Protesting Wall Street
4:10 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Gets Union Backing; Approval Rating Tops Congress

Occupy Wall Street protesters join a labor union rally in New York's Foley Square on Wednesday.

Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 1:02 am

Occupy Wall Street is getting a shot in the arm, as some of America's largest unions have announced that they're now supporting the movement. The gain in momentum comes as off-shoots of the original Manhattan group plan marches and protests around the nation.

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Energy
3:59 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Federal Energy Plan Fast-Tracks Power Lines Across Northwest

The Obama administration's plan to fast-track transmission line construction includes three projects in Oregon and Idaho. Photo via energy.gov

Originally published on Wed October 5, 2011 3:59 pm

Hundreds of miles of power lines across Oregon, Idaho and 10 other states would be fast-tracked under a federal plan announced Wednesday. The Obama administration hopes to create more jobs by speeding construction of Idaho Power and Portland General Electric transmission lines.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says the country needs to modernize its power grid to meet future demand, and get more green energy to market.

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News
3:11 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Police Arrest Pair In Missing Oregon Teen Case

David Joseph Pederson and Holly Ann Grigsby were captured Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop near Sacramento, California. Photo courtesy Oregon State Police

SALEM, Ore. - A pair of murder suspects who were the subject of a two-state manhunt were arrested this afternoon in California. David Joseph Pederson and Holly Ann Grigsby were captured Wednesday afternoon during a traffic stop north of Sacramento, California.

The two are wanted for the murder of a 69-year-old Everett, Washington woman. The pair is also thought to be connected with the disappearance of a 19-year-old Oregon teen named Cody Myers.

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Protesting Wall Street
2:45 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Update: Police arrest at least 20 Occupy Seattle protestors

For the latest updates on this story see: 'Occupy Seattle' arrests hit 25; protesters still occupy Westlake Park

Police have arrested around 20 demonstrators who refused to remove their tents from Westlake Park in downtown Seattle, according to the Associated Press. Demonstrators tussled with officers as they made a last stand, attempting to block police from removing a few tents left at the park.

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News
2:41 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Back in Hometown, Amanda Knox Thanks Those Who Believed In Her

SEATAC, Wash. - Seattle native Amanda Knox is thanking all those who defended her during her ordeal in Italy over the stabbing of her British roommate. Supporters yelled "Welcome home, Amanda" as the University of Washington student made an emotional return home Tuesday evening.

An appeals court in Perugia reversed Knox's murder conviction and set her free barely 24 hours before.

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Other News
1:51 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Volunteers recover thousands of shopping carts in Federal Way

While inflatable dolls aren't reported as a problem in Federal Way, I couldn't resist using this flickr photo from Brooklyn as an illustration. -Dave
Gene Han flickr.com

Stolen, abandoned shopping carts are an eyesore in many communities, but Federal Way has come up with a solution: the Cart Recovery Team.

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Education
12:18 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Accountability: WSU students will be fined for bad behavior

PULLMAN, Wash. — Any Washington State University student caught trespassing, damaging property or drinking under age can expect to pay a $100 fine.

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Barefoot Bandit
12:09 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Is mom to blame in Barefoot Bandit case?

This 2008 self-portrait provided by the Island County Sheriff's Office shows Colton Harris-Moore, the so-called "Barefoot Bandit."
Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The mother of Colton Harris-Moore says she's not responsible for crimes committed in the Barefoot Bandit case but she'd take the blame if it gets him out of prison faster.

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Other News
12:00 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Idaho Company To Double Workforce In Face Of Mining Boom

A north Idaho mining industry supplier plans to double its workforce over the next year. The company broke ground Tuesday on a new factory in Post Falls. As correspondent Jessica Robinson reports, the mining industry offers a rare economic bright spot in the Inland Northwest.

Gov. Butch Otter: “Three! Two! One!”

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Water taxi
11:53 am
Wed October 5, 2011

Bellingham water taxi to start for remote San Juan Islands

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A new water taxi service based in Bellingham plans to begin service next spring to remote islands in the San Juans.

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