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Politics
12:59 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

Former radio talk show host new state Republican Party chair

Kirby Wilbur is the new Republican Party chairman in Washington, unseating former state lawmaker Luke Esser over the weekend in a party's leadership vote. The former KVI talk radio host beat Esser by a vote of 69 to 36, with seven votes for Puyallup Republican Bill Rennie, according to The Seattle Times' Jim Bruener.

Despite GOP gains in the state, Wilbur told the Times the party's advances should have been bigger

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Military
11:25 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Yakima Training Center bids a fond farewell to its Huey

The US Army Air Ambulance Detachment (USAAAD) Huey at the Yakima Training Center
US Army

The US Army is phasing out the UH-1 "Huey" helicopter by October, 2012. The workhorse of the Vietnam war is one of the most widely recognized helicopters in the world. The Yakima Training Center Air Ambulance Detachment retires its Huey in a final flight ceremony at 10 a.m. this Wednesday, January 25. 

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Washington State Legislature
8:07 am
Mon January 24, 2011

"Off limits" skiers could be fined

Every winter we hear about skiers and snow boarders at nearby ski resorts who end up in dangerous situations after wandering into areas marked “off limits."  That often triggers expensive search and rescue operations.

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News Roundup
7:58 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

The east tunnel portal of the Brightwater treatment plant, under construction north of Woodinville. A 13-mile tunnel from the plant to Puget Sound is on its way to completion.
KCWTD Flickr

Making headlines this morning:

  • Investigation Begins into Port Orchard Shootings
  • King County's 'Brightwater' Grinds Toward Completion
  • All Aboard: Amtrak Ridership Gains in Northwest
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News Roundup
6:02 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A view of Olympiad Drive in Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula during a January "king tide" from the state Dept. of Ecology's Flickr photo page.
Courtesy Ray Garrido WSDoE

Making headlines this morning:

  • Inquest of Woodcarver's Shooting Raises More Questions
  • Everett to WSU: Shall We Dance?
  • Here Come the High Tides
  • Huskies Zap Arizona for Pac 10 Lead

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highways
8:23 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Seattle area traffic tied for 10th worst in U.S.

Traffic on Highway 520 in Seattle's Montlake area
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Traffic congestion in the Seattle area is tied (with Atlanta) for tenth worst in the nation. 

A decade ago, traffic here made headlines for being second worst, in annual rankings by the Texas Transportation Institute.  But, researchers found more accurate ways of measuring congestion, and Seattle’s dubious ranking dropped, as Mike Lindstrom writes in The Seattle Times:

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diversion from jails and hospitals
7:34 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Crisis center for mentally unstable opposed by neighbors

A diversion program intended to keep drug abusers and troubled mentally ill people out of hospitals and jails has run into opposition.  Neighbors of a proposed new facility in Seattle don’t want it.  They say the "Jackson Park" area between Rainier Valley and the Central District already has enough challenges and has become a dumping ground. 

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News Roundup
7:18 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Video captured at an underwater storm drain in Elliott Bay earlier this week, showing mud and contaminants billowing into the Sound. The images were captured by divers, including Laura James.
Courtesy Laura James

Making headlines this morning:

  • Puget Sound Murky From Stormwater Runoff
  • More Heavy Rains Coming, with Potential Flooding
  • Tacoma Considers Closing a High School

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MLK Parade Scare
7:25 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Spokane backpack bomb 'unusually sophisticated'

"FBI evidence photo of backpack found on a downtown Spokane street corner bench
FBI

The FBI says a backpack bomb found along the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane could have hurt many people. A bomb disposal unit safely defused the device Monday. Now the federal government has enlisted a joint terrorism task force to track down the would-be bomber.

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Basic Health Plan Budget
7:12 am
Wed January 19, 2011

House Democrats unveil plan to save basic health

These are uneasy times for the 56,000 Washingtonians on the Basic Health Plan. The state-subsidized health insurance program is tentatively slated to end March 1st. But House Democrats presented a Hail Mary proposal to possibly save it.

Washington's current two-year budget is still $600,000,000 out of whack. Finding hundreds of millions of dollars in savings between now and the end of the fiscal cycle in June is no easy task.

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Public Safety
7:08 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Seattle City Light finds 56 streetlights with voltage issues

Street light near condos in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle.
Paula Wissel

Seattle City Light has identified 56 streetlights in the Seattle area that could give off potentially dangerous voltage.  That’s the final tally from an inspection of nearly 37,000 metal streetlights for voltage issues.

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News Roundup
6:56 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Seattle's Old Federal Building, at First Avenue and Madison Street, is directly over the planned path of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel
Wikimedia Commons

Making headlines this morning:

  • Seattle Tunnel Project Hits Federal Snag
  • Audit Singes State Over Highway 18 Costs
  • 787 Delivery Plans Face More Questions
  • State's Newest Congresswoman Takes on Health Care Reform
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Panel Discussion
4:15 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Seattle confronts child prostitution problem after FBI sweeps

Part of an ad campaign against Village Voice and associated web sites that sell sex with children. Several women's and human rights groups say 100,000 children are sold for sex in the U.S. every year.
Photo courtesy of Women's Funding Alliance.

Two years ago, the city of Seattle got the results of a harrowing study: it estimated as many as 500 children in King County are involved in prostitution

More recently, FBI sweeps have found more girls victimized here than anywhere else in the country. Seattle is identified by the FBI as one of the top ten human trafficking centers in the country - due in part, perhaps, to more effective law enforcement.  

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Humanosphere
3:27 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

New website wants your failures (and for you to admit you've had them)

Alex E. Proimos Flickr photo

It's uncommon to hear dialog about failure in our society, including among the leaders and agencies who work in the field of global health and development. Those organizations rely on funders who are banking on success to further international missions, according to Humanosphere's Tom Paulson

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News Roundup
7:25 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A worker climbs aboard a 787, the first of the model scheduled to fly, at the plant in Everett, Wash, in April 2009. Company officials have announced another delay in the first delivery of the new plane, an event postponed to July.
AP

Making headlines around western Washington this morning:

  • Another 787 Delay
  • A Break in Flooding
  • Potential Hits to K-12 and Community College Construction
  • Huskies Drop in Polls

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