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Election 2012
8:46 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Wheat growers excluded from Spokane parade

SPOKANE, Wash. — Wheat may be king in the Palouse region, but don't look for its float at Spokane's annual Lilac Festival Parade.

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Food safety
3:57 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Mad cow case found, but meat supply deemed safe

U.S. officials announced a case of mad cow disease in a dairy cow in California. It is only the fourth such case detected in the U.S. since the first case was identified in 2003.

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space exloration
3:40 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Company unveils plan to mine asteroids for riches

This computer-generated image provided by Planetary Resources, a group of high-tech tycoons that wants to mine nearby asteroids, shows a conceptual rendering of a spacecraft preparing to capture a water-rich, near-Earth asteroid.
The Associated Press

Space-faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron goes as planned.

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Washington wines
3:22 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Study: Washington wines add billions to state's economy

Washington state is the No.2 producer of premium wine behind California, with 739 licensed wineries and 350 vineyards.
Matt Long Flickr

YAKIMA, Wash. — A new study shows the Washington wine industry contributes $8.6 billion to the state's economy and creates nearly 30,000 jobs.

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Boeing
9:39 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Boeing reportedly planning composite wing plant for Wash.

Boeing workers in Washington hope the company will decide to build carbon-fiber composite wings for a bigger 777 in the state.

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Employment
5:29 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Gregoire signs $1B stimulus plan for Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a $1 billion stimulus plan that seeks to get construction workers back on the job.

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farm workers
3:13 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Feds: Washington farm rehired illegal immigrants

Federal prosecutors say a Washington state herb farm forced to fire more than 200 illegal immigrants because of a government audit, rehired dozens of those workers — paid them cash and asked them to work at night — because production began to plummet.

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Transportation
11:10 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Kingston reconsiders Seattle foot ferry; fares for all rise in May

Washington State Ferries is implementing an across-the-board, three-percent fare increase.
WSDOT

KINGSTON, Wash. — The Kingston-Seattle foot ferry has attracted far fewer passengers than the Port of Kingston expected when the service started in October 2010, and it's future is in doubt.

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Liquor privatization
8:30 am
Mon April 23, 2012

State to announce sale of 167 WA liquor stores

YAKIMA, Wash. — Washington officials are announcing the results Monday of Friday's online auction of state-run liquor stores.

The sale of the rights to 167 stores is estimated at more than $20 million.

The auction was the result of a state vote to get the state out of the retail liquor business and to privatize sales.

agriculture
4:23 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

WSU gets $5 million donation for organic agriculture

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University's pioneering programs in organic and sustainable agriculture received a $5 million donation on Friday.

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Social matters
8:46 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Social conservatives object to Desmond Tutu honor at Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. — Social conservatives are objecting to plans by Gonzaga University, a Catholic institution, to give Archbishop Desmond Tutu an honorary degree when he makes a campus appearance in May.

They are objecting because the Nobel laureate's social views contradict Catholic teachings, including support for abortion rights and gay marriage.

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Washington dances
9:09 am
Wed April 18, 2012

2 Wash. teens compete on MTV dance show

TACOMA, Wash. — Two Washington teens are competing on MTV's reality dance competition show.

The News-Tribune reports 13-year-old Alex Porter of Graham and 15-year-old Bailey Anderson of Tacoma are two members of the Mukilteo-based Rated Next Generation. The teens are in Los Angeles taping shows this week for "America's Best Dance Crew."

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Environment
4:26 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

Officials respond to oil spill on Elliott Bay in Seattle

Coast Guard and state officials are responding to an oil spill at the Bell Harbor Marina on Elliott Bay in Seattle.

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Environment
2:12 pm
Tue April 17, 2012

EPA wants full review of NW coal-export projects

The Environmental Protection Agency wants the Army Corps of Engineers to do a thorough review of the impacts of exporting U.S. coal through Northwest ports.

The EPA wants the Corps to address the overall impacts to human health and the environment from increases in greenhouse gas emissions, rail traffic and mining.

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Law
9:11 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Tacoma police investigating motorcycle club after shootings

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma police are investigating a motorcycle club whose parties twice have ended in shooting deaths during the past eight months.

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