NW Craft Brews
3:00 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

The Friday beer: Migration Brewing’s MPA

Migration Brewing’s MPA.
Paul Gibson

On a recent trip to Portland I was hoping to stop by a brewery I hadn’t been to before. That’s not a hard thing to do in Portland. According to the Oregon Brewers Guild “there are 47 breweries operating in Portland, more than any other city in the world.”  

“The Portland metro area is the largest craft brewing market in the U.S. with the most number of breweries at 61,” the Guild continued.

Suffice it to say it’s not hard to find new beers or places to drink in The City of Roses.

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Privatizing liquor
2:08 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Wash. auctioning off liquor licenses from its soon-to-close stores

Pat McLaughlin, with the Washington State Liquor Control Board, said bids for the licenses start rolling in within hours of an auction’s start.
Monica Spain KPLU

You won’t hear the gavel sound at this auction. But you may want to pay attention anyway since the fate of your neighborhood liquor store may figure in. The Washington State Liquor Control Board has  opened an online auction as part of the next step toward liquor privatization.

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The Salt
1:23 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Insect experts issue 'urgent' warning on using biotech seeds

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 12:28 pm

For America's agricultural biotech companies, the corn rootworm is threatening to turn into their worst nightmare.

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Africa
1:15 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

How Teenagers Learned To Hate Joseph Kony

Joseph Kony in southern Sudan in 2006. His exact whereabouts today are unknown.
STR AP

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 1:25 pm

If you're a teenager, you probably hadn't heard of Joseph Kony last week. This week, you probably couldn't avoid him.

"If I log onto Facebook or Twitter any time during the day, it's my entire news feed, basically," says Patrick Franks, an 18-year-old senior at Loyola Blakefield High School, outside Baltimore.

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School shooting
12:23 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Bremerton school shooting raises child supervision questions

The anguished father of a little girl who was shot in her third-grade classroom after a 9-year-old boy brought a gun to his Bremerton elementary school says the state failed his daughter.

John Bowman says the boy should not have been allowed to visit his mother — a woman who had her parental rights terminated, had a lengthy history of crime and drug abuse, and who police say left guns unsecured around her home.

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Washington State Legislature
11:17 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Wash. Legislature adjourns; special session starts Monday

Legislators and staff celebrate on the Senate floor after adjournment. By Austin Jenkins.

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 12:00 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington legislature has adjourned. But not for long. Late Thursday night, Senate Democrats failed to muster the votes for a plan to re-balance the state budget. That means Washington lawmakers will return to the Capitol to finish their work.

Before there was disharmony at the Capitol, there was actually a little harmony.

Four House Republicans serenaded Governor Chris Gregoire and her staff with a barbershop rendition of "I'll Fly Away."

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Sports with Art Thiel
10:53 am
Fri March 9, 2012

If fusion solid, doctors say Peyton Manning safe to play

Fans hear the words "neck fusion" and wonder why Peyton Manning is even considering playing again, fearful he'll risk a career-ending injury — or worse — the next time he takes a hit.

But safety isn't Manning's issue, several spine specialists said. Arm strength is.

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Environment
10:48 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Seen a wolf? Report it on state's new website

This Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife photo shows OR-11, a male pup from the Walla Walla pack, waking up from anesthesia after being fitted with a radio tracking collar in northeastern Oregon.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — People who think they've seen a wolf, heard one howl or found other evidence of wolves in Washington have a new place to share their story.

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Port wars
10:36 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Tacoma grabs port business from Seattle; sour grapes ensues

The winner of this round: Port of Tacoma
Tom Colins Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — A Port of Seattle commissioner says the Port of Tacoma's winning away three shippers Thursday represents a "race to the bottom" that hurts the region.

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Election 2012
10:30 am
Fri March 9, 2012

McKenna can raise money for gov.'s race - briefly

Attorney General Rob McKenna is temporarily able to raise money again for his gubernatorial bid.

The Republican's campaign is asking people to donate money between Friday and midnight Sunday. The narrow window is between when the state Legislature adjourned and when lawmakers reconvene for a special session to deal with budget issues they failed to resolve the last time around.

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