1 is battling to stay open. 

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Viaduct Replacement Tunnel
6:59 am
Thu December 2, 2010

McGinn wants tunnel-related downtown traffic study

Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct (part of Highway 99) is moving toward replacement by a deep-bore tunnel, something Mayor Mike McGinn and others oppose.
AP

The planned  tunnel to replace Seattle’s Alaskan Way viaduct will include tolls, and that will push traffic onto nearby streets and I-5, according to Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.  So, he’s hiring a consultant to look at ways to handle extra traffic.  

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State Budget Crisis
11:54 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Community health center grants to be suspended next month

About $5.3 million in monthly grants to community health clinics around the state will be suspended through June. Three dozen organizations representing 214 clinics will see the grants suspended beginning Jan. 1.

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Winter Weather
4:40 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Roads still slow-going for Metro

Abandoned cars on normally busy I-5 near Boeing Field in Seattle. Backups here lasted 9 hours or more for commuters.
WSDOT

Our icy roads continue to make for reduced Metro bus services. Snow routes will be observed again Wednesday, as the agency copes with tough driving conditions and the cold temperatures keeping the ice frozen solid.

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