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Election 2013
5:20 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Murray Defeats McGinn in Seattle Mayor's Race

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, center, is cheered by his husband, Michael Shiosaki, left, and former Gov. Chris Gregoire at an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The leader of Washington state's successful effort to legalize gay marriage is Seattle's next mayor.

Updated election results Wednesday night show state Sen. Ed Murray has 56 percent of the vote.

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staffing change
2:04 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Inslee Names New Chief of Staff

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Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Gov. Jay Inslee has a new chief of staff.

Inslee on Wednesday named senior adviser Joby Shimomura to the position, replacing Mary Alice Heuschel, who has served as chief of staff since January.

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Election 2013
11:15 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Two Dead Candidates Get Majority of Votes in Wash.

Two candidates in separate races in Washington state are winning in Tuesday's election despite being dead.

In the Seattle suburb of Des Moines, John Rosentangle won 71 percent of the vote over write-in candidates in the King County Water District 54. The 63-year-old died in August of an illness.

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Business
3:28 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Boeing Offers Deal to Keep 777X in Wash., Inslee Calls Special Session

This image shows the Boeing 777x assembly line in Everett, Wash.
Ashley Gross

 

Boeing Co. has proposed an eight-year labor agreement that would guarantee construction of the new 777X in the Puget Sound.

In response, Gov. Jay Inslee said he would call a special legislative session on Thursday in hopes of swiftly approving a package of bills to appease Boeing.

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wind storm
3:18 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Wind Storm Wreaks Havoc in Western Washington

"Quite blustery at Greenlake earlier today–you could almost lean in to the wind. Huge waves!" says Bellamy Pailthorp.

A gusty wind storm whipped into western Washington Saturday, toppling trees, knocking down power lines and leaving some 150,000 area residents without power.

Early Saturday afternoon, Puget Sound Energy reported some 105,000 customers were without power as a result of more than 1,000 outages, half of them in Northern King County. By Sunday morning, power had been restored to all but 9,500 customers as a result of 60 outages in King and Kitsap counties. 

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climate change
10:12 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Inslee Tapped for Obama Climate Task Force

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is among the political leaders who will be part of President Barack Obama's task force on climate issues.

The White House said Friday that Obama was establishing the panel to advice the administration on how the federal government can support local communities impacted by climate change. Inslee is one of eight governors named to the panel. The task force also includes local and tribal leaders.

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Business
1:43 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Starbucks' Profit Climbs 34 Percent in Fourth Quarter

AP Photo

Starbucks says its profit rose 34 percent in its fiscal fourth-quarter, as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the world.

The Seattle-based company said global sales rose 7 percent at cafes open at least a year, including an 8 percent rise in both the U.S. and Asia.

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orca sighting
1:02 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Orcas Spotted in Puget Sound near Seattle

A pair of orca whales swim in view of a state ferry crossing from Bainbridge Island toward Seattle in the Puget Sound Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, as seen some miles away from Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Whale spotters say dozens of killer whales are still in Puget Sound where they have been seen by ferry passengers as well as people on shore.

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Business
10:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

New Amazon Shopping Site Supports Charity

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Amazon has launched a new website for its online store that will donate a fraction of shoppers' purchase amounts to charity.

Amazon.com Inc. launched the site, smile.amazon.com, on Wednesday. The world's largest online retailer says people will find the same items and the same prices that they would on its regular site or mobile app, with some exceptions.

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paying tribute
3:09 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Obama: Foley Represented Civility in Congress

In this June 1989 file photo, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Foley poses in his office in Spokane.
Associated Press

President Barack Obama on Tuesday honored former House Speaker Tom Foley as a model of civility in government, someone who put problem-solving ahead of politics and never lost his sense of wonder about serving in Congress.

Obama said the first time he visited Capitol Hill and saw the gleaming white dome, Tom Foley was House speaker

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initiative 522
10:53 am
Tue October 29, 2013

More Money Pours into Wash. Food Labeling Fight

Associated Press

Biotechnology giant Monsanto Co. on Monday dumped another $540,000 to fight a Washington state ballot measure requiring genetically engineered foods be labeled.

The group opposing Initiative 522 has now raised nearly $22 million, setting a record for the most raised by an initiative campaign in state history. Food-labeling supporters have raised about $6.8 million.

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Amazon earnings
1:54 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Amazon Narrows 3Q Loss as Sales Jump 24 Pct

AP Photo

Amazon.com says that its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed as revenue grew 24 percent to more than $17 billion.

The Seattle-based online retailer also said Thursday that it expects growth in its fourth-quarter revenue, indicating confidence as it enters the key holiday shopping season.

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microsoft earnings
1:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Microsoft 1Q Profit, Sales Top Views; Shares Jump

Robert Scoble Flickr

Microsoft says its net income rose 17 percent in its fiscal first quarter despite a decline in Windows revenue from manufacturing partners as its enterprise software business grew.

Net income in the three months to Sept. 30 grew to $5.24 billion, or 62 cents per share, from $4.47 billion, or 53 cents per share, a year ago.

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Environment
9:57 am
Thu October 24, 2013

NOAA Takes Steller Sea Lions Off Threatened List

FILE - This undated image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows Steller sea lion in Alaska.
AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A federal agency is taking the eastern population of Steller sea lion off the threatened species list.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokeswoman Julie Speegle says the eastern population has met recovery criteria the agency set out in 2008.

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recall
3:07 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Oregon Company Recalls Prepared Meats, Salads over Listeria Threat

Oregon-based Reser's Fine Foods is recalling pre-packaged products that may be contaminated with Listeria.

The items were made at a Topeka, Kan., plant. They vary widely and include such items as cole slaw, pimento spread and potato salad. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the items also include 22,800 pounds of products containing chicken, ham and beef.

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