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Privatizing liquor
8:45 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Liquor initiative upheld by Washington Supreme Court

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Supreme Court has upheld a voter-approved initiative privatizing liquor sales, one day before the initiative takes effect.

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Shooting
6:30 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Police: 2 shootings in Seattle connected; suspect killed himself; 5 dead, 1 wounded

Seattle police released this photo of the suspect in the Roosevelt Way shooting. He has been identified as Ian Lee Stawicki, 40, of Seattle.

The two morning shootings in Seattle – leaving four dead and one wounded from the Cafe Racer Espresso on Roosevelt Way near the U-District and one dead on First Hill during a carjacking – were apparently committed by the same suspect, said Seattle Police Department Assistant Chief James Pugel.

The suspect shot himself in West Seattle later in the afternoon as police approached him, Pugel said. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. The hospital reported Wednesday night that he was dead. A fourth victim at the Cafe Racer shooting also died Wednesday night, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Greg.

One man wounded in the cafe shooting remained at Harborview. He was in critical but stable condition following surgery earlier in the day

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Washington State Legislature
1:17 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Judge says Supermajority tax rule violates constitution

A judge has ruled the two-thirds majority initiative violates the simple majority provision of the state constitution.

Initiative 1053 was approved by Washington voters in November 2010 and has made it difficult for lawmakers to adopt tax increases since then.

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Air travel
9:42 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Antsy toddler kicked off plane at Seattle airport

A 3-year-old boy who refused to use his seatbelt never got off the ground when he and his father boarded an Alaska Airlines flight at an airport in Seattle.

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coal exports
2:55 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Seattle opposes coal-export ports

Seattle Councilman Mike O'Brien says mining and burning more coal isn't consistent with the city's goal to fight climate change.
The Associated Press

The Seattle City Council has unanimously passed a resolution opposing the development of coal-export terminals in Washington state over concerns about increased train traffic and potential harm to health and the environment.

Tuesday's vote comes as the federal government is reviewing the first of at least six port facilities proposed in Washington and Oregon to ship coal from the Powder River basin of Montana and Wyoming to thirsty markets in Asia.

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Salmon virus
9:56 am
Sat May 26, 2012

Virus found in Washington fish farm; stock killed

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. — A deadly fish virus detected in Washington state waters for the first time has forced a salmon fish farm to kill its entire stock.

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Oil Exploration
2:29 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Arctic drill ship nearly ready to leave Seattle for Alaska

The floating oil-drilling platform "Kulluk" is seen briefly bathed in light as it passes an otherwise cloudy and dark downtown Seattle in July 2011.
The Associated Press

The Arctic drill ship Kulluk has been berthed in Seattle for about 10 months, but if Shell Oil gets final federal permits and overcomes court challenges by environmental groups the vessel will be in Alaska waters this year.

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Crime
11:48 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Man killed by stray bullet worked at Zillow; 2nd random shooting death

Seattle police say a man fatally shot as he drove down a Seattle street with his parents and two children was hit by an errant bullet from a stranger's dispute.

Detective Jeff Kappel said the victim had earlier picked up his parents from the airport and was heading out with them and his two children on a weekend vacation late Thursday afternoon.

The Seattle Times identified the victim as 43-year-old Justin Ferrari who had only recently joined the online real estate site Zillow.

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Odd news
11:08 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Puyallup 'loose tiger' still a mystery, continues to tweet on the run

Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer posted this photo: "... the people who originally put it up on the work van next to river road after hearing about [reports of the tiger] on the news caused people to call 911... go figure."
Ed Troyer

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer says there have been no new reports Friday morning of a tiger on the loose near Puyallup. However, the reputed tiger is still posting away on its Twitter feed and others have been having fun online with the "loose tiger."

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Election 2012
12:24 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

McKenna faces 2 ethics complaints over county work

A lawyer and a citizen have each filed ethics complaints against Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.

Kyle Olive and Kimberly Christensen said Thursday they submitted concerns this week to the King County ombudsman, arguing that McKenna violated various parts of the county ethics law during his time on the King County Council.

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Seattle pro sports
2:57 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Study counters Seattle Port's claims against new NBA arena

Chris Hansen's bid to build a new NBA stadium in Seattle got a boosts from new traffic study.
KPLU

A study has found that Seattle's SoDo neighborhood can handle the traffic that may come from building a third sports arena in the area.

The study was released Wednesday by the City of Seattle and paid for by Chris Hansen, the developer who wants to build an 18,000-seat facility that could house an NBA and an NHL franchise near where the Mariners and Seahawks play.

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Endangered animals
1:18 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Rare pygmy rabbits reproducing in Washington sagebrush

This undated file photo provided by Washington State University shows an endangered pygmy rabbit in the wild in eastern Washington state.
The Associated Press

EPHRATA, Wash. — Biologists went to check on endangered pygmy rabbits in a remote area of Columbia Basin sagebrush near Ephrata and found they've been reproducing like rabbits.

State Fish and Wildlife biologists told The Wenatchee World they 80 baby pygmy rabbits they found last week in the Sage Brush Flat Wildlife Area is more than they expected.

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Japanese tsunami
8:53 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Oceanographer expects bones in Japanese tsunami debris

Feist, Michael Flickr

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — An oceanographer who tracks flotsam says West Coast beachcombers may find floating athletic shoes with human bones as more debris from the Japanese tsunami washes ashore. In a presentation Monday at a tsunami symposium in Port Angeles, Curt Ebbesmeyer told the audience he's expected 100 sneakers with bones in them.

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Business
8:16 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Update: Seattle joins state in sinking floating billboards

The proposed signs can be seen on Lake Washington in this screen grab from KING 5.

The state Transportation Department has torpedoed a proposal for floating billboards on Lake Washington in Seattle.

The company's owner said he'll pursue other Seattle waters. However, the Seattle Times reports the city of Seattle says no deal.

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Food safety
1:23 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Calif. lettuce grower expands recall across nation

SALINAS, Calif. — A California lettuce grower has expanded a recall of some bagged salads after routine sampling detected listeria contamination. No illnesses have been reported.

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