Basic Health Plan
2:23 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Proposal would cut illegal immigrants from Basic Health Plan

Undocumented immigrants would lose state medical coverage under a proposal to save the popular Basic Health insurance program. The get-tough measure is part of a budget-cutting plan unveiled by the State Senate. But it's at odds with a competing approach in the House.

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Law and Justice
2:12 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Guilty verdict in murder-for-hire case of Clearly Lasik co-founder

The co-founder of a Northwest chain of eye-surgery centers has been convicted of plotting to kill two former colleagues.


Dr. Michael Mockovak of Clearly Lasik eye centers was found guilty Thursday of four counts, including attempted murder. The King County Superior Court jury deliberated for less than two days.


Prosecutors said Mockovak was willing to pay more than $100,00 to have business partner Dr. Joseph King and former company president Brad Klock killed, and that he solicited an employee to hire an assassin.

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Climate change
11:17 am
Thu February 3, 2011

State takes baby steps on climate change in agreement with B.C.

Bellingham Bay and Mt. Baker, as seen from Gooseberry Point, in Nov. 2008. Climate change is predicted to raise sea levels by as much as three feet by century's end. A new effort between Washington and British Columbia takes on climate change.
electronavalanche Flickr

Washington’s neighbors to the north (British Columbia) and to the south (California) are gearing up to launch a regional carbon cap-and-trade system next year. It’s the centerpiece of the Western Climate Initiative, a regional effort to tackle global warming.

In Olympia, however, environment officials are rolling out more modest climate measures.

For example: a pair of agreements signed Wednesday (with much fanfare) between the state and B.C.  

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Religion
11:03 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Religious Groups Tackle An X-Rated Secret

Originally published on Mon February 7, 2011 1:06 pm

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6. The members will watch a video sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about their struggles with pornography.

"No one knew my problem was this bad," former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Boles says in the video.

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Religion
11:03 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Religious Groups Tackle An X-Rated Secret

Originally published on Mon February 7, 2011 1:06 pm

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6. The members will watch a video sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about their struggles with pornography.

"No one knew my problem was this bad," former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Boles says in the video.

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Religion
11:03 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Religious Groups Tackle An X-Rated Secret

Originally published on Mon February 7, 2011 1:06 pm

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6. The members will watch a video sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about their struggles with pornography.

"No one knew my problem was this bad," former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Boles says in the video.

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Religion
11:03 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Religious Groups Tackle An X-Rated Secret

Originally published on Mon February 7, 2011 1:06 pm

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6. The members will watch a video sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about their struggles with pornography.

"No one knew my problem was this bad," former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Boles says in the video.

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Religion
11:03 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Religious Groups Tackle An X-Rated Secret

Originally published on Mon February 7, 2011 1:06 pm

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6. The members will watch a video sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about their struggles with pornography.

"No one knew my problem was this bad," former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Boles says in the video.

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Religion
11:03 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Religious Groups Tackle An X-Rated Secret

Originally published on Mon February 7, 2011 1:06 pm

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6. The members will watch a video sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about their struggles with pornography.

"No one knew my problem was this bad," former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Boles says in the video.

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Religion
11:03 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Religious Groups Tackle An X-Rated Secret

Originally published on Mon February 7, 2011 1:06 pm

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6. The members will watch a video sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about their struggles with pornography.

"No one knew my problem was this bad," former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Boles says in the video.

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Religion
11:03 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Religious Groups Tackle An X-Rated Secret

Originally published on Mon February 7, 2011 1:06 pm

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6. The members will watch a video sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about their struggles with pornography.

"No one knew my problem was this bad," former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Boles says in the video.

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Religion
11:03 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Religious Groups Tackle An X-Rated Secret

Originally published on Mon February 7, 2011 1:06 pm

This Super Bowl Sunday, church may be as jarring as a quarterback sack for some worshippers who, after settling into their pews, discover that the subject of the morning's sermon is pornography.

More than 300 churches are expected to celebrate National Porn Sunday on Feb. 6. The members will watch a video sermon featuring current and former NFL players talking about their struggles with pornography.

"No one knew my problem was this bad," former New York Jets wide receiver Eric Boles says in the video.

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TRANSPORTATION
9:59 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Metro bus route changes take effect this Saturday

Waiting for public transit Metro bus in downtown Seattle on 4th Avenue.
Gary Davis KPLU

King County's Metro Transit is making lots of changes to its bus schedules starting this Saturday, February 5.

Who's affected?

The changes will impact all areas of the county and include routing and bus stop changes for approximately two dozen routes from various areas of the county that pass through downtown Seattle.

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K-12 Education
8:12 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Foss High supporters to hold rally to save school from closure

Students across the Puget Sound have made posters in support of keeping Foss High School open. This one was created by students at Gig Harbor High School.
Save our home: Henry Foss High School facebook page

Foss High School students, parents and community supporters will line the streets around the school today in an effort to save it from temporary closure.

The superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools has proposed mothballing Foss and some small elementary schools for at least three years to reduce the district’s budget deficit. He says closing the high school could save $2 Million next year. 

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News Roundup
7:35 am
Thu February 3, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

The 787 Dreamliner, after a test flight in Dec. 2009. Boeing is hinting it might make the 787 production line in Everett permanent.
AP

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Budget Cuts Create Backlog for King County Prosecutor
  • Boeing Says More 787 Work Possible in Everett
  • Six Years of Rate Increases Needed, Says Seattle City Light
  • State Patrol to Investigate Gig Harbor Police Chief

 

Budget Cuts Strain King Co. Prosecutor Staff

The King County Prosecutor says his office can’t keep up with high-priority crimes because of budget cuts and a jump in aggravated assaults. Doug Satterberg has asked the County Council for $225,000 in emergency funding. The Seattle Times' Keith Ervin reports the request comes six months after voters rejected a proposed sales tax increase:

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