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Boeing
6:59 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Boeing employment in Washington highest since 1999

Boeing's payroll in Washington has risen to more than 82,000 workers.

That's up nearly 9,000 jobs since the end of 2010, and the highest Boeing employment in the state since 1999.

The News Tribune reports the company has more than regained the jobs Boeing cut after the 9-11 attacks. Companywide, Boeing employed nearly 172,000 workers at the end of February.

War in Afghanistan
5:55 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Panetta: Death penalty possible in Afghan shooting

ABOARD A US MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the death penalty is a consideration as the military moves to investigate and possibly put on trial a U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down 16 Afghans.

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Fishing
4:52 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Boat sank so fast off Wash. coast no time for distress call

The brother of one of four commercial fishermen lost at sea wonders whether their 70-foot trawler hit a rogue wave and sank.

The Lady Cecelia disappeared off the Washington coast Saturday morning. The Coast Guard found only some debris, an oil sheen, crab pots and an empty life raft.

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Space exploration
4:11 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Cassini spacecraft glimpses new views of moon Rhea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took this raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Rhea on March 10, 2012. The camera was pointing toward Rhea at approximately 26,019 miles (41,873 kilometers) away.
NASA

PASADENA, Calif. — The pockmarked surface of Saturn's second-largest moon has come into sharper focus in new images released by NASA.

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last Winter Storm
3:20 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Late winter storm slams into Washington, Oregon

Here is the latest infrared satellite photo - simply impressive, said KPLU's weather expert Cliff Mass. You can see the swirling clouds around the low center, which is now crossing northern Vancouver Island.
Cliff Mass

Spring arrives next week, but this week still looks like winter in Washington.

The National Weather Service says a front moving through the state Monday is bringing strong winds and rain to Western Washington, heavy snow to the Cascades and snow in much of north central and northeast Washington.

High winds knocked out power for tens of thousands of people in northwest Oregon and western Washington on Monday.

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War in Afghanistan
11:31 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Afghan shooter was from Washington Stryker brigade, AP source

The U.S. soldier suspected of gunning down at least 16 Afghan civilians was from a Washington state-based Stryker brigade and received his assignment to a village stability program less than six weeks ago.

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War in Afghanistan
2:55 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Suspect in killing of 16 Afghans was from Fort Lewis

An Afghan soldier is seen in a guard tower at a military base as civilians gather outside in Panjwai, Kandahar province south of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday.
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A U.S. official says the American who killed 16 Afghan villagers Sunday is a soldier from Washington who was assigned to a remote special operations site.

A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, added that the suspect is married and has two children. He served three tours in Iraq, and had been serving his first deployment in Afghanistan since December.

U.S. officials say the soldier acted alone, leaving his base in southern Afghanistan and opening fire on sleeping families in two villages.

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Election 2012
4:29 pm
Sat March 10, 2012

Rep. Inslee to resign from Congress for Wash. governor's race

Inslee is running against Republican Attorney General Rob McKenna to replace current Governor Chris Gregoire, who is retiring.
The Associated Press

Rep. Jay Inslee is resigning from Congress to focus full time on running for governor of Washington state this fall.

The Democrat announced his decision Saturday at a news conference in Seattle. Inslee is in his eighth term representing a Seattle-area district in the House.

Less than two weeks ago, Inslee told KPLU that he would remain in Congress while running for the governor's seat.

Inslee said then: “Listen, that did not stop me from putting out my job creation agenda. … Yes, I've got some responsibilities in Washington D.C., but we are pursuing a very vigorous effort to [get] people back to work.”

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School shooting
12:23 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Bremerton school shooting raises child supervision questions

The anguished father of a little girl who was shot in her third-grade classroom after a 9-year-old boy brought a gun to his Bremerton elementary school says the state failed his daughter.

John Bowman says the boy should not have been allowed to visit his mother — a woman who had her parental rights terminated, had a lengthy history of crime and drug abuse, and who police say left guns unsecured around her home.

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Sports with Art Thiel
10:53 am
Fri March 9, 2012

If fusion solid, doctors say Peyton Manning safe to play

Fans hear the words "neck fusion" and wonder why Peyton Manning is even considering playing again, fearful he'll risk a career-ending injury — or worse — the next time he takes a hit.

But safety isn't Manning's issue, several spine specialists said. Arm strength is.

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Environment
10:48 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Seen a wolf? Report it on state's new website

This Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife photo shows OR-11, a male pup from the Walla Walla pack, waking up from anesthesia after being fitted with a radio tracking collar in northeastern Oregon.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — People who think they've seen a wolf, heard one howl or found other evidence of wolves in Washington have a new place to share their story.

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Port wars
10:36 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Tacoma grabs port business from Seattle; sour grapes ensues

The winner of this round: Port of Tacoma
Tom Colins Flickr

TACOMA, Wash. — A Port of Seattle commissioner says the Port of Tacoma's winning away three shippers Thursday represents a "race to the bottom" that hurts the region.

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Election 2012
10:30 am
Fri March 9, 2012

McKenna can raise money for gov.'s race - briefly

Attorney General Rob McKenna is temporarily able to raise money again for his gubernatorial bid.

The Republican's campaign is asking people to donate money between Friday and midnight Sunday. The narrow window is between when the state Legislature adjourned and when lawmakers reconvene for a special session to deal with budget issues they failed to resolve the last time around.

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Washington State Legislature
1:00 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Governor signs bill revamping teacher evaluations

The governor has signed a measure that will add improvement in student test scores to the list of things principals use to evaluate teachers.

The new law signed Thursday also changes the way principals are evaluated, adding teacher feedback as an element of their reviews.

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Tech news
12:33 pm
Wed March 7, 2012

Apple's new iPad with sharper screen is thicker, heavier

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, today. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set.
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is revealing a new iPad model. New features include a sharper screen and a faster processor.

It will go on sale March 16.

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