Law
9:01 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Cowlitz Humane Society overrun with 'illegally large' snakes

One snake too many.
Courtesy of Cowlitz County Humane Society

LONGVIEW, Wash. — The Cowlitz County Humane Society seized two big boa constrictors on Monday and seven more large boas and pythons on Tuesday from homes in Longview.

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Washington wildfires
8:43 am
Wed September 7, 2011

High wildfire danger in Cascades, Olympics

As in Washington, fire conditions in Oregon are high. In this photo the Dollar Lake fire smolders Tuesday near Laurance Lake, on Mount Hood, Ore. Firefighters labored to build containment lines before windy conditions return early this morning.
Associated Press

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service is warning of high wildfire danger over most of Washington's Cascades and Olympics.

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Law
8:33 am
Wed September 7, 2011

MLK parade bomb suspect to change plea

An FBI evidence photo shows the backpack that held a pipe bomb. It was found along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade in January.

The man accused of planting a backpack bomb along the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane is set to change his plea today. Kevin Harpham originally entered a plea of not guilty in what the FBI has deemed a case of domestic terrorism.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Harpham was arrested in March. He faces charges related to a pipe bomb that Spokane city workers found on a downtown bench the morning of Jan. 17. Prosecutors later added federal hate crime charges. Together, the allegations carry a sentence of up to life in prison.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Here's how to make pfabulous Polish pickles

Proud pickle packer Margaret.

... and you don't even have to be Polish to make 'em.

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Business
6:22 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Update: Starbucks CEO calls for lower corporate tax rate

During his much publicized "town hall" meeting called to criticize Washington D.C. partisanship, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz also called for a lower corporate tax rate.
Associated Press

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is calling for a lower corporate tax rate. Schultz made his comments during a town hall meeting Tuesday night hosted by the anti-partisanship group “No Labels”

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Energy development
5:41 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Grants awarded to improve hydropower generation in Wash.

RICHLAND, Wash. – New projects in the Pacific Northwest may soon improve the efficiency and reduce costs of hydropower generation, thanks to a new round of federal spending announced today.

Two projects in Washington received grants to help improve hydropower generation.

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Data Center
3:08 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Wash. data center crash just now coming to light

Washington’s new State Data Center complex on the capitol campus.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A power surge and outage on Washington’s Capitol campus last month shut down the state’s data center. The accident also caused half-a-million dollars damage to an underground electricity vault.

State officials did not publicize the incident. It is just now coming to light.

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Business
1:05 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Everett to host pre-Olympics gymnastics event

EVERETT, Wash. — The Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships are expected to draw more than 300 gymnasts from 14 nations for the three-day event next March at the Comcast Arena in Everett.

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Storm water runoff
12:20 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Seattle removes rain gardens in Ballard

This photo, taken in the winter of 2011, shows one of the failed rain gardens in Ballard the city is spending $500,000 to remove.
Ballard Raingardengue blog

Just a year ago, Seattle was promoting its roadside rain garden project in Ballard. Now, the city is spending half a million dollars to dismantle huge sections of it.

Some neighborhood residents say, despite good intentions, the whole thing has been a fiasco.

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Environment
11:24 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Electric vehicles becoming more mainstream

With these new all-electric plug-in Nissan Leaf hatchbacks added to its fleet, King County "raises the bar" for van pool programs, says Executive Dow Constantine. Children's Hospital installed the first 4 of 20 at their campus in Seattle.
Photo courtesy Children's Hospital

It’s been eight months since Nissan made its first delivery of its all-electric Leaf car to a customer in the pacific Northwest.

Now, driving an all-electric vehicle is well on its way to becoming mainstream reality. A pilot program is installing thousands of electric car charging stations in the Puget Sound region and making them more available to regular folks.

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