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School shooting
3:00 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Boy, 9, sentenced in Washington school shooting

A 9-year-old Washington boy who brought a gun that discharged and critically wounded a fellow third-grader at school has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and ordered to write a letter of apology to his victim.

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Other News
11:39 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Miss Seattle apologizes for city-bashing tweet

The newly crowned Miss Seattle says she was just having a bad day back in December when she tweeted, "Ugh can't stand cold rainy Seattle and the annoying people."

Since winning the pageant on Saturday, Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn has said she was just complaining about the weather like any Seattle native and didn't mean that people in Seattle are annoying.

She is a former Miss Phoenix who graduated from Arizona State University. Ahn told KIRO-FM she was in a transition period three months ago, missing friends and sunshine.

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School shooting
10:00 am
Tue March 6, 2012

Warrant issued for mom in Wash. school shooting; girl in serious condition

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the Washington state mother of a 9-year-old boy who is accused of bringing a gun that accidentally fired in his elementary school classroom, wounding a classmate.

Bremerton Police Lt. Peter Fisher says the arrest warrants were issued Monday by the Kitsap County District Court for Jamie Lee Passmore and her boyfriend, Douglas L. Bauer.

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Privatizing liquor
4:45 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Private sales of liquor in Washington thrown into limbo, distillers too

Judge's ruling could nullify the entire measure privatizing sales of liquor.
The Associated Press

A judge’s ruling on Friday has thrown the privatization of liquor sales in Washington into question and landed the state’s craft distillers in a state of limbo.

A Cowlitz County judge on Friday upheld most of an initiative that requires the state to get out of the liquor business, but called for a trial to determine whether a provision for public safety funding violated rules for initiatives to address only one subject.

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Seattle history
11:00 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Deal expected to preserve Seattle P-I globe

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer globe where it currently sits at 101 Elliott Avenue West.
The Associated Press

An agreement among Hearst Corp., the city of Seattle and the Museum of History and Industry is expected to preserve the Seattle P-I globe, an icon of the city for more than 60 years.

The fate of the 18-ton, neon-lit orb has been uncertain since the Hearst-owned Seattle Post-Intelligencer ceased printing and became seattlepi.com in 2009. The website reports that three city council members who are all former reporters — Jean Godden, Tim Burgess and Sally Clark — are expected to announce an agreement to preserve the globe on Wednesday.

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Washington politics
5:36 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Rep. Norm Dicks, 18-term Democrat for Washington, is retiring 

Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash. speaking on Capitol Hill last year in Washington.
The Associated Press

Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks, a former college football player who cast a huge presence over state and national politics for more than 30 years, announced Friday he'll retire at the end of the year after 18 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

"I have been thinking about this for years. At some point you have to retire. I just decided this was the right time," Dicks told The Associated Press.

In an interview with KPLU, he  pointed out that he's been commuting to work in the other Washington for 44 years. 

"You know, eight with Senator Magnuson and 36 years in the house of representatives," Dicks said.

He said he also has a neck issue from football that's been bugging him recently. All of that added up to his conclusion that it's time to step aside and let somebody else be the Congressman from the 6th District.

"I hope a Democrat wins, but there's no guarantee. There was no guarantee that I was going to win," Dicks said.

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Boeing planes
4:27 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Boeing employees celebrate 1,000th 777

In this June 2, 2011 photo, the Boeing Co. 777 airplane assembly line is shown, in Everett, Wash.
The Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. — Boeing employees celebrated a milestone in the 777 line on Friday, the 1,000th plane.

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Trooper memorial
4:04 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Gregoire: Slain trooper died protecting people

A procession arrives carrying the body of Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu to a memorial service today in Kent, Wash. Radulescu was shot and killed last week during a traffic stop in Gorst, Wash.
The Associated Press

KENT, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire says Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu died protecting others.

Speaking at a memorial service Thursday in Kent, Gregoire said she considered Radulescu "one of my own," noting that he had served on one of her security details.

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School shooting
1:26 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Family of wounded Bremerton girl hires lawyer

BREMERTON, Wash. — The family of an 8-year-old Bremerton girl wounded in a classroom shooting has hired a lawyer to determine who is at fault.

Attorney Jeffery M. Campiche told a Seattle news conference Thursday the family of Amina Bowman is considering a lawsuit.

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Washington State Legislature
9:45 am
Thu March 1, 2012

Wash. Legislature passes teacher evaluation bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Legislature has approved a bill that uses improvement in student test scores as a factor in hiring, firing and tenure decisions for teachers.

The measure passed on an 82-16 bipartisan vote late Wednesday night. The Senate already had passed the bill, so it now goes to the governor for her signature.

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Liquor laws
1:50 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

Initiative kicks in: Bars, restaurants can buy liquor from distillers

Washington bars and restaurants will be allowed to buy liquor directly from distilleries beginning Thursday.

The change stems from a voter-approved initiative to privatize liquor sales and dismantle Washington's state-run liquor system, which was formed in the 1930s in the aftermath of Prohibition.

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Officer shooting
10:31 am
Wed February 29, 2012

Thousands expected for trooper memorial in Kent

Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu.

KENT, Wash. — Officials expect thousands of people to attend the memorial service for slain Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu on Thursday in Kent, a 1 p.m. at the ShoWare Center.

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Election 2012
3:37 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Santorum, Paul back in Wash. later this week

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Republican presidential contenders Rick Santorum and Ron Paul are returning to Washington state to hold rallies in the days leading up to Saturday's caucuses.

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WWII Veteran
10:18 am
Tue February 28, 2012

'Band of Brothers' soldier dies at 90 in Washington

In this image released by HBO, from left, Sid Phillips, Jeanne Sledge, Buck Compton, Vera Leckie, Bradford Freeman, and William Guarnere pose at the screening of the "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" special edition DVD set at the National WWII Museum.
The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Wash. — A veteran whose World War II exploits were depicted in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died, his family said.

Lynn D. "Buck" Compton died Saturday in Burlington, Wash., after having a heart attack last month, the family told the Los Angeles Times.

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Japanese Tsunami
9:32 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Latest estimates: 1 to 5 percent of tsunami debris could reach N. America

This file photo taken Tuesday Feb. 21, 2012 shows clothing lying in heaps at the site of a neighborhood destroyed by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, in Rikuzentakata, Japan. Scientists believe ocean waves carried away 3-4 million tons.
The Associated Press

HONOLULU — Tsunamis generated by the magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan last March dragged 3 million to 4 million tons of debris into the ocean after tearing up Japanese harbors and homes.

Scientists believe ocean currents are carrying some of the lumber, refrigerators, fishing boats and other objects across the Pacific toward the United States.

One to 5 percent of the 1 million to 2 million tons of debris still in the ocean may reach Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and Washington and British Columbia, said University of Hawaii senior researcher and ocean current expert Nikolai Maximenko.

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