Union unrest
4:54 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Longshore union to appeal judge’s $250,000 fine

TACOMA, Wash. – A Longshore union says it plans to appeal a federal judge's quarter-million dollar fine for its tactics in a Longview labor dispute.

Friday, lawyers on various sides of the case argued first about that punishment for a clash in early September. Later, the judge took up the heart of the matter. .

U.S. District Judge Ronald Leighton found the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in contempt of court for blocking a train and storming a grain terminal about three weeks ago. He's now fined the union $250,000.

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Elections 2012
4:51 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Cantwell's first GOP challenger steps up in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Washington state senator from Spokane plans to take on U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell. Michael Baumgartner made his announcement Monday. He's the first Republican to launch a 2012 challenge against the Democratic senator from Washington. Correspondent Jessica Robinson reports.

Baumgartner, at age 35, is fairly new to politics. His resume includes work in Iraq and Afghanistan as an economic consultant. In 2010 he ran for state senate and beat the Democratic incumbent in a race that went down as the most expensive in Washington senate history.

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Other News
4:48 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Rail line to Oregon coast set to re-open

Soon, trains will once again roll down the rail line to the Oregon coast port of Coos Bay. A key rail link that was abandoned four years ago is set to re-open this month.

The previous private owners of the 110-mile rail link abruptly shut it down in September of 2007 citing deteriorating tunnels and track conditions. The Port of Coos Bay bought the tracks and used about $25 million in state and federal money to rehab the line. The Port's Martin Callery says it means sawmills and other shippers in the region won't be dependant on trucks alone to get their products to market.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
4:12 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Layoffs add up to a sober week for Hanford workers

More than 1,000 workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are getting layoff notices. This latest round of downsizing started this week due to reduced federal funding in 2012.

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Italy trial
3:13 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Seattle vigil for Amanda Knox supporters ends ecstatically

Supporters of Amanda Knox react as they watch a television news broadcast about her appeal verdict as they sit in a hotel suite in downtown Seattle on Monday.
Associated Press

SEATTLE – Hometown friends and supporters of Amanda Knox kept an early morning vigil at a Seattle hotel while awaiting the verdict from Italy. The group of about a dozen burst into applause and cheers when they got word that the murder charge against Knox was overturned.

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The Two-Way
1:06 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Amanda Knox Wins Appeal, As Italian Court Overturns Murder Conviction

Amanda Knox weeps in an Italian appeals court as her murder verdict is overturned. In 2009, Knox was found guilty of charges stemming from the stabbing death of fellow student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy.

Tiziana Fabi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 3, 2011 3:19 pm

Amanda Knox has won her freedom after appealing her murder conviction, for which the American had been serving a 26-year prison sentence. In 2009, Knox, who came to Perugia, Italy, as an exchange student, was found guilty in the November 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

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Community relations
1:00 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Washington Muslim group asks for investigation of FBI bias

SEATTLE — A Washington Muslim group is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate anti-Islam bias in FBI trainings of law enforcement officers and regular citizens.

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Global Health
12:25 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

How the ‘Battle in Seattle’ led to a global health epicenter

So what do the WTO riots and globalization have to do with global health? 'Lots,' says geographer Matt Sparke.
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How did Seattle get to be a world epicenter for global health?

Most people would say that it’s due to the simple fact that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is here ... but Matt Sparke would say it’s more complicated than that.

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Animal attacks
12:17 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Officials: Mule deer attacked Idaho woman, rescuer

BOISE, Idaho — Wildlife managers say a mule deer injured a woman near her rural Idaho home and gored the man who came to her rescue in an unusual, though not rare attack.

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