Boeing
4:32 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Dreamliner test flights resuming

The first production Boeing 787 is seen on the tarmac after its first flight in Seattle, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. After delays, testing resumes again, a year after first flight.
AP

Most of the Boeing Company is taking a break  for the holidays.  But, not crews involved in test flight activities for the 787 Dreamliner.  The new jet is resuming test flights after a six-week grounding because of an electrical fire.

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Crime
2:00 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Remains found in Auburn are likely Green River victim

Remains found in an Auburn ravine earlier this week are those of a likely Green River serial killer victim.

The King County Sheriff's Office says dental records positively identified the victim as Rebecca "Becky" Marrero. The 20-year-old was last seen on Dec. 3, 1982, leaving a motel room on Pacific Highway South.

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State Government
1:09 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Advertising on state websites

Banner Advertising on the Washington State Ferries Website
WSDOT

When you visit the Washington State Ferries website in 2011, you'll find something new:  banner advertising.   It's a one year pilot project.  The state is looking for new ways to increase revenue, and that could include advertising on its websites.

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Groove Notes
10:04 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Christmas jazz on KPLU

If you are looking for some jazz in holiday style to get your hands on, you might want to consider these Christmas jazz albums I've listed on Groove Notes. Some might be more of a challenge to track down than others.

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K-12 Education
8:53 am
Thu December 23, 2010

New study: seniority-based teacher layoffs can hurt student achievement

Flickr/sumrtime

A UW Bothell education research group finds the "last hired, first fired" formula when public school teachers are laid off can be detrimental to student achievement. Such policies are staples of teacher union contracts. The findings are drawing criticism from a national teacher's union, according to The Associated Press.

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News Roundup
6:00 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

University of Washington students are shown here on campus earlier this year. A new group seeks to harness the political power of UW alumni, in time for the state legislature's January buget-cutting session.
AP

The UW boosts its political voice in Olympia; ferry rate increases get the AG's go-ahead; and Thurston County puts the brakes on wood energy projects.

UW Seeks to Raise Political Voice Ahead of Session

The University of Washington is hoping to flex more political muscle with state lawmakers. The school's alumni group is hiring top lobbyists from both parties to advocate for higher education when the legislative session begins next month. 

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Government Reform
5:35 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Lawsuit payouts spiking as state budget crumbles

Attorney General Rob Mckenna
John Froschauer AP

The amount of money the state pays out in lawsuits has doubled in the last four years to more than $50 million dollars a year. This spike in legal costs comes as Washington reduces funding for education, healthcare and other state services. But cutting Washington’s legal bills is no easy task.

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Nuclear Energy
5:22 am
Thu December 23, 2010

Rezone plans for commercial nuke plant halted

Proposed future site of AEHI's nuclear reactor
AEHI

Rezone plans for a commercial nuclear plant near the Oregon-Idaho border are on hold. Payette County, Idaho Commissioners took the action after the plant’s developer was accused of running a stock scam.

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Health
5:04 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Health history can be a gift to family members

Dr. Marius Laumans, right, examining Lynnette Drake, at a Group Health facility in Olympia, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Along with egg nog and presents, doctors say families should share their health histories this holiday season.  Health officials say family history is a leading predictor of illnesses and a big gift for loved ones. 

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Law & Justice
2:10 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

Jury recommends judge order death sentences in 2008 Oregon bank bombing

A taped over window is seen at West Coast Bank Monday, Dec. 15, 2008, in Woodburn, Ore. A father and son have been convicted in the deaths of two police officers who were killed when the bomb exploded.
AP

A jury is recommending that a judge sentence a man and his son to death after they were convicted of planting a bomb that killed two Oregon police officers.

The jury's decisions in the case of 59-year-old Bruce Turnidge and 34-year-old Joshua Turnidge were read in a Salem courtroom Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the pair built and planted the bomb outside a Woodburn bank in 2008. The device exploded as state police bomb technician William Hakim tried to dismantle it, killing him and Woodburn police Capt. Tom Tennant.

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Food for Thought
9:48 am
Wed December 22, 2010

2010's best cookbooks include some local gems

A few of the local best cookbooks of 2010, as Nancy Leson sees it. She and Dick Stein share their faves on this week's Food for Thought.
Nancy Leson photo.

Picture your favorite cookbook, and how you have come to savor the experience of its splendor.  This week’s Food for Thought reveals new favorites that rank in that class, and Nancy and Dick are naming their top picks,   in time for Christmas.

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Winter Sports
7:42 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Homeowners resurrect ski season at Northwest resort

Skiiers enjoy opening day at Tamarack Resort.
Tom Banse N3

Idaho’s Tamarack Resort is once again alive with skiers and snowboarders. But the happy scene didn’t come easy.

Tamarack is one of the most glaring casualties in the region from the bursting of the real estate bubble. Homeowners at the bankrupt resort are bootstrapping the once heralded ski area back into business.

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News Roundup
7:41 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Maj. Margaret Witt of Spokane is in Washington D.C. today, where she witnessed President Obama's signing of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal. The policy barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
Paula Wissel/KPLU

Local Air Force nurse attends signing of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal; a bus ad controversy heats up in Seattle;  speculation grows about who'll get the state's newest Congressional district; and the Pacific claims another Grayland home.

There for the Signing

She's been asking for her job back, and soon Maj. Margaret Witt will get her wish. The Air Force flight nurse, a  lesbian, is anxious to rejoin the Air Force Reserves soon, now that President Obama has signed the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. 

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Politics
5:58 am
Wed December 22, 2010

Cheers erupt in Olympia with news of new Congress seat

Washington picked up a new House seat as a result of the 2010 Census.
US Census

There were celebrations in Olympia when news broke Tuesday that Washington state will get an additional member of Congress as a result of the 2010 Census. 

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Managing Growth
9:02 pm
Tue December 21, 2010

Lakewood releases Lewis-McChord growth coordination plans

Traffic along I-5 in the area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord often looks like this, and is getting worse a the base's population booms.
NorthwestMilitary.com

When 17-thousand troops returned from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan this past fall, Joint Base Lewis McChord became the 3rd largest employer in the state. 

That's according to the City of Lakewood, which has released a plan to accommodate the rapid population growth in the communities around the base. 

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