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Education
11:49 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Ex-Seattle school official pleads not guilty 

A man accused of taking money from a Seattle School District program pleaded not guilty Thursday to theft charges.

KOMO Radio reports Silas Potter remains in jail following his arraignment.

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Other News
1:42 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Thousands of birds make crash landing in Utah

ST. GEORGE, Utah — Thousands of migratory birds are dead or injured after they apparently mistook a Wal-Mart parking lot, football fields, highways and other areas of southern Utah for bodies of water and plummeted to the ground.

One state wildlife expert is calling it the worst downing she'd ever seen.

Crews went to work cleaning up the dead birds and rescuing the injured survivors after the creatures crash-landed in the St. George area Monday night.

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Bad billing
1:39 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

Regulators accuse PSE of improper fee charges

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State regulators say Puget Sound Energy improperly charged a residential-visit disconnect fee to some electricity and natural gas customers.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission staff says the utility should refund the $13 fee to more than 1,600 customers. The utility also could be fined as much as $1,000 for each violation.

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Economic woes
12:41 pm
Tue December 13, 2011

Extended jobless benefits ending in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington Employment Security Department says extended benefits will be phasing out over the next month for 85,000 people in the state.

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Protesting Wall Street
3:50 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Update: Arrests as Occupy protesters target Seattle port; Longview longshoremen go home

Seattle Occupy protesters confront police near the Port of Seattle's Terminal 18.
Vanessa Romo KPLU

Police say "multiple" people have been arrested after dozens of protesters blocked an entrance to a Port of Seattle facility.

Police cleared a road near the entrance to Terminal 18 after about 100 Occupy Seattle protesters stopped traffic for about 20 minutes Monday afternoon. But a smaller group remained in front of the terminal, effectively keeping traffic from entering or leaving.

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Washington state legislature
12:33 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

$479 million in cuts, transfers, delays indentified in state budget

OLYMPIA, Wash. — State lawmakers are looking to trim $479 million off the state's $1.4 billion shortfall through a combination of cuts, fund transfers and delayed payments.

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Education
9:25 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Seattle schools easing vending junk food policy

The Seattle School Board may ease the district's policy on selling junk food in vending machines to help student groups raise money for activities.

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Boeing
3:35 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Labor board drops high-profile Boeing complaint

WASHINGTON — Republicans say they aren't prepared to celebrate after the National Labor Relations Board dropped its high-profile lawsuit against Boeing on Friday.

The Machinists union approved a four-year contract extension with Boeing this week, in which it agreed to withdraw allegations that the company built a nonunion plant in South Carolina to retaliate against past union strikes in Washington state. In return, Boeing promised to build the new version of its 737 airplane in Washington state.

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Marijuana legalization
5:15 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Police told to stop harassing marijuana initiative proponents

The King County Sheriff's Office and the Washington State Public Stadium Authority have agreed to stop harassing people collecting signatures outside the Seahawks football stadium for an initiative that would legalize and tax recreational marijuana in the state.

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How to lose your job
3:27 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Rep. Larsen fires staffers for drinking on the job

Screen grab from the Website NW Daily Marker showing what it reports to be tweets from Rick Larsen staffers. The site has many more.

EVERETT, Wash. — U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen has fired three staffers who apparently chronicled their on-the-job drinking exploits, including taking shots of Jack Daniels at their desks, via Twitter.

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Close calls
12:41 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

Teen wakes up sleeping bus driver in Washington

TACOMA, Wash. — An alert Washington state teenager likely prevented an accident when he woke up a sleeping bus driver who had nodded off at the wheel while entering an Interstate 5 onramp in Tacoma.

A surveillance camera on the school bus recorded 17-year-old Emmanuel Williams jump from his seat and rush to the front of the bus after seeing the driver's head go down.

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Seattle Terror plot
11:26 am
Thu December 8, 2011

Man pleads guilty in Seattle terror plot

A federal building that houses the Seattle Military Processing Center in Seattle. Two men have been arrested in a plot to use machine guns and grenades in an attack on the military recruiting station there.
Associated Press

One of two men charged with planning to attack a Seattle military recruiting station last summer has pleaded guilty in federal court.

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520 Tolls
11:10 am
Wed December 7, 2011

Update: 520 bridge tolling to start Dec. 29

Mobile 'Good to Go' teams are eager to sign up new customers, as tolling on the 520 bridge starts in less than a month.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

The Washington Transportation Department says tolling on the Highway 520 floating bridge will begin at 5 a.m. on Dec. 29.

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Holiday spirit
9:57 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Diamond ring dropped in Spokane Salvation Army kettle

Moved by the holiday spirit, someone put a $5,000 ring in a Salvation Army red kettle.
Evan P. Cordes Flickr

SPOKANE, Wash. — An anonymous donor dropped a diamond ring wrapped in a dollar bill in a Salvation Army red kettle in the Spokane area.

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Park rules
9:30 am
Tue December 6, 2011

Vancouver, Wash., council bans tobacco in city parks

The freedom to smoke no longer includes parks in Vancouver, Wash.
Simen Svale Skogsrud Flickr

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Vancouver City Council voted Monday to ban tobacco from city parks and recreation centers.

The council heard from at least one speaker who called the ban a form of discrimination.

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