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Cancun Climate Conference
5:24 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Seattle students bring climate action to Cancun

Student activists in Cancun wear a t-shirt that speaks volumes
Liam Moriarty KPLU News

Nearly 200 countries are represented at the U.N. climate summit this week in Cancun, Mexico. There are also caucuses speaking up for the interests of women, indigenous people, and others whose voices often haven’t been heard. Today I spent some time today with another under-represented group; young people.

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Business
4:43 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

China's aerospace sector booming, Washington companies testing waters

Model jetliners from the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) were centerstage at teh Singapore Airshow 2010.
Photo by Huasheng Wang

China's aerospace sector is taking off.  Washington state has hundreds of suppliers - and many want in to that growing market.  The state's Department of Commerce is more than a year in to a new push to promote them.  

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Power Outages
1:33 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

The lights are on again at Northgate Mall

Lyn McCracken, Seattle City Light

A fallen tree knocked out power to Northgate Mall and 3,000 homes and business at noon today.    Power was restored to the mall and all but a handful of homes by 1 p.m.  You can track outages at City Light's system status website.

Seattle Police
12:20 pm
Wed December 8, 2010

Seattle police shoot man at bus stop, 5th shooting of year

Police cruiser at scene of shooting December 7, 2010 near Pioneer Square
KING-TV

A man was shot by Seattle police near a bus stop at Third Avenue and Yesler Way around 10 p.m. Tuesday.  Police say the man, estimated to be in his late 30s, was about to grab a handgun out of his waistband when he was shot.  He's in serious condition in the intensive-care unit and is expected to survive, according to Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson.

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Cancun Climate Conference
11:13 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Northwest glaciers melting: U.N. Report

Mount Rainier Liberty Cap (center skyline), Liberty Cap Glacier descending to ice cliff, Mowich Face (left of ice cliff), Russell Glacier (below, middle distance)
Walter Siegmund Wikimedia.org

Glaciers around the world are losing mass at varying rates, according to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program. Glaciers in Patagonia are shrinking fastest, followed by Alaska, then the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Glaciers in Asia - including the Hindi Kush in the Himalayas -- are losing ice more slowly.

Other key findings of the report include:

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Health
10:36 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Washington residents smoking less, but they're fatter

Obesity rates have climbed sharply in Washington state in the past 20 years.
examiner.com

Washington state ranks 11th among all states in overall health according to the  annual survey   "America's Health Rankings."  The survey is produced by the American Public Health Association, the United Health Foundation and Parnership for Prevention using data from a number of sources including the Centers for Disease Control.

State Government
8:15 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Auditor zings State Parks in whistleblower investigation

Washington State Parks mismanaged contracts resulting in a “gross waste of public funds.” That’s the conclusion of an investigation prompted by a whistleblower into a project at a state marine park on Puget Sound.

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News Roundup
5:46 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

Improvements to Highway 520 through Redmond could cut commute times by 15 minutes or more, according to state transportation leaders. The new roads opened officially Wednesday morning.
WSDOT

The state will investigate Seattle police actions; a faster 520 for commuters; and bridge toll plan under fire.

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Law
5:25 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Teen sues Aberdeen School District for not stopping harassment

Russell Dickerson III (right) says the Aberdeen School District didn't protect him from racial and sexual harassment
Charla Bear

An African-American teen in Aberdeen is suing the city’s school district for not keeping him safe from bullying when he was a student.  He alleges administrators knew he endured racial and sexual harassment for years, but did little to stop it.

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Health Insurance
3:33 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Kreidler rejects Regence rate hike

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has rejected a new rate increase requested by one of the state’s largest health insurers.  It’s the second time in recent months Kreidler has sparred with Regence BlueShield. 

Regence is seeking a 3.7% increase for its Washington customers, including the Asuris subsidiary, starting January first, to cover the cost of new benefits required by the federal health law.  This applies to its individual insurance plans, not to plans provided through employers.

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Cancun Climate Conference
11:02 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Using information technology against climate change

Technology companies from around the world are gathered as part of the U.N. climate summit in Cancun, Mexico this week. The tech wizards say they can be a powerful force for fighting climate change.

In Cancun today, dozens of companies from Intel to H-P to Microsoft signed onto a statement saying information and communications technology can go a long way toward the deep cuts in greenhouse gases that scientists say we need to make in order to avoid major climate disruption in the coming decades.

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Green River flooding
1:29 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

King County animal shelter stops taking cats

Big Bert Jr., one of the adult cats available for adoption at the King County animal shelter in Kent on December 7, 2010.
Regional Animal Services of King County

The King County animal shelter  in Kent has temporarily suspended the acceptance of adult cats.  The shelter is trying to reduce its population in preparation for possible flooding along the Green River.   In the event of a flood,  the animals will have to be evacuated to another facility.

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Life in the Northwest
1:07 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Run your own wilderness resort

Canoeing at Stehekin
National Park Service

Looking for an opportunity to get away from it all?  The National Park Service is taking bids on the contract to manage a 21-room lodge, restaurant and general store in Stehekin.  When they say it's remote, they aren't kidding; located at the end of Lake Chelan, the area is reachable only by boat, floatplane or on foot.  There's no TV, no cell phone service and just one pay phone.  

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King County Budget
11:23 am
Tue December 7, 2010

King County deputies vote on cutting pay

As King County makes massive cuts to help balance its budget, the union representing King County sheriff’s deputies has, for months, refused to consider a wage freeze next year.  Even as other unions in the county have agreed to do so.  But deputies are voting on a proposal to reduce their upcoming pay increase. 

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Lobbyists in Olympia
9:01 am
Tue December 7, 2010

State agency lobbyists in Republican crosshairs

Governor Chris Gregoire says she will call a budget-cutting special session of the legislature before the year is out. As the state’s budget crisis worsens, the governor and lawmakers are looking to save money anywhere they can. One target in the crosshairs: lobbyists for state agencies.

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