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State Budget Crisis
1:17 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

Gregoire: eliminate state's Basic Health program for poor

Eliminating the state's health insurance program for the poor is on Governor Chris Gregoire's list of proposed budget cuts.  Her proposal also includes cuts to education programs benefiting gifted children and financial help for revenue-poor school districts.

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News Roundup
6:34 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Madie Baker's snowball disintegrates as she throws it at a friend in a downtown park Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010, in Seattle.
AP photo/Elaine Thompson

Power outages continue for thousands, Seattle Mayor wants snow response review, and a dedication to the memory of the fallen Lakewood police officers.

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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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Winter Weather
4:23 am
Wed November 24, 2010

Kitsap County power outages continue

This downed powerline in Bremerton was still live when this photo was shot by reporter Josh Farley Tuesday and shared on Twitter.of the Kitsap Sun
Twitter/@JoshFarley

Updated 5:30 am, Wed.

More than 39,000 Puget Sound Energy customers are still without power after Monday's snow and winds toppled main transmission lines. PSE reports  most were in Kitsap County. That's where main transmission lines were brought down by trees and strong winds.

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Winter Weather
3:54 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Coldest temps tonight; chance of snow Thanksgiving Day

Forecasters say freezing temperatures will be with us through Thanksgiving morning, with the coldest lows of this winterly blast expected tonight. 

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Winter Weather
2:36 pm
Tue November 23, 2010

Cold snap hard on the homeless

Rick Reynolds is Executive Director of Operation Nightwatch, a non-profit social service agency that helps the homeless in downtown Seattle.
Liam Moriarty/KPLU KPLU News

The recent icy winds and frigid temperatures have been making life uncomfortable for pretty much everybody. But for folks without a place to call home, the cold snap can make an already-difficult life miserable.

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Ski Season
11:02 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Early snow means timely ski season opener

Opening day of ski season at Mount Baker
Courtesy of Mt. Baker Ski Area.

For the region’s ski areas, this week’s snowfall may be too much of a good thing. More ski lifts are starting up soon, but lowland snow (in Portland, the Seattle area, etc.) could keep urban skiers at home. 

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Army Hearings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
7:58 am
Tue November 23, 2010

New developments in Army war crimes case

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled to continue Tuesday morning for one of the five Washington-based Army soldiers charged with war crimes while deployed to Afghanistan. 

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News Roundup
7:11 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

A blanket of snow and ice on the roads is forcing many to stay home Tuesday. Schools are closed, as buses aren't able to navigate side streets, like this one in Renton.
Twitpic/@AlvinBN

Sunshine for the deep freeze, winds cause power outages, and roads remain a mess. 

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Winter Weather
5:59 am
Tue November 23, 2010

Morning road's remain icy mess; officials ask you stay home

Main highways and side streets, such as this scene at 1st & Western in Seattle, are the scene of cars scattered across roadways. The quick freeze and ice made make streets impossible to pass today.
Twitpic/@elise81

If you don't have to be on the roads today you're being asked to stay home. State and local transportation officials around western Washington say conditions remain extremely poor, and won't improve much as the region remains in a deep freeze.

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Traffic
3:26 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

I-5 express lanes in Seattle to remain open southbound through evening commute

The Washington State Department of Transportation has decided to keep the I-5 express lanes open in the southbound direction through Tuesday afternoon.

In certain snow and ice conditions WSDOT leaves these lanes open during normally scheduled closures to prevent ice and snow accumulation. Drivers headed in the northbound direction through downtown Seattle should plan accordingly. 

Updated traffic conditions are available on the WSDOT website

Winter Weather
12:51 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Pierce County roads worsen as snow continues

No one was seriously injured in this Pierce Transit bus accident near the UW Tacoma campus. Twenty were on board when the bus slid down a slick hill near 19th & Jefferson.
Twitpic/@ksymer

Monday's snow is wreaking havoc in Pierce County. The conditions have clogged roads with multiple accidents and spinouts, leaving some commuters stranded and affecting public transit operations.

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Winter Weather
12:18 pm
Mon November 22, 2010

Plea to drivers to stay off the roads today

The view from S. 125th & Park on the Pacific Lutheran University campus. As temperatures drop Monday, driving could become quite treacherous.
Justin Steyer/KPLU

The people who get paid to worry about our public roads want you to delay any travel plans for a day or two. State transportation officials are asking drivers to stay off the roads today as a cold and snow system pushes through western Washington today.

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News Roundup
6:13 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

Snow gathers on the umbrella of a 3rd Avenue pedestrian in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood Monday morning. The snow - and threat of more as the morning progresses - has affecteed schools and public transit schedules.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Snowy weather comes to western Washington, grocery workers reach a tentative contract agreement, and Seattle Schools sudden improvement in graduate's college readiness.

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Your Commute
9:47 pm
Sun November 21, 2010

Metro buses on snow routes Monday

King County Metro Transit buses will be running on snow routes starting with Monday morning's service, a precautionary move with the possibility of snow in the forecast.
KingCounty.gov

Metro buses will be running on snow routes Monday. It's a precautionary measure due to the threat of snow. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory, warning of possible snow accumulations during the day on Monday of one to three inches from southwest Washington northward, perhaps as far as Seattle and Everett.

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