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Education
3:41 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Gov't Offers New Guideline For Classroom Discipline To Address Racial Disparity

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Ted S. Warren Associated Press

The Obama administration has issued new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are disciplined for breaking school rules.

Government civil rights data show that black students without disabilities are more than three times as likely as whites to be expelled or suspended. Critics say that creates a "school-to-prison" pipeline because many students enter the criminal justice system for violations.

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Bertha, The Boring Machine
9:44 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Crews Clearing Path For Bertha, The Blocked Boring Machine

The steel pipe struck by the SR 99 tunneling machine is seen. The 57-foot-long section of steel pipe was pulled from the ground after it was struck by Bertha.
WSDOT

The Washington Transportation Department says crews have completed the second of four planned exploratory 5-foot-wide shafts being dug in front of a massive machine that got stuck last month while boring a tunnel under downtown Seattle.

Spokeswoman Laura Newborn says the shafts are being dug in hopes of identifying any metal in the path of the machine known as Bertha and removing as much of any such obstruction as possible.

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Politics
4:20 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Sen. Paull Shin Retires From State Senate

FILE - Washington state Sen. Paull Shin, D-Mukilteo, listens to debate on the Senate floor in Olympia, Wash., Friday, March 12, 1999.
Louie Balukoff AP Photo

Sen. Paull Shin has announced his immediate resignation from the Senate following a recent diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

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Microsoft
3:00 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Ford CEO Mulally Not Leaving For Microsoft

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong.
Vincent Yu AP Photo

Ford CEO Alan Mulally says he will not leave the automaker for Microsoft and will stay at Ford at least through 2014.

Mulally is widely credited with saving Ford after being hired away from Boeing in 2006. But in recent months there have been numerous reports that he was in the running for the top job at Microsoft, where CEO Steve Ballmer has said he plans to leave the company sometime this year.

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Environment
12:49 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Arsenic Tests Show Geoducks Safe To Eat

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Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington state health officials say its own arsenic testing has confirmed that geoducks harvested from a Puget Sound bay are safe to eat and don't pose a health concern.

Officials say they're hoping the test results will help persuade China to lift a ban it imposed last month on the import of clams, oysters, mussels and scallops harvested from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California.

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Good Deeds
1:44 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Seattle Ranks 4th Among U.S. Cities In Volunteering

Ken Vensel

Public-service minded Washington residents helped the state rank ninth in the nation for volunteering last year.

According to a national volunteering report, nearly 2 million Washingtonians volunteered more than 250 million hours in 2012.

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Boeing Decision
1:38 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Boeing Says Union Vote Will Decide Fate Of Jobs In Puget Sound Area

Former Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel, Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, Renton Mayor Denis Law and Port of Everett Commissioner Troy McClelland are seen on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Boeing has told local political leaders that this week's vote by Machinists will determine the fate of some jobs on the new 777X airplane.

In a press conference Monday morning, local politicians gathered in Everett to discuss the importance of approving the contract. They said Boeing executive Ray Conner told them in a meeting that the union vote will decide whether the new 777X composite wing is built in the region.

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Boeing Decision
9:18 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Wash. Political Leaders To Tout Importance Of 777X

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Local political leaders in Washington state are gathering to discuss the importance of the 777X airplane.

Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson and others plan a press conference Monday to discuss Boeing ahead of a Friday vote by the Machinists union. Local Machinists leaders oppose the new contract offer, but Stephanson and others have urged them to approve the deal.

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Business
9:19 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Nader Says Boeing Pressure On Machinists Union 'Unseemly'

FILE - Ralph Nader is seen in Washington, on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009.
Jacquelyn Martin AP Photo

Consumer activist and failed presidential candidate Ralph Nader has some words for Boeing.

In an open letter to Boeing CEO Jim McNerney on Thursday, Nader said the company's effort to squeeze worker pensions and pay is "unseemly." He cited McNerney's salary as one reason and the tax advantages the company is receiving as another.

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Boeing Decision
2:24 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Boeing Notifies Bidding Sites About Status Of 777X Decision

Associated Press

Boeing says it has begun telling states whether they're still in the running to build its new 777X.

Boeing has gotten proposals from 22 states covering 54 locations that all want to build the plane. Boeing says it is narrowing the list down and is telling each location its status in the process. Boeing isn't releasing the list publicly.

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Surprise!
4:47 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Woman Who Got Secret Santa Gift From Bill Gates: Sorry About The iPad On My Wishlist

Reddit

One woman's secret Santa this holiday season turned out to be one of the richest men in the world: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

The gift exchange happened through the website Reddit's secret Santa event, in which users swap presents across the country.

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Boeing Package
12:18 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Lawmakers: Boeing's Campaign Contributions Came After Incentives Vote

Gov. Jay Inslee sits with legislation he just signed to help keep production of Boeing's new 777 in Washington, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Some lawmakers say they didn't receive campaign contributions from Boeing until after voting on a tax break for the company.

Boeing's political committee had reported in records to the state Public Disclosure Commission that it gave the maximum donation of $900 to seven lawmakers a few days before the Legislature approved tax incentives valued at some $9 billion.

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Affordable Care Act
4:34 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Wash. State Extends Deadline For Health Insurance

FILE - Nelly Kinsella demonstrates the Washington Healthplanfinder website, where consumers will be able to shop for health insurance, following a news conference Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington residents who have started but not finished their applications for insurance through the state's new health care exchange are getting a deadline extension.

State officials announced Wednesday that anyone who begins an application before Dec. 23, will have until Jan. 1 to finish. Exchange spokesman Michael Marchand says they'll get as much help as they need to make that happen.

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Marijuana Licenses
11:46 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Big Jump In Wash. Pot Business Applications

Associated Press

New figures from Washington's Liquor Control Board show a big jump in marijuana business applications as this week's deadline for submissions nears.

The board said Tuesday it has received 2,444 applications to grow, process or sell cannabis under Washington's recreational pot law passed by voters last year. As of a week ago, that figure was just under 1,700.

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Higher Education
12:58 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

State Audit Finds Misuse of Wash. College Credit Cards

dalexeenko Flickr

A new state audit has found Washington university credit cards were used to make more than $225,000 in purchases not allowed by state policies.

Most of the purchases were for alcohol or gifts. And the majority were made by people associated with the University of Washington.

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