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Partly sunny Tuesday, slight chance of showers - high 59. Latest forecast here.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • State Leaders Reach Key Deal on Workers' Comp Changes
  • Teen Sought in Auburn Shooting That Killed Boy, 17
  • Gas Prices Down 5-Cents in a Week
  • Mariners Win 5th Straight

 

Legislature Reaches Deal on Workers' Compensation
 

Washington lawmakers say they have reached an agreement on how to overhaul the state's workers' compensation system.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

West Nile Virus may be returning to Washington State. The recent wet spring has created an attractive habitat for mosquitoes, some of which carry West Nile.

Ted S. Warren / AP

Mostly sunny and 66 today, clouds tonight, chance of showers over the weekend. Latest forecast here:

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Clemmons' Getaway Driver Guilty of Murder in Lakewood Police Killings
  • Stadium Tax Extension Falls Short in Washington Senate
  • Detectives Identify Man in 2 Snohomish County Cold Cases

 

Dorcus Allen Guilty of Murder in Lakewood Police Slayings

A jury in Tacoma has convicted the getaway driver in the Lakewood police killings with first-degree murder.

The News Tribune reports the Pierce County jury did not find Dorcus Allen guilty of aggravated circumstances.

Elaine Thompson / AP

Sunny and 66 today - sun and near 70 Friday. 7-day forecast here.

In Northwest headlines this morning:

 

  • Leadership Clash Appears Behind Crimes Stoppers Resignations
  • Washington Lawmakers Struggle for Workers' Comp Deal
  • Bear Wandering Near Bothell Schools Captured
  • Former Pierce County Sheriff Seeks to Clear Record

 

Audit Finds Crime Stoppers Books Clean After Mass Board Resignations

The Seattle Police Department’s internal investigations office is looking into a mass resignation by the majority of board members of Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound

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.

Scott Boyd / Northwest Wreck Dives

A diver's 20-year search for the wreckage of the worst maritime disaster in Puget Sound history has apparently ended with the discovery of the Mosquito Fleet steamer Dix off Seattle's Alki Point.

The potential for new electronic billboards has brought an overwhelming negative response from Tacoma residents. So, the Tacoma City Council has approved a six-month moratorium on all billboards in the city, while a new policy is worked out.  

That reverses a legal settlement with Clear Channel. The company negotiated an agreement to put up new digital billboards in exchange for removing hundreds of traditional ones. Now, that agreement is on hold and the company is threatening to return to litigation.

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Sunny and 62 Tuesday; headed for nearly 70 by Friday. Latest forecast here.

 

  • Iranians Release Former Seattle P-I Reporter
  • Missing State Trooper Found Alive in North Cascades
  • State Senate Approves Cigar Lounges
  • Seattle Schools Chief Reverses Decision to Fire Ingraham Principal

 

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.

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.

Washington State Patrol

Mostly sunny after morning fog - high 61

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • State Patrol Trooper Missing in North Cascades
  • Driver Commits Suicide at Issaquah Traffic Stop
  • State Government Preps for Shutdown as Budget Talks Stall
  • No Word From Iran on Missing Former P-I Reporter

 

Search Continues for Missing Trooper in North Cascades

Weather permitting, a helicopter will take ground searchers into the North Cascades on Tuesday to look for an off-duty Washington State Patrol trooper missing on a hike.

KIRO-TV reports searchers have a destination because Daniel Anderson sent his coordinates Sunday with an emergency signal.

Elaine Thompson / AP

Senator Patty Murray broke a bottle of champagne on a tunnel-boring machine near Husky Stadium to kick off work Monday on another link in the Sound Transit light-rail system.

The $2 billion, three-mile tunnel will connect the university with Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood and the downtown Westlake Center.

Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

 The Defense Department has notified the Washington National Guard that 3,000 members could be called up for overseas missions.

The "notice of sourcing" announced Monday is not a mobilization order or alert. However, it could affect the 81st Brigade Combat Team and the 506 Military Police Company.

Shannon Kringen / Flickr

Showers today; high 56 - dry for the rest of the week

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Rain Records Broken - When Will it Stop?
  • Alaska Air CEO: We'll Remain Independent
  • Gregoire Signing Transportation Budget Today

 

Seattle Sets Two Rain Records in 15 Hours

Steady, moderate rain that has been falling across the Puget Sound region has set not one, but two daily rainfall records in just over 15 hours.

KOMO reports Sea-Tac airport received 0.97 inches from when the rain began at just before 7 p.m. Saturday evening through 1 a.m. Sunday.That broke the daily rainfall record for May 14, which was 0.53" set in 2001.

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Two Western Washington high school bands finished in the top three at the "Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 16th Annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival Saturday.

KING 5 TV reports Seattle's Roosevelt High School took second place and Mountlake Terrace High School took third.

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"A corpse is meat gone bad. Well, and what's cheese? Corpse of milk."

~ James Joyce

If, after digesting that quote, you still have a thing for cheese, by all means, read on.

The Seattle Cheese Festival is this weekend. Cheese makers from all over the world will be coming to Pike Place Market for this festival featuring delicious yellow and white tidbits of tastiness.

Elaine Thompson / AP

Sunshine and 65 today; rain likely this weekend

In the headlines this morning:

  • Protests Over Principal Firings in Puyallup and Seattle
  • Two Tacoma Elementary Schools to Close
  • 2012 Washington Presidential Primary Cancelled
  • Firefighters Douse 2-Alarm Green Lake Blaze

 

Angry parents, teachers protest principal firings in Seattle, Puyallup

It's been quite a week for high schools in the region. 

Seattle's school board faced a big rally of angry parents and teachers late yesterday afternoon (Thurs) after interim schools superintendant Susan Enfield ousted the popular principal of Ingraham High, Martin Floe. According to the Seattle Times, Enfield cited 'stagnant' test scores and said Ingraham was the second-lowest performing high school in the Seattle district.

Meantime, in Puyallup, students, parents and teachers at Rogers High School are still reeling from the news that Principal Scott Brittain has resigned and will step down at the end of next month.

Giant Magnet

The final Giant Magnet Children’s Festival is underway in Seattle. It’s the 25th year of the event which aims to introduce young audiences to the world - it's people, customs and cultures.  

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.

KING5 TV

Thursday weather: Sun is back! Highs upper 50s.

In the headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • U.W. Students Arrested in Sit-In Protest Over Campus Vendor
  • Gregoire Signs Legislation to Pave Way for Federal Health Care Overhaul
  • Popular Seattle High School Principal Fired
  • Microsoft Antitrust Settlement Expires Today

 

A University of Washington sit-in to protest the food services company that supplies the concessions at UW athletic facilities has led to the arrests of about 25 students.

Protest organizer Morgan Currier says the students were cited Wednesday evening for trespassing and released.

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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.

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.

Al Jazeera

Wednesday weather: Rain is back; highs upper 50s.

Making headlines around the Northwest:

 

  • Former P-I Journalist Deported to Iran
  • 16 new charges in 'Barefoot Bandit' case 
  • Two Children's Hospital Nurses Accused of Unprofessional Conduct
  • Family Files Suit in Death of Teen at Ft. Lewis

 

Al-Jazeera and Former Seattle Journalist Deported to Iran

A journalist and formal editorial writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has been deported to Iran after being detained in Syria, the Al Jazeera news service is reporting.

Dorothy Parvaz has been missing since she arrived in Damascus on April 29. Parvaz was working as a journalist for the Al Jazeera English network.

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.

Elaine Thompson / AP

Partly Sunny and 63 today.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Microsoft Agrees to Buy Skype for $8.5 Billion
  • Fatal Crash on I-5 at Arlington
  • Mariners Cut Temperamental Outfielder Milton Bradley

 

Microsoft Will Buy Skype in its Biggest Deal Ever

Microsoft has agreed to buy the popular Internet telephone service Skype for $8.5 billion in the biggest deal in the software maker's 36-year history.

Buying Skype would give Microsoft a potentially valuable communications tool as it tries to make a bigger splash on the Internet and become a bigger force in the increasingly important smartphone market.

Elaine Thompson / AP
  • No Light Rail to South King County Until at Least 2034
  • New 520 Opening Bridge May be Delayed
  • Kent Man Severely Injured in Apartment Explosion
  • Washington Gas Prices Up Again

 

Making headlines around the Northwest, Monday, May 9:

 

Sound Transit Lacks Cash for Light Rail to S. King County

There's no money to extend a voter-approved plan to extend light rail to Federal Way by the original deadline of 2023.

John Froschauer / AP Photo

Weather: A cloudy, showery weekend ahead with highs around 57.

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

 

  • Backlog Will Hold Up Boeing 747-8 Line for a Month
  • Seattle Children's Pledges to Fix Flaw Found by Feds
  • Two Law Enforcement Officers to Receive Top WA Honor
  • Amazon.com is Hiring

 

Work Backlog to Choke Off Boeing 747-8 Production Until June 7

As if the chronic delays on the 787 Dreamliner weren’t enough to deal with, Boeing executives and workers now have another puzzle to solve: Boeing’s second-most important commercial aircraft. The 747-8  is behind schedule.

Ed Andrieski / AP

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

Denver Bryan / Fotki

Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:

  • Former U.W. Employee Charged With Embezzling
  • 13 Sent to Redmond Hospital After Hazmat Scare
  • 5,500 Gray Wolves Off Endangered Species List
  • Costco Earnings Up 12 Percent

 

 

Former Hospital Employee Accused of $250,000 Theft

A former University of Washington Medical Center employee accused of embezzling more than $250,000 from the Seattle hospital has been charged with 19 theft counts.

AP

Marijuana dispensaries say their legal situation is actually getting worse now that Governor Chris Gregoire has vetoed most of the medical marijuana bill.  The legal gray area they’ve been using since 1999 as a justification for opening co-ops and storefront shops will be eliminated when the law takes effect in July. 

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