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Animal Rights
2:09 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Northwest lawmakers crack open egg controversy

Greg Satrum stands outside of one of the chicken houses at Willamette Egg Farms near Canby, Oregon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

The Northwest egg industry is changing the way it houses chickens. But animal rights activists in Oregon and Washington say the change isn't going far enough.

Lawmakers in both Olympia and Salem debated the welfare of egg-laying hens this year. Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has already signed one bill. A similar measure has been approved by the Oregon Senate and is awaiting action in the House.

Regardless, opponents in both states are launching ballot initiatives aimed at giving hens even more space.

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Seattle hostage killings
1:39 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Ninth Somali pleads guilty in fatal yacht hijacking

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle are pictured here in 2005 in California. Both were reported killed by Somali pirates. Nine Somalis have now pleaded guilty to the piracy of their yacht in February.
Courtest of Joe Grande

A ninth Somali man has pleaded guilty to piracy for his role in the hijacking of a yacht that left four Americans - including two from Seattle - dead.

Ahmed Sala Ali Burale pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk on Wednesday. Muhidin Salad Omar also pleaded guilty earlier in the day.

They are among 14 people from Somalia and one from Yemen charged in connection with the February hijacking of the yacht Quest.

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The Northwest's Late Spring
12:58 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Wine makers fret over cool spring, still hope for good vintage

Carlos Valencia harvests riesling grapes on the farm of Mike Miller, near Prosser, Wash. File photo.
Elaine Thompson AP

Northwest winemakers are holding out hope for a good 2011 vintage despite this being the coldest spring they can remember in decades. Growers say they’re plants are about three weeks behind their usual growth for this time of year.

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EVERGREEN POINT BRIDGE REPLACEMENT
8:46 am
Wed May 25, 2011

How to mitigate the impact of a new 520 bridge on the Arboretum?

A kayaker paddles through the waters of Union Bay near the west end of the 520 bridge in the Washington Park Arboretum.
urbanvillages.com

Unless a lawsuit derails the process, a new 520 bridge will soon be built across Lake Washington. 

A company in Aberdeen is already constructing the huge pontoons that will keep the new, 6-lane structure afloat.

And the state is widening the highway on the east side of the lake. 

But exactly what the project will look like on the Seattle side is still being worked out.

Seattle's Board of Park Commissioners will get a briefing on impacts to the Washington Park Arboretum tomorrow night (Thursday).

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NEWS ROUNDUP
7:58 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

From left, Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, and Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, take their seats to talk about a tentative budget agreement, Tuesday in Olympia.
Ted S. Warren AP

Rain this afternoon, high 59. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • $32 Billion Dollar Deal Closes State Budget Gap
  • Auburn Shooting Suspect Arrested Dressed as Woman
  • 3 Seattle Officers Suspended for Foul Language
  • Seattle 4th of July Fireworks a Go

 

House Passes Budget Deal, Hours After Unveiling

House lawmakers have given tentative approval to a state spending plan that cuts teacher pay and makes other massive reductions in education spending.

The measure passed Tuesday evening by a 54-42 margin, just hours after budget writers from both parties unveiled the plan.

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Food for Thought
4:01 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Choose your poisson

Alaska King Salmon
Nancy Leson

Hope I'm not getting all touchy-eely and making a bass of myself but before I clam up and call for kelp I should point out that if you tuna in to this Food for Thought you'll be herring all about...

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Special Session Deadline
1:16 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

State budget deal includes cuts for teacher salaries

A tentative agreement to fill Washington state's $5 billion budget shortfall includes cuts to teacher salaries.

Details of the $32 billion spending plan released Tuesday include a 1.9 percent cut for teacher pay and a 3 percent cut for other K-12 employees. Those changes will save the state $179 million over the next two years. Lawmakers are also moving to suspend voter-approved cost-of-living adjustments for education employees, saving another $300 million.

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Law
11:30 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Red light camera opponents file initiatives in Monroe, Longview

Publicola.com

Red light camera opponents in Longview and Monroe submitted initiatives Monday against the automatic traffic ticketing system. If approved, the Monroe initiative would require the city to remove its cameras and ask for voter approval before installing more.

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Other News
11:00 am
Tue May 24, 2011

High gas prices make road bumpy for Meals on Wheels program

Meals on Wheels Association of America Lindsay Garrett

Gas prices in Washington and across the Northwest are inching downward again after peaking above $4 a gallon earlier this month. The trend comes too late to erase the blow delivered to Meals on Wheels programs around the region.

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GROOVENOTES
10:30 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Album Review: Pinnacle by Freddie Hubbard

The end of 2008 was a tough time for me as it related to jazz, primarily because the jazz world lost Freddie Hubbard due to complications from a heart attack right before 2009.

As a trumpet player myself, Hubbard was my biggest influence, but he also struck me as a “survivor”. Both Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan were lost before their time, and Freddie tore through the 70′s with mind-blowing recordings (both live and studio) when jazz needed a trumpeter to be mind-blowing.

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NEWS ROUNDUP
8:48 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A Duvall fire department boat searches the Snoqualmie River Monday for Johnny Farrar, 28,who has been missing since he jumped into the river on Sunday to rescue a dog.
Joe Fryer KING 5

Partly sunny Tuesday; high near 66. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

  • Man Missing in Snoqualmie River Presumed Drowned
  • Lake Washington HS Plans Alcohol Test to Enter Prom
  • State Lawmakers Reach Tentative Agreement on Budget
  • King Co. Animal Control Captures 2 Pit Bulls After Attack

 

No Sign of Man Swept Away by Snoqualmie River

The King County sheriff's office says searchers have been unable to find a man missing in the fast-moving Snoqualmie River since he tried to rescue a dog. A sheriff's spokesman said Monday's search was suspended at 5 p.m.

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MARINE LIFE AND NOISE POLLUTION
8:45 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Turning down the volume underwater

A U.S. Navy ship, a fishing vessel and a whale-watching boat with a group of orcas in the foreground.
Ken Balcomb Center for Whale Research

Ferries, freighters and whale-watching boats are part of the tableau that makes the Pacific Northwest postcard pretty and tourist friendly. But all that marine activity creates cacophony underwater.

This month in Victoria and Seattle, separate groups of scientists are sharing their observations that the ocean is getting noisier. And now, conservationists and shippers are also talking about how to dial down the volume.

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Money Matters
8:35 am
Tue May 24, 2011

IPO fever

Zillow is one of three Puget Sound area companies that have filed IPO plans with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Zillow, Inc.

LinkedIn's IPO seemed like a flashback to the heyday of the 1990's. The company's stock doubled in value on its first day of trading. On this week's Money Matters, financial commentator Greg Heberlein thinks this will be a good year for IPOs. At least three locally based companies are preparing to go public, and more may be waiting in the wings.

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Technology
5:14 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Seattle's Pioneer Square could get internet boost

Workers lay conduit under First Avenue South. The pipe belongs to the city, but Mayor Mike McGinn wants to allow private companies to use it to bring faster internet service to small businesses and residential customers.
Charla Bear KPLU

A new effort could make internet speeds 100 times faster for some small businesses and residential customers in Seattle. Mayor Mike McGinn announced a plan to bring fiber optic broadband to Pioneer Square as part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the neighborhood.

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HIGHER EDUCATION
1:58 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Bellevue College president leaving to head online university

Bellevue College's Jean Floten will has resigned as president of the state's largest community college to head up the online Western Governors University
BellevueBusinessJoural.com

The longtime president of the state's largest community college is taking a new job as the Washington chancellor of a private, nonprofit online school.

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