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Washington Tourism
1:40 pm
Thu June 30, 2011

Washington closes tourism office in face of budget cuts

Washington state will no longer be telling the world about the Fremont Troll or any other tourist attraction since it has gotten out of the tourism promotion business.
Flickr

Today Washington state closes its official tourism agency making it the only state in the nation to abandon all funding for self-promotion. The closure comes at a time when tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world.

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Boeing
11:39 am
Wed June 29, 2011

Boeing fined for jet fuel leak in Seattle

The state Department of Ecology says it has fined the Boeing Co. more than $100,000 for a 300-gallon jet fuel spill in to the Duwamish waterway.

According to the department, the spill happened in May, 2010 at Boeing fuel terminal in south Seattle. It says that workers were delivering to a storage tank when they noticed the spill. However, they thought the spill had been contained to Boeing's property.

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Rick's on auction block
8:05 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Seattle crime family strip club up for auction

It took police and federal agents five years to bust the notorious Frank Colacurcio Sr., pictured walking through downtown Seattle with attorney Bill Helsell in 1980, and gain possession of his criminal empire. Now, Rick's Nightclub is up for sale.
Associated Press

One of Seattle’s seediest buildings is going up for auction on Wednesday. Rick’s Nightclub on Lake City Way was seized by federal agents more than a year ago.

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Boeing
8:51 am
Wed June 22, 2011

Boeing showcases 787 in Paris, reports on unmanned aircrafts

Captain Mike Carriker, chief pilot for the 787 program, brought ZA001, the first 787 Dreamliner, into Le Bourget Air Field on Tuesday in support of the Boeing display at the Paris Air Show.
Boeing

LE BOURGET, France — Boeing is showcasing it 787 Wednesday at the Paris Air Show.

After a three-year delay the first new 787 is expected to be delivered in August or September to All Nippon Airways.

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Business
6:35 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Seattle to battle over sick leave

If a proposal is accepted by the Seattle City Council, the city will become only the fourth in the country to require employers provide paid sick leave.
Allan Foster Flickr

In what is likely to be a contentious summer debate, the Seattle City Council will receive a proposal this week to mandate all Seattle workers be allowed between five and nine paid sick days a year.

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Business
7:44 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Gregoire says Spain sold her on deep-bore tunnel

Photos of the demolition of the First Avenue S. on-ramp to SR 99 in Seattle on Feb 18-19, 2011. The demolition is part of construction to replace the south end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
WSDOT

If you question whether the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle should be replaced with a deep-bore tunnel, a trip to Madrid, Spain, could clear up some uncertainties. That’s all Governor Chris Gregoire said it took to confirm her decision.

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Boeing
9:29 am
Fri June 17, 2011

Protesters gather at Boeing vs. NLRB hearing

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – About two dozen protesters have gathered in North Charleston as a congressional committee opens a hearing on the National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing.

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is convening here Friday to discuss the complaint.

Outside the chamber, Charleston docks worker Georgette Carr said the state needs good jobs but that companies shouldn't be allowed to break federal labor laws in creating them.

 

 

Vancouver Riot
9:00 am
Fri June 17, 2011

'True' Vancouver cleans up after Stanley Cup riot

Vancouver residents write messages such as “We Love Van,” “The Real Vancouver is here today,” “Respect Our City” and “We love our Canucks…we don’t love rioting fools.”
Craig McCulloch KPLU

The day after mayhem erupted on the streets of Vancouver, B.C., over the Canucks’ loss to the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup final, thousands of residents came downtown to help with cleanup efforts and write messages on the sheets of plywood covering shattered windows.

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Boeing
1:04 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Dems want NLRB attorney's testimony delayed

Two ranking Democrats say a labor board attorney shouldn't have to testify about an ongoing lawsuit over South Carolina's Boeing plant.

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Business
10:51 am
Thu June 16, 2011

Chase ordered to disclose ATM fee

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire says JP Morgan Chase must figure out a way to make their ATMs warn welfare clients of an 85-cent fee to withdraw cash. The governor made her comments Wednesday after she declined to veto the disclosure requirement.

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Business
12:38 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Study: Washington has 2nd highest teen unemployment

In a new study, Washington teens are only slightly better off than teens in Georgia when it comes to unemployment rates, and that puts them second in the country for the worst employment opportunities.

The analysis of newly-released Census Bureau data by the fiscally conservative Washington, D.C.-based group Employment Policies Institute finds that 25 states have teen unemployment above 25 percent as of April. And, when data about discouraged job seekers is factored into the picture, 23 states have rates above 27 percent.

Washington’s rate plus the discouraged job seekers is 35.4 percent, the Institute reports.

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Business
11:06 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Washington lost jobs in May

Associated Press

Washington's slow economic recovery is sputtering.

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Business
10:44 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Business travel on the rise

Seattle hotels welcome boost in business travelers.
tsparks Flickr

The travel industry usually experiences a bump in leisure travel from June through August. What better time to see the world – or grandma – than when little Susy is out of school? But this year the domino effect of rising fuel prices leading to rising airline ticket prices means families are staying put. Luckily for Seattle’s hotel industry, summer business travelers are taking their place.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
3:22 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

Investigation finds ‘flawed’ safety culture at Hanford

A high-level whistleblower from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is meeting with members of Congress this week. The topic: the safety culture at Hanford’s $12 billion waste treatment plant. A new report backs up his claim that the Department of Energy and its contractors discourage workers from raising safety concerns.

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seattle parking
3:37 pm
Mon June 13, 2011

Cheated by Seattle parking meter? City will take your call

The Seattle Department of Transportation writes in its blog that sure enough, a number of on-street parking pay stations “recently experienced some technical problems.”

SDOT says a cell tower lost signal strength intermittently and that caused all the trouble.

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