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Special Session Deadline
1:16 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

State budget deal includes cuts for teacher salaries

A tentative agreement to fill Washington state's $5 billion budget shortfall includes cuts to teacher salaries.

Details of the $32 billion spending plan released Tuesday include a 1.9 percent cut for teacher pay and a 3 percent cut for other K-12 employees. Those changes will save the state $179 million over the next two years. Lawmakers are also moving to suspend voter-approved cost-of-living adjustments for education employees, saving another $300 million.

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Law
11:30 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Red light camera opponents file initiatives in Monroe, Longview

Publicola.com

Red light camera opponents in Longview and Monroe submitted initiatives Monday against the automatic traffic ticketing system. If approved, the Monroe initiative would require the city to remove its cameras and ask for voter approval before installing more.

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HIGHER EDUCATION
1:58 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Bellevue College president leaving to head online university

Bellevue College's Jean Floten will has resigned as president of the state's largest community college to head up the online Western Governors University
BellevueBusinessJoural.com

The longtime president of the state's largest community college is taking a new job as the Washington chancellor of a private, nonprofit online school.

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The Northwest's Late Spring
12:32 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

North Cascades Highway to reopen this week

Snowplows work to clear the debris from a controlled avalanche covering the North Cascades Highway on May 10.
Washington State Department of Transportation

For nearly six months, western Washingtonians who wanted to drive to Winthrop, Okanagan and other north central Washington locations have had to make an extra-long road trip, sometimes adding hundreds of miles to their journey. And vice-versa.

That will change very soon.

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ECONOMIC RECOVERY
2:30 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Washington state jobless rate drops to 9.1 percent

Job-seeker Julian Richards fills out an employment application during a job fair in Tacoma in April. Washington state has added over 41,000 jobs in the past year.
Ted S. Warren AP

Washington's jobless rate is down to 9.1 percent after the state added an estimated 5,800 jobs in April.

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Aerospace Industry
1:53 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

State to get $3 million for aerospace training

Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks Tuesday at the Boeing Co. assembly facility in Renton. Gregoire announced $3 million in funding to help workers develop the skills needed by aerospace employers such as Boeing.
Ted S. Warren AP

Governor Chris Gregoire is directing that $3 million in federal Workforce Investment Act funds go to aerospace training programs in Washington.

She made the announcement Tuesday while speaking from a balcony overlooking the 737 line at Boeing's Renton factory.

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Food
10:05 am
Tue May 17, 2011

First Alaska Copper River salmon of the season arrive in Seattle

Alaska Airlines Capt. Bob Porter, right, holds up a 45 lb. Copper River Salmon as First Officer Scott Day looks on at left, Tuesday, as they arrived with the first shipment of Copper River Salmon from Alaska at Sea-Tac Airport.
Ted S. Warren AP

The first planeload of fresh Copper River salmon from Alaska arrived Tuesday morning at Sea-Tac Airport where chefs were waiting eagerly.

The Alaska Airlines pilot carried the first 45-pound fish off the plane and handed it to Frank Ragusa of Ocean Beauty Seafoods who gave it a kiss.

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Astrophotograhy
11:39 am
Thu May 12, 2011

The night sky in 37,440 exposures

Nick Risinger in Seattle with the rack of six synchronized astrophotography cameras he used to create the photograph on the wall behind him, which shows the entire night sky in a single composite image, made up of more than 37,000 exposures.
Ted S. Warren AP

Nick Risinger has always gazed up at the sky. But last year the amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky.

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Science
2:10 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

Mt. St. Helens observatory reopens Saturday with $1.6M upgrade

The Johnston Ridge Observatory near Mount St. Helens opens for the season Saturday with $1.6 million worth of new displays.
woodleywonderworks Flickr

The Johnston Ridge Observatory opens Saturday at Mount St. Helens with some new displays to tell visitors the story of the volcano's big 1980 eruption.

The Daily News of Longview reports $1.6 million worth of improvements and enhancements have been made. When the Forest Service and Mount St. Helens Institute discussed them Tuesday, the center of attention was a touch-screen kiosk.

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High Tech Military Hardware
9:59 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Unusual radar vessel enters Puget Sound

No, it's not a gigantic floating golf trophy. It's the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Sea-Based X-Band radar, designed to sit in the ocean and detect and track incoming ballistic missiles.
The Boeing Company

An unusual vessel headed for a Seattle shipyard could attract a lot of attention this week as it moves through Puget Sound.

It's a mobile radar station mounted on a floating oil-drilling platform.

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K-12 Education
11:36 am
Tue May 10, 2011

President Obama bypasses Bridgeport for speech

Students file into Bridgeport High School last Thursday. The school was one of three in the running for a commencement address by President Barack Obama, but lost out to a school in Memphis, Tenn.
Shannon Dininny AP

Students at tiny Bridgeport High School shed some tears Tuesday with news that President Barack Obama won't be giving the commencement address.

Five girls who helped make a video touting the school waited with the principal in her office for the call. They cried when the call came from the White House and waited in the office as other students filed into the gymnasium for the announcement.

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SMOKING
1:12 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Tacoma-Pierce County may ban electronic cigarettes

A sales associate at Colorado E-Smokes holds an electronic cigarette and the filter end that holds a liquid nicotine solution. Tacoma-Pierce County is considering a ban on e-smoking or "vaping" in public places.
Ed Andrieski AP

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is considering a ban on battery-powered electronic cigarettes that deliver nicotine without smoking.

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Bin Laden killed by U.S.
7:55 pm
Sun May 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden is dead

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden speaks to a selected group of reporters in mountains of Helmand province in southern Afghanistan.
Dec. 24, 1998 file photo Associated Press

A small team of Americans killed Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks, in a firefight Sunday at a compound in Pakistan, President Obama said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House.

A jubilant crowd gathered outside the White House as word spread. of bin Laden's death after a global manhunt that lasted nearly a decade.

"Justice has been done," Obama said.

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Education
11:27 am
Mon April 25, 2011

Tiny central Washington high school competes for Obama commencement speech

Bridgeport High School in north central Washington is one of six finalists competing to have President Obama deliver their graduation speech.
WhiteHouse.gov Bridgeport High School

Do you remember who delivered your high school graduation speech? If the students of Bridgeport High School get their wish, they almost certainly will.

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MILITARY JUSTICE
1:45 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Lawyer: Soldier charged in Afghan killing released

Spc. Michael Wagnon
AP

The lawyer for one of five Washington state soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians for sport says his client is being released from custody pending his court martial.

Attorney Colby Vokey tells The News Tribune of Tacoma that an Army judge on Friday agreed to release Spc. Michael Wagnon, originally from Las Vegas. The other four defendants remain in custody.

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